Here’s the official wish list, compiled by Alps Road Elementary, for books to send home with the kids this summer. Alps students are ethnically diverse, and the book list reflects that.

I’m looking hard for these books, but don’t limit yourselves to this list; any age-appropriate book will do. I’ll post a separate list of easier-to-find books for any of you willing to scour the thrift stores.

Alps Road Elementary Summer Wish List

Aardema, Verna. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears.
Ada, Alma Flor. Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet In Spanish And English.
Aylesworth, Jim. Old Black Fly.
Barrett, Judi. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
Benson, Martin/, and Patrick (ILT) Waddell. Owl Babies.
Birney, Betty G. The World According to Humphrey.
Browne, Anthony. Voices in the Park.
Burton, Virginia Lee. The Little House.
Carle, Eric. Today Is Monday.
Clements, Andrew. Frindle.
Cobb, Vicki. Harry Houdini (DK Biography).
Cowell, Cressida. How to Train Your Dragon
Curtis, Christopher Paul. Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money.
Demi. The Empty Pot.
Elmer the Elephant
Finchler, Judy. Miss Malarkey Doesn’t Live in Room 10.
Gerstein, Mordicai. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.
Grimes, Nikki. Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel.
Hartman, Bob. The Wolf Who Cried Boy.
Henkes, Kevin. Kitten’s First Full Moon.
Henkes, Kevin. Owen.
Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald. Aunt Flossie’s Hats (and Crab Cakes Later).
If Kids Ruled the School: More Kids’ Favorite Funny School Poems.
Jordan, Brian. I Told You I Can Play!.
Jordan, Deloris. Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream.
Knotts, Kevin, and Kim Wayans. Happy Birthday to Me.
Krull, Kathleen. Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez.
Krull, Kathleen. The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth.
Lin, Grace. The Year of the Dog.
Lionni, Leo. The Biggest House in the World.
Lombard, Jenny. Drita, My Homegirl.
Look, Lenore. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters.
Lowry, Lois. Gooney Bird Greene.
Malaspina, Ann. Finding Lincoln.
Manning, Maurie J. Kitchen Dance.
Meddaugh, Susan. Martha Speaks
Murrie, Matthew, and Steve Murrie. Every Minute On Earth.
O’Connor, Barbara. Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia.
O’Connor, Barbara. How to Steal a Dog.
Pennypacker, Sara. Stuart’s Cape
Rathmann, Peggy. Officer buckle & Gloria.
Rockwell, Thomas. How to Eat Fried Worms.
Sachar, Louis. Sideways Stories from Wayside School.
Schade, Susan. Travels of Thelonious (Fog Mound).
Scieszka, Jon. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.
Smith, Alexander McCall. Akimbo and the Crocodile Man.
Stevens, Eric A. Anansi and the Talking Melon.
Stilton, Geronimo. The Karate Mouse
Taback, Simms/, and Simms Taback. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.
Thank You, Mr. Falker.
The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups.
Thomas, Joyce Carol. Marked By Fire.
Viorst, Judith. Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday.
Winter, Jeanette. Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa.
Yolen, Jane. A Sip Of Aesop.

If you’ve got some extra cash on hand and want to purchase any of these books and have them shipped to me, contact me at melaney (at) and I’ll give you my address.