Every Hero Has a Story - 2015 Children's Summer Reading Program

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Reading Guidelines:

Pick up Your Summer Reading Log at the Youth Services Department any time between June 25, and August 10, 2015.

• 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 14, 2015.*
• If you read at least 20 hours over the summer and get your reading log checked by August 14th, you will win a special prize!

Remember, you may only get your log checked once a week. Children of ALL ages can 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.

*Since the last day to get your reading log checked is August 14, the last day to sign up for the reading program is August 10.

Programming Schedule:

Summer Reading Kick-off – Wild Heroes
Thursday, June 25 – 7 PM
Spiderman! Batman! Aquaman! Just like many famous superheroes have animal powers, every animal has the power to be a superhero. In our newest children's program, "Wild Heroes," children get the opportunity to meet several of our animal friends and learn about their special abilities that make them a hero in their own way. We hope that children will leave the show understanding that they can be a hero in their own way too. Every hero has a story! Come discover ours. For children age 5 and older. Sign up is required and begins June 8th. Sign up by visiting the Ground Floor Children's Reference desk or calling 978-674-1529.

4th of July Celebration
Wednesday, July 1 – 10:30 AM
Come wish America a Happy Birthday with us! We'll hear stories, play games, and make a patriotic craft.
For children Kindergarten and older. Sign up is required and begins June 25th. Sign up by visiting the Ground Floor Children's Reference desk or calling 978-674-1529.

Summer Mother Goose on the Loose
Tuesday, July 7 - 10:30 AM
Tuesday, July 14 - 10:30 AM
Tuesday, July 21 - 10:30 AM
Tuesday, July 28 - 10:30 AM
Mother Goose On The Loose is a series of nursery rhyme programs for children from birth through age three. Big sisters and brothers are welcome too. Come to Mother Goose and give your brood a boost! We will have one session each day at 10:30AM.
For children age 3 and younger. No sign up required.

Summer Storytime
Wednesday, July 22 - 10:30 AM
Wednesday, July 29 - 10:30 AM
Wednesday, August 5 - 10:30 AM
Wednesday, August 12 - 10:30 AM
For children age 4-7. Sign up is required and begins June 25th. Sign up by visiting the Ground Floor Children's Reference desk or calling 978-674-1529.

Superhero Training Camp
Tuesday, July 14 - 2 PM
Come hone your superhero skills at this special training camp.
For children Kindergarten and older. Sign up is required and begins June 25th. Sign up by visiting the Ground Floor Children's Reference desk or calling 978-674-1529.

Summer Lego Club
Monday, July 20 – 10:30 AM
Monday, July 27 – 10:30 AM
Monday, August 3 – 10:30 AM
Monday, August 10 – 10:30 AM
Like Legos? Then come to Lego Club and create a Lego masterpiece!
For children Grades 1 and older. No sign up required.

Mad Scientist Lab
Tuesday, August 4 - 10:30AM
Calling all evil scientists and super villains! Join us and make some truly amazing science experiments. Please make sure to wear clothes that you do not mind getting messy.
For children Kindergarten and older. Sign up is required and begins June 25th. Sign up by visiting the Ground Floor Children's Reference desk or calling 978-674-1529.

Community Heroes: Vehicle Night
Thursday, August 6 – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Come see Lowell's own transportation heroes! Explore some of the city's big trucks and rescue vehicles.
The event will take place in the area behind the library. Open to all ages. No sign up Required.

Junior Detective Club
Tuesday, August 11- 10:30AM
Join us for a Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys-inspired detective club program. We will work together to solve mysteries and make a craft. This program is part of Book Illustration: Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys art exhibit at the Brush Art Gallery in Lowell.
For children Grades 2-5. Sign up is required and begins June 25th. Sign up by visiting the Ground Floor Children's Reference desk or calling 978-674-1529.

All events are free and open to the public and are handicapped accessible. For more information visit www.pollardml.org or our blog at www.blog.pollardml.org. You can also find the Pollard Library Youth Services Department on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PMLkidsdept.

Summer Reading and Reading Lists for Lowell Public Schools

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.

Students in Lowell Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade 3, can also participate in a Lowell Public Schools reading project.  To see the online packet of information about this program click here.

Recommended Books for Children in Grades K-4

  • Alsdurf, Phyllis. It's Milking Time
  • Armstrong, Jennifer. Once Upon a Banana
  • Arnold, Katya. Elephants Can Paint Too
  • Bachelet, Giles. My Cat, the Silliest Cat in the World
  • Bailey, Linda. Toads on Toast
  • Barnett, Mac. Count the Monkeys
  • 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 & other titles
  • Carle, Eric. The Grouchy Ladybug and other titles
  • Chodos-Irvine, Margaret. Ella Sarah Gets Dressed
  • Chwast, Seymour. Get Dressed
  • Coffelt, Nancy. Fred Stays with Me!
  • Costanza, Stephen. Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra
  • Crews, Donald. Ten Black Dots and other titles
  • Crews, Nina. Neighborhood Mother Goose
  • Cunnane, Kelly. Chirchir is Singing
  • Davies, Nicola. Dolphin Baby
  • Daywalt, Drew. The Day the Crayons Quit
  • DePaola, Tomie. Fin M’Coul, The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush and other titles
  • 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
  • Falconer, Ian. "Olivia" books
  • Fleming, Denise. Alphabet Under Construction
  • Floca, Brian. Locomotive
  • Fox, Mem. Koala Lou and other titles
  • Frost, Helen. Step Gently Out
  • Gravett, Emily. Orange Pear Apple Bear
  • Guy, Ginger Foglesong. Siesta!
  • Henkes, Kevin. Penny and Her Marble and other titles
  • Hoberman, Mary Ann. You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You
  • Hoff, Syd. Stanley and other titles
  • Hopkinson, Deborah. Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
  • Isadora, Rachel. Old Mikamba Had a Farm
  • Jeffers, Oliver. This Moose Belongs to Me
  • Jenkins, Steve. What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?
  • Jordan, Deloris. Dream Big
  • Kaster, Pam. Molly the Pony
  • Keats, Ezra Jack. A Letter to Amy and other titles
  • Kerley, Barbara. The World is Waiting for You
  • Khan, Ruhksana. Big Red Lollipop
  • Klassen, Jon. This is Not My Hat
  • Lehrhaupt, Adam. Warning: Do Not Open This Book!
  • Light, Steve. Trains Go
  • Lin, Grace. Ling and Ting titles
  • 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! and other titles
  • McPhail, David. Sisters and other titles
  • Medina, Meg. Tia Isa Wants a Car
  • Morales, Yuji. Nino Wrestles the World
  • Munsch, Robert. Stephanie's Ponytail and other titles
  • Newbery, Linda. Posy
  • Polacco, Patricia. The Bee Tree and other titles
  • Prelutsky, Jack.  Read-aloud Rhymes for the Very Young and other titles
  • Raschka, Chris. A Ball for Daisy
  • Rathman, Peggy. Officer Buckle and Gloria
  • Reich, Susanna. Minette's Feast
  • 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
  • Sala, Laura Purdie. A Leaf Can Be
  • Savage, Stephen. Where's Walrus
  • Sayre, April. Eat Like a Bear and other titles
  • Schwartz, David. Rotten Pumpkin
  • Scieszka, Jon. Battle Bunny
  • Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Green
  • 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 other titles
  • Small, David. Imogene's Antlers
  • Stein, David Ezra. Interrupting Chicken
  • Steptoe, John. Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters and other titles
  • Teckentrup, Britta. Animal 1 2 3
  • Van Allsburg, Chris. Two Bad Ants and other titles
  • Wells, Rosemary. Bunny Cakes and other titles
  • Willems, Mo. The Duckling Gets a Cookie and other titles

Young Readers Series

  • “39 Clues” series
  • Adler, David. The "Cam Jansen" books
  • Arnold, Ted. The "Fly Guy" books
  • Chaconas, Dori. The "Cork and Fuzz" 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
  • Kelly, David. The "Baseball Mysteries" 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
  • Prineas, Sarah. The Magic Thief series
  • 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
  • West, Jacqueline. The Books of Elsewhere (series)
  • 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
  • Backer, Miles. Travels with Charlie
  • Barretta, Gene. Timeless Thomas
  • Barrows, Annie. The "Ivy and Bean" books
  • Barshaw, Ruth McNally. "Ellie McDoodle" books
  • Berne, Jennifer. Manfish
  • Bishop, Nic. Nic Bishop Spiders
  • Blume, Judy. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
  • Bober, Natalie. Papa is a Poet
  • Branford, Anna. Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot and other titles
  • Byrd, Robert. Electric Ben
  • 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
  • Cronin, Doreen. The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
  • Cusick, Dawn. Get the Scoop on Animal Poop
  • 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. Dolphin Baby and Surprising Sharks
  • DiCamillo, Kate. Flora and Ulysses and other titles
  • Di Terlizzi, Toni. The Spiderwick Chronicles
  • Eszterhas, Suzi. Sea Otters
  • Florian, Douglas. Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars and other of his poetry books
  • Gibbons, Gail. Ladybugs
  • Gifford, Peggy. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little and other titles
  • Giovanni, Nikki. Rosa
  • Goldberg, Whoopi. The "Sugar Plum Ballerinas" books
  • Graff, Lisa. Absolutely Almost
  • Hanlon, Abby. Dory Fantasmagory
  • Hartland, Jessie. How the Meteorite Got to the Museum
  • Harvey, Jeanne Walker. Astro, the Stellar Sea Lion
  • Hatkoff, Isabella. Owen and Mzee
  • Hatkoff, Julianna. Leo, the Snow Leopard
  • Heppermann, Christine. City Chickens
  • Ho, Mingfong. Brother Rabbit: a Cambodian Tale
  • Holm, Jennifer. The Fourteenth Goldfish
  • Hopkins, H. Joseph. Tree Lady
  • Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Dinosaur Poems and other of his poetry books
  • Huey, Lois Minor. Ick! Yuck! Eew!
  • 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 and other titles
  • Jenkins, Steve. The Beetle Book
  • Katz, Alan. Take Me Out of the Bathtub and other of his poetry books
  • Kurtz, Kris. The Adventures of a South Pole Pig
  • Laidlaw, Rob. No Shelter Here
  • Leedy, Loreen. Measuring Penny
  • Levine, Sara. Bone by Bone
  • Lewis, J. Patrick. World Rat Day and other of his poetry books
  • Lin, Grace. Year of the Dog and other titles
  • Look, Lenore. Ruby Lu, Brave and True and Alvin Ho, Allergic to Girls and other titles
  • Marcus, Leonard. Randolph Caldecott
  • Markle, Sandra “Outside/Inside” books**
  • Markle, Sandra. Waiting for Ice
  • Martin, Ann M. The "Doll People" books
  • McCully, Emily. The Bobbin Girl
  • McCully, Emily Arnold. The Secret Cave
  • McDonald, Megan. "Stink" and "Judy Moody" books
  • McKay, Hilary. LuLu and the Dog from the Sea 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. Nelson Mandela
  • Nelson, Kadir. We Are the Ship
  • Newquist, H.P. Here There Be Monsters
  • Pennypacker, Sara. “Clementine” books
  • Pinkney, Andrea. Hand in Hand
  • Prelutsky, Jack. My Dog May Be a Genius and other of his poetry books
  • Rappaport, Doreen. Helen's Big World
  • Rosenstock, Barb. Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library
  • Sachar, Louis. "Marvin Redpost" books and "Wayside School" books
  • Seiple, Samantha. Byrd and Igloo
  • Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are and other titles
  • Shaughnessy, Dan. Legend of the Curse of the Bambino
  • Singer, Marilyn. Mirror Mirror
  • Stone, Tanya Lee. Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?
  • Turner, Pamela. Dolphins of Shark Bay
  • Viorst, Judith. Lulu and the Brontosaurus and other titles
  • Warner, Sally. "EllRay Jakes" books
  • Wiles, Deborah. Love, Ruby Lavender
  • Wise, Bill. Silent Star
  • **Outside/Inside Titles by Sandra Markle:
  • Alligators j 597.9 MAR
  • Birds j 598 MAR
  • Giant Squid j594.58 MAR
  • Killer Bees j 595.799 MAR
  • Mummies j 393.3 MAR
  • Rats j 599.75 MAR
  • Woolly Mammoths j 569.67 MAR
  • **Rescuing Animals From Disaster
  • Aronin. Saving Animals from Volcanoes
  • Markovics. Saving Animals After Floods
  • Person. Saving Animals from Hurricanes
  • Person. Saving Animals from Oil Spills

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