First Grade Summer Reading List (page 3)

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May 16, 2011
Updated on Mar 31, 2014

Our 2009 First Grade Summer Reading List

Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures: The Mount Rushmore Calamity by Sara Pennypacker, created by Jeff Brown. It's been 45 years since kids first got a glimpse of Flat Stanley, a regular boy smushed to just a half-inch thick by a falling bulletin board. Being flat is tough, but it makes being sent through the mail a breeze, and the original series sent Stanley on some truly fantastic adventures. This book marks the first in a series of new exploits for the first grade favorite who can fly like a kite and slip under door cracks, and bestselling author Pennypacker doesn't disappoint. Not only will kids get a giggle over all the entertaining situations Stanley finds himself in, but they'll get a little taste of geography, too, as Stanley traverses the country, and the globe. First stop: Mount Rushmore, where he prevents a rock slide, saves his brother from the bridge of Lincoln's crumbling nose, and searches for gold. Flat out, fun! (HarperCollins, 2009, $15.99)
Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein and Ed Young. Wabi Sabi, a cat from Kyoto, has never thought much about the meaning of his name. But when a foreigner asks his owner about it, he replies that it is difficult to explain. The cat's journey to find his meaning lays the groundwork for this book, but the book itself is an exploration of the concept of wabi sabi, which is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfect or humble things. The artwork, by Caldecott winner Ed Young, is a masterpiece of collaged cut paper. The text is spare. But for parents who complain about the media onslaught facing children today, this book is a breath of fresh air-- an unconventional and gorgeously layered thing unlike any children's book you've ever seen. Not every child will love it, but for the right child, it will be a favorite. And you'll likely leaf through it long after your kid has gone to bed. (Little Brown, 2008, $16.99)
The Retired Kid by John Agee. It's been a great 8 years, but Brian is exhausted. Between school, vegetables, and babysitting his little sister, he's in need of a break. So he decides to move to the Happy Sunset Retirement Community. Under the wing of a retired plumber named Harvey, he's got enough fishing, golfing, and loafing to fill his days, but he also needs to listen to rambling complaints about hip replacements and "ooh" at pictures of people's grandkids. Maybe retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. This gentle story about what makes being a kid tough sometimes, and learning to appreciate what makes it great, will bring a smile to the face of over-scheduled kids, and to the parents and grandparents who love them. (Hyperion Books, 2008, $16.99)
Madame Pamplemousse and Her Incredible Edibles by Rupert Kingfisher and illustrated by Sue Hellard. It's summertime, and Madeleine's parents want an adults-only vacation. So she's sent to live with her horrible Uncle Lard, who dreams of becoming a famous chef, but has the taste buds of an amoeba. One day, Madeleine goes out to buy supplies for Lard's restaurant, and stumbles upon a mysterious shop selling absolutely incredible edibles-- edibles like Pterodactyl Bacon and Roast Piranha with Raspberry Coulis. The item Madeleine brings back rockets her uncle's restaurant to instant fame. The only problem is, he now wants her to steal the recipe! Full of incredibly creative ingredients and fairytale characters, this book reminds us of early Roald Dahl. Pitched at the 8-11 year-old crowd, it makes a wonderfully delicious read-aloud for first graders who are inching towards chapter books. (Bloomsbury, 2008, $15.99) 
Zelda and Ivy: Keeping Secrets by Laura McGee Kvasnosky. Fabulous fox sisters, Zelda and Ivy take turns make a promise not to spill a certain shared secret about the tooth fairy, big sister Zelda tries to outwit Ivy with various April fools’ pranks, and in a dramatic and most hilarious finish, butterflies and ‘mi mi mi’s collide as opera-star hopeful Zelda is upstaged by the outdoor pursuits of her friends. For young readers ready to make the transition from picture books to multi-chapter novels, the Zelda and Ivy series is a fresh and funny way to get them started. But if your child still believes that a lady with wings is sticking dollars under her pillow, we'd say give this one a pass for another in the series. (Candlewick, $15.99) 


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