Brooke Jackman Foundation Reveals Best Books for Summer Reading List

By Jason Boog Comment

Sharing a new book is The best thing you can do with a kid this summer. You can help them beat the summer slide and reverse an unfortunate decline in bedtime story reading.

The Brooke Jackman Foundation revealed its annual Brooke’s Best Books for Summer Reading list, including books for kids of different ages. The foundation has donated over 200,000 books to children in memory of a woman with “a deep love of reading and a profound interest in helping children” who died on 9/11.

Here’s more from the release:

To create the list, members of the BJF advisory committee, including creator of the beloved children’s show Reading Rainbow Dr.Twila C. Liggett; literacy expert Dr. Gay Su Pinnell; renowned children’s authors Stephanie Calmenson and Katie Davis; and BJF’s executive director Erin Jackman each shared a few of their favorite summer titles. In addition, BJF polled its online community and included their top suggestions on the list as well.

2013 Brooke’s Best Books for Summer Reading

Stephanie Calmenson:
• The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole, pictures by Bruce Degen
• Harry by the Sea by Gene Zion, pictures by Margaret Bloy Graham
• 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental and Joelle Jolivet
Katie Davis:
• The Museum by Susan Verde
• Rocket Writesa Story by Tad Hills
• This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
• Aces Wild by Erica Perl
• Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Erin Jackman
• Jocomo by Timothy Cohorst
• Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
• Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey

Twila Liggett:
• Lemonade for Sale by Stuart Murphy
• How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
• Seashore Surprises by Rose Wyler
• Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson
• The Tin Forest by Helen Ward

Gay Su Pinnell:
• Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman
• Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
• The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle
• I Must Have Bobo by Eileen and Marc Rosenthal
• Under Ground by Denise Fleming

Social Media Community:
• The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
• Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
• A Chair for my Mother by Vera B. Williams