Summer Reading

Children Summer Reading Program and Activities

Dig Into Reading! Summer Reading Program 2013
For Children Grade 4 and Younger
June 25, 2013 - August 9, 2013

Reading Guidelines

Come to the Youth Services Department anytime between June 25, 2013 and August 5, 2013 to pick up your summer reading log.

  • You must read at least 2 hours per week and get your log checked to receive a prize.
  • You will get one treasure chest prize and one raffle ticket per weekly visit.
  • The last day to get your log checked is Friday, August 9, 2013.
  • If you read at least 20 hours over the summer and get your reading log checked, you will win a special prize!
  • Remember, you may only get your log checked once a week!

Children of ALL ages may participate in the reading part of our program.  Even the littlest patrons, our pre-readers, since parents or other family members can read to them. Remember - to sign up for any of the summer reading activities, you must also sign up for the reading part of the program.

Events - Sign up for Most Events Begins June 25th.*

Summer Reading Kick Off Featuring Mike the Bubble Man Tuesday, June 25 7 PM

For children in Kindergarten and older

Space is limited and sign up is required.  Sign up begins on June 10th.

Lego Club Mondays, July 1 - July 22 10 AM Are you a Lego Master?  Come and build with us.  For children in grade one and older.  No sign up necessary.
Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime Tuesdays, July 2 - July 23 10 AM or 11:15 AM This storytime is geared for children age 3 and younger but big siblings are always welcome.  To accommodate everyone, please choose one session to attend.
Summertime Storytime Wednesdays, July 10 - July 31 10 AM This storytime is for children age 4 - 7.  Space is limited and sign up required.
Explorers Club Tuesdays, July 30 - August 13 10 AM Each week we'll dig into a new topic.  Come explore Ancient Egypt, or dinosaurs, or pirates.  For children in grades one and up.  Space is limited and sign up required.
Candy Guessing Contest August 5 - August 9   Can you guess how much candy is in the jar?  Whoever guesses closest without going over, wins all the candy!
Family Concert Featuring Roger Tincknell Wednesday, August 14 11 AM Come sing and dance with Roger!  This concert is for families with children age 3 and older.  Space is limited and sign up required.  Sign up begins July 29th.

*Sign up for the Kick Off begins June 10th and sign up for the Family Concert begins July 29th.


Lowell Public Schools Summer Reading Lists

Pollard Memorial Library Summer Reading Lists We encourage our elementary school students to read for enjoyment this summer. Our hope is that children will engage in self-selected reading that captures their interests, enhances their imagination, and generates their enthusiasm for reading.

While we have made specific suggestions, we encourage children to add to their own list of favorites and explore additional titles by favorite authors.

Recommended Books for Children in Grades K-4

  • Anderson, Peggy. Chuck’s Truck
  • Armstrong, Jennifer. Once Upon a Banana
  • Arnold, Katya. Elephants Can Paint Too
  • Bachelet, Giles. My Cat, the Silliest Cat in the World
  • Beaumont, Karen. I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More
  • Bell, CeCe. Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover
  • Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeline and other titles
  • Bently, Peter. King Jack and the Dragon
  • Bingham, Kelly. Z is for Moose
  • Brett, Jan.  Annie and the Wild Animals and other titles
  • Brown, Margaret Wise. Goodnight Moon & other titles
  • Brown, Monica. Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match
  • Brown, Peter. Children Make Terrible Pets
  • Bunting, Eve. I Like the Way You Are and other titles
  • Burton, Virginia Lee. The Little House; Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel
  • Cannon, Janel. Stellaluna
  • Carle, Eric. The Grouchy Ladybug and other titles
  • Chodos-Irvine, Margaret. Ella Sarah Gets Dressed
  • Coffelt, Nancy. Fred Stays with Me!
  • Crews, Donald. Ten Black Dots and other titles
  • Crews, Nina. Neighborhood Mother Goose
  • Cunnane, Kelly. Chirchir is Singing
  • DePaola, Tomie. Fin M’Coul, The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush and other titles
  • Dodds, Dayle. The Color Box
  • Dunrea, Olivier. Gossie and Gertie
  • Ehlert, Lois. Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf and other titles
  • Elya, Susan Middleton. Bebe Goes Shopping, Bebe Goes to the Beach
  • Ernst, Lisa Campbell. Little Red Riding Hood: a Newfangled Prairie Tale
  • Fox, Mem. Koala Lou and other titles
  • Falconer, Ian. "Olivia" books
  • Fleming, Denise. Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp and other titles
  • Fleming, Denise. Alphabet Under Construction
  • Freeman, Don. Corduroy and other titles
  • Gravett, Emily. Orange Pear Apple Bear
  • Guy, Ginger Foglesong. Siesta!
  • Henkes, Kevin. Chrysanthemum and other titles
  • Hoberman, Mary Ann. You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You
  • Hoff, Syd. Stanley and other titles
  • Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Side by Side
  • Hopkinson, Deborah. Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
  • Hurst, Carol Otis. Rocks in His Head
  • Jeffers, Oliver. This Moose Belongs to Me
  • Jenkins, Steve. What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?
  • Keats, Ezra Jack. A Letter to Amy and other titles
  • Khan, Ruhksana. Big Red Lollipop
  • Knudsen, Michelle. Library Lion
  • Lin, Grace. Ling and Ting
  • Lionni, Leo. Swimmy and other titles
  • Little, Jean. Emma’s Yucky Brother
  • Look, Lenore. Henry’s First Moon Birthday
  • McCloskey, Robert. Blueberries for Sal; Time of Wonder; and other titles
  • McKissack, Patricia C. Goin’ Someplace Special
  • McMullan, Kate. I Stink!
  • McPhail, David. First Flight; Pig, Pig Grows Up and other titles
  • Medina, Meg. Tia Isa Wants a Car
  • Munsch, Robert. Stephanie's Ponytail and other titles
  • Newbery, Linda. Posy
  • Perkins, Lynne Rae. Pictures from Our Vacation
  • Polacco, Patricia. The Bee Tree and other titles
  • Prelutsky, Jack.  Read-aloud Rhymes for the Very Young and other titles
  • Raczka, Bob. Guyku
  • Raschka, Chris. A Ball for Daisy
  • Rathman, Peggy. Officer Buckle and Gloria
  • Rey, H.A.& Margret. Curious George and other titles
  • Ringgold, Faith. Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky
  • Rohmann, Eric. My Friend Rabbit
  • Ryan, Pam Munoz. Mice and Beans
  • Rylant, Cynthia. The Relatives Came
  • Savage, Stephen. Where's Walrus
  • Seuss, Dr. The Cat in the Hat and other titles
  • Shannon, David. Duck on a Bike
  • Silverstein, Shel. A Light in the Attic and other titles
  • Sis, Peter. Komodo! and Madlenka’s Dog
  • Small, David. Imogene's Antlers
  • Stein, David Ezra. Interrupting Chicken
  • Steptoe, John. Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters and other titles
  • Van Allsburg, Chris. Two Bad Ants and other titles
  • Wells, Rosemary. Bunny Cakes
  • Willems, Mo. The Duckling Gets a Cookie and other titles

Young Readers Series

  • “39 Clues” series
  • Adler, David. The "Cam Jansen" books
  • American Girl. The "History Mysteries" books
  • Arnold, Ted. The "Fly Guy" books
  • Danzinger, Paula. The “Amber Brown” books
  • Guest, Elissa. The “Iris and Walter” books
  • Hayes, Geoffrey. The "Benny and Penny" books
  • Howe, James. The "Pinky and Rex" books
  • Lobel, Arnold. The “Frog and Toad” books
  • McMullan, Kate. The "Pearl and Wagner" books
  • Mills, Claudia. The “Gus and Grandpa” books
  • Minarik, Else. The "Little Bear" books
  • Osborne, Mary Pope. The “Magic Tree House” series
  • Parish, Peggy. The "Amelia Bedelia" books
  • Park, Barbara. The "Junie B. Jones" books
  • Roy, Ron. The “A – Z Mysteries”
  • Rylant, Cynthia. The "Henry and Mudge" books and “High Rise Private Eyes”
  • Sharmat, Marjorie. The "Nate the Great" books
  • Sobol, Donald. The "Encyclopedia Brown" books
  • Stilton, Gernonimo. The "Geronimo Stilton/Thea Stilton" books
  • Warner, Gertrude C. The "Boxcar Children" books
  • Wilder, Laura Ingalls. The "Little House" books
  • Willems. Mo. The “Elephant and Piggie” books

Young Readers

  • Adoff, Arnold. Street Music and other of his poetry books
  • Aliki. Digging up Dinosaurs
  • Alvarez, Julia. How Tia Lola Came to Visit/Stay
  • Amenta, Charles. Russell's World
  • Atinuke. Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus
  • Baggott, Julianna. Anybodies
  • Barrows, Annie. The "Ivy and Bean" books
  • Barshaw, Ruth McNally. "Ellie McDoodle" books
  • Bishop, Nic. Nic Bishop Spiders
  • Blume, Judy. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
  • Cherry, Lynne. A River Ran Wild
  • Cleary, Beverly. Ramona the Pest & other titles
  • Clements, Andrew. The Jacket
  • Cole, Joanna. The "Magic School Bus" books
  • Coren, Stanley. Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses?
  • Cowell, Cressida. "Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III" books
  • Creech, Sharon. Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
  • Cronin, Doreen. The Trouble with Chickens
  • Curlee, Lynn. Brooklyn Bridge
  • Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator and other titles
  • Dakos, Kalli. If You're Not Here Please Raise Your Hand and other of her poetry books
  • Davies, Nicola. Surprising Sharks
  • DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn Dixie and "Bink and Gollie" books
  • Di Terlizzi, Toni. The Spiderwick Chronicles
  • Florian, Douglas. Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars and other of his poetry books
  • Fritz, Jean. George Washington's Breakfast and other titles
  • Gifford, Peggy. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little and other titles
  • Giovanni, Nikki. Rosa
  • Goldberg, Whoopi. The "Sugar Plum Ballerinas" books
  • Golenbock, Peter. Teammates
  • Harvey, Jeanne Walker. Astro, the Stellar Sea Lion
  • Hatkoff, Isabella. Owen and Mzee
  • Hatkoff, Julianna. Leo, the Snow Leopard
  • Ho, Mingfong. Brother Rabbit: a Cambodian Tale
  • Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Dinosaur Poems and other of his poetry books
  • Hurst, Carol Otis. Rocks in His Head
  • Janeczko, Paul. B. The Dark Game
  • Janeczko. Paul B. A Poke in the I and other of his poetry books
  • Jaramillo, Nelly. Grandmother's Nursery Rhymes
  • Jenkins, Emily. Toys Go Out
  • Jenkins, Martin. Can We Save Tiger
  • Jenkins, Steve. The Beetle Book
  • Karas, Brian G. On Earth
  • Katz, Alan. Take Me Out of the Bathtub and other of his poetry books
  • Krull, Kathleen. Wilma Unlimited
  • Leedy, Loreen. Measuring Penny
  • Lewis, J. Patrick. A Hippopotamusn't and other of his poetry books
  • Lin, Grace. Year of the Dog
  • Look, Lenore. Ruby Lu, Brave and True and Alvin Ho, Allergic to Girls and other titles
  • MacLachlan, Patricia. Baby and other titles
  • Markle, Sandra “Outside/Inside” books**
  • McCully, Emily. The Bobbin Girl
  • McCully, Emily Arnold. The Secret Cave
  • McDonald, Megan. "Stink" and "Judy Moody" books
  • McDonough, Yona. Hammerin’ Hank
  • McKay, Hilary. The Duck in the Park and other titles
  • Mills, Claudia. How Oliver Olson Changed the World
  • Montgomery, Sy. Kakapo Rescue
  • Moss, Marissa. Mighty Jackie
  • Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Roxie and the Hooligans
  • Nelson, Kadir. We Are the Ship
  • Newquist, H.P. Here There Be Monsters
  • O'Neill, Mary. Hailstones and Halibut Bones
  • Patterson, Francine. KoKo’s Kitten
  • Pennypacker, Sara. “Clementine” books
  • Prelutsky, Jack. My Dog May Be a Genius and other of his poetry books
  • Rappaport, Doreen. Helen's Big World
  • Sachar, Louis. "Marvin Redpost" books and "Wayside School" books
  • Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are and other titles
  • Shaughnessy, Dan. Legend of the Curse of the Bambino
  • Singer, Marilyn. Mirror Mirror
  • Snicket, Lemony. A Series of Unfortunate Events books
  • Van Allsburg, Chris. The Sweetest Fig  and other titles
  • Viorst, Judith. Lulu and the Brontosaurus and other titles
  • Warner, Sally. Only Emma and other titles
  • Wiles, Deborah. Love, Ruby Lavender
  • Yep, Laurence. The Dragon's Child
  • Yoder, Eric. 65 Short Mysteries to Solve with Math
  • **Outside/Inside Titles by Sandra Markle:
  • Alligators j 597.9 MAR
  • Bats j 599.4 MAR
  • Birds j 598 MAR
  • Giant Squid j 594.58 MAR
  • Killer Bees j 595.799 MAR
  • Mummies j 393.3 MAR
  • Rats j 599.75 MAR
  • Woolly Mammoths j 569.67 MAR

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