End of School Year and Summer Reading

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  • Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping …..by Peggy Parish
  • It’s Summer! …..by Linda Glaser
  • Last Day, Hooray …..by Nancy Poydar
  • Sam and the Firefly …..by P. D. Eastman
  • The Summer Solstice …..by Ellen Jackson
  • When It’s the Last Day Of School …..by Meritbeth Boelts
  • Soap! Soap! Don’t Forget the Soap
  • Summer Stinks!…..by Marty Keller
  • Summersaults–Florian
  • Summertime–ill. Mike Wimmer
  • The Night Before Summer Vacation
  • The Raft …..by Jim LaMarche
  • The Twelve Days of Summer…..by Jan Andrews & Susan Rennick
  • The Wretched Stone ….by Van Allsburg
    Weslandia …..by Paul Fleischman


These may be found at your local public library or from Amazon.com

  • A Kid’s Summer Ecojournal
    by Toni Albert
  • Cooking On A Stick: Campfire Recipes for Kids
    by Fran Lee
  • Crafts to Make in the Summer
    by Kathy Ross
  • Fishing In A Brook: Angling Activities for Kids
    by Fran Lee
  • Kids Camp!: Activities for the Backyard or Wilderness
    by Laurie Carlson
  • Sleeping In A Sack: Camping Activities for Kids
    by Fran Lee
  • Buck Wilder’s Small Fry Fishing Guide: A Complete Introduction to the World of Fishing for Small Fry of All Ages
    by Timothy R. Smith
  • Summer Fun!: 60 Activities for a Kid-Perfect Summer
    by Susan Williamson
  • The Kids Campfire Book
    by Jane Drake
  • The Kids Summer Games Book
    by Jane Drake
  • The Kids Summer Handbook
    by Jane Drake
  • Trekking on a Trail: Hiking Activities for Kids
    by Fran Lee


  • The Daring Book for Girls
    Andrea J. Buchanan
  • The Dangerous Book for Boys
    Conn Iggulden
    Equal parts droll and gorgeous nostalgia book and heartfelt plea for a renewed sense of adventure in the lives of boys and men
  • The Everything Kids’ Travel Activity Book: Games to Play, Songs to Sing, Fun Stuff to Do – Guaranteed to Keep You Busy the Whole Ride! (Everything Kids Series) Erik A. Hanson
  • RandMcNally Kids’ Road Atlas (Backseat Books) Kristy McGowan
    Rand McNally’s Backseat Books® series is your source for fighting those boredom blues. Kids’ Road Atlas features real road maps, great travel games, state-by-state puzzles, state facts (including the nickname, capital, flower, tree, and bird), an index, and much, much more. An answer key is also included…
  • The Everything Kids’ States Book: Wind Your Way Across Our Great Nation (Everything Kids Series) Brian Thornton
  • Where’s Waldo? The Ultimate Travel Collection (Waldo) Martin Hanford.
    The essential travel companion! Now Waldo can wander everywhere his fans do, thanks to a compact bind-up of five classic adventures. Waldo seekers young and old won’t want to hit the road without this paperback compilation of his world-famous excursions.
  • Frommer’s National Parks with Kids (Park Guides) Kurt Repanshek
    Millions of families visit the national parks annually.
    We sent our author out to hit the trails and campsites to figure out how to beat the crowds and enjoy an unspoiled family experience of nature.
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
    This Newbery Honor book is a dramatic, heart-stopping story of a boy who, following a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness must learn to survive with only a hatchet and his own wits. Ages 12-up. …
  • This is Texas by Miroslav Sasek
    Following the runaway bestsellers This is New York and This is Paris, Universe is pleased to reissue another title from M. Sasek’s beloved and nostalgic children’s travel series.
  • A Kid’s Guide to Washington, D.C.: Revised and Updated Edition Inc Harcourt
    For children on school trips or traveling with their families, here is kid-friendly information about popular monuments, museums, exhibits, shopping, sporting events–and even day trips outside the immediate metropolitan area. Originally published in 1989, this handy guide now features completely updated text and photographs, along with the puzzles, games, and wonderful tidbits
  • Road Trip Trivia: A Big Book of Backseat Brainteasers (Klutz)
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that backseat occupants on a trip of any duration are in serious peril of dying of boredom. Just ask them. Klutz has addressed this crisis before with gratifying success.
  • Ballpark: The Story of America’s Baseball Fields by Lynn Curlee
    Grade 3-5…In this succinct and thoughtful overview, Curlee traces developments in the game from the mid-1800s to the construction of landmark arenas. The early 1900s saw the building of intimate playing fields such as Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Yankee Stadium, “the House that Ruth built…”
  • Lady Liberty: A Biography by Doreen Rappaport
    A powerfully moving, authentic portrait of the Statue of Liberty, told through the eyes of those who created her and illustrated in glorious detail.
  • The Complete Book of Travel Games (The Complete Book Series)
    School Specialty Publishing– Everyone can enjoy their next trip with The Complete Book of Travel Games!
  • Rand McNally Schoolhouse Intermediate Geography And Map Activities (Rand McNally Schoolhouse) Rand McNally and Company Action and adventure accompany geographers on their journey around the world with this fantastic activity book.
  • Rand McNally Schoolhouse Beginner Geography & Map Activities
    Rand McNally— Big, bright illustrations make finding information fun and easy for young geographers. Schoolhouse’s Beginner Geography…


(Think about some of these as gifts!) Source: guysread.com website

  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and Dr. DeSoto
    by William Steig
  • Trucks; Trains; Machines at Work
    by Byron Barton
  • I Spy books
    by Jean Marzollo, photographs by Walter Wick
  • Dr Seuss books
  • The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!
    by Jon ScieszkaJumanji
  • Jumanji
    by Chris Van Allsburg
  • No, David
    by Dave Shannon
  • Ted
    by Tony DiTerlizzi
  • Parts; More Parts
    by Tedd Arnold
  • Truck
    by Donald Crews
  • How I Spent My Summer Vacation
    by Mark Teague
  • The Adventures of Sparrowboy
    by Brian Pinkney
  • Dinosaur Bob
    by William Joyce
  • Fire Truck
    by Peter Sis
  • The Maestro Plays
    by Bill Martin and Vladimir Radunsky
  • The Wheels on the Bus
    by Paul Zelinsky


…Some books recommended by GUYS READ voters as books boys really like.

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events
    by Lemony Snicket
  • The Baseball Card Adventure Series
    by Dan Gutman
  • Bud, Not Buddy
    by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School
    by Louis Sachar
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
    edited by Alvin Schwartz
  • Maze Far North
    by Will Hobbs
  • Bunnicula 
    by James Howe
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    by Roald Dahl
  • The Day My Butt Went Psycho
    by Andy Griffiths
  • This Can’t Be Happening at MacDonald Hall
    by Gordon Korman
  • Maniac McGee
    by Jerry Spinelli
  • Be A Perfect Person in Just Three Days
    by Stephen Manes
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles
    by Holly Black
  • The Jumping Tree; Finding Our Way
    by Rene Saldana Jr.
  • Harry Potter books
    by J.K. Rowling
  • Tangerine 
    by Edward Bloor
  • The Beast
    by Walter Dean Myers
  • October Sky
    by Homer Hickam
  • From the guysread.com website-Other books are also on the website


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