Tag Archives: Read Alouds

KG – Trucktown series by Jon Scieszka

Boys and girls alike can’t seem to get enough of Jon Scieska’s Trucktown series. During library class this week, I will introduce KG students to the picture book and early reader formats of this highly entertaining, high interest series.  Even the most reluctant readers will want to get their hands on these books. Melvin Might? is not only an entertaining read aloud, but prompts discussions about worrying, being brave and to keep on trying.  Melvin Might? reminded me of the classic story, The Little Engine that Could.  Truckery Rhymes is perfect if you want a new twist on old rhymes and better yet, students find the new rhymes highly engaging.   More books in this series coming soon to the ASIJ ES Library!

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Move over Mother Goose, Jon Scieska has written a book of Truckery Rhymes.  

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Ms. Pretz’s Summer Reading Recommendations

Ms. Pretz’s Summer Reading Recommendations

Read Alouds – Grades 1-2     Great Reads – Grades 1-2     Great Reads – Grades 3-5

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ASIJ ES Summer Reading Brochure Gr. 1-2

ASIJ ES Summer Reading Brochure Gr. 3-5

A big hat tip to Ms. Bethany Fields for the layout and design of this year’s brochure!

Helpful Summer Reading Lists

read more sand - schools.natlib.govt.nzReading Matters

“Kids who don’t have educationally rich summers will be nearly three years behind their peers by the time they reach the end of the fifth grade… Much like we would expect an athlete or a musician’s performance to suffer if they didn’t practice regularly, the same thing is true for young people when it comes to reading performance.”
— Ron Fairchild, Founding CEO, National Summer Learning Association

When visiting a library or bookstore this summer, I hope you find the following lists helpful. – Ms. Pretz ASIJ ES Librarian

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Our summer reading theme this year is “Every Hero Has A Story”.  There are Many summer reading programs in the United States are also using this theme.

K – Grade 2      Grades 3-4     Grades 5-6

Read Aloud America 

2015 Recommended Read Aloud List

Fans of Diary of A Wimpy Kid

Ten Funny Books

Books for Harry Potter Lovers

Watch this video about books for Harry Potter lovers to find out why Elizabeth Bird of the NYPL recommends these middle grade books.

  1. The Dragon’s Tooth by N.D. Wilson
  2. The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier
  3. Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
  4. Small Persons With Wings by Ellen Booraem
  5. The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson

A few NEW library titles coming this August for fans of Harry Potter:   Story Thieves by Riley James, Alistair Grim’s Odditorium by Gregory Funaro, The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler, The Book of Storm by Ruth Hatfield, Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks, Gabriel Finley & and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen

OUTSTANDING SUMMER READING LISTS  – Professional Organizations

American Library Association

Notable Children’s Books 2015

Association for Library Service to Children 

KG-Grade 2     Grades 3-5

Bank Street Books – Best of  the Year

Under 5     Ages 5-9     Ages 9-12

Horn Book Summer Reading Recommendations 

Grades K-2     Grades 3-5

International Reading Association

Teachers’ Choices 2015

Kirkus Review

Best Books of 2014     Best Book Nominees for 2015


HAISLN Summer Reading Lists 2015

Preschool – K Reading List     Grades 1 & 2 Reading List

Grades 3 & 4 Reading List     Grade 5 Reading List

Boston Public Schools

Book List Grades K – 2 (PDF)      Book List Grades 3 – 5  (PDF)


“Read More” by Schools.natlib.govt.nz under creative commons license.

“Every Child A Hero” lists compiled for the Connecticut Department of Education by Linda Williams.

Elementary Library Summer Check Out 2015


Who can participate? Students and families who will be returning to ASIJ this fall.

What is it? Students and parents check out library books to take home over the summer.

When is it? June 8th, 9th, and 10th  from 7:45 am – 3:15 pm.

How do I participate?

Step 1: All library materials (including all family checked out books) must be returned by Friday, May 29th.

Step 2: Complete the permission form below and return to the ES library by Tue., June 2nd.

Step 3: Come to the library to find your summer check-out books on June 8th, 9th, or 10th. If unaccompanied, students may only check out 5 books per day. Checkout limit is 25 books per student and 25 books on the family account.

Step 4: Return books to the library on student orientation day: Monday, August 24th.

eBook Opportunities


ES students have worldwide access to eBooks through our school subscription to Big Universe and TumbleBooks. Access to these books is free of charge. tumble booksPlease check the library blog for details on how to log in.

The digital books page is a password protected page.  The password is:  asij

QUESTIONS? Please call the elementary library at ext. 293 (Tammy, Carol or Bethany)

Sign below where appropriate and return to the library by Tuesday, June 2, 2015

You only need to return this form is you would like to check books out for the summer.

Summer Checkout Permission Slip

Parent Name       : ________________________________________

Student Name     : ___________________________ Class:_____

Student Name     : ___________________________ Class:_____

By signing this I am stating that my child(ren) will be attending ASIJ next fall. 

Parent Signature: _______________________________________

Recommended Summer Reading Lists – Click to Open.

Every Hero Needs A Story

Best of the Year & Great Reads