Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Time for Summer Reading Lists? It's Not Possible.

For school librarians and teachers, Easter and Passover are the traditional harbingers of the last push to the end of the school year in schools that end in May. This year, Easter was early and Passover was this past weekend. So, as hard as it is to believe, it's time to assemble summer reading lists.

Here are some terrific sources of reading lists for kids, parents and teachers. Franki Sibberson has assembled a collection of picture books and middle-grade novels at Choice Literacy that have summer activities as their theme.

Education World features a round-up of reading lists from around the web by grade level.

Check out Reading Rockets for book lists, parent tips, teacher recommendations and reading research.

Kids Read features new and classic titles including all of the Newberry winners from 1922 to the present.

In addition to books by category, The Horn Book also recommends books on particular topics each month.

There is much on all of these lists to inspire the readers and would-be readers in your life. There is absolutely nothing as wonderful as a sleepy summer day, a comfortable perch, and a wonderful engrossing story. Good planning now will help you share that experience with kids this summer. Hmmmmm.


Linda said...


Thank you for this wonderful resource list -- so many books, not enough summertime ;-)

I want to recommend a book my daughter, age 10, and I read recently called "Bitter Tastes" by V.B. Rosendahl. As a Mom I found it refreshing -- an "old-fashioned" mystery story a la Nancy Drew, but with a brave heroine who also has a physical disability. It was a great read and I think kids ages 8-12, and adults, will enjoy it -- during the summer or any time!

Thanks again,

Annie said...

Hi, Linda, thanks for stopping by. The book you've recommended looks really good. I love the cast of characters on the website. Very clever. I'll definitely add this one to my list.