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Summer Reading 2015

Research shows that children are more motivated to read when they are given a choice of well regarded titles. Reading over the summer also helps to avoid the "summer slide." Make frequent trips to the library as part of your summer plans and offer plenty of interesting books at home. Don't miss the Wayland Public Library's Summer Reading Program for even more summer reading fun. Choosing a book for a family read-aloud is another wonderful way to share and discuss good books. 

The following list contains high quality, noteworthy books published in recent years. This list should provide just a starting point for your child's summer reading that will lead to further explorations.  Many of the following authors have have published multiple titles, and we encourage you to check them out as well. 

Happy reading from your elementary librarians!

~Ruth Burman, Claypit Hill
~Colleen Flannery-Schwarz, Happy Hollow
~Susan Allen, Loker

Primary Nonfiction

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell
Poems to Learn by Heart
Noah Webster and His Words
Nelson Mandela
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children
Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song
Jasper's Story: Saving Moon Bears
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
Island: A Story of the Galápagos
Infinity and Me
Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball
Flight of the Honey Bee
The Eagles are Back
Dog-Gone School
Castle: How It Works
Bug Off! Creepy, Crawly Poems
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
A Baby Elephant in the Wild
Beneath the Sun
The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest—and Most Surprising—Animals on Earth

Intermediate Nonfiction

Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige vs. Rookie Joe Dimaggio
Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette
Eye to Eye: How Animals See The World
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle
The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius
Story-gami Kit: Create Origami Using Folding Stories [Origami Kit with Book, DVD, 80 Papers, 18 Projects]
The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America's Hero
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation
The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees: A Scientific Mystery
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library
Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard
The Dolphins of Shark Bay
Gandhi: a March to the Sea
Beetle Busters
The Tapir Scientist: Saving South America's Largest Mammal
All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

Primary Fiction

Emma and the Blue Genie
Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page
Dory Fantasmagory
The Year of Billy Miller
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers: A Simple but Brilliant Plan in 24 Easy Steps
The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf
The Dark
Creepy Carrots!
Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping
Old Mikamba Had a Farm
The Day the Crayons Quit
Mr. Wuffles!
Rocket Writes a Story
Come On, Rain!
11 Experiments That Failed
Stick and Stone
The Farmer and the Clown
Journey (Journey Trilogy #1)
Quest (Journey Trilogy #2)
Exclamation Mark

Intermediate Fiction

Izzy Barr, Running Star
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda #1)
Because of Mr. Terupt
Fortunately, the Milk
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
P.S. Be Eleven (Gaither Sisters, #2)
The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate (Calpurnia Tate, #2)
Under the Egg
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
The Penderwicks in Spring (The Penderwicks #4)
The Fourteenth Goldfish
Al Capone Does My Homework (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #3)
Doll Bones
Fish In A Tree
Rain Reign
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
The Night Gardener

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