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Go Camping with Picture Books

4 Aug

camping

My parents were (and still are) pretty cool – they’d pack all four of us up (with the dog), maybe some cousins and we’d go camping all around western PA in the summer. We had a small pop-up camper and I absolutely loved every minute of it! So I’ve created a short list of picture books about enjoying the outdoors and going camping!

  1. Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Kate Kiesler
  2. Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
  3. Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Mélanie Watt
  4. Maisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins
  5. S is for S’Mores: A Camping Alphabet by Helen Foster James
  6. Duck Tents by Lynne Berry, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata
  7. Yes, Let’s by Galen Goodwin Longstreth, illustrated by Maris Wicks
  8. Camp Rex by Molly Idle
  9. A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
  10. The Camping Trip That Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and the National Parks by Bob Rosenstock, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
  11. Bailey Goes Camping by Kevin Henkes
  12. The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures and Connect Kids to Nature by Helen Olsson
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(Unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday: Middle Grade Audiobooks

18 Jul

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My regularly scheduled blog post for Tuesday is on hold until August, so I created my own list – Ten Middle Grade audiobooks – perfect for summer vacation!

  1. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews, Rebecca Soler; music, Corky Siegel
  2. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, narrated by  Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson
  3. See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng, narrated by Kivlighan de Montebello, Brittany Pressley, Graham Halstead, Michael Crouch, Jason Culp
  4. Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo, narrated by Jenna Lamia
  5. When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin, narrated by Kim Mai Guest
  6. Ghost by Jason Reynolds, narrated by Guy Lockard
  7. Booked by Kwame Alexander, narrated by the author
  8. Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan, narrated by Josh Hurley, Vikas Adam
  9. The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by
    Adam Gidwitz, narrated By Adam Gidwitz, Vikas Adam, Mark Bramhall, Jonathan Cowley, Kimberly Farr, Ann Marie Lee, Bruce Mann, John H. Mayer, Benjamin Bagby
  10. Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh, narrated by Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, Jacqueline Woodson, Kelly J. Baptist

YA Beach Reads

14 Jul

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I always want to go to the beach (or as they say in Southeast PA – “down the shore”) and then I get there. I don’t care about the sand, I love the ocean… it’s the sun. From the viewpoint of this very pale girl, the beach is such a pain in terms of applying sunscreen. I have to re-apply every half hour to hour if I don’t want to burn, I can’t use the spray (it doesn’t provide enough coverage) and if I’m at the beach, I’m wearing a swimsuit which means there’s a lot of surface area to cover in sunscreen – legs, arms, back, ears, etc. It ends up being more work than anything else! But that doesn’t mean I don’t absolutely love the idea of the beach, so here are ten YA titles that take place on/near the beach.

  1. We Were Liars by e. Lockhart
  2. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
  3. The Summer After You + Me by  Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
  4. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  5. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  6. Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton
  7. Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
  8. Be True to Me by Adele Griffin
  9. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  10. Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider

(Unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday: Middle Grade Novels About Road Trips

11 Jul

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My regularly scheduled blog post for Tuesday is on hold until August, so I created my own list – Ten Middle Grade stories about road trips because, I don’t know about you, but summer screams road trips for me!

  1. From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos
  2. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
  3. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  4. Road Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
  6. The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  7. Savvy by Ingrid Law
  8. Julia and the Art of Practical Travel by Lesley M.M. Blume
  9. The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman
  10. See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

Summer Camp Titles for Middle Grade Readers

7 Jul

summer camp

Although I didn’t spend my summers as a child at summer camp, many of my friends did and it always sounded like so much fun. Here’s a great list of titles for middle grade readers that are set in summer camp – Enjoy!

  1. Camp Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
  2. Like Bug Juice on a Burger by Julie Sternberg
  3. Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett Krosoczka
  4. Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
  5. Just Like Me by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
  6. How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer by Taryn Souders
  7. Nerd Camp by Elissa Brent Weissman
  8. Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
  9. Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs
  10. A Clatter of Jars by Lisa Graff
  11. Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary
  12. Sports Camp by Rich Wallace
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