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May 1, 2019

30 Books for $30: Give Your Graduating Students the Gift of Reading

By Scholastic Editors

As the school year comes to a close, you might be thinking about the parting words—or parting gift—you’re going to give your students. By writing a note on the inside cover of a book, you can do both!

Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    You’ve already made a significant positive impact on every single one of the students you taught this year, but by sending them on their way with a book they’ll love reading—inscribed with a personal message of encouragement—the classroom memories you created will be something they’ll never forget. Not only will you be giving your students a special keepsake, you’ll also be helping them beat the summer slide with some vacation reading material!

    The specially selected sets of 30 books below span grades PreK–9, fiction and nonfiction, and include Spanish language titles.

    Gus cultiva una planta (Grades PreK–K)
    Spring is here, and Gus patiently waits for his plant to grow in this book for brand new readers. He digs and plants and waters and waits...and waits. Will his hard work be rewarded?

    The Emperor’s New Clothes / El traje nuevo del emperador (Grades PreK–1)
    Bilingual versions of everyone's favorite fairy tale, updated and adorned with simple, lively illustrations.

    Museum Mystery (Grades PreK–2)
    In this mystery thriller, the science museum is unveiling a new dinosaur skeleton, but the skeleton is one bone short of being complete. Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat must use clues to retrace their path and solve the mystery of the missing bone.

    Peek, Otter! (Grades K–1)
    An adorable river otter romps through this fact-filled book packed with captivating up-close nature photos.

    Pete the Cat’s Train Trip (Grades K–2)
    In this groovy story, Pete can't wait to visit Grandma, especially because he gets to take a train ride to see her! The conductor gives Pete a tour of the train, and Pete gets to see the engine and honk the horn. Pete even makes new friends and plays games on board.

    Una aventura a lo grande / A Great Big Adventure (Grades 1–2)
    Meet El Chavo and his quirky neighborhood friends! This bilingual storybook is based on one of the most successful television series in Mexico and Latin America.

    It’s Not Fair! / No es justo (Grades 1–2)
    In this bilingual book, Charlie really, really wants to go to Mexico with Mama for his vacation. But it's Luis and Pilar's turn, and Charlie thinks that it's not fair!

    Flat Stanley and the Lost Treasure (Grades 1–2)
    In this exciting adventure, Flat Stanley and his brother find sunken treasure in an old shipwreck. Then, Stanley has to drop his gold bar in order to squeeze through a net and rescue a dolphin. Will he ever find the treasure again?

    Cheetahs (Grades 1–2)
    Readers will learn all about cheetahs, including how they raise their young and learn to hunt, in this book from the National Geographic Kids series.

    Mount Rushmore Calamity (Grades 2–3)
    The Lambchop family drives to South Dakota, where Stanley hopes to escape the attention brought on by the accident that flattened him. Soon, however, he and his brother, Arthur, become involved in a Wild West adventure at Mount Rushmore.

    Blizzard Night (Grades 4–5)
    A winter trip in the remote Michigan wilderness seemed like the perfect way for Jayden to get to know his new foster family. But when the snow really starts to come down, the family van crashes and the three kids must go out into the bleak, white storm to search for help in this outdoor adventure.

    Tru Confessions (Grades 5–7)
    Written in the form of a computer diary, this refreshingly funny novel tells the story of 12-year-old Tru, a girl with big dreams and hefty goals. She is determined to find a cure for her developmentally delayed twin brother and to have her own television show. 

    Heroes of Hurricane Katrina (Grades 6–9)
    Ten true stories of real-life heroes during Hurricane Katrina. You will never forget their courageous true stories.

    Tracker (Grades 7–9)
    As John Borne closes in on the doe he’s been tracking for two days, he comes to believe she has the mysterious power to cheat death and save the life of his beloved grandfather, who is dying of cancer. A truly gripping read!

    You’ve already made a significant positive impact on every single one of the students you taught this year, but by sending them on their way with a book they’ll love reading—inscribed with a personal message of encouragement—the classroom memories you created will be something they’ll never forget. Not only will you be giving your students a special keepsake, you’ll also be helping them beat the summer slide with some vacation reading material!

    The specially selected sets of 30 books below span grades PreK–9, fiction and nonfiction, and include Spanish language titles.

    Gus cultiva una planta (Grades PreK–K)
    Spring is here, and Gus patiently waits for his plant to grow in this book for brand new readers. He digs and plants and waters and waits...and waits. Will his hard work be rewarded?

    The Emperor’s New Clothes / El traje nuevo del emperador (Grades PreK–1)
    Bilingual versions of everyone's favorite fairy tale, updated and adorned with simple, lively illustrations.

    Museum Mystery (Grades PreK–2)
    In this mystery thriller, the science museum is unveiling a new dinosaur skeleton, but the skeleton is one bone short of being complete. Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat must use clues to retrace their path and solve the mystery of the missing bone.

    Peek, Otter! (Grades K–1)
    An adorable river otter romps through this fact-filled book packed with captivating up-close nature photos.

    Pete the Cat’s Train Trip (Grades K–2)
    In this groovy story, Pete can't wait to visit Grandma, especially because he gets to take a train ride to see her! The conductor gives Pete a tour of the train, and Pete gets to see the engine and honk the horn. Pete even makes new friends and plays games on board.

    Una aventura a lo grande / A Great Big Adventure (Grades 1–2)
    Meet El Chavo and his quirky neighborhood friends! This bilingual storybook is based on one of the most successful television series in Mexico and Latin America.

    It’s Not Fair! / No es justo (Grades 1–2)
    In this bilingual book, Charlie really, really wants to go to Mexico with Mama for his vacation. But it's Luis and Pilar's turn, and Charlie thinks that it's not fair!

    Flat Stanley and the Lost Treasure (Grades 1–2)
    In this exciting adventure, Flat Stanley and his brother find sunken treasure in an old shipwreck. Then, Stanley has to drop his gold bar in order to squeeze through a net and rescue a dolphin. Will he ever find the treasure again?

    Cheetahs (Grades 1–2)
    Readers will learn all about cheetahs, including how they raise their young and learn to hunt, in this book from the National Geographic Kids series.

    Mount Rushmore Calamity (Grades 2–3)
    The Lambchop family drives to South Dakota, where Stanley hopes to escape the attention brought on by the accident that flattened him. Soon, however, he and his brother, Arthur, become involved in a Wild West adventure at Mount Rushmore.

    Blizzard Night (Grades 4–5)
    A winter trip in the remote Michigan wilderness seemed like the perfect way for Jayden to get to know his new foster family. But when the snow really starts to come down, the family van crashes and the three kids must go out into the bleak, white storm to search for help in this outdoor adventure.

    Tru Confessions (Grades 5–7)
    Written in the form of a computer diary, this refreshingly funny novel tells the story of 12-year-old Tru, a girl with big dreams and hefty goals. She is determined to find a cure for her developmentally delayed twin brother and to have her own television show. 

    Heroes of Hurricane Katrina (Grades 6–9)
    Ten true stories of real-life heroes during Hurricane Katrina. You will never forget their courageous true stories.

    Tracker (Grades 7–9)
    As John Borne closes in on the doe he’s been tracking for two days, he comes to believe she has the mysterious power to cheat death and save the life of his beloved grandfather, who is dying of cancer. A truly gripping read!

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