District 65 Summer Reading BINGO for Grades 3 to 5

Kids , Book List

Answers in the Pages

Title: Answers in the Pages
By: Levithan, David
Published: 2022

Book descriptions are from the publisher and/or online catalog.

When Donovan left his copy of The Adventurers on the kitchen counter, he didn't think his mom would read it--much less have a problem with it. It's just an adventure novel about two characters trying to stop an evil genius...right? But soon the entire town is freaking out about whether the book's main characters are gay, Donovan's mom is trying to get the book removed from the school curriculum, and Donovan is caught in the middle.

Astrid the Astronaut: The Astronomically Grand Plan

Title: Astrid the Astronaut: The Astronomically Grand Plan
By: Neal, Rie
Published: 2022

A young girl is determined to be the first astronaut with hearing aids in space! Astrid can't wait for the school year to start so she can put her Astronomically Grand Plan into action! She and her best friend, Hallie, are going to be in their first year of Shooting Stars, a club dedicated to all things space. Astrid's big sister has told her all about it, and this year, there is a big, wonderful prize: a trip to a real-life space camp!

The Boy at the Back of the Class

Title: The Boy at the Back of the Class
By: Rauf, Onjali
Published: 2019

When quiet, nine-year-old Ahmet arrives in their classroom, a boy and his friends fail to draw him out but try a new plan after learning he is a Syrian refugee.

Dragons in a Bag

Title: Dragons in a Bag
By: Elliott, Zetta
Published: 2018

In Brooklyn, nine-year-old Jax joins Ma, a curmudgeonly witch who lives in his building, on a quest to deliver three baby dragons to a magical world, and along the way discovers his true calling.

Endlessly Ever After

Title: Endlessly Ever After
By: Snyder, Laurel
Published: 2022

In this rhyming mash-up of many fairy tales, the reader is invited to follow Rosie down the many possible paths which may lead to a sleeping maiden, a hungry wolf, a girl locked in a tower, or a goose that lays golden eggs--but with some luck, and some smart choices, Rosie may save herself and her fellow fairy tale characters.

Fighting for Yes!

Title: Fighting for Yes!
By: Cocca-Leffler, Maryann
Published: 2022

In the 1970s an important disability rights law, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, was waiting to be signed. Judy [Heumann] and other disability rights activists fought for YES! They held a sit-in until Section 504 was signed into law. Section 504--established thanks in large part to the ongoing work of Judy and her community--laid the foundation for the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Flora & Ulysses

Title: Flora & Ulysses
By: DiCamillo, Kate
Published: 2013

Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate

Title: Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate
By: Levine, Sara
Published: 2019

A cantankerous talking cactus reaveals to readers the significance of different colors of flowers in terms of which pollinators (bees, bats, birds, etc.) different colors "talk" to.

Future Hero: Race to Fire Mountain

Title: Future Hero: Race to Fire Mountain
By: Blackwood, Remi
Published: 2022

Jarell has never quite known where he belongs. He's ignored at home and teased at school for wanting to draw instead of playing sports with the other boys. The only place he's ever felt truly at ease is his local barbershop where the owner hangs Jarell's art up on the walls. When Jarell discovers a hidden portal in the barbershop, he's transported to a magical world that's unlike anything he's seen before.

The House That Lou Built

Title: The House That Lou Built
By: Respicio, Mae
Published: 2018

Longing for an escape from her extended Filipino family, Lou plans to build a tiny house on land she inherited from her father, but difficulties quickly arise.

In Honor of Broken Things

Title: In Honor of Broken Things
By: Acampora, Paul
Published: 2022

Three unlikely friends meet in a middle school pottery class and learn how to piece their lives back together again, all the while discovering that some things can never be unbroken--and that's okay too.

It's the End of the World and I'm Still in My Bathing Suit

Title: It's the End of the World and I'm Still in My Bathing Suit
By: Reynolds, Justin A.
Published: 2022

When the electricity goes out, twelve-year-old Eddie and his friends set out to investigate what is going on when they make the startling discovery that they are the only ones left in their neighborhood--and perhaps the only people left anywhere.

Leaving Lymon

Title: Leaving Lymon
By: Cline-Ransome, Lesa
Published: 2020

Raised by his grandparents, first in Mississippi then in Wisconsin, ten-year-old Lymon moves to Chicago in 1945 to live with the mother he never knew, while yearning for his father.

The Legend of Gravity

Title: The Legend of Gravity
By: Palmer, Charly
Published: 2022

Have you ever heard of Gravity? No, not gravity, the centrifugal force pulling us to the Earth. I'm talking about Gravity--the greatest ball player to ever lace up a pair of sneakers.

Love Double Dutch

Title: Love Double Dutch
By: Spicer-Dannelly, Doreen
Published: 2018

Kayla must salvage her double Dutch dreams after her parents' rocky relationship takes her away from Brooklyn - and her beloved team - to spend the summer in North Carolina.

The Magnificent Makers: How to Test a Friendship

Title: The Magnificent Makers: How to Test a Friendship
By: Griffith, Theanne
Published: 2020

With the help of a fun, odd scientist, third graders Violet, Pablo, and Deepak embark on an adventure in the Maker Maze, a magical laboratory full of robots, an antigravity chamber, 3-D printers, and more.

Miss Quinces

Title: Miss Quinces
By: Fajardo, Kat
Published: 2022

Sue just wants to spend the summer reading and making comics at sleepaway camp with her friends, but instead she gets stuck going to Honduras to visit relatives with her parents and two sisters. The trip takes a turn for the worse when Sue's mother announces that they'll be having a surprise quinceañera for Sue, which is the last thing she wants. She can't imagine wearing a big, floofy, colorful dress! What is Sue going to do?

Out of My Heart

Title: Out of My Heart
By: Draper, Sharon M.
Published: 2021

Because she loves horses but is scared of them, Melody wants to conquer her fears, so she hopes a summer camp will be the place to welcome someone with cerebral palsy who wants to learn to ride.

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

Title: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
By: Glaser, Karina Yan
Published: 2017

Told that they will have to move out of their Harlem brownstone just after Christmas, the five Vanderbeeker children, ages four to twelve, decide to change their reclusive landlord's mind.

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