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Fun summer reading ideas for Radez students

July 6, 2017

A subtle reminder from our librarians that you should keep reading over the summer break!

Here is Radez Elementary’s annual list of fun books for summer reading!

13 women artists children should know  by Schumann, Bettina
This book teaches a young audience about the works and lives of thirteen women artists through informative texts, puzzles, coloring exercises, and fun quizzes.

Against the tide by Sutherland, Tui
Four children have discovered that they have spirit animals, a rare bond between human and animal that has launched them on a quest to save their world, but now they realize that there is a traitor in their midst who has been helping their pursuers and they’re heading for a deadly trap.

The Baby-sitters club. 1,Kristy’s great idea by Telgemeier, Raina
A graphic novel adaptation that follows the adventures of Kristy and the other members of the Baby-sitters Club as they deal with crank calls, uncontrollable two-year-olds, wild pets, and parents who do not always tell the truth.

Beautiful oops! by Saltzberg, Barney
A life lesson that all parents want their children to learn: It’s OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing–not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. And an accidental tear in your paper? Don’t be upset about it when you can turn it into the roaring mouth of an alligator.

Cleopatra in space. Book three, Secret of the time tablets by Maihack, Mike
Despite Cleo’s teachers at Yasiro Academy telling her not to risk her life, Cleo searches for the time tablets.

Dive! : World War II stories of sailors & submarines in the Pacific by Hopkinson, Deborah
Using first-person accounts, archival materials, official Naval documents, and photographs, award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson brings the voices and exploits of these brave men to life.

Dog Man unleashed by Pilkey, Dav
Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, is still learning a few tricks of the trade. If only the Chief would throw him a bone every once in a while… Petey the cat is out of the bag, and his criminal curiosity is taking the city by storm.

Electrical wizard : how Nikola Tesla lit up the world by Rusch, Elizabeth
A brief biography of Serbian-American scientist Nikola Tesla, whose early fascination with electricity caused him to go on to invent alternating current and many devices that helped bring electricity to American households and, eventually, the rest of the world, at the turn of the twentieth century.

Elizabeth I of England vs. Mary, Queen of Scots : battle for the throne by Roxburgh, Ellis
This intrigue-filled volume transports readers into the throne rooms of Europe during the 16th century, where they’ll learn of shifting lines of succession, clashes between religions, and assassination plots.

Everyone can learn to ride a bicycle by Raschka, Christopher
A father teaches his daughter all about bicycle riding, from selecting the right bike to trying again after a fall.

Going places by Reynolds, Peter H
This sublime celebration of creative spirit and thinking outside the box—both figuratively and literally—is ideal for early learners, recent grads, and everyone in between.

Kilala princess. 1 by Tanaka, Rika
Kilala, having gained the power of the Princesses after awakening the sleeping prince Rei, sets off with him to rescue the kidnapped Erica.

The most magnificent thing by Spires, Ashley
A little girl has a wonderful idea. With the help of her canine assistant, she is going to make the most magnificent thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. But making the most magnificent thing turns out to be harder than she thinks.

Plants vs. zombies : petal to the metal by Tobin, Paul
Sun-powered, plant-driven speedsters take on imp-powered, zombie-driven hot rods. Let the races begin!

Read, recite, and write limericks by Macken, JoAnn Early
Shows readers how to use repetition and word sounds to write their own limericks.

What do you do with a problem? by Yamada, Kobi
When a problem becomes too big from worrying about it, a child decides to face the problem and learns that problems can make us stronger.

Wonder by Palacio, R. J.
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. This book will be a movie this fall!

If you’d like specific recommendations based on reading levels, interests, and hobbies feel free to call the library or email Radez Librarian Laura Gagnon at

Be sure to visit our local public library this summer! The Community Library on Union Street in Cobleskill is open Tuesday 10-8, Wednesday-Friday 10:30-6, Saturday 10-1, and is closed Sunday and Monday.

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