Summer books for kids

What do most people think of when they hear the word "library"? Reading, of course! 2014 is the year to "Reconnect with Reading 365" at the Cuyahoga County Public Library. To celebrate this initiative, the Bay Village Branch will display monthly calendars that include daily trivia questions or quote from books both classic and modern following a theme for each month. Library staff and customers are looking forward to sharing our suggestions from various genres here with you in the Observer in the feature, "What Your Neighbors are Reading"!

Summer is coming and what better way to enjoy a rainy day or warm summer evening than to read for pleasure? Help your child prevent the "Summer Slide" by making the library a place you visit weekly. The library has audio books and playaways for those who enjoy listening to a tale, fiction, non-fiction books, graphic novels, comic books and magazines that appeal to diverse age groups.

I recently asked Lena Macfarlane and her twin boys, David and Charlie, who are weekly visitors to the Bay Village Branch library, about what they enjoy reading and what they are looking forward to this summer. Both boys are future fourth-graders at Westerly Elementary, strong readers at an advanced level and involved in sports – soccer, baseball, tennis, golf, football and basketball which makes them a family always on the go.

David loves to read series, with realistic fiction and fantasy as his favorites. He has already completed: "The Wimpy Kid" series by Jeff Kinney, "Big Nate" by Lincoln Peirce, "I Funny" by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, the entire "Harry Potter" series by JK Rowling, "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" and "Heroes of Olympus" by Rick Riordan. He is thinking about "The Kane Chronicles" also by Rick Riordan for summer. On this particular day he was taking home "Tales of Beetle Bard" and" The Demi God Files" also by Rick Riordan.

Twin brother Charlie has a bit more diverse reading tastes, at any point in time he may be reading five different books. Not only does he enjoy fantasy and realistic fiction, but also non-fiction on drawing and cartooning, sports, biographies on sports figures, comics (especially Garfield), alien encounters and anything humorous. This day he was taking home "Potterwookie" by Obert Skye, and is currently reading "Tangerine" a wonderful fiction soccer story by Edward Bloor. As we walked through the shelves and talked, both boys pointed out past favorites in "My Weird School" by Dan Gutman, "Geronimo Stilton" and "The Magic Tree House" by Mary Pope Osborne.

Here are two exciting series recommendations for David and Charlie, as well as the kids in your family, to try for the summer. "The 39 Clues" series by assorted authors, combines mystery and adventure together. Follow the Cahills, the most powerful family the world has ever known. The source of their power is a mystery that can only be unraveled by assembling 39 clues that have been hidden around the world throughout history.

"Peter and the Starcatchers" by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson tells the tale of how an orphan with no last name and questionable age becomes Peter Pan. This is not your cartoon Disney version, it has great suspense, adventure and the forces of good and evil battling over magical "starstuff" along with pirates, talking porpoises, flying children, and a giant crocodile. This particular series comes in an audio version and is narrated by the fabulous Jim Dale – an acclaimed British stage actor – whose wonderful accent adds personality and drama to each character with a voice that is perfectly matched to the reader’s image of them. This is a great listen for the entire family, ages 9 and up.

The importance of reading with your children and reading over the summer to prevent the summer slide has been proven in study after study. To combat the summer brain drain, we will start our annual Summer Reading Game on June 7. Readers will again track the amount of time they spend reading and have a chance to win a book prize and tickets to author events!

Children through grade 3 can meet Marc Brown, author of the eternally popular "Arthur" series. Readers in grades 4-8 can meet the creator of the super-cute "Babymouse" series, Jennifer Holm. Teens can be captivated by thought-provoking author Jay Asher. Participating grown-ups will have a chance to win a pair of tickets to see an author at our William N. Skirball Writer’s Center Stage. Register on our website,, and stop in for great new summer reads! We will also host the third annual ice cream social featuring free Mitchell’s ice cream on June 25 from 6-8 p.m.

Remember to check the Observer next month to see What Your Neighbors are Reading on the July theme of Great Escapes and visit the Bay Village Branch, 502 Cahoon Road, where the staff would be very happy to give you personal reading recommendations too. We hope to see you soon!

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at the Bay Village Branch Library

June Theme: Summer Reads!


Anne Lynch

Anne Lynch is the Children's Librarian at CCPL Bay Village Branch

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:27 AM, 06.10.2014