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Children's Summer Reading Challenge
Our summer reading challenge is very simple. All you have to do is read 6 books to earn $8 toward a book of your choice. Read at least 3 of the books in your grade category that we chose then choose 3 of your own books. The challenge begins June 1st and you have until August 31st to read your six books and turn in your form. Save 15% when you purchase your choices at Book People. Below we have categories/books listed, and if you scroll further down, you can see a description of each of the books.
Kindergarten to Second Grade Books Options
- Thank You, Omu!
- Outside in
- In the Woods
- What About Worms?
Third Grade to Fifth Grade Books Options
- The Phantom Tollbooth
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
- The One and Only Bob
- When Stars are Scattered
- Echo Mountain
- Stepping Stones
Sixth Grade to Eighth Grade Books Options
- Tyrannnosaurus Wrecks
- The Kingdom of Back
- Prairie Lotus
- Into the Tall, Tall Grass
- The Elephant's Girl
We have been doing a live reading of several books on our summer reading list. We read Lift, which is on the K-2 list. We are currently reading The Phantom Tollbooth on Tuesdsays at 11. It is on the 3-5 list, but it could be used on one of your picks! You can watch these videos on our Facebook page under the videos section or the most recently read chapters of The Phantom Tollbooth are pinned of our page.
(K-2) When the aroma of Omu's homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit. Winner of the Coretta Scott King award and Caldecott Honor, Thank You, Omu is a touching story about the power of community and sharing.
(K-2) When Iris gets fed up with sharing with her little brother, she discovers something that allows her to go to wonderful places. But, those places aren’t as much fun without someone to share them with.
(K-2) A series of delightful poems about woodland animals; from the millipede to the moose.
(K-2) Even when we try to shut it out, the Outside finds a way in, reminding us that it’s there even when we can’t see it.
(K-2) Cute visitors from outer space arrive during the night, and the family dog isn't sure what to make of it!
(K-2) There are two sides to every story. If something scares you, take time to learn about it and it might not seem so scary.
(3-5) Milo is bored. When a mysterious tollbooth shows up in Milo’s room he uses it; as he’s got nothing better to do. What happens next is a wild journey that shows him life is far from dull. This book is riddled with literary puns for kids and adults alike.
(3-5) A China bunny is in for the ride of his life when an accident happens on a cruise. Spanning decades, Edward’s adventure teaches him the true meaning of love.
(3-5) Fans of "The One and Only Ivan" will want to read this pick. Bob goes on an adventure with his best friends to find his long-lost sister.
(3-5) Omar and his younger brother Hassan live in a refugee camp. One day Omar has to make a big decision: get an education or take care of his nonverbal younger brother.This graphic novel is based on the coauthor's personal experience in a Kenyan Refugee camp.
(3-5) After losing almost everything in the Great Depression, Ellie's family moves to the Maine woods on Echo Mountain to start a farm--then tragedy strikes. 12-year-old Ellie must learn what it means to be an outdoors woman and healer.
(3-5) A young girl moves with her mom to live with her mom's boyfriend and children in the countryside. This is a huge adjustment for Jen who isn't thrilled to trade urban comic book shops and Chinese takeout for chicken coop-related chores. Jen has to discover where she fits in this new family dynamic.
(6-8) The local police prove unhelpful when a 500-pound dinosaur skull vanishes from a secret excavation on Sage's family's ranch, so Teddy and his friends conduct their own investigation.
(6-8) Desperate to be forever remembered for her music, Nannerl Mozart makes a dangerous pact with a mysterious stranger from a magical land, which may cost her everything.
(6-8) A half-Chinese and half-whit" girl finds her place in a Little House-inspired fictional settler town. After the death of her Chinese mother, Hanna, an aspiring dressmaker, and her white father seek a fresh start in Dakota Territory.
(6-8) Yolanda sets out with family and friends to help her grandmother and discovers long-buried secrets about a family curse and the healing power of the magic surrounding her.
(6-8) Seven years ago a young girl was found in the elephant cages at the Omaha Zoo after a devastating tornado. The novel follows the now 12-year-old Lexington as she spends a summer cementing friendships, growing closer to the elephant that saved her life, and learning about her family and herself.
(6-8) The story of Victor Frankenstein's monstrous creation and the havoc it caused has enthralled generations of readers and inspired countless writers of horror and suspense.