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What HRS Is Reading: April 2019 Titles

See Mr. Goddard's April reading recommendations!

I love reading in the springtime. Reading at the park on a sunny day or taking a walk around the neighborhood and listening to an audiobook bring me joy. Here are some fresh recommendations for Hamlin Robinson School students to help them spring into reading.


Lower School Recommendations (Levels 1-3)

Picture Books & Early Readers by Jan Thomas

Jan Thomas’s picture books (Rhyming Dust Bunnies) and early readers (The Giggle Gang) are excellent for students who are looking for quick-to-read, funny books like the Elephant and Piggie series.

Leela and Ben Mysteries series by Bob Wright

High Noon Books has been putting out great, decodable chapter books for many years now. The Leela and Ben Mysteries are chocked-full of fun clues and written at level 1, so they are an excellent way for students to jump into longer chapter books.

Intermediate Recommendations (Levels 4-5) 

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by Brian Montclar

It can often be tough to find a comic from the Marvel Universe suited for younger readers. I was so happy when this series about Lunella Lafayette, a 13-year old supergenius, came out. It’s fun, just edgy enough, includes a T-Rex pet and a lot of saving the day through intelligence and technology rather than brute force.

Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart

Dan Gemeinhart is an Ellensburg-based author who writes thoughtful adventure books. Some Kind of Courage is historical fiction about Joseph, who goes on a mission to rescue his beloved horse, Sarah, from a horse trader. Grizzly bear attacks in the Cascades, horse races, and hopping trains to Walla Walla are some of the highlights. Check out Gemeinhart’s The Honest Truth, too.

Middle School Recommendations (Levels 6-8)

Fake Blood (graphic novel) by Whitney Gardner

This PNW-set comic features AJ, a 6th grader trying to stand out and get the attention of his vampire-obsessed crush, Nia. AJ pretends to be an actual vampire to get her attention, but there just might be some real vampires in their midst.

Warcross by Marie Lu 

Warcross is the most popular video game in the world in Marie Lu’s futuristic novel. The main character, Emika Chen, tries to catch petty criminals in the game for small bounties, but this hardly helps pay the rent after her father dies. A gutsy hack in an important Warcross tournament miraculously lands her a spot in the finals. This one delivers the mysteries, thrills, and techno-futuristic details that will keep middle schoolers reading. 

Parent/Faculty Recommendations:

My Dyslexia by Philip Schultz

This slim memoir by Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Philip Schultz, tells about how Dyslexia has impacted his life, including his wonderful poetry. It’s heartbreaking and intelligent, and the book ultimately provides a powerful story about what it's like growing up with language-based learning differences.

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