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Reading Logs
Reading Logs: Friend or Foe?
Do you remember filling in reading logs for school? Does your child do it now? Recently we came across this thought-provoking article in The Atlantic that suggests reading logs may not be a good thing.

The author claims that obliging a child to read for a specific length of time and then record the details can turn reading into more of a chore than a pleasure. Apparently reading logs can turn some children off reading altogether--including kids who were enthusiastic readers beforehand.

Hearing about anything that can put a child off reading is heartbreaking for us! We would like to see every child (and adult) have access to books that they actually want to read. There's no greater pleasure for us than connecting a child with the right book. Especially when that child claims not to like books.
A couple of weeks ago, we helped a young boy who said he hated reading. Strong words! We picked out books together, based on his interests (humor, cars and animals) and, while we helped out other members of his family, he sat down in a corner to look through his pile. He never got beyond the first book. He read through the first two chapters then and there, and insisted his mother buy the book for him immediately. So much for hating reading! It's a great example of how putting the right book into a child's hands can make all the difference.
The summer reading lists that we've put together contain books that we know kids want to read. Some of them are literary--but always a good story. Others are simply fun to read--funny or full of action. All of them are books that will lure a child into a world that they won't want to leave. Some examples are below.
As for reading logs? A single article doesn't necessarily mean they should be discarded. But it's certainly something to think and talk about--which is happening on our Facebook page. Join the conversation here! And thank you to all for your great and engaging commenting!
Summer Reading for Middle and Elementary School
These are a few highlights from our summer reading lists for elementary and middle school students. For more information on an individual book, click on the cover, and to see more suggestions, click on the link below each grade.
We're always delighted to come up with individual reading lists that mesh with your child's interests. Come in for a chat and we'll find the right books for you and your family!
Grades 7 and 8
Heather Vogel Frederick
Friendly, light mystery in which a girl investigates a mysterious letter.
Paige McKenzie
Creepy contemporary ghost story, based on a YouTube series.
The Novice 
The Novice 
Taran Matharu
Perfect for those who loved The Ranger's Apprentice.
Based on the hit video game Assassin's Creed--graduate from video games to summer reading!  

Find more great books for this age group here.
Grades 5 and 6

Nine_ Ten 
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story
Nora Raleigh Baskin
Thought-provoking story about four kids connected by 9-11.
Raina Telgemeier
Graphic novel full of emotion, humor and wonder--and, of course, ghosts!
The Girl Who Drank the Moon 
This year's Newbery winner--it's just so good!
Kimberly Willis Holt
Emotional exploration about the meaning of home.  
Find more great books for this age group here.
Grades 3 & 4

Waylon_ One Awesome Thing 
Waylon! One Awesome Thing
Sara Pennypacker
A fun read about a fourth grade science geek. (And look out for Clementine!) 

Zany humor. A boy tricks his family into entering a spectacular contest.

Gertie_s Leap to Greatness 
Gertie's Leap to Greatness
Kate Beasley
Funny and full of hope about a girl who is determined to be THE BEST.
A Handful of Stars 
A Handful of Stars  Cynthia Lord
Powerful and insightful. A blind dog brings unlikely friends together.
Find more great books for this age group here.
Early Readers-Grades 1 & 2
Lively graphic novels at three different levels for beginning readers. Titles include Luke on the Loose, Benny and Penny and Chick & Chickie Play All Day. Lots of fun!
Angela Banner
Classics that parents and grandparents might remember reading themselves! Still a delightful read for today's early readers.  
Best Friends Forever_  
Best Friends Forever? Michele Jakubowski
A great early read about friendship. What will happen to best friends Ash and Lee when one of them has to move away?
Ada Hopper  
The first in an action-packed series, full of crazy mishaps.
Find more great books for this age group here.

Bike to Work Day
Books on Bike to Work Day!
We'll be taking part in Bike to Work Day in Glendale again this year. Find us at Creekside Park on the Cherry Creek Pathway (less than a mile from the store) on Wednesday morning, June 28th from 6:00-9 a.m. We'll have all our favorite summer reads for sale and we'll be handing out $5 Bookies Bucks, so look out for our stand! There will also be food vendors and a bike technician at our location, to fuel both you and your bike.
Books for Cherry Creek Schools
We took part in the Cherry Creek School District's Summer Learning Academy last week, and had a great time meeting teachers and showing them topical books for their classrooms. Mo Willems' Nanette's Baguette was a read-aloud favorite!