April 24th, 2017
The recent spate of warm weather days have reminded us summer is just around the corner and with that comes Cecil County Public Library’s annual Summer Reading and Learning program. While registration for this year’s program doesn’t begin until June 1st, it’s never too early to compile your summer “To Read” list. We like to start with award-winning books, and while many have heard of the Caldecott and the Newbery, there are numerous awards given each year which honor diverse and varied materials for readers of all ages.
Here are just a few of this year’s winners:
Coretta Scott King Book Award: Presented to outstanding African American authors and illustrators who demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
March By John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
Book 3 in a powerful trilogy detailing true events from the life experiences of civil rights leader, John Lewis. (Grades 8 and older.)
Pura Belpre Medal: Presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience.
Juana and Lucas By Juan Medina
An entertaining story about a little girl from Colombia and her dog, Lucas.
(Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award: Presented to the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.
We Are Growing! By Laurie Keller
Fans of Elephant and Piggie will enjoy this fun story of a blade of grass named Walt.
Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award: Presented for the best beginning and transitional fiction and nonfiction.
Duck, Duck, Porcupine! By Salina Yoon.
Comical story of an older sister who thinks she knows it all…but, does she really?
Plants Can’t Sit Still By Rebecca E. Hirsch
Budding botanists will enjoy the interesting ways plants move as they grow.
Weekends with Max and His Dad By Linda Urban
Heartwarming story of a boy and his dad who go on adventures while adjusting to a new apartment.
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions By Chris Barton
An informative picture book biography of Lonnie Johnson, NASA engineer and inventor.
This is just the beginning of our “To Read” list but if you visit the “Great Reads” tab on our website and click on “Discover Your Next Great Read,” our Select Reads service is a great way to help you get started on yours. Learn what’s new at the library by having titles based on your preferences for all types of genres delivered right to your inbox making it easier than ever to find books you want to read.
Find more award-winning books on CCPL’s Kids page under Great Books.
Watch this column for more information on this year’s Summer Reading and Learning program, or visit any of our branches to learn more.