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Jul 27
Summer Reading: Book recommendations for kindergarten to Grade 7 students

Whether the sun is out and calling your name, or it's an indoor day and you're trying to keep busy, there's always a good time to sit down with a book this summer.

Surrey Schools has polled several teacher-librarians for a weekly summer reading series, asking for their recommended reads for July and August. This week, Marilyn Carr, teacher-librarian at Riverdale Elementary, shares her literary recommendations for elementary students, from kindergarten through Grade 7, all available at the Surrey Public Library and Fraser Valley Regional Library in hard copy or as e-books.

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Ray by Marianna Coppo (picture book, K-3) – From the creator of Petra, Marianna Coppo writes and illustrates a truly enlightening story about a lightbulb named Ray that goes from living in a dark closet to seeing the world in a portable lantern. Ray's trip takes him on a journey of discovery that changes his outlook on life forever.

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All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey (Gr. 4-7) – A fantastic book with a lot of heart about Red, a young girl going through foster care and trying to find a sense of belonging. Possessing an inexplicable power over the wind whenever she's angry or scared, Red causes the wind to pick up with every new placement with a new family. And just as she settles in with a quirky couple, another storm blows in – this time, in the form of her returning mother. This book is thought-provoking and a tearjerker, so a box of Kleenex is recommended.

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Hamstersaurus Rex by Tom O'Donnell (Gr. 4-7) – Who knew a class pet could be so ferocious? The first in a series about a Grade 6 class and their pet hamster, Hamstersaurus Rex features an overzealous Hamster Monitor, a very mean school bully, an "evil" corporation and a giant squirrel, as well as tons of laughs. Expect the unexpected in this one!

Carr suggests looking online for other digital reading resources, like Surrey Schools eBooks, Scholastic Bookflix and the B.C. Summer Reading Club. There are tons of reading opportunities outside of your local library!

You can also check out recommended books for intermediate and preteen readers from Coyote Creek Elementary teacher-librarian Kaija Farstad here, as well as see all the winners of our Surrey Schools readers' choice book awards programs.


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