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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: Kids Summer Reading Program Book Recommendations

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Kids Summer Reading Program Book Recommendations

Picture Books

Nanook & Pryce: Gone Fishing by Ned Crowley - Parka-clad friends Nanook and Pryce and their dog Yukon encounter many different types of ocean life and adventure on an unexpected voyage.

Gilbert, The Surfer Dude by Diane DeGroat - Gilbert the opossum imagines himself as Surfer Dude on a fun-filled day at the beach.

Little Boat by Thomas Docherty - One brave little boat is on a journey to discover the seven seas. Setting off into the big, wide world, Little Boat runs into treacherous waters, turbulent tides, and seafaring friends. After all his nautical adventures, our hero finds out that he's no longer such a little boat.

Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud by Johnette Downing - When Crawfish takes advantage of Crab's generosity, his trickery costs him the friendship.

Dirty Joe, the Pirate by Bill Harley - Dirty Joe and his pirate crew terrorize the seven seas in their quest for dirty socks, but they meet their match in Stinky Annie, whose favorite loot is pilfered underwear.

Mermaid Dance by Marjorie Hakala - On the first night of summer when high tide brings the ocean to the edge of the forest, woodland animals watch mermaids frolicking under a full moon.

Archie and the Pirates by Marc Rosenthal - When Archie the monkey finds himself on a strange island, he makes a multitude of new friends who help him defend their home from intruding pirates.

Captain Small Pig by Martin Waddell - Small Pig and his friends Old Goat and Turkey spend the day in a rowboat on a lake.

Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Mélanie Watt - Scaredy Squirrel doesn't like crowds so he doesn't go to the beach, he builds his own. However, something is missing so he needs to go to the real beach and retrieve it.

The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen - When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the poor animals are left on their own to swim the chilly waters. Staggering onto a nearby island, they soon win over the wary townspeople with their kind, courageous ways. So well do the critters blend in that when the greedy circus owner returns to claim them, villagers of all species conspire to outsmart the bloated blowhard.


Jack Plank Tells Tales by Natalie Babbitt - Pirate Jack Plank is unable to get a job and he spends his evenings telling stories to the other boarders at Mrs. DeFresno boarding house.

Raiders’ Ransom by Emily Diamand - In 23rd-century Great Britain, where climate change has caused vast flooding, the piratical raiders kidnap the Prime Minister's daughter and thirteen-year-old Lilly Melkun, an English fisher-girl, takes her seacat on a daring rescue attempt, with a mysterious talking jewel from a past computer age tucked in her belt as ransom.

Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas by Cary Fagan - School Library Journal: "Jacob Two-Two and his family are moving to Canada from England and have embarked on the SS Spring-a-Leak, along with other passengers who are various types of actors or entertainers. Unfortunately, Jacob finds that things are not all shipshape onboard as he and Cindy, a girl traveling with her mother, soon uncover some devious plans that result in them being captured by pirates."

Emily Windsnap and the Siren’s Secret by Liz Kessler - When Neptune tells Emily and her merman father and human mother to return to Brightport to try to make merpeople and humans work more closely together, Emily faces problems with old enemies, her new, half-merfolk friend Aaron, and a mystery related to a group of legendary lost sirens.

Water Steps by A. LaFaye - Eleven-year-old Kyna, terrified of water since her family drowned in a storm that nearly took her life as well, works to overcome her phobia when her adoptive parents, Irish immigrants with a mysterious past, rent a cabin on Lake Champlain for the summer.

The Wreckers by Iain Lawrence - Shipwrecked after a vicious storm, fourteen-year-old John Spencer attempts to save his father and himself while also dealing with an evil secret about the English coastal town where they are stranded.

Uncle Pirate by Douglas Rees - Wilson is one of the most bullied fourth-graders at the chaotic Very Elementary School until his long-lost uncle, Desperate Evil Wicked Bob--a pirate--and his talking penguin arrive and begin making everything ship-shape, one classroom at a time.

The Not-So-Jolly-Roger by Jon Scieszka - "Friends Joe, Sam, and Fred--the Time Warp Trio--once again look into the mysterious book sent by Joe's magician uncle and are transported into a pirate adventure full of thrills and high comedy."


You Wouldn't Want to be a Pirate's Prisoner! by John Malam - Offers a humorous look at life as a captain of a Spanish treasure ship taken prisoner by pirates.

Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys and Gulls by Lucy Nolan - What if Jack and Jill had been playing on a nice soft sand dune instead of that treacherous hill? And suppose Mary's pet wasn't really a lamb? What if Mary had a little clam? This collection retells Mother Goose rhymes and celebrates America's coastlines and waterways from sea to shining sea. Includes "For Creative Minds" section.

National Geographic Oceans: Dolphins, Sharks, Penguins, and More! by Johnna Rizzo - Presents a variety of sea creatures and their homes, including dolphins, sharks, and sea turtles.

Can You See What I See?: Treasure Ship by Walter Wick - A pirate ship and a chest of gold take readers on a journey through time that leads to the location of purloined treasures. Beginning with a zoom of a gold coin, photographs pull back to reveal the story of the coin's travels from the hull of a pirate ship in the 1700s to the shore of a beach town today.

A Thousand Years of Pirates by William Gilkerson - From the days of the Vikings to the present and in all the oceans of the world, pirates have made their presence known and feared. Recorded here are their stories along with striking images of ships, storms at sea, and secret harbors where "black ships" could be re-stocked and refitted.

Shipwrecks: Exploring Sunken Cities by Mary Cerullo - Documents the histories of two shipwrecks while describing the stories of their final voyages as revealed by the objects found around the wreckage, sharing the tales of lost families and fabled gold that motivated their discoveries.


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