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Summer Reading That Makes You Think

"The more you read, the more things you will know.

The more you know, the further you'll go." Dr. Seuss

Read Sculpture made of Dr, Seuss Books NYC Public Library March 2011

Add these books to your child’s summer reading list and expand his or her thinking about fairness and justice. Psst...yours too.

 Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki

Why do we play sports? A young Japanese American boy in an internment camp during WWII tells how playing baseball helped him survive the humiliation.

Everyone is Bob by T.A.H. Markou

What if everyone were exactly alike? Would the world be a better place? Just ask Bob.

The Last Brother by Trinka Hakes Nobel

It is the Battle of Gettysburg, and Gabe is an eleven year old bugler in the Union Army, ready to do his duty. Then he makes friends with a Confederate boy and sees his last surviving brother head into the thick of the fighting. What should he do?

Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose

Do you step on ants? Then you need to read this book and hear the ant’s side of the story.

Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles

Integration has come to the South and two friends, one white and one black head to the pool only to find it's been filled with cement. What would you do?

The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Bulla

Nine-year-old Gregory is having a hard time adjusting to a new school. Then he finds an old chalk factory and his artistic talent goes wild. Follow up reading this book by making chalk drawings on the sidewalk.

The Paint Brush Kid by Clyde Bulla

Uncle Pancho is going to lose his house. Gregory decides to spend his summer vacation painting Uncle Pancho’s life story on the walls of the house. And that starts everything happening.

Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Roxie is confident she can handle any situation. Then she gets stranded on a deserted island with a bunch of mean bullies and a pair of crooks. What will she do?

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  1. tracimarkou says:

    Thank you for recommending “Everyone is Bob”. I am grateful that simple book’s message will reach children and show them that while we are all different–that’s okay! Traci A.H. Markou

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