My Summer Books

These are the wonderful book I collected over the summer.
Some I have read, some were gifted to me,
and some are high on my TBR list.
I purchased many in the collection- a tribute to the books,
because it has to be pretty darn good for me to buy it.

If you love Loren Long and his book Otis, you will love If I Was the Sunshine.

If you love the New York Time’s bestselling author Holly Goldberg Sloan, you will love The Elephant in the Room and Counting By 7’s.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip and Erin Stead won the Caldecott, and the next book, Amos McGee Misses the Bus is a perfect companion.  Everyone who reads the book loves zookeeper Amos and his friends from the zoo.

PAX won many awards, and it is next on my reading list.  Both the author, Sara Pennypacker, and illustrator, Jon Klassen, are well known and have won awards for their books.  I’m excited to get lost in this book.

Dan Antion’s Knuckleheads is right up my alley.  Two boys, paranormal powers, set in the 60’s (my era) and how they find a way.  Yes!

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl – If you can survive a bolt of lightning, you can survive middle school…right?  I can’t wait to read this book.

I am currently reading Cress Watercress  by Gregory Maguire and highly recommend the book.  Cress is a bunny, and the family has to move because Dad never came home.  Yes, bad things happen in nature, yet the author addresses this beautifully and hooks the reader into the adventure that follows.

Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant is a popular series, and very good.  I even shared the book on my airline flight to be a guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show, with a boy who was looking a bit lost.  He loved the book, and his mother was full of thank yous.  This new book is the series, A Kitten in Gooseberry Park is delightful.

My favorite book this summer was Hector Fox and the Raven’s Revenge, a sequel in the Hector Fox book series by Astrid Sheckels.  This book is long awaited, and as exciting as the first.

Dan Antion sent me a copy of his daughter’s favorite childhood book, The Twenty-Elephant Restaurant.  He read the book to her over and over again.  It is beloved, and he wants to come and read it to my class.  That’s like asking me if I want to help Santa Claus deliver presents.  It gets better…Dan wants to talk to the children about woodworking.  And it gets even better…’Dan the Tool Man’ can bring his hand tools and demonstrate them for the children.  Then, we will set up a workbench so children can use the tools.  This is real teaching.  As soon as we get the green light for guests, Dan is ‘in’!  I’m reading the book to my library Book Bears.  They love it!

Good books are as good as it gets!


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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63 Responses to My Summer Books

  1. Ritu says:

    Ooh! Lots of goodies!!

  2. beth says:

    what a wonderful collection! I did read pax, and you will love it! I also love the sound of ‘the twenty elephant restaurant’ and how cool that dan will be a part of your classroom. thanks for sharing these with us.

  3. Dan Antion says:

    I feel a little guilty saying, “That is a wonderful collection” Jennie, but it is. I am proud to have Knuckleheads in the mix, and I am so glad you liked The Twenty Elephant Restaurant. I hope we can coordinate a visit to The Aqua Room. I still say you have the luckiest students.

    • Jennie says:

      Don’t feel guilty, ’cause it’s all true. 🙂 I’m SO looking forward to coordinating a visit when we can welcome visitors. And, thank you for your kind words.

  4. Carla says:

    What a great group of books, Jennie. As soon as I saw your graphic, Hector Fox was shouting to me, “read me, read me!” I have, Pax, but have never read it, time to remedy that. I hope you and your class enjoy them. What a great opportunity to have Tool Man Dan come in. Reading and then showing some tools of the trade, what a great way to show that everyone enjoys and needs to read.

    • Jennie says:

      Hi Carla, the first Hector Fox book is Hector Fox and the Giant Quest- it’s wonderful! We will both be enjoying Pax, I’m sure. As soon as school can welcome visitors, Dan the Tool Man will be a guest.🙂

  5. K.L. Hale says:

    What a wonderful collection, Ms. Jennie! I love them all. And how awesome you’ll have Dan be visiting! Dan reminds me of a former teacher who authors and is a wood carver. Students will definitely benefit from the real-time experiences you provide! 💛🙌🏻

  6. I have no children at home but I do buy a few new picture books each year.

  7. This has got to be the best book tagline ever: “If you can survive a bolt of lightning, you can survive middle school…right?” I hope you and Dan will be able to coordinate the woodworking visit. Creating something new with your own two hands is quite a thrill when you’re a child.

  8. Lucky Dan, lucky teacher, lucky kiddos! Sounds like a fantastic day, when this comes to pass.

  9. beetleypete says:

    You got a great selection to start the new school year, Jennie. Our grandson’s favourite book was ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. Have you ever heard of that one?

    Best ishes, Pete.

  10. Don Ostertag says:

    Dan sounds like a nice guy.

  11. Luanne says:

    They look so yummy!!!!

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  13. I’m sure the kids will love Dan

  14. Hi Jennie, a wonderful collection of books. I read and enjoyed Knuckleheads.

  15. Jennie, what a marvelous collection of books. Kudos to you and Dan for setting up this hands-on collaboration with the kids. I can’t wait to see some photos. Hugs all around.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Teagan. I like that my summer reading spanned ages and genres. So much fun! Yes, I am super excited to have Dan in the classroom. The start of the school year had a minor Covid surge, which is understandable with many new families and children coming together. So, we’re being very cautious, and not opening up to guests yet. Hopefully soon! Hugs!!

  16. quiall says:

    A wonderful of Dan to share his passion! I know the kids will love it. Great looking books!

  17. Great book haul, Jennie, and so fun to spy Dan’s book in the mix (a great read). I love it that he’s going to visit your class to read, talk about woodworking, and bring his tools for a try! How wonderful. I know that’s going to be a great day in your classroom. Can’t wait to read about it. 😀

  18. Prior... says:

    Looks like you have a wonderful takeaways from 2022 Summer

  19. Prior... says:

    Also that is so nice of Dan to visit your class
    I didn’t realize you were near each other

  20. Just the best news all around. Great collection of books and someone willing to open another door of wisdom and ideas to sponges for minds. I’m excited to hear about it when it happens and glad you plan to video it.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Marlene. Like you, many of the books are on my TBR list, but that’s okay. I am looking forward to when Dan can come with his tools and engage with children. Opening doors for children is the best. I will definitely take pics and videos.!

  21. I’ve read Knuckleheads and am now reading his second book in his series they’re both good. I hope you get the all clear for guests soon so Dan can come that will be a neat experience for everyone.

    I’ll be checking out the other books to see which would make good presents for my two Grandsons.

  22. bosssybabe says:

    Thanks for sharing, Jennie!!! I hope Charlotte has a big appreciation and love of reading as I do!!! Some mamas can’t wait to take their girlies to the spa when they grow up but I can’t wait to relax with her on a couch or cafe somewhere indulging in great reads!!! 💕💓

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  24. Thanks for sharing your treasure to offer children great fun, Jennie! Have a nice Sunday! xx Michael

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