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Summer Reading 2014

2014 Summer Reading


Wayland Public Schools

Elementary Summer Reading List


The following list contains some noteworthy books that have been published in recent years. This list should provide a starting point for summer reading but hopefully will lead to further explorations.  Note the authors of the titles on this list, as many of them have published additional high quality children’s literature

 Research has shown that children are motivated to read when they have a choice of which books to read. (Scholastic 2010 Kids and Family Reading Report)  Include frequent trips to the library as part of your summer plans, and have available plenty of interesting books at home.  Choosing a book for a family read-aloud is a wonderful way to share and discuss good books.

 Ruth Burman

Elizabeth Bryant

Claypit Hill, Happy Hollow and Loker Librarians


Primary Nonfiction


      The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest and Most Surprising Animals on Earth

Jenkins, Steve

      The Boy who Harnessed the Wind

Kamkwamba, William

      The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos

Heiligman, Deborah/Pham, LeUyen

      Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 

Markel, Michelle

      Bug off! : Creepy, Crawly Poems  

Yolen, Jane

      Castle: How it Works

Macauley, David

      Dog-gone school 

Schmidt, Amy

      The Eagles are Back 

Craighead George, Jean

      Flight of the Honeybee

Huber, Raymond

      Hoop Genius : How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball 

Coy, John

      Infinity and Me

Hosford, Kate/Swiatkowska, Gabi

      Island: A Story of the Galapagos

Chin, Jason

      Jasper’s Story : Saving Moon Bears 

Robinson, Jill

      Martin and Mahalia: His Words, Her Song

Davis Pinkney, Andrea

      Miss Moore Thought Otherwise : How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children 

Pinborough, Jan

      Nelson Mandela

Nelson, Kadir

      Noah Webster and his Words

Chase Ferris, Jeri/Kirsch, Vincent X.

      Poems to Learn by Heart 

selected by Kennedy, Caroline

      Who Says Women can’t be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell

Priceman, Marjorie/Stone, Tanya Lee


Intermediate Nonfiction


      The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees: A Scientific Mystery

Markle, Sandra

      Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from your Own Backyard

Griffin Burns, Loree/Harasimowicz, Ellen

      Gandhi : a March to the Sea 

McGinty, Alice B.

      Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

Nivola, Claire A.

      The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius

Greenberg, Jan

      The Mystery of Darwin’s Frog  

Crump, Martha

      Revolutionary Friends : General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette  Castrovilla, Selene

      Something to Prove : The Great Satchel Paige vs. Rookie Joe DiMaggio 

Skeed, Robert

      The Tapir Scientist: Saving South America’s Largest Mammal

Bishop, Nic/Montogomery, Sy

      Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library

Rosenstock, Barb


Primary Fiction


      Creepy Carrots

Reynolds, Aaron

      The Dark

Snicket, Lemony

      The Day the Crayons Quit

Daywalt, Drew

      Exclamation Mark

Krouse Rosenthal, Amy

      How to Bicycle to the Moon and Plant Sunflowers : a Simple but Brilliant Plan in 24 Easy Steps 

Gerstein, Mordecai


Becker, Aaron


Floca, Brian

      Mr. Wuffles 

Wiesner, David

      Old Mikimba had a Farm

Isadora, Rachel

      Rocket Writes a story 

Hills, Tad

      Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping 

Watt, Melanie

      The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf 

Teague, Mark

      The Year of Billy Miller 

Henkes, Kevin

      11 experiments that Failed

 Offil, Jenny


Intermediate Fiction


      Al Capone does my Homework : a Tale from Alcatraz 

Choldenko, Gennifer

      Bo at Ballard Creek

Hill, Kirkpatrick

      Doll Bones  

Black, Holly

      Escape from Mr. Limoncello’s Library

Grabenstein, Chris

      Flora and Ulysses 

DiCamillo, Kate

      The Great Moon Hoax

Krensky, Stephen

      How to Catch a Bogle

Jinks, Catherine

      P.S. Be Eleven

Williams-Garcia, Rita

      Serafina’s Promise: A Novel in Verse

Burg, Ann E.


Parker Rhodes, Jewell

      “Who could that be at this Hour?” 

Snicket, Lemony

      The Year of the Baby 

Cheng, Andrea