Tuesday, June 7, 2011

go climb a tree

Every summer should include some tree climbing, both the literal leafy kind and the metaphorical tree-of-knowledge kind. Best of all would be enjoying a book up in the branches, in a tree house or even a hammock. Pass the cold lemonade and a good mystery! Today is the last meeting of the Bookendipity Book Club at Rama Road Elementary and Italia and I have had the best time compiling a list of summer reading ideas for the 4th and 5th graders. It includes old school series like Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys along with some newer gems listed below. Makes me want to pull a wicker chair out under the magnolia tree and read until the fireflies come out. If you need me, that's where to come looking.

The Young Man and the Sea by Rodman Philbrick
A boy is building a boat and refuses to give up despite heartbreak and setbacks.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
In this fantastic series, four friends go on adventures to solve big mysteries and learn about themselves.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Hugo lives in a Paris train station in this amazing book that is told mostly in gorgeous pictures.

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
This is a fantastical tale about a mouse who is in love with music, stories and a princess.

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Set in the Great Depression, Buddy goes on a journey to find his father with lots of twists and turns along the way.

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Sal is a 13-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her mother.

Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
May was a "big barrel of nothing by love" and this is a story about how her family adjusts to life after she's gone.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
She's magical and strange and mysterious, and is shunned for being different.

(info on precious bookcase here)

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