More Summer Reading Suggestions from Ms. Pat

A few weeks ago in this space, I presented a list of chapter books nominated in the Young Readers Choice Award.  Below are lists of recently published books nominated in two categories:  information books and books for kids transitioning into chapter books.  Kristen Edstrom from the University Branch of Seattle Public Library will be coming to McDonald on June 19th and sharing her summer reading recommendations.  I hope to share her list with you after that presentation.

The Towner Award for information books is named after Bill Towner, longtime Seattle librarian (at Kimball Elementary) and mentor to dozens of librarians (including me!)

  • Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle, by Deborah Lee Rose
  • Book of Bones:10 Record-Breaking Animals, by Gabrielle Balkan
  • Danza! Amalia Hernandez and El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, by Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years, by Stacy McAnulty
  • The Hidden Life of a Toad, by Doug Wechsler
  • Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability, by Shane Burcaw
  • Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist, by Jess Keating
  • This Book Isn't Safe, by Colin Furze
  • This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World, by Matt Lamothe
  • The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist, by Cynthia Levinson

The Otter Award (from the Washington Library Association website)

“We recognize that elementary children transition into chapter books at different ages and, as such, do not limit our reading or voting to a specific age or grade level.”

  • Catstronauts: mission moon by Drew Brockington (Little, Brown)
  • Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras) by Asia Citro, illustrated by Marion Lindsay (The Innovation Press)
  • Game Over, Super Rabbit Boy! (Press Start!) by Thomas Flintham (Branches/Scholastic)
  • Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic (FSG / Macmillian Kids)
  • March of the Mini-Beasts (The D.A.T.A. Set) by Ada Hopper, illustrated by Sam Ricks (Little Simon / Simon & Schuster)
  • Dolphin Rescue (Animal Planet Adventures) by Catherine Nichols , illustrated by James Burks (Liberty Street / Time Inc. Books)

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