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BLAST Elementary Thematic Program
Dream Big, Read!

(Summer Reading 2012)


Kindergarten - 2nd grade books

This year's summer reading theme was Dream Big, Read! We used a variety of books about dreams, nocturnal animals, nighttime, and sleeping! Some are informational and some are just for fun, but the kids had a blast with all of them!

Fiction and Informational Books:

Pinder, Eric
If All the Animals Came Inside

Illustrations and rhyming text explore the fun and mayhem that could ensue if elephants, kangaroos, bats, and more were to come inside a little boy's house.


Srinivasan, Divya
Little Owl's Night

Little Owl enjoys a lovely night in the forest visiting his friend the raccoon, listening to the frogs croak and the crickets chirp, and watching the fog that hovers overhead.


Wright, Johanna

Raccoons wreak havoc on a town during the night, rummaging through garbage cans, stealing food, and then running off into the hills to enjoy their loot.


Waddell, Martin
Owl Babies

Three owl babies whose mother has gone out in the night try to stay calm while she is gone.


Lies, Brian
Bats at the Beach

On a night when the moon can grow no fatter, bats pack their moon-tan lotion and baskets of treats and fly off for some fun on the beach.


Landau, Elaine
Owls: Hunters of the Night

Explores the world of these fierce nocturnal birds of prey.


Edwards, Pamela Duncan
While the World is Sleeping

A sleepy child is flown through the night sky to see foxes hunting, rabbits playing, raccoons scrounging, and other animals that are active while people sleep.

Jenkins, Steve
Time to Sleep

Who dozes standing on one leg without falling over, snores while flying, or snuggles together in a big sleepy pile? This book shows you how animals sleep.


Perlman, Willa
Good Night, World

Rhyming text bids goodnight to the world and everything that's in it, including stars, streams, animals, and roads.



Beaumont, Karen
No Sleep for the Sheep!

A sheep wants nothing but to go to sleep in the big red barn on the farm, but each time he closes his eyes, another animal moos or neighs or peeps to come in.

Willems, Mo
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

A pigeon comes up with many reasons why he should not go to bed.




Walton, Rick
Herd of Cows! Flock of Sheep!

Farmer Brown has just finished harvesting his crops before the rains come and wants nothing more that to sleep, but groups of all kinds of animals, birds, insects and fish insist on disturbing him.



3rd - 5th Grade Books

This year's summer reading theme was Dream Big, Read! We used a variety of books about creativity, strange things in nature, and real people who had big ideas! Some are informational and some are just for fun, but the kids had a blast with all of them! 

Fiction and Informational Books:

Gaiman, Neil
The Wolves in the Walls

Lucy is sure there are wolves living in the walls of her house, although others in her family disagree, and when the wolves come out, the adventure begins.


Gaiman, Neil
Crazy Hair

Bonnie encounters all sorts of exotic animals and marvelous things inside a man's crazy hair.


Rocco, John

When a busy family's activities come to a halt because of a blackout, they find they enjoy spending time together and not being too busy for once.


Kamkwamba, William
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

When 14-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought in 2001, everyone's crops began to fail. His family didn't have enough money for food, let alone school, so William spent his days in the library. He came across a book on windmills and figured out how to build a windmill that could bring electricity to his village. Everyone thought he was crazy but William persevered and managed to create a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps. Several years later he figured out how to use the windmill for irrigation purposes.


Schwartz, David M.
What in the Wild?: Mysteries of Nature Concealed... and Revealed

Uncover ten mysteries of the natural world in these riddles paired with mystifying images that offer clues. Guess what creature made that pile of twigs, mass of leaves, frothy spittle, etc. And why? Answers are found by opening a generous gatefold and revealing full-color photographs.


Schwartz, David M.
Where Else in the Wild?: More Camouflaged Creatures Concealed... and Revealed



Rohmer, Harriet
Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect the Planet

This inspiring book presents the true stories of 12 people, most of them teenagers or younger adults, from across North America who have done great things for the environment.