Summer Reading List: New Children's Books for 2013
No more teachers doesn't need to mean no more books. These stories will entertain young independent readers and keep them turning pages all summer long.
Newbery honoree Appelt has crafted a tale of two raccoon brothers, Bingo and J'miah. Fans of animal fantasy will revel in the story of the furry creatures who join the Official Sugar Man Scouts. As they serve the Sugar Man, the creature that rules their swamp, they find that their responsibilities help all of the native animals.
In this hysterical sequel to last year's side-splitter "Clueless McGee," Mack puts Clueless back in action as he tries to come up with an ingenious invention for the school science fair. But when the top prize trophy goes missing, Clueless steps in to help solve the mystery with the special skills he has learned from his "Ninja Warz" video game. Expect your kids to read this cover to cover with lots of laughs in between.
Choldenko, author of "Al Capone Does My Shirts" and "Al Capone Shines My Shoes," has entertained children with her stories of Moose Flanagan, son of an Alcatraz prison guard. When Moose's father becomes an associate warden at the prison, the inmates set out to sabotage his new job. The book, set in the 1930s when notorious mobster Al Capone was behind bars, combines mystery with historical facts for a fun-filled read.
If your young reader is interested in contemporary stories, this one should fit the bill. Lopez's novel about Erica "Chia" Montenegro goes beyond the typical "Dear Diary" stories when the protaganist's mother is diagnosed with breast cancer. Remarkably, though, the story isn’t inherently gloomy--Chia's story handles crushes, religion and family with an honesty that will appeal to tweens.
Parents might recognize Balaban from his appearance in Christopher Guest's improvisational films and as a guest star on "Seinfeld." The actor, who took to writing for children with "The Creature From the Seventh Grade: Boy or Beast," has penned a follow-up to his story about a kid named Charlie who morphs into a dinosaur. Though middle-schooler Charlie has special abilities, he is still afraid of a lot of things--specifically, water. When his teachers make him join the swim team, Charlie must face his fears, dinosaur and all.
There's a reason the "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" series has grown so popular--it's entertaining. The latest novel is full of the fantastical animal elements that fans will expect with a brand new storyline about an owl named Ezylryb, whose life has been marred by tragedy, finds help from a snake named Octavia to move forward--a great lesson for all ages.