2015 Summer Reading Program


Summer Reading 2015 is now over.  The books promoted weekly through the summer no longer have direct special links, but are accessible through the Kids' eBook sites:

The Patch (final book - posted 8/14/15)
Becca is afraid the kids at school will make fun of her new glasses and eyepatch.  She has to wear the patch because of an eye problem.  Becca makes up fantastic reasons for the patch until she is ready to talk about it. A TumbleBook storybook, good for early elementary.

Peyton & Eli Manning in the Community
The Manning brothers are two of the most recognizable professional football players, and use their success to give back to their communities. They work with many charities that help hospitals, victims of disasters, and provide health & education programs for children. This Britannica E-STAX ebook is tagged for older elementary, and goes into the sports background of the Mannings as well.

Pop's Bridge
Two boys watch the building of the Golden Gate bridge. Their fathers are on the crew.  The workers walked and climbed the enormous heights of the bridge, dealing with high winds and the danger of falling into the strong currents below. Available on Tumblebooks.

A Very Busy Firehouse
Firefighters are heroes right in your community.  Learn about what a firefighter’s day and tools with the BookFlix paired books “A Very Busy Firehouse” and video storybook “Dot the Fire Dog.”

Jackie Robinson
World War II veteran Jackie Robinson became the first black man to play national league baseball.  He joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and endured the hatred of other players and fans, while always playing the best game possible.  More than one book about Jackie Robinson is available, one on Britannica E-STAX, another on BookFlix.

Not So Tall For Six
Kylie is a lot smaller than her classmates.  It makes a lot of things frustrating, but Kylie has the courage to deal with bully Rusty Jacks – including being nice to him. A cute book about how bravery doesn’t have to be about fighting.  Available on Tumblebooks, good for preK-early elementary.

Martin's Big Words
A video storybook that makes the life of Martin Luther King Jr and the Civil Rights Movement understandable for children.  “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” The story is paired with an additional early reader book about King on BookFlix.

Kevin Durant in the Community
Professional basketball player Kevin Durant was raised in a poor neighborhood by his mother and grandmother.  Durant is involved in many community charities, and started the Kevin Durant Family Foundation with his mom. The foundation helps single-parent families and provides after-school and summer programs for kids. This Britannica E-STAX ebook is tagged for older elementary.

Officer Buckle and Gloria
This title serves up a double helping of community heroes, Police Officer Buckle and his amazing canine, Gloria. This read-aloud animated picture book is available through BookFlix, so it's paired with Police Officers on the Go!, an early reader. The set will appeal to older preschoolers and younger elementary students.

Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken
There are many types of heroes - this picture book features an unusual one. Louise is no ordinary chicken. Discontented with her henhouse, she ventures out into the world, where she finds plenty of excitement and peril. Being an adventurous chicken means having an abundance of bravery, an aspect of heroism that young children can understand. This title is available on Tumblebooks, and it is divided into chapters, so it will appeal to children about 4 to 8 years old.

Eleanor Roosevelt (first book - posted 6/5/15)
In addition to being First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt was an advocate for women, the poor and for the rights of all people. Recognizing her dedication to advocacy, President Truman appointed her to the United Nations, where she led Commission on Human Rights. This early reader will engage children reading at grade levels 2 through 5, and would make a good read aloud for younger children.  Eleanor Roosevelt is part of the Equal Rights Leaders series, and this and other biography titles are available through Britannica E-STAX.