I hope everyone is enjoying summer vacation so far. With luck we'll even end up with a bit of sunshine before long! Here are a few suggested books for all ages. You can also find this list - and ones for previous years - on my Sharepoint and OWS teacher sites.
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Happy summer reading! I can't wait to see you all in September! Picture books for
How to Heal
a Broken Wing by Bob
Graham – A sweet and inspirational story about a small boy who is the only one
to notice the little pigeon with the broken wing.
Refrigerator by Tim Egan
– Dodsworth’s routine life is greatly enriched by the mysterious notes he finds
on the pink refrigerator in the junkyard.
Box by Barbara
Lehman – There is endless mystery in this wordless picture book about different
generations of children finding adventure thanks to the directions in a secret
Ten Birds by Cybèle Young – How did the
birds cross the river? Each of the ten has a different grand idea! Which bird
are you most like?
Were Small by Sara
O’Leary – A charming and humorous take on all the stories parents tell their
children about “when they were small…”
Chapter books Elementary
Junonia by Kevin Henkes – Realistic
fiction about a summer vacation on an idyllic Florida island that grows ever
more frustrating and disappointing – until Alice figures out that changes don’t
always have to be for the worse. A quiet, thoughtful read.
Madame Pamplemousse and
Her Incredible Edibles by Rupert Kingfisher – Fans
of Roald Dahl’s Matilda will enjoy
seeing young Madeleine’s triumph over her nasty uncle, Monsieur Lard, who tries
to steal the secret recipe for Paris’s finest paté…
Jack by Helen
Cresswell – Jack and his dog Zero know what it’s like to be the only “ordinary”
members of the family. It seems as if everyone else is brilliant at something –
but now Jack has a madcap plan of his own!
school Guys Read: Funny Business edited by Jon
Scieszka – There’s something for everyone – boys and girls – in this hilarious compilation of short stories by some
of the wittiest authors around. Eoin Colfer, Jack Gantos and Mac Barnett, oh
my! The Mighty Miss Malone by
Christopher Paul Curtis – My favorite book of the year so far! Set during the
Great Depression, this is a story filled with humor and hope. Sita’s Ramayana by Samhita
Arni – A beautiful graphic novel adaptation of the ancient Hindu epic poem told
from the point of view of Queen Sita. This gripping story, full of twists and
turns, is an exciting read whether the legend is new to you or a familiar
favorite. The Various by Steve
Augarde – This is an unusual and atmospheric fairy story about the strange,
wild creatures that live in a small and threatened patch of forest on Midge’s
uncle’s farm. The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera
Hiranandani – Sonia is Jewish on her mother’s side and Indian on her father’s.
But more than anything now she’s confused as she tries to navigate her way
through a new school where nothing at all feels familiar. Middle/high
school Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol – The heroine of this graphic
novel finds her already too challenging life unexpectedly complicated by the
arrival of an otherworldly “friend” she can’t shake loose. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley – Fans of Banksy and other street
artists will enjoy this story from Australia about friends on a nocturnal romp
that leads to long-kept secrets being uncovered. The Shattering by Karen Healey – Another import from the southern
hemisphere, this New Zealand novel mixes fantasy with mystery as a group of
teens try to unravel the truth behind a rash of recent suicides.
All in the
Family, Oh My Gods!, She’s All That and What a
Beast! (Mythlopedia series) by various authors – Greek mythology fans
shouldn’t miss these funny books. And anyone who isn’t yet a fan will surely be
after picking these up!
Cats to the
Rescue: True Tales of Heroic Felines by Marilyn Singer – Forget Lassie and Rin Tin Tin!
These stories of brave cats who saved their owners’ lives, went to war and
inspired great writers will have you purring for more!
of Salt by Mark
Kurlansky – You probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about salt, yet
it’s played an important role in human history for centuries! From its role in
science to technology – and, of course, food – the author leads the reader on
an entertaining tour of the unexpectedly fascinating world of salt.
Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson – Firsthand accounts by witnesses of
all ages, including a 9-year-old boy, as well as photographs and documents,
bring the terrible tragedy to life for middle and high school students.
This summer audiobook publishers and AudioFile Magazine are getting together to support teen readers by offering FREE audiobook downloads, including current popular teen titles and classics that are frequently on schools' required reading lists. There will be two books available each week for 10 weeks. Check them out!
They wrote some amazing lines full of humor and courageous honesty. Here are just a few. Check out the six-word memoir teen site, where young people can submit their own contributions and browse other people's. Also, check out this opportunity to see your work published!
Our annual book fair at
the downtown Bellevue branch of University Book
take place beginning this Friday, June 8th through Sunday, June 10th during
normal store hours (see below).
The school library gets 25% of the sales
as store credit. Combined with our 20% educators’ discount, this adds up to a
lot of books! Just mention that you're with OWS when you purchase
books, gifts, art supplies, stationery and more. Vouchers with maps will be sent home with K-4
students this week and electronic copies will be sent to middle school families. The flyers are also available on my Sharepoint page and teacher website.
At 10:30am on Saturday Ms. Arends will lead the OWS recorders
group in a concert at the store. And don’t miss the inspiring biography reports our 2nd graders that
will be on display for the duration of the book fair!
Thank you for
helping to support your school library!
Questions? Contact Ms. Simeon at
library at ows dot org University Book
Store has free underground parking
and is conveniently located near Bellevue Square mall!
Today our local KCLS Teen Services Librarian will stop by the Vista Assembly to talk about Read.Film.Win, the library's annual summer video book review contest for teens! Anyone entering or in middle school, junior high or high school is eligible to participate. Check out the video montage of last year's winners and start thinking about what you can do...
Remember, Ms. Gifford has open hours in the computer lab that you can use to start working on your video. And if you need inspiration, come by the library anytime. Unfortunately checking out is over for this school year, but you can browse the collection and chat with me about your idea.