DIANA FRIEND'S RECOMMENDED SUMMER READING:
BIRTH TO KINDERGARTEN: When you read to your babies, it helps them develop an interest in books from the beginning. They learn how a book works, and they learn quickly that the book can be up or upside down. It's a wonderful way to be close to your child and a bonding experience they'll remember all their lives.
TITLES: Ship Ahoy, by Peter Sis; Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean, by Gail Langer Karwoski; Carry Me! Animal Babies on the Move, by Susan Stockdale; Kermit the Hermit, by Bill Peet; There Are Monsters Everywhere, by Mercer Mayer.
FIRST AND SECOND GRADERS: These books are good to take turns reading together. Pass the book back and forth, each taking a turn reading. Reading together makes it fun, so they don't do it all by themselves just yet. Practice reading is very important to mastering this skill set.
TITLES: Frindle, by Andrew Clements; Lenny and Mel's Summer Vacation, by Erik Kraft; Horrible Harry and the Dungeon, by Suzy Kline.
THIRD THROUGH FIFTH GRADERS: These kids are in full force school curriculum, so any reading they do now should be filled with fun and humor. Help them be ready to start this August, by keeping them reading. Just a couple of hours a week keeps them at the point they left off when school let out in May.
TITLES: Chu Ju's House, by Gloria Whelan; The Girl Who Threw Butterflies, by Mick Cochrane; A Long Wya from Chicago, by Richard Peck; and Doughnut, by Sue Stauffacher. Happy Reading! Diana..