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There are only a few weeks left of August, but there’s still
time for students to get some summer reading in before the return to school.
Surrey Schools has polled several teacher-librarians for a
weekly summer reading series, asking for their recommended reads for July and
August. This week, Macushla Myles, teacher-librarian at Holly Elementary, lists
a few great books for K-7 students, all available at the Surrey Public Library
and Fraser Valley Regional Library in hard copy or as e-books.
Awâsis and the World Famous Bannock by Dallas Hunt (K-3
Join young Awâsis on an adventure to deliver her Kôhkum’s
(grandmother’s) world famous bannock. When Awâsis has an unexpected mishap,
animal friends help her find ingredients to make more bannock. Readers will
love learning words in Cree (with a translation guide included) and can try
making the bannock recipe at the end as a family activity!
The Case of Windy Lake and The Case of the Missing
Auntie by Michael Hutchinson (Grade 4-7)
Two books from the Mighty Muskrats series. Four cousins,
Sam, Otter, Atim and Chickadee, love working together to solve mysteries in
their hometown, Windy Lake First Nation. They solve cases through independent
thinking, keen observation and knowledge from their elders as well as their
teamwork and enthusiasm! The mystery will keep you guessing until the end! Fans
of detective novels will love this new series by Michael Hutchinson. Also, ‘The
Case of the Missing Auntie’ is one of our Surrey Schools Book of the Year
Nominees for 2020-2021.
Front Desk by Kelly Yang (Grade 4-7)
10-year-old Mia Tang helps her parents by working the front
desk of the Calavista Motel where they live and work. She is good at helping
customers but she can’t tell anyone at school which makes it hard to make
friends. Her parents have also been helping immigrants by letting them stay in
the motel for free but if the mean motel-owner, Mr. Yao, finds out – they are
all doomed! Readers will love Mia’s clever thinking, determination and courage
as she deals with all these challenges and more.
Myles also has few tips for making summer reading fun: Take your
books outside! Have a reading picnic and bring your favourite snacks or climb a
tree and find a good reading spot. Also, check out Bibliovideo,
the Canadian Children’s Book Centre YouTube channel. There are great author
talks, read alouds, book trailers, cooking videos, drawing videos and much
more. Both English and French videos are available.
You can also check out more recommended books for youth from
L.A. Matheson Secondary teacher-librarian Janine Gleeson here,
as well as see all the winners of our Surrey Schools readers'
choice book awards programs.