Whether your child is new to reading or ready to tackle a full novel, the staff at Jones Elementary has suggestions to keep their minds active this summer.
“A Wolf Called Wander” by Rosanne Parry
This intermediate novel is based on the real story of one wolf’s incredible journey to find a safe place to call home. The main character, Swift, is a young wolf cub who must learn to survive on his own in the wild. This book is full of suspense and partnered with black and white illustrations and a map to follow Swift’s journey across the Pacific Northwest.
“Best Friends” by Shannon Hale
Check out this graphic novel for intermediate readers. This is a true story about popularity, first crushes, and finding your own path in middle school.
“Peace Train” by Cat Stevens
The classic lyrics written by Cat Stevens come to life with Peter Reynolds’ colorful illustrations in this book for all ages.
“Countdown,” a novel by Deborah Wiles
Eleven-year-old Franny is coming of age in a Maryland military family during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Wiles tells Franny's story through a mix of prose and primary documents from the 1960s. This is a huge hit with fifth- and sixth-graders!
“Cat Kid Comic Club” by Dav Pilkey
If you are hooked on the “Dogman” series, then “Cat Kid” is your next adventure. In this graphic novel series, Li'l Petey, Flippy and Molly introduce 21 rambunctious, funny and talented baby frogs to the art of comic-making. As the story unwinds with mishaps and hilarity, readers get to see the progress, mistakes, and improvements that come with practice and persistence.
“Charlie and Mouse” by Laurel Snyder
A chapter book series for beginners. Charlie and Mouse use their imagination and humor to talk to lumps, take the neighborhood to a party, sell some rocks and invent the bedtime banana. This is a perfect book for young readers graduating from picture books.