Children who aren’t reading during the summer usually lose some of their reading skills, especially those who are newly reading on their own.
This is known as the “summer slide,” and the one of the easiest ways to beat it is to visit the Stratford Public Library!
Here are a few of the library’s suggestions of some fun new chapter books for newly independent readers.
The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken: The Next Misadventure
by Doreen Cronin,
@ SPL: J FIC Cronin
When a small blue bird arrives at the Chicken Squad Headquarters looking for her lost birdhouse, detective siblings Poppy, Sweetie, Sugar and Dirt spring into action. But there’s something suspicious about the blue bird.
Why doesn’t she want to answer their questions about her “kidnapped” birdhouse?
Then a second crime comes to their attention: someone is stealing Grumpy Squirrel’s acorns!
Beginning chapter book readers won’t want to miss this hilarious misadventure of four wacky chicken detectives who seem to stir up almost as much trouble as they solve!
** The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken is the second book in the “Chicken Squad” series. Recommended for ages six to nine.
Archie’s Alien Disguise
by Wendy Mass and Michael Brawer,
@ SPL: J FIC Mass
Eight-year-old Archie’s father has an incredible job: he drives a space taxi to different areas of the universe. With the help of a talking cat, Pockets, Archie and his dad have also started to use the taxi to fight intergalactic crime.
In their latest adventure, they must outsmart the evil organization B.U.R.P., disguising themselves as aliens, in order to rescue Princess Viola on a faraway planet. As they carry out this dangerous mission, Archie discovers some very surprising things about Pockets and about Viola … who is certainly a most unusual princess!
** Archie’s Alien Disguise is the third title in the “Space Taxi” series. Recommended for ages six to 10.
The Life of Ty: Penguin Problems
by Lauren Myracle,
@ SPL: J FIC Myrac
Seven-year-old Ty Perry always has wacky ideas and schemes – plus the best of intentions. In his newest adventure, Penguin Problems, Ty outdoes himself.
After chasing and almost catching the family cat with a dustbuster (to save the cat endless hours of washing itself), he visits the local aquarium with his class … and smuggles out a baby penguin! And although Ty thinks that he has a good reason for doing so, he soon realizes that the bathtub in his house isn’t going to suit the penguin … or his parents!
Ty’s in big trouble now … with his parents, his teacher and the aquarium!
** Penguin Problems is the third book in the “Life of Ty” series. Recommended for ages seven to 10.
– Sally Hengeveld, librarian