Tuesday, July 16, 2013

We Love Free Things! Win a Kindle Fire HD

Welcome to the Kindle Fire HD giveaway! Sponsored by some amazing blogs that celebrate the world of children's lit:
Kid Lit Frenzy
Read Now Sleep Later
Nite Lite Book Reviews
The Windy Pages
The Book Pixie
There's a Book
The Late Bloomer's Book Blog
Teach Mentor Texts
The Reading Date
Nancy Tandon
Read Write Mom

Show these blogger friends some love and at the same time earn entries into the giveaway. The Kindle Fire HD winner (U.S. only) will also get their choice of one July or August Kindle eBook from Kid Lit Frenzy, one YA Kindle eBook from Read Now Sleep Later, or one MG Kindle eBook from There's a Book

If you are not from the United States, use the second Rafflecopter to enter to win up to $20 worth of books from BookDepository.com and an ARC or signed copy of a book from Kid Lit Frenzy

If you are a blogger, you can earn an extra entry by re-posting the giveaway. Copy the HTML from this page and paste it into a new post. We cannot count your entry unless you leave us the link, so remember to paste the link into the Rafflecopter widget. If you cannot embed the Rafflecopter widget, here is the Share Link for the Kindle Fire HD (US only) and the Share Link for the International $20 bookdepository.com widgets.


  1. You must be 13 years of age or older to enter, or have a parent/guardian enter for you. All entries are subject to verification.
  2. We will notify the winner via email within 48 hours after the contest's end (11:59 pm on July 29).
  3. The Kindle Fire HD winner must have a mailing address in the United States. The International ($20 bookdepository.com books) winner can be anywhere except the United States.
  4. The winners will have 48 hours to reply with their mailing address or another winner will be chosen.
  5. Contest sponsors are not responsible for items lost in the mail.
  6. We love comments, but please do not leave personal information such as email or mailing addresses in the comments! We are using Rafflecopter because it will keep your information private.
Questions? Please email the organizer, Alethea, at frootjoos at gmail dot com.
Good luck!

Inspired by Kathy at I am a Reader

Monday, July 15, 2013

School Librarians Know Best: More Great Summer Reads

The list sharing continues! Here are a few links to more compilations of great summer reads, this time from the big city librarians of the Boston Public Schools as well as a smaller town's selections, from Carver Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. There is little in the way of description of these titles, so you have to trust that these librarians know what they are doing! And judging by the many talented authors they've included, I think we're in good hands.

The way I take advantage of these lists is to open another window on my laptop and log into my Chicago Public Library account. Then I reserve as many books as I can, and the library notifies me when they come in. So we have a steady feed of good books all summer.

Below is the summer reading list from the Boston Public Schools, specifically the best legends and myths to read this summer:

The Coming of the Dragon, Barnhouse
Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection, Dembicki, ed.
Odd and the Frost Giants, Gaiman
Princess of the Midnight Ball, George
A Tale Dark and Grimm, Gidwitz
The Odyssey: A Graphic Novel, Hinds
Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood, Lee
Gilgamesh the Hero, McCaughrean
Cinder, Meyer
Ain't Nothing But a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry, Nelson
The Illustrated Book of Myths, Philip
The Kane Chronicles (series), Riordan
The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greek Myths, Retold, Rylant

Here is the list of novels Carver Middle School sixth-graders are encouraged to read this summer when they're escaping the Oklahoma heat. (The * means first book in a series or book has a sequel.):

Abduction by Peg Kehret
*Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Airball: My Life in Briefs by Lisa Harkrader
Arilla Sun Down by Virginia Hamilton
*Bone, Vol. 1: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith
*Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Read Hunger Games first)
Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
*The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Cracker by Cynthia Kadohata
Curse of the Blue Figurine by John Bellairs
*Eragon by Christopher Paolini
*The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
Games: A Tale of Two Bullies by Carol Gorman
*Gregor the Overlander by Collins, Suzanne
Heads or Tails by Jack Gantos (1st book in the Jack Henry series)
Heat by Mike Lupica
Hoops by Walter Dean Myers
*Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Hostage by Willo Davis Roberts
*Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
*Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
*Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
*Into the Wild by Erin Hunter
The Island by Gary Paulsen
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
*Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos (1st book in the Joey Pigza series)
Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos (#2 in Joey Pigza series)
Last Shot by John Feinstein
*The Lost Years of Merlin by T. A. Barron
The Man Who Was Poe by Avi
Million Dollar Shot by Don Gutman
Miracle’s Boys by Jacqueline Woodson
*Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (3rd book in Hunger Games trilogy – Read the other two first.)
Monkey Island by Paula Fox
The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
*The Mistmantle Chronicles Urchin of the Riding Stars by M.I. McAllister
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine by Diane Stanley
Naked Mole-Rat Letters by Mary Amato
Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman
Or Give Me Death by Ann Rinaldi
*Out of Sight, Out of Mind by Marilyn Kaye
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
*The Princess Diaries by Cabot, Meg
*Quid Pro Quo by Vicki Grant
*Redwall by Brian Jacques
*Sammy Keys and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin VanDraanen
Shackleton’s Stowaway by Victoria McKernan
*Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman
*Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm
The River by Gary Paulsen
The School Story by Andrew Clements
The Scream Museum by Paul Zindel
The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
*Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Way Down Deep by Ruth White
*A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle