Summer Reading Suggestions For and From Kids

By now many have weighed in with their recommended summer reading suggestions for kids, but most who have are adults.  (You can check out a video Betsy Bird and I did last summer with our suggestions here.) But what about the kids themselves?  Thinking they needed a voice too, just before school ended this past May, I tossed out a whole bunch of new and about to be published titles (finished books and ARCs) and invited my students to each select one to review, saying I’d see to it that their reviews got out into the world. And so here I am doing just that.

The reviews, I think (being someone prejudiced as their teacher) are superb and you can read them for yourself here. Each child, on their individual blogs, reviewed one book and then recommended some additional favorite titles as well. Since their blogs are now private I put their reviews on a new public blog here. For your information here are the titles they reviewed in order of their placement on the post. (Just scroll down to see each kid’s contribution.) I think they did a fantastic job and I hope some of their recommendations are used by you for the kids in your lives.

Kate Feiffer’s Signed By Zelda

Kaye Umansky’s Clover Twig And The Magical Cottage

Katie Davies’ The Great Cat Conspiracy

Jasper Fforde’s The Last Dragonslayer

Geoff Rodkey’s Deadweather and Sunrise

Ellis Weiner’s  The Templeton Twins Have An Idea

R.P. Harris’s Tua and the Elephant

Josh Lacey’s The Island of Thieves

Tom Angleberger’s Fake Mustache

Caroline Lawrence’s The Case of the Deadly Desperados

Margarita Engle’s The Wild Book

Christopher Healy’s The Hero’s Guide To Saving Your Kingdom

R.J. Palacio’s Wonder

Sheila Turnage’s Three Times Lucky

Shelby Bach’s Of Giants And Ice

Carl Hiaasen’s Chomp


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2 responses to “Summer Reading Suggestions For and From Kids

  1. Love their choices, love their reviews, always love hearing them do the booktalking. Nice work all around.


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