Let’s keep our great conversations about books going all summer long! Good readers make reading plans, and we already know some of the books I am planning on reading this summer. Would you like to join us?
We will meet right here at the Loudonville Library during the “Picnic Picks!” times listed on the summer library schedule. Please be sure to include an email that is checked regularly so I can communicate the details with you should there be any changes. You may bring a lunch to eat while we discuss the book, but remember that the library is a nut-free space. This is a drop-off program, but parents must return when the library opens at 1:00. Please feel free to stay and check out new books and try some fun activities!
The three different book clubs are listed below. Please note the recommended ages for each. You can find the books at the public library or on OverDrive. You can also purchase them for yourself.
Picnic Picks 1
Hilarious Hijinx! : Read The 13-Story Treehouse , by Andy Griffiths. “ Andy and Terry live in a treehouse. But it’s not just any old treehouse, it’s the most amazing treehouse in the world! This treehouse has thirteen stories, a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a secret underground laboratory, and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you are hungry.”
Recommended for rising second graders and up. Meeting Date: Monday, July 16, 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Picnic Picks 2
Rick Riordan Presents… : Read Aru Shah and the End of Time , by Roshani Chokshi. Aru Shah sometimes stretches the truth to fit in at school. She’ll be spending her break in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture while everyone else travels to exotic locations. When three classmates don’t believe her tale of a cursed lamp, they dare her to prove it. “Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.” But lighting the lamp has dire consequences…
Recommended for rising third graders and up. Meeting Date: Monday, July 30, 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Picnic Picks 3
Newbery Worthy? : Do you want to read some of the BEST new books? Are you interested in joining the Newbery Project next year? Do you want to help decide which books make the recommended list for next school year? Read at least one of the four Newbery eligible books and come prepared to say why it should or should not be on the list of Newbery contenders! Please see below for the list, descriptions, and a brief note about the Newbery Project.
Recommended for rising fourth graders and up. Meeting Date: Monday, August 13, 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Whether you choose to participate or not, we hope you have a wonderful summer filled with imagination, hope, and fun. Be sure to check out our library site for reading inspiration all summer long! You can also find us on Facebook by searching for “North Colonie Elementary Libraries” and on Twitter: @LOLibraryLion.
Picnic Picks 3: Newbery Worthy? Book Choices (descriptions from the publishers)
- Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring, by Angela Cervantes: “A room locked for fifty years. A valuable peacock ring. A mysterious brother-sister duo. Paloma Marquez is traveling to Mexico City, birthplace of her deceased father, for the very first time. While in Mexico, Paloma meets Lizzie and Gael, who present her with an irresistible challenge: The siblings want her to help them find a valuable ring that once belonged to artist Frida Kahlo. Finding the ring means a big reward – and the thanks of all Mexico. But the brother and sister have a secret. Do they really want to return the ring, or are they after something else entirely?”
- The Journey of Little Charlie, by Newbery Award Winning Author Christopher Paul Curtis: “Twelve-year-old Charlie is down on his luck. His sharecropper father just died and Cap’n Buck – the most fearsome man in Possum Moan, South Carolina – has come to collect a debt. Fearing for his life, Charlie strikes a deal with Cap’n Buck and agrees to track down some folks accused of stealing from the Cap’n and his boss. It’s not too bad of a bargain for Charlie… until he comes face-to-face with the fugitives and discovers their true identities. Torn between his guilty conscience and his survival instinct, Charlie needs to figure out his next move – and soon. It’s only a matter of time before Cap’n Buck catches on.
- The Problim Children, by Natalie Lloyd: “When the Problim children’s ramshackle bungalow in the Swampy Woods goes kaboom, the seven siblings – each born on a different day of the week – have to move into their grandpa’s bizarre old mansion in Lost Cove. No problem!… But rumors about their family run rampant in the small town: tales of a bitter feud, a hidden treasure, and a certain kind of magic lingering in the halls of #7 Main Street. Their neighbors, the O’Pinions, will do anything to find the secrets lurking inside the Problim household – including sending the seven children to seven different houses on seven different continents.”
- Just Like Jackie, by Lindsey Stoddard: “For as long as Robinson Hart can remember, it’s just been her and Grandpa. He taught her about cars, baseball, and everything else worth knowing. But Grandpa’s memory has been getting bad – so bad that he sometimes can’t even remember Robbie’s name. She’s sure that she’s making things worse by getting in trouble at school, but she can’t resist using her fists when bullies like Alex Carter make fun of her for not having a mom. Now she’s stuck in group guidance – and to make things even worse, Alex Carter is there, too. There’s no way Robbie’s going to open up about her life to some therapy group, especially not with Alex in the room. Besides, if she told anyone how forgetful Grandpa’s been getting lately, they’d take her away from him. He’s the only family she has – and it’s up to her to keep them together, no matter what.”
A Note About the Newbery Project
The Newbery Project is a voluntary reading opportunity for students in grades 4 and 5, made possible through the generous support of the Loudonville PTA. (Sixth graders are often too busy to fully participate, but prior participants are welcome to read the books!) The Newbery Medal is awarded each year to the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature. Interested students meet throughout the beginning of the school year to read and discuss that year’s Newbery eligible books. Rising fourth graders will receive more information in September. These books are often challenging, and present wonderful opportunities for family discussions. Please feel free to read these with or to your child if that is a better fit than reading independently.