The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of The American Library Association (ALA) has released its 2014 summer reading lists for grades K-8. Encouraging children to read over the summer can help them retain more information so that they are ready for the next school year.
Here are the books ALSC recommends for those in grades 3-5:
The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut: Bowling Alley Bandit
by Laurie Keller
Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano
Arnie the pet “doughnut dog”
always has a fun time at the
bowling alley, until something
causes his owner to throw
gutter ball after gutter ball.
by Jon Scieszka and Mac
Barnett, illustrated by
Simon & Schuster, 2013
Gran Gran gave Alexander a
beautiful book about Birthday
Bunny, but Alexander decides
to “create” his own book
about Battle Bunny, which
suits his tastes much better.
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself
by Lincoln Peirce
Supremely confident middleschool
student Nate Wright
manages to make getting
detention from every one of
his teachers in the same day
seem like an achievement.
First in a series.
The Birchbark House
by Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 9780786814541 (PB).
Omakayas, a young Ojibwa
girl living near Lake Superior in
the mid-1800s, cares for her
baby brother and experiences
the growing settlement of
white people on her family’s
land. First in a series.
Bluffton: My Summers with Buster
by Matt Phelan
Candlewick Press, 2013
Muskegon, Michigan, is an
ordinary town until a band
of vaudeville performers,
including young Buster
Keaton, decide to spend the
by Sara Pennypacker,
illustrated by Marla Frazee
While sorting through
difficulties in her friendship
with her neighbor Margaret,
gains several unique hairstyles
while also helping banish the
pigeons from her apartment
building. First in a series.
The Day-Glo Brothers
by Chris Barton
The true story of two brothers
who, messing around in their
basement, discover colors
that glow in the dark.
by Holly Black, illustrated by
Simon & Schuster/Margaret K.
Three friends set off for an
adventure to bury a haunted
doll made of the bones of a
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
by Chris Grabenstein
Random House, 2013
Kyle, a huge lover of games,
G r a d e s 3 – 5
gets to spend the night in Mr.
Lemoncello’s amazing new
library and join in the biggest
game of all—with a prize
beyond his imagination.
The Grand Plan to Fix
by Uma Krishnaswami,
illustrated by Abigail Halpin
Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2011
ISBN: 9781416995906 (PB).
Bollywood fan Dini is moving to
India. Will she get a chance to
meet her favorite movie star?
Inside Out and Back
by Thanhha Lai
Hà escapes South Vietnam
with her family and finds that
life is very different in the
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse
by Marilyn Singer, illustrated
by Josée Masse
Read these poems both
forwards and backwards for a
wild new spin on your favorite
fairy tale characters!
The Mysterious Benedict
by Trenton Lee Stewart,
illustrated by Carson Ellis
Little, Brown; 2007
After passing a series of
mind-bending tests, four
children are selected for a
secret mission that requires
them to go undercover at the
Learning Institute for the Very
Enlightened, where the only
rule is that there are no rules.
Nathan Hale’s Hazardous
Tales: One Dead Spy
by Nathan Hale
Abrams/Amulet Books, 2012
Just before Nathan Hale
is hung as a spy in the
Revolutionary War, he tells
a British soldier and the
hangman a bit of American
Out of My Mind
by Sharon M. Draper
Simon & Schuster/Atheneum,
2010, ISBN: 9781416971702.
Considered by many to be
intellectually disabled, a
brilliant, impatient fifth-grader
with cerebral palsy is given
her voice with a technological
device, opening the door to a
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
by Liesl Shurtliff
Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Twelve-year-old Rump goes
on a quest to discover his true
identity and to break a magical
curse in this humorous take
on the classic fairy tale.
by Ann E. Burg
Serafina, who lives in Haiti,
longs to become a doctor, but
how will she find the money
and the time, when her family
needs her help with chores,
and earthquakes and floods
keep setting them back?
Spirit Animals, Book One:
by Brandon Mull
In Erdas, four children have
four mighty spirit animals,
but can these kids and their
animals save their world?
First in a series.
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
by Tom Angleberger
Abrams/Amulet Books, 2010
Sixth-grader Tommy and
his friends describe their
interactions with a paper
finger puppet of Yoda as they
try to figure out whether or not
the puppet can really predict
the future. First in a series.
The 13-Story Treehouse
by Andy Griffiths, illustrated
by Terry Denton
Feiwel and Friends, 2013
Join Andy and Terry for
adventures in their amazing
treehouse, complete with
bowling alley, see-through
swimming pool, lemonade
fountain, and man-eatingshark
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
by Stephan Pastis
Candlewick Press, 2013
Introducing Total Failure, Inc.,
the best detective agency in
town, run by eleven-year-old
Timmy Failure and his partner,
Total, a 1,500-pound polar
bear. First in a series.
Tuesdays at the Castle
by Jessica Day George
On Tuesdays, Castle Glower
takes on a life of its own,
magically rearranging itself.
When the castle is ambushed,
it’s up to Princess Celie to
save the day. First in a series.
Weird but True: 300
National Geographic Children’s Books, 2010
ISBN: 9781426305948 (PB).
These facts are outrageous,
wacky, funny, weird . . . and
all true! You won’t be able
to stop flipping through this
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Grace Lin
Little, Brown; 2009
Minli and a dragon begin a
quest to find the Old Man
on the Moon, who may have
answers to Minli’s family’s
Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy
by Tui T. Sutherland
Five young dragons from
different tribes must face
treachery and deceit and work
together to fulfill the prophecy
that will bring an end to the
dragon wars. First in a series.
Check back soon for grades 6-8, as well as our staff picks for pre-K and grades 7-9!
Cheyenne Slusmeyer and Cassandra Pill! Congratulations to the two of you!
The April Reading Challenge included a Mad-Lib style excerpt taken from the iconic poem O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman in addition to reading 5 books. Here are our entries:
O Subjects! My Subjects!
O followers! My followers! our fearful job is done;
The rain has weather’d every rack, the war we sought is won;
The time is near, the sounds I hear, the people all cheer,
While blinking eyes the steady rise, the brave grim and daring;
But O peasants! Servants! Followers!
O the beautiful drops of life!
Where on the Earth my secret lies,
My secret is sure to die.
O Joy! My Relief!
O Joy! My relief! our fearful war is done;
The soldier has weather’d every rack, the victory we sought is won;
The crowd is near, the voices I hear, the people all rejoice,
While gleeful eyes the steady passage, the sadly grim and daring;
But O sorrow! Peace! Relief!
O the many drops of tears,
Where on the ground my brother lies,
Never to return home again.
O Friend! My Mom!
O Friend! My Mom! our fearful job is done;
The ear has weather’d every rack, the rack we sought is won;
The storm is near, the rocks I hear, the people all gather,
While our eyes the steady move, the shave grim and daring:
But O Girl! Girl! Girl!
O the big drops of rain,
Where on Earth my friend lies,
On the beach.
O Captain! My Commander!
O Captain! My Leader! our fearful deed is done;
The storm has weather’d every rack, the battle we sought is won;
The end is near, the cries I hear, the people all shout and cheer,
While Captain eyes the steady mast, the flag grim and daring:
But O Captain! Leader! Commander!
O the innocent drops of blood,
Where on the deck my body lies,
The battle is won, the deed is done, and now I rest in peace.
O Freedom! My Forlorn!
O Freedom! My Forlorn! our fearful wait is done;
The Nazi has weather’d every rack, the freedom we sought is won;
The end is near, the pain I hear, the people all crying,
While jewish eyes the steady stare, the gassing grim and daring:
But O Freedom! Free! Fatality!
O the laboring drops of mortality,
Where on the spot my deathbed lies,
When the Holocaust reign flies.
O Shiloh! My Darling!
O Shiloh! My Dog! our fearful day is done;
The rain has weather’d every rack, the war we sought is won;
The sun is near, the sounds I hear, the people all around,
While wide eyes the steady stare, the road grim and daring:
But O Shiloh! Shiloh! Shiloh!
O the wet drops of rain,
Where on the porch my Shiloh lies,
No dog park for me today.
O Captain! My Captain!
O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen, cold, and dead.
O Book! My Book!
O Book! My Book! our fearful reading is done;
The cover has weather’d every rack, the books we sought is won;
The end is near, the words I hear, the people all around.
While the eyes the steady, the book are grim and daring:
But O book! book! book!
O the book drops off the rack,
Where on the rack my book lies,
I don’t know.
O Goodness! My Violin!
O Goodness! My Violin! our fearful piano is done;
The horn has weather’d every rack, the tree we sought is won;
The summer is near, the Spring I hear, the people all singing,
While my eyes the steady gold, the liberty grim and daring:
But O yummy! yummy! So good!
O the yummy drops of orange juice,
Where on the tongue my tongue lies,
In my mouth.
Great poetry from our participants! Keep your eyes pealed for May’s Reading Challenge (calling all Divergent fans!)
On Sunday, April 27th, Join Kimberly Russell from West Kentucky Community and Technical College for Read to Reel! This month’s book/movie is Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Test your trivia skills and win prizes! Starts at 2PM.
Test your knowledge here to prepare!
Are you having a stay-cation for Spring Break? Then come to the library! We have some pretty awesome things going on:
Monday, March 31: Teen Poetry Event: Come make poetry out of re purposed books! Program starts at 2PM
Wednesday, April 2: Take a virtual field trip and visit with the elephants at an Elephant Sanctuary. Starts at 2PM
Saturday, April 19: Get your classy on at our first ever Elevenses Tea Party! Share tea, biscuits (cookies), and proper manners. Wear your finest apparel and be punctual! First seating at 11 AM; second seating at 11:30 AM.
Sunday, April 27: Join Kimberly Russell from West Kentucky Community and Technical College for Read to Reel! This month’s book/movie is Catching Fire. Test your trivia skills and win prizes! Starts at 2PM
Just one more week until the release of the highly anticipated movie, Divergent, based on the YA novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. Check out the official website here for the movie trailer and discover which faction you would be placed in!
If you’re looking for another book or series to keep you occupied while you wait, here is a list of similar titles:
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness
Coda by Emma Trevayne
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Dustlands by Moira Young
Eve by Anna Carey
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Legend by Marie Lu
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Matched by Ally Condie
Prized by Caragh M. O’Brien
Pulse by Patrick Carman
Razorland by Ann Aguirre
Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Giver by Lois Lowry (Soon to be a movie! Released date is scheduled for August 2014 )
The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Also being made into a movie! Scheduled for September 2014)
The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Shadow Children by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Have you read any of these? Which are your favorites? Which do you want to see as a movie next? We would love to see Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi and Legend by Marie Lu (both trilogies) as movies!
When you’re looking for a new YA book to read, it can seem like the whole section is devoted to girls who want to swoon over a dreamy vampire or happen to become leaders of a revolution. While these books are certainly enjoyable, and even guys can find something to like in them, we wanted to focus on books that are written specifically for teen guys, complete with male narrators or main characters. And very little romance.
All of the following books may be found at the McCracken County Public Library.
BOOKS FOR TEEN GUYS
THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY BY DOUGLAS ADAMS
THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN BY SHERMAN ALEXIE
THE MAZE RUNNER SERIES BY JAMES DASHNER
THE LAST APPRENTICE SERIES BY JOSEPH DELANEY
MICHAEL VEY SERIES BY RICHARD PAUL EVANS
GONE SERIES BY MICHAEL GRANT
VARIOUS SPORTS NOVELS BY TIM GREEN
VARIOUS BOOKS BY PETE HAUTMAN
YOUNG BOND SERIES BY CHARLIE HIGSON
VARIOUS BOOKS BY ANTHONY HOROWITZ
THE CHRONICLES OF NICK SERIES BY SHERRILYN KENYON
HOMELANDERS SERIES BY ANDREW KLAVAN
YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES SERIES BY ANDREW LANE
VARIOUS SPORTS NOVELS BY MIKE LUPICA
I HUNT KILLERS BY BARRY LYGA
VARIOUS BOOKS BY WALTER DEAN MYERS
ERAGON SERIES BY CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI
MAXIMUM RIDE SERIES BY JAMES PATTERSON
SECRETS OF THE IMMORTAL NICHOLAS FLAMEL BY MICHAEL SCOTT
CIRQUE DU FREAK SERIES BY DARREN SHAN
DEMONATA SERIES BY DARREN SHAN
UNWIND SERIES BY NEAL SHUSTERMAN
ESCAPE FROM THE FURNACE SERIES BY ALEXANDER GORDON SMITH
LEVIATHAN SERIES BY SCOTT WESTERFELD
VARIOUS BOOKS BY RICHARD YANCEY
Have you read any of these books? What would you recommend?
The master list for the 2014 Kentucky Bluegrass Awards is available on the official website for the award (see the list here). Students across Kentucky will have a chance to vote for their favorite books, making the winners some of the most popular books of the year for children and young adults in Kentucky. Have you read any of these books? Which were your favorites? Here are a few of ours: