Our Favorite Books for Summer Reading

Our camp counselors will be using a variety of books to “Inspiring Children to Change the World” this summer.    Here is a list of a few of our favorite books you may hear more about this summer.

The Red Bicycle by Jude Isbella

Discover cycling as a mode of transportation. This is the tale of one ordinary bicycle and a child’s desire to make a difference. Themes of caring, compassion, empathy and international awareness abound.

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the gray city, transforming it into a green world. Environmental themes and community awareness are topics you may discuss with your young reader.

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever

by H. Joseph Hopkins

Katherine Olivia Sessions grew up among the towering pines and redwoods of Northern California. After becoming the first woman to graduate from the University of California with a degree in science, she moved to the dry desert town of San Diego. While working as a teacher Kate decides to do something about living in a place without trees. Themes of compassion and stewardship can be found within this true story.

One Green Apple by Eve Bunting
Farah is not only a new student; she is in a new country with a new language. On a field trip to an apple orchard, the young Muslim immigrant begins to connect with her classmates. Children find relating to Farah very easy and will enjoy reading this story over and over again.

The Pink Refrigerator by Tim Egan

If you would like to encourage a young reader to try new things, then this is a read-aloud must for you. A mysterious pink refrigerator is found in a junk yard and each day there is a note on the fridge with a new suggestion. Invite reader to try a few of the suggestions, then offer some challenges of their own.

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

Nobody ever seems to notice Brian, the invisible boy. No one includes him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class. When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin work together on a class project Brian isn’t so invisible anymore. This tale reminds us of the importance of small acts of kindness. From this story we can see how kindness helps children feel included and allows them to thrive.

The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin

Read about the joys of being different in this book about a Chinese-American girl who wishes her mother didn’t grow vegetables because the neighbors grow flowers. The girl believes their “lumpy, bumpy” plants are ugly until her mother makes a delicious soup. The aroma of the soup spreads throughout the neighborhood causing others to start vegetable gardens of their own.


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