Sponsored by Assemblyman
Felix W. Ortiz
in cooperation with the
New York State Library’s
The lazy days of summer are upon us. But lazy doesn’t have to mean we stop reading and learning. Reading books can be a fun, leisurely activity that doesn’t require having to spend any money! In addition, studies have shown that children who continue to read during the summer perform better in school in the fall.
Your local library is an excellent resource for reading material. To encourage our children to read more and become excited about reading, I am holding the Summer Reading Challenge, in cooperation with the New York State Library. Mark the enclosed calendar for each day in July and August that your child reads with you, someone else or alone. When there are 40 or more days marked off, your child has earned a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate. Fill out the information form and return it, along with the calendar, to me. I’ll ensure that your child receives a certificate.
Thank you and happy reading!
Member of Assembly
Dragons, Dragons by Eric Carle
For Laughing Out Loud: Poems to Tickle Your Funnybone by Jack Prelutsky
Mice are Nice by Nancy Larrick
Something Big Has Been Here by Jack Prelutsky
My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz by Monica Brown. A bilingual narrative that follows young Celia Cruz’s life as she becomes a well-known singer in her homeland of Cuba, then moves to New York City and Miami where she charms everyone with her talent in singing salsa.
So You Want to be President? by Judith St. George. A fun book filled with inspiring facts about the United States Presidents that leaves kids believing that they can be whatever they aspire to be.
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan. An exciting and suspenseful tale about a group of Norwegian children who are assigned a daring adventure to remove their town’s gold from the local banks and hide it before the Germans steal it all during the German occupation in 1940.
Cricket in Times Square by George Selden. Chester the Cricket jumps into the picnic basket of unsuspecting New Yorkers who take him home with them. Chester then needs to learn how to adapt to his new city life, all the while mystifying the Big Apple with his unfamiliar chirping.
Crow Boy by Taro Yashima. This is the story of a shy mountain boy from a small Japanese village who is an outcast at his school, yet continues to leave his home at dawn and return at sunset in order to attend the school, and eventually gains acceptance through his numerous talents.
The Fortune Tellers by Lloyd Alexander. This is an original folktale set in Cameroon about a young man who visits and then becomes the village fortune-teller. It’s a story full of adventure and sly humor.
Peppe the Lamplighter by Elisa Bartone. Peppe and his family are immigrants living in Little Italy in lower Manhattan around 1900. The story follows Peppe as he gets a job as a lamplighter in order to help bring in income for his family and contribute to his community.
Abner Doubleday: Boy Baseball Pioneer by Montrew Dunham. This book recounts the life of Abner Doubleday, highlighting his enthusiasm and love of baseball and recognizes him as a heroic general who fought bravely in two wars.
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. A story of survival, a young man named Brian must learn to live in the wilderness alone after he is the only survivor of a plane crash. Brian is only able to adapt to his surroundings when he stops pitying himself and understands that no one can help him but himself.
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell. Billy may soon regret telling his friends that he could eat almost anything when the claim leads to a disgustingly delectable dare.
Jazmin’s Notebook by Nikki Grimes. Jazmin Shelby lets us into her life, which is filled with foster homes and makeshift living arrangements inside her sister’s apartment, by showing us glimpses of her notebook that is filled with observations of her neighborhood, family, and dreams in Harlem during the 1960s.
S.O.R. Losers by Avi. Cheer on the South Orange River (S.O.R.) School as the non-athletic members of the soccer team play against other schools, and their parents and teachers push them to preserve their winning streak.
Special thanks goes to the NYS Education Department’s Division
of Library Development and librarians across the state for their help.