June 21, 2018

Suggestions for Summer Reading 2018

San Francisco Waldorf School Library

Suggestions for Summer Reading 2018:

The San Francisco Waldorf School has some fantastic reading lists for summer reading experiences.
You might like to check them out at the link below. The lists are organized for specific transitions between grades: 1st to 2nd,  2ndto 3rd, etc. through grade 8 .

Here is a sample of what they recommend for First Grade students moving on to Grade Two. 

Picture Books:
  • All Around Us,by Xelena Gonz├ález (2017). Grandpa says circles are all around us. He points to the rainbow that rises high in the sky after a thundercloud has come. "Can you see? That's only half of the circle. That rest of it is down below, in the earth." He and his granddaughter meditate on gardens and seeds, on circles seen and unseen, inside and outside us, on where our bodies come from and where they return to. They share and create family traditions in this stunning exploration of the cycles of life and nature.

  • Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos, by Monica Brown (2017). Brown's story recounts Frida's beloved pets—two monkeys, a parrot, three dogs, two turkeys, an eagle, a black cat, and a fawn—and playfully considers how Frida embodied many wonderful characteristics of each animal.

  • Life on Mars, by Jon Agee (2017). A young astronaut is absolutely sure there is life to be found on Mars. He sets off on a solitary mission, determined to prove the naysayers wrong. But when he arrives, equipped with a package of cupcakes as a gift, he sees nothing but a nearly barren planet. Finally, he spies a single flower and packs it away to take back to Earth as proof that there is indeed life on Mars. But as he settles in for the journey home, he cracks open his cupcakes—only to discover that someone has eaten them all!

And here are a few suggestions for incoming 8thgraders: 

  • Pullman, Philip  The Golden CompassThe Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jodan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle, a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle

  • Sheinkin, Steve Lincoln's Grave RobbersA true crime thriller -- the first book for teens to tell the nearly unknown tale of the brazen attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln's body! The action begins in October of 1875, as Secret Service agents raid the Fulton, Illinois, workshop of master counterfeiter Ben Boyd. Soon after Boyd is hauled off to prison, members of his counterfeiting ring gather in the back room of a smoky Chicago saloon to discuss how to spring their ringleader. Their plan: grab Lincoln's body from its Springfield tomb, stash it in the sand dunes near Lake Michigan, and demand, as a ransom, the release of Ben Boyd --and $200,000 in cash. From here, the action alternates between the conspirators, the Secret Service agents on their trail, and the undercover agent moving back and forth between the two groups. Along the way readers get glimpses into the inner workings of counterfeiting, grave robbing, detective work, and the early days of the Secret Service. The plot moves toward a wild climax as robbers and lawmen converge at Lincoln's tomb on election night: November 7, 1876.

Look for these books at your local bookstores or libraries.

Happy Summer Reading! 

Ellie Klopp Memorial Library reopens to regular circulation (book borrowing) 
on September 17. 2018!

Thanks for all books that have been donated to the Parent Library 
during the School Year 2017-18!

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Library Page of our website is also filled with great information.

Library Blog - read updates about RSSAA Library Program along with resources available to the community.

Library Online Catalog - access searchable information about our collections at both the Lower School & High School campuses.

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