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Aug 17
Summer Reading: Get outside with a good K-7 book

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.

Summer Reading 5 - World Famous Bannock.jpg Awâsis and the World Famous Bannock by Dallas Hunt (K-3 Picture Book)

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!

Summer Reading 5 - Windy Lake.jpg 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.

Summer Reading 5 - Front Desk.jpgFront 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.


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