Updated: Jun 23, 2021
This summer, we’re keeping on with our online do-it-at-home book clubs for all ages! The best part?
Everyone who participates gets to keep the book!
We have four age categories: grades K-3, grades 3-5, grades 5-8, and grades 9-12. There’s some overlap so kids can choose which book they’d prefer to read! Every book will come with a blank review form, a few questions you can think about, and some small crafts or activities that tie into the book.
We will have a post up for each book on this website for anyone who wants to discuss the book or comment on any of the questions or activities. If you’d prefer not to go online or post here, fill out the included review sheets and get them back to the library, and we can post your comments for you! Even better, everyone who either posts on our site or brings back anything included with the book — even if it’s just a picture of the activity you did — will also get a small prize at the library!
All we ask is that you read the book: do as much or as little of the rest of it as you want!
Grades K - 3: "Curious George" by H. A. Rey
"The first adventure in this highly popular series tells how the little monkey Curious George, caught in the jungle and brought back to the city by a man in a yellow hat, can't help being interested in all the new things around him. Though well meaning, George's curiosity always gets him into trouble. Young readers can easily relate, and Rey's cheerful illustrations celebrate Curious George's innocence.”
Grades 3 - 5: "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" by Robert C. O'Brien
"Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma.”
For Grades 5 - 8: "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate
“Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home — and his own art — through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.”
"For Grades 9 - 12: "The Beast Player" by Nahoko Uehashi
"In epic fantasy about a girl with a special power to communicate with magical beasts and the warring kingdom only she can save. Elin's family has an important responsibility: caring for the fearsome water serpents that form the core of their kingdom's army. So when some of the beasts mysteriously die, Elin's mother is sentenced to death as punishment. With her last breath she manages to send her daughter to safety. Alone, far from home, Elin soon discovers that she can talk to both the terrifying water serpents and the majestic flying beasts that guard her queen. This skill gives her great powers, but it also involves her in deadly plots that could cost her life. Can she save herself and prevent her beloved beasts from being used as tools of war? Or is there no way of escaping the terrible battles to come?"