Summer is here!
Maybe you weren't a reader, either, during this time, or maybe you just need some suggestions. May I help? For starters, the fourth and fifth graders will be challenged to read the following list of books in the upcoming school year's Classics Bowl 2007. Your student may begin reading these anytime.
1. Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell
- 2. Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson
- 3. Cheaper by the dozen, by Frank Gilbreth
- 4. Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C. S. Lewis
- 5. Little Pilgrim's Progress, by Helen Taylor
These books have adventure,laughs, and lessons for all ages, and your student will likely be drawn into the plot and character development with a little encouragement at the beginning.
I have also discovered some new books this summer, and I highly recommend a new one by Kate diCamillo. This two-time Newbery award winning author has written her best yet, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. I have already purchased three copies for our school library, so your student will have the opportunity to check out this book about a ceramic toy bunny who thinks only of himself, until life changes for him many times. I recommend this for third grade readers and up.
For those just beginning to read chapter books, Lucy Nolan has written a very funny dog book called, Down Girl and Sit. Its subtitle, "Smarter than squirrels," hints at its humor, and I recommend this cute book to all readers who enjoy a good laugh with dogs.