Summer Reading for Kids on the Point

Today on The Point, Book Show Edition, Mindy Todd and Jill Erickson, Head of Reference and Adult Services, were joined by Mary E. Cronin to talk about great summer reads for kids. The phones were not working this morning, so feel free to leave us a comment with your suggestions!

Mindy’s Pick

Time for Bed by Mem Fox

Jill’s Picks

Lumberjanes: beware the kitten holy by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis

The View from the Cheap Seats: selected nonfiction by Neil Gaiman. Essay from collection: “What the [Very Bad Swearword] is a Children’s Book, Anyway?”

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

How to Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esme Raji Codell

The Penderwicks: a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy by Jeanne Birdsall (the 1st of what is now 4 books about the family)

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sis

Beach House by Deanna Caswell, illustrated by Amy June Bates

The Most Amazing Creature in the Sea by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illustrated by Gennady Spirin

Firefly July selected by Paul Bl. Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is challenging all residents of Massachusetts to read four books this summer – and to share their experience with others. Join the conversation and tell them, #WhatsYourFour?

Laura Ford’s blog about summer reading can be found here.


Mary’s Picks

Picture Books

Middle Grades

  • DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier… (graphic novel, theater kids)
  • Donna Gephardt’s LILY AND DUNKIN…transgender character, “outsiders”
  • Varian Johnson THE GREAT GREENE HEIST and TO CATCH A CHEAT… main character is Jackson Greene (a smooth operator), a middle school caper reminiscent of Oceans 11 to save the school election from being stolen by the wrong kid.
  • PAX by Sara Pennypacker… an animal story… a boy main character…. Local author.
  • DISTANCE TO HOME, Jenn Barnes… baseball, girl athlete main character, will appeal to fans of CC Baseball League
  • Kekla Magoon’s CAMO GIRL…. Ella is in middle school, is biracial (a black parent and a white parent) and has uneven skin tone, earning her the nickname Camo Girl. A story about about popularity, loyalty, friendship, middle school.
  • Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s FISH IN A TREE… a girl battles with reading difficulties, adopting a trouble-making personality as a smoke screen
  • ONE CRAZY SUMMER by Rita Williams-Garcia…Three African American sisters go to visit the mother who left them, in 1968 Oakland, California…. The beginning of a trilogy.

Young Adult

  • Ellen Wittlinger, LOCAL GIRL SWEPT AWAY, a juicy Provincetown story… a story of 4 friends, one of whom gets swept away in stormy weather…. And a mystery unravels.
  • A. Barson’s CHARLOTTE CUTS IT OUT… two girls who are juniors in a cosmetology arts program enter a competition, and Charlotte makes a bet with her mother, who wants her to give up cosmetology for college.
  • SIMON VS. THE HOMOSAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli… Simon struggles to come out to himself and his wonderfully quirky family, approaching a new romance and unraveling the mystery behind some secret messages.

Reading without walls challenge can be found here.

Listener Suggestion

“Regarding books for children, have you talked about Garth Nix’s trilogy –Abhorsen?  The books, Sabriel, Lariel and Abhorsen, go from wonderful to more fabulous, and create a world that I loved to be in.  I read it as an adult, but also have given it to older adults.”


The Secret of Saying Thanks

The other afternoon I was sitting at the Help Desk, and suddenly noticed a parade of children, led by Donna Skinner of the children’s room, marching by my desk. Turned out they were on a mission from the children’s room. They had just had a a meeting of their junior book club (for grades one to three) in which Donna had read to them a book called The Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood ; illustrated by Greg Shed . After reading the story, they all decorated small paper turkeys and wrote inside what they were thankful for. You might see one of these paper turkeys tucked inside a book, or just waiting at a computer keyboard. Be sure to pick it up, read what’s inside, and maybe even think about what you are thankful for this week. Thanks to Donna for making an ordinary afternoon in the library extraordinary.

News from the Children’s Room…

Donna Skinner, from our children’s room has big news for the day: “Today is a very important day for the students of Falmouth; it’s the last day of school! The Children’s Department is pleased to announce that it is also the first day to sign up for the Summer Reading Program. This is an incentive program to keep families reading throughout the summer. With many free programs for children, along with a great selection of books, this is a great time to pay us a visit. While you’re here, try our new self checkout!”

Favorite Poem Friday

Today’s Favorite Poem comes to us from the Head of the Children’s Department, Karen Arnold.

His Royal Sloppiness by Alan Katz

I am the prince

of fingerprints.

Each thing I touch,

I smudge.

I got ink on

the windowsill.

And on the lamp?

That’s fudge.

There’s mud on

every doorknob

and paint marks

down the hall.

But don’t blame me —

I’ve no idea

what’s on the bathroom wall!

Today’s poem is from a collection called Oops, and if you liked it you might want to know about a program coming up in the children’s room. Here is what Donna Skinner has to say:

“The Children’s Department will be hosting a pajama storytime on Wednesday, April 1st. Preposterous Poetry in Pajamas will begin at 6:30pm in the Children’s Program Room, and is geared for families of all ages. We will be featuring some very funny books (after all, it is April Fool’s Day, right?) and silly poetry. One book we will be using is My Dog May Be a Genius by Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky.  This book contains poems such as “A Skunk Sat in a Courtroom” and “My Brother Poked a Porcupine”, the titles speak for themselves. We will also be reading a new twist on an old classic, Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody. It has the familiar soothing rhythm from Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon, but with lines like “Goodnight tomb. Goodnight goon. Goodnight Martians taking over the moon.” You will be giggling rather than falling asleep. If you can’t make it to the Pajama Storytime, stop by the Children’s Room anytime and we are happy to show you where our favorites are, we’ve got lots of them!”

Admit One ~ Your Ticket to Summer Fun!

The Morse Pond School has posted their Summer Reading List 2008 for 5th and 6th graders. There is a Summer Reading Assignment form on their web page and in our Children’s Room that you need to fill in based on two different Battle of the Books titles. Fill out your form and you can redeem it for a prize by returning it to the Morse Pond Library during the first week of school! We’ve got lots of copies of these books in the Children’s Room, and they all have yellow stickers on their spines with a J on it. And if you’d like to read some more Chris Van Allsburg books, we have those too!

Farewell to Jennifer

As of today there will be a hole in the children’s department. The head of Children’s Services, Jennifer Sirrico has decided to leave her position at the Falmouth Public Library in order to pursue a career in writing. We are sure many of you will miss her presence, but we trust we will find some terrific Children’s Librarian to take her position as soon as possible. Summer is, of course, a wildly exciting time and the theme this year for summer reading is ”Wild Reads”. We know that Jennifer set up a wonderful Summer of programs before she left us, so we hope everyone will come in and enjoy our fabulous new children’s room and some great summer reading programs. We are delighted to announce that Donna Skinner will be our interim Children’s Librarian until we are able to fill the position.