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Paideia Librarian Recommends Summer Reading For Kids

Jun 13, 2017

Every summer on “City Lights,” Paideia School librarian Natalie Bernstein recommends the best summer reads for children and also gives some advice on summer reading. One of her biggest tenants is that it does not matter that quality of the books children read as long as they are reading a lot.

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This year, she stresses that young children need to keep reading picture books even if they or their parents think they have graduated to chapter books.

“The images help young children learn how to notice detail. It also allows children to study and interpret human expressions,” she said. “One other thing about using picture books is it gives parents a chance to talk about race. Parents can use picture books to make these conversations happen in a simply, natural way.”

Here are some Bernstein’s recommendations.

Picture books every child should know:

  • William Steig, “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble,” “Amos and Boris,” “Dr. DeSoto”
  • Mo Willems, “Elephant & Piggie” series
  • Maurice Sendak, “Where the Wild Things Are”
  • Don Freeman, “Corduroy”
  • Ludwig Bemelmans, “Madeline”
  • Munro Leaf, “Story of Ferdinand”
  • Russell Hoban, “Bedtime for Frances”
  • Marjorie Flack, “Story About Ping”
  • Crockett Johnson, “Harold and the Purple Crayon”
  • Patricia Polacco, “Thank You Mr. Falker”
  • Anna Dewdney, “Llama Llama Red Pajama”
  • Jon Klassen, “This Is Not My Hat,” “I Want My Hat Back,” “We Found a Hat”
  • Kevin Henkes, “Owen,” “Chrysanthemum”

Books featuring folklore:

  • Verna Aardema, “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears”
  • Arlene Mosel, “Tikki Tikki Tembo”
  • Paul Zelinsky, “Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin”
  • Eric Kimmel's “Anans” stories
  • Rafe Martin, “The Rough Face Girl”

Works by African-American authors and illustrators that every child should experience:

  • Brian Pinkney
  • Bryan Collier
  • Gregory Christie
  • Kadir Nelson
  • E.B. Lewis
  • Ashley Bryan
  • Leo and Diane Dillon
  • Floyd Cooper
  • James Ransome
  • Pat Cummings
  • Christopher Myers
  • Faith Ringgold

Some of Bernstein’s favorite novels and chapter books from the last year or so:                                                           

  • Adam Gidwitz, “Inquisitorís Tale”
  • Erin Kelly, “Land of Forgotten Girls”
  • Alexandra Diaz, “The Only Road”
  • A.S. King, “Me and Marvin Gardens”
  • Firoozeh Dumas, “It Ainít So Awful, Falafel”
  • Kelly Barnhill, “The Girl Who Drank the Moon”
  • Kathi Appelt, “Maybe a Fox”
  • Sara Pennypacker, “Pax”
  • Lauren Wolk, “Wolf Hollow”
  • Jason Reynolds, “Ghost”
  • Jason Reynolds, “As Brave as You”
  • Melissa Sweet, “Some Writer: E.B. White”