Summer Reading Challenge: Book List for 9-11

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Our staff created a list of books for 9-11 year olds that fits the theme of our Summer Reading Challenge: Fizz, Pop, READ!

Franny K. Stein series. Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton. Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school she experiments with fitting in–which works until a monster erupts from the trashcan.

Babymouse Mad Scientist by Jennifer Holm. Imaginative Babymouse’s science partner, Felicia the cat, expects her to do all of the work for their report on microscopic creatures, but Babymouse gets help from a pizza-loving amoeba named Squish.

Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald. The shortest kid in the second grade, James Moody, also known as Stink, learns all about the shortest president of the United States, James Madison, when they celebrate Presidents’ Day at school.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather.

The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees: A Scientific Mystery by  Sandra Markle. Presents facts about the ongoing investigation into the decline of honey bees around the world from colony collapse disorder, as scientists look at the impact of such factors as pesticides, farmer transportation of bee hives, fungal infections, and climate change.

Grossology by Sylvia Branzei. Amusingly illustrated book explains the scientific facts of some of the more disgusting aspects of human physiology.

Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship told by Isabella Hatkoff. The friendship of a hippopotamus and a tortoise.

Wild Animal Neighbors: Sharing our Urban World by Ann Downer. Reveals how the increase in human population is driving wild animals out of their natural habitats and into urban areas, and identifies the effects of this forced cohabitation on both species.

Jet Plane: How it Works by David Macaulay. Introduces young readers to the mechanical science of jet planes that recreates an airplane ride while explaining how powerful engines, specially designed wings, and cockpit controls work together to enable a jet’s flight.

Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay. Lulu, who loves animals, brings an abandoned duck egg to school, even though her teacher has banned Lulu from bringing animals to school ever again.

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet. When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.

Tornado by Betsy Byars. As they wait out a tornado in their storm cellar, a family listens to their farmhand tell stories about the dog that was blown into his life by another tornado when he was a boy.

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot: The First Adventure Novel  by Dav Pilkey. Ricky Ricotta, a small mouse, saves a giant robot from his evil creator, Dr. Stinky, and in turn, the robot protects Ricky from the bullies at school and it saves the city from Dr. Stinky’s plan to destroy it.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems by J. Patrick Lewis. Borrows themes from famous poems and flips them on their head to create humorous verses and riddles in a collection of math-based problem-solving parodies.

Melonhead by Katy Kelly. In the Washington, D.C., neighborhood of Capitol Hill, Lucy Rose’s friend Adam “Melonhead” Melon, a budding inventor with a knack for getting into trouble, enters a science contest that challenges students to recycle an older invention into a new invention.

Amelia’s Science Fair Disaster by Marissa Moss. Amelia gets the worst partners for the science fair project and worries if it will ruin her good grades.

Ivy + Bean What’s the Big Idea?  by Annie Barrows. When all the second grade students must enter the science fair, which has global warming as its theme, best friends Ivy and Bean team up to create an unusual project.

The Kids’ Book of Weather Forecasting by Mark Breen. A hands-on introduction to the science of meteorology, explaining how to make equipment to measure rainfall, wind direction, and humidity, record measurements and observations in a weather log, make weather predictions, and perform other related activities.

Candy Experiments by Loralee Leavitt. Each experiment includes basic explanations of the relevant science, such as how cotton candy sucks up water because of capillary action, how Pixy Stix cool water because of an endothermic reaction, and how gummy worms grow enormous because of the water-entangling properties.

So You Want to Be an Inventor?  by Judith St. George. Presents some of the characteristics of inventors by describing the inventions of people such as Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Eli Whitney.


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