Our book suggestions this week continue the theme of books for the kids to read over the summer to help reduce summer learning loss. The key is t6o find out what the kids enjoy select reading material that matches their interest. If you do, they’ll enjoy the material and won’t even realize that they’re practicing their reading.
Binky Under Pressure (A Binky Adventure) by Ashley Spires is for kids age 7 to 10. “In Binky’s third adventure, our intrepid, sometimes accident-prone hero is shaken out of his routine when he’s forced to contend with Gracie, a dainty striped foster kitty who comes to live at Binky’s space station (aka his home at 42 Sentinel Parkway). Binky instantly resents the new arrival, whose cute face and perfect manners are downright annoying. Indeed, Gracie seems too perfect. So Binky decides to do some undercover investigating and discovers a shocking truth about the family guest. Soon Binky is thrust full-throttle into a situation that puts all his Space Cat skills to the ultimate test!” Review from Amazon.
The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan is for kids age 10 and up. “Tall tale. Thriller. Gripping historical fiction. This artful, sparely told graphic novel — a tale of a boy in Dust Bowl America — will resonate with young readers today.
In Kansas in the year 1937, eleven-year-old Jack Clark faces his share of ordinary challenges: local bullies, his father’s failed expectations, a little sister with an eye for trouble. But he also has to deal with the effects of the Dust Bowl, including rising tensions in his small town and the spread of a shadowy illness. Certainly a case of “dust dementia” would explain who (or what) Jack has glimpsed in the Talbot’s abandoned barn — a sinister figure with a face like rain. In a land where it never rains, it’s hard to trust what you see with your own eyes — and harder still to take heart and be a hero when the time comes. With phenomenal pacing, sensitivity, and a sure command of suspense, Matt Phelan ushers us into a world where desperation is transformed by unexpected courage.” Review from Amazon.
Babymouse #1: Queen of the World! by Jennifer Holm is for kids age 7 to 10. “In this energetic comic by a brother-sister team (Jennifer’s Our Only May Amelia was a Newbery Honor Book), Babymouse, a wise-cracking rodent stand-in for your average, adventure-seeking nine-year-old, strives to capture popular Felicia’s goodwill, finally achieving her end at the expense of Wilson Weasel, truest of friends. But, wouldn’t you know it, Felicia’s world has little to offer a smart, fun-loving mouse, after all. The Holms spruce up some well-trod ground with breathless pacing and clever flights of Babymouse’s imagination, and their manic, pink-toned illustrations of Babymouse and her cohorts vigorously reflect the internal life of any million-ideas-a-minute middle-school student. Jesse Karp, Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved” Review from Amazon.