Magic Tree House
Junie B. Jones
August: Everything School-Related
Regardless of whether school begins in August or after Labor Day, students approach August with the realization that summer vacation is about to end. Many schools offer back to school information sessions for parents and students – school supply lists, curriculum offerings, school safety tips, menus for the school lunch program, after school activities, field trips, information about clubs and student and government, etc. Much of this information is sometimes delivered via the school’s website and at an open house when families can visit the school and meet the teachers. Public libraries have a roll too. Summer reading programs are winding down by August, and kids welcome an opportunity to stay involved at the library. Consider sponsoring special programming for school-age children and teens that help them focus on a positive school experience. Here are a few ideas:
Junie B., First Grader (at Last) (ages 6-8) by Barbara Park & illus. by Denise Brunkus
The Beast in Ms. Rooney’s Room (ages 7-9) by Patricia Reilly Giff & illus. by Blanche Sims
The Fabled Fourth-Graders of Aesop Elementary School and The Fabled Fifth-Graders of Aesop Elementary School (ages 7-12) by Candace Fleming.
The Berenstain Bears Catch the Bus (ages 4-6) by Jan & Stan Berenstain
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (ages 6-8) by Barbara Park & illus. by Denise Brunkus
Scat (ages 8-12) by Carl Hiaasen
The Sixty-eight Rooms (ages 8-12) by Marianne Malone & illus. by Greg Call
When You Reach Me (ages 8-12) by Rebecca Stead
The Zigzag Kids series (ages 6-9) by Patricia Reilly Giff
Rosie Swanson: Fourth-Grade Geek for President (ages 8-12) by Barbara Park.
Class President (ages 8-12) by Louis Sachar & illus. by Amy Wummer.
Junie B. Jones is Captain of Field Day (ages 6-8) by Barbara Park & illus. by Denise Brunkus.
Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I Don’t) (ages 6-9) by Barbara Bottner & illus. by Michael Emberley.
Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta (ages 7-10) by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Autumn Winifred Oliver from Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different (ages 8-12) by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb.
Lydia from Child of the Mountains (ages 9-up) by Marilyn Sue Shank.
Deza Malone from The Mighty Miss Malone (ages 10-up) by Christopher Paul Curtis.
Hollis Woods from Pictures of Hollis Woods (ages 9-12) by Patricia Reilly Gif.f
Darnell from Darnell Rock Reporting (ages 8-12) by Walter Dean Myers.
Juli Baker from Flipped (ages 10-up) by Wendelin Van Draanen
Leon from How to Get Suspended and Influence People (ages 12-up) by Adam Selzer.
Jerry Renault from The Chocolate War (ages 14-up) by Robert Cormier.