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Sunday Morning Shout Out


Happy Summer!  As summer starts, my children and I are looking forward to an incredible adventure.  This adventure is courtesy of some great reads at our local library.  The New York State Summer Reading Program, “Every Hero Has a Story” is underway. Truly a fantastic theme, both the Erie County library system and the Nioga County Library System, which encompasses Niagara, Orleans, and Genesee Counties, are all offering a myriad of special events this summer.  This is in addition to their fine collection of books, blockbuster DVD’s, periodicals, lectures, and story hours that are offered.  Each of these sites will give you a further breakdown of what is happening at individual locations, within the system

But what do you look for when you are there?  I do believe it is important to allow a young person to get out books of their personal persuasion (of course within reason) – But what about the reluctant reader?  Fortunately there are some great on line sites that suggest some pretty wonderful reads for young people.  The “Huffington Post” article, “32 Enthralling Summer Reading Books for Kids of All Ages,” has some wonderful and unique finds for the most hesitant or uncertain young person.  The website about.com lists their top books for young people for this summer in an article titled “2015 Reading Lists for Kids and Teens“.  From individual picks to great series oriented books, there are some wonderful choices for young people here, too.

Summer is fleeting, but just the right time to embark on an adventure.  The sky is the limit when it comes to literary ones…..

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Best Summer Reads For Elementary School Students


pic by Justin Houk

pic by Justin Houk

The summer of 2014 is here and it is a great time for your students to relax, but all that downtime can result in a phenomenon called the summer slide.  Studies show that students lose up to 20% of the academic gains they made in the previous year.

Encouraging reading is a great gift to give your students.  They will sail through all those high school and college texts and with every book, they are learning new facts and improving their reading, writing, comprehension and communication skills while expanding their vocabulary.  Help your student to get ahead this summer with these enthralling reads.

Poop by Nicola Davies, 2007.  A wonderful fecal adventure through the many ways in which animals poop.  This is a fun, engaging, scientific exploration of the animal kingdom through the same fart-joke humor your students no doubt already enjoy.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (2007).  Hugo is an exceptional boy who can fix just about anything.  Orphaned at a young age, Hugo finds an ‘automaton’ built by his father who shared his inventive spirit.  Hugo is sure that if he is able to repair the robot, it will write a message from his father.  This is a wonderful book about the incredible bravery and indomitable spirit of youth. Don’t be surprised if they can’t put this book down!

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary (1992). Ramona has an entire series of books that deal with the inevitable conflicts of young life. In this novel, Susan’s bouncy curls prove irresistible to Ramona who can’t help but pull on them.

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez (2003). This is a gripping recount of how the son of migrant farmers leads a 300-mile march for worker’s rights. It’s a truly touching tale that explores the real bravery and incredible resolve of one of the greatest champions of non-violent protests. A great way to learn about a pivotal historic figure.

Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng (2004). Molly’s rather dull existence is transformed by the discovery in her local library of a book that teaches her how to hypnotise. She leverages her new-found talents to get the life she’s always wanted until her efforts are thwarted by a criminal mastermind. If your children love Roald Dahl or J.K. Rowling, then they will love this book.

Dogku by Andrew Clements (2007) is a great way to introduce your students to the haiku. This is a sweet story about a stray dog who finds a loving home. Each page is written in a haiku format and beautifully illustrated.

Atomic Ace (He’s Just My Dad) by Albert Whitman (2004). A truly funny tale of how superhero Atomic Ace deals with family life. Great comic book-style illustrations give the book a hybrid feel and make this a great choice for the visual student who may be a reluctant reader.

Don’t let learning take a vacation this summer! Get all your favorite stories at your library and encourage your students to participate in the library activities.

Note: Adapted from a post originally published 6/2/2014 on the Tutor Doctor Corp. blog

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Suggested Reading For Elementary Students


Reading5Summer is here and you want to keep your elementary students engaged and reading with these great summer books!

Popular Clone, by M.E. Castle
Protagonist Fisher Bas is a nerd, but he blames his bookishness on his family. With a Nobel laureate mother and a scientist dad, he’s probably right! Fisher uses his natural talents to overcome the difficulties of elementary school by cloning himself so he can send his clone to school while he stays home and plays video games. This book is a great read for those who are struggling to get into books or with social situations.

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
This is a fun read about four elementary school students who set out to make the ultimate candy. Through their experiments, the reader gets to learn about candy making and science which is what this art is based on. This book is so engrossing, you won’t be able to put it down! Try some candy recipes of your own when you’re done.

The Worst Case Scenario Ultimate Adventure: Everest by David Borgenicht and Bill Doyle
This choose-your-own-adventure book is a great read for those who enjoy sport, adventure and travel. You will be the youngest member of a team who will be attempting to climb Everest. The team’s success depends on your choices, so think carefully! This is a cliff-hanging thriller from start to finish!

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
This is a delightful account of a Chinese family’s legacy. Minli is enthralled by her father’s bedtime stories about a poor dragon and the old man in the moon. When she sets out to change their fate, and the fate of her family, she has an epic adventure filled with stunning illustrations and incredible characters. This is a really special book that you will find enchanting and touching.

Drizzle by Kathleen Van Cleve
If you loved the Wizard of Oz, you will adore Drizzle. It’s an eclectic mix of humor and imagination that will have you skipping through the crazy farm that Polly lives on. Here bugs can talk, rhubarb tastes like chocolate and the balance of nature keeps everything in check. When the daily drizzle ends, things start to go horribly wrong and Polly must restore the natural balance in order to save her brother’s life.

100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
When Henry York opens a cupboard, he discovers a portal to a whole new world. This is the first in a trilogy that is as thrilling an adventure as you have ever been on. When Henry’s family goes missing, he discovers the 100 cupboard doors, each cupboard leads to a new world, but Henry must figure out which ones his parents are in and how to get back to his own world. This series is thrilling, scary and gripping, so be prepared to buy all three books before the summer is though!

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