It’s Spring Break time, and the weather is getting warm. Most students have one-two weeks where they do not have to worry about school. While many students will be taking trips and getting more time outside to ride their bikes, this is also a good time for them to catch up on some reading. During spring break, I encourage my students to read at least two-three books. Here is a list of recommended books that I shared with my students:
1. Hold Fast – This best seller by Blue Balliett is a recommended read for students ages eight to twelve. The book is about a young girl who falls into the shelter system. She also solves the mystery of her father’s strange disappearance. The book takes students on a journey through the city of Chicago to the hidden places in the public library.
2. The Ramona Collection – Written by Beverly Cleary, this is a collection of humorous children’s books. The series follows Ramona Quimby, her family, and her friends. Some of my favorite books in the series include Ramona the Pest, Beezus and Ramona, and Ramona and Her Father.
3. Last Stop on Market Street – This children’s book released in 2015 by Matt de la Pena follows a young African American boy named CJ as he learns the beauty of of what he sees as he rides the bus with his grandmother after church.
4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – This is a popular children’s book by Eric Carle uses collage illustrations. The book has straightforward text with educational themes such as counting, the days of the week, and the caterpillar’s life cycle.
5. Where the Sidewalk Ends – This 1974 children’s book by Shel Silverstein is a collection of poems. Some poems are humorous and others make you pause and think. Silverstein not only wrote the poetry, but he also provided the illustrations.
Which books would you add to this list?