One of my presumably brilliant ideas for the summer is to get the kids reading some of the OBOB books for the next school year. I have no idea how many we’ll get through in one summer, but it’s worth a go.

Berry, who’ll be in 2nd grade, sadly won’t be able to do OBOB. But Duncan will be in 4th and his team came in 2nd in the school this last year so I hope he’ll want to do it again next year. Emma did OBOB a couple of years ago, but not in 5th grade, so my secret (no longer) hope is that if she reads a few OBOB titles over the summer she’ll be more inclined to form a team with her friends as she’ll already have some of them under her belt.

Somewhat surprisingly, the kids thought this was a great idea when I proposed it to them. So I diligently looked up the OBOB book list for 2014-15 next year for the grades 3-5 and 6-8 categories.

Last Saturday at the library, I picked up three copies of Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman and two copies of The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan with the idea that I’d read along with the kids. Then we’d have lovely discussions about the books and compare our thoughts and impressions.

Today I realized something amiss in my plan — although it didn’t happen until Emma got to Chapter 7 in her book. If the kids get into reading, I have to read a ton to keep up with them! And I just started the long awaited Written In My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon.

But, devoted reader mother that I am, I tore myself away after reading only a few chapters (today) and dug into the kids’ books. Which are actually really good. I’m on Chapter 10 of The Ruins of Gorlan and haven’t quite caught up with Emma, who enjoyed teasing me at the dinner table that someone dies. I think someone dies in the other book, too. Good times!

The kids have blogged about what else happened today: Duncan Looses a Tooth!!! and Berry Sewing a Cute Cuddly Thing, so I won’t elaborate further on those, except to say that, in between all that reading, I did manage to help Berry make some fuzzy Star Wars creature with four eyes without burning anyone with the hot glue gun, supervise lunch making, clean up lunch, haul everyone to the park for a while and cook dinner while showing kids how to blog. (Dinner was chicken curry/tofu curry with broccoli, rice and naan bread. I didn’t make the naan bread.)

And in case you’re interested — and so that I can refer to it easily when I want to check out more OBOB books, here’s the 3-5 and 6-8 grade books for next year:

Grades 3-5 Division

  • The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor
  • Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes
  • Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  • A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole
  • Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord
  • Sasquatch by Roland Smith
  • Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
  • Swindle by Gordon Korman
  • Tales from the Odyssey, Part One by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  • The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin
  • The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney
  • The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng

Grades 6-8 Division

  • Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
  • Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
  • Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
  • The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
  • Into the Wild by Erin Hunter
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
  • The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  • One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Poison by Bridget Zinn
  • The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
  • Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai
  • True Legend by Mike Lupica
  • Ungifted by Gordon Korman
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio

One thought on “Summer reading list

  1. I know more of the 6-8 books than 3-5, but The False Prince is still one of Isabel’s favorite books of all time! We’re trying a similar challenge this summer with the NMBOB list. I think Isabell will probably finish long before we do. God luck! (After you finish reading Bomb, you can plan your trip to visit us and Los Alamos)

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