Summer Reading

The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney

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humprey_webThe first in the series about everyone’s favorite classroom pet!

You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That’s what Humphrey was told when he was first brought to Room 26. And boy is it true! There are always adventures in the classroom and each weekend he gets to sleep over with different students. Humphrey learns to read, write, shoot rubber bands (only in self-defense, of course) , turn off TVs, teach English as a second language, and more. With a lock-that-doesn’t-lock and an adventurous spirit, what more could a mischievous hamster want?

With a fresh voice and an engaging, hamster’s-eye view of school, families, and treats to hide in a cheek pouch, Betty G. Birney’s Humphrey will elicit laughter and demands for hamsters in every elementary classroom.

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

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beezus and ramona_webHaving a little sister like four-year-old Ramona isn’t always easy for Beezus Quimby. With a wild imagination, disregard for order, and an appetite for chaos, Ramona makes it hard for Beezus to be the responsible older sister she knows she ought to be…especially when Ramona threatens to ruin Beezus’s birthday party. Newbery Medal winner Beverly Cleary delivers a humorous tale of the ups and downs of sisterhood. Both the younger and older siblings of the family will enjoy this book.

Ramona is entering Nursery in this first book followed by two sequels, which take her through Kindergarten (Ramona the Pest) and First Grade (Ramona the Brave).

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

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mouse and motorcycle_webIn this imaginative adventure from Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary, a young mouse named Ralph is thrown into a world of excitement when a boy and his shiny toy motorcycle check into the Mountain View Inn.

When the ever-curious Ralph spots Keith’s red toy motorcycle, he vows to ride it. So when Keith leaves the bike unattended in his room one day, Ralph makes his move. But with all this freedom (and speed!) come a lot of obstacles. Whether dodging a rowdy terrier or keeping his nosy cousins away from his new wheels, Ralph has a lot going on! With a pal like Keith always looking out for him, there’s nothing this little mouse can’t handle.

Lady Lollipop written and illustrated by Dick King-Smith

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lady lollipop_webLollipop, the “scruffiest, ugliest pig of the lot,” hardly seems the right pet for pampered Princess Penelope. As it turns out, Lollipop can learn to do just about anything her young trainer, Johnny, wants her to do. Johnny’s ability to understand Penelope and her hapless parents is at the heart of this satisfying tale. The short chapters and the book’s open, lively design and engaging pencil illustrations add to this amusing book’s appeal.

Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic written and illustrated by Emily Jenkins

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toys go out_webIn the backpack, where it is very dark — The serious problem of Plastic-ness — The terrifying bigness of the washing machine — The possible shark — How Lumphy got on the big high bed and lost something rather good-looking — It is difficult to find the right birthday present. Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.

Sophie’s Snail by Dick King-Smith illustrated by David Parkins

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sophies snails_webSmall but very determined, Sophie loves animals and is going to be a farmer when she grows up. She has herds of insects and acquires a snail, a rabbit, a cat and a dog. She also befriends a pony called Bumblebee and a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig. Series continues with Sophie’s Tom, Sophie Hits Six, Sophie in the Saddle, Sophie is Seven and Sophie’s Lucky.

The Littles by John Peterson, illustrated by Roberta Carter Clark

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the littles_webMeet the Littles, a family like any other but with a few tiny differences! The six-inch little people with mouse-like tails live in the walls of the Bigg family house where they get everything they need and in return make sure the Bigg house is always in good repair. Ten titles in all.