EHLTexas's Summer Reading List - 2013
In this zany tale two big things happen: the alphabet gets all out of order and kids get their ABCs down pat! At the alphabet talent show, Z protests the unfair ordering of the letters. But, when they try to appease Z and go in backwards order, chaos follows.
The Wayside School was supposed to be one story high, with 30 classrooms side by side; instead, it was built sideways, with 30 one-classroom stories. As befits such a strange school, these tales are a bit strange too. The quirky humor in this book is appealing to children, and it makes a good read-aloud book for the younger set.
One day, Jeremy draws a monster, but things start to go horribly wrong when his creation comes to life. How does Jeremy get rid of this very demanding monster? He draws a bus ticket out of town! Unique and beautiful illustrations make this quirky story a fun and compelling read, inviting children to dance the line between imagination and reality.
Magnus Maximus measures extraordinary things, from the itchiness of an itch to the number of fleas on an escaped circus lion. So intense is his focus on counting the little things that he doesn't fully experience the beautiful things that pass his way...until a new friend helps to show him how.
Clank! Rattle! Bang! Who's making all that noise? Backhoe Loader, reporting for duty. Cleaning up a mess? Easy as pie. Make that a mud pie.
Award-winning artist Sylvia Long has teamed with up-and-coming author Dianna Aston to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to eggs. From tiny hummingbird eggs to giant ostrich eggs, gooey frog eggs to fossilized dinosaur eggs, it magnificently captures the incredible variety of eggs and celebrates their beauty and wonder.
Tullet's brilliant creation proves that books need not lose out to electronic wizardry; his colorful dots perform every bit as engagingly as any on the screen of an iPad.
In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit threw a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center and spent an hour walking, dancing, and performing high-wire tricks a quarter mile in the sky. This picture book captures the poetry and magic of the event with a poetry of its own: lyrical words and lovely paintings that present the detail, daring, and--in two dramatic foldout spreads—the vertiginous drama of Petit's feat.
Nathaniel Fludd's parents are lost at sea, and he is sent to a distant cousin. Before he knows it, Nathaniel is in Arabia, entrenched in an effort to ensure the world's last remaining phoenix delivers her egg safely. Can he protect this mythical creature from extinction? This first book in an exciting series is a great way to get your child hooked on chapter books.
Some things just can't be made up: like the fact that the first successful tumble over Niagara Falls happened in the autumn of 1901 and was carried out by a retired charm school teacher. But why and how did this 62-year-old teacher risk it?