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KCL Children's Summer Reading Program 2013


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Sign up at any Kern County Library location.

To get started download & print the Children's Reading Record.


Read and have fun all summer long! The KCL's Summer Reading Program can keep your child's reading skills strong. The more children read, the better they get at it.

To whet your appetite, programs and events with a food themed flavor will take place at branches throughout the county June and July.


How to participate:

  • Read 10 books.
  • Record your titles on a Reading Record and have a parent sign it.
  • Return your signed Reading Record to the library by Saturday, July 27, 2013 and get a free paper back book provided by the Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc.
  • The Children Summer Reading Program is available at all branches of the Kern County Library.

Enjoy these delicious reads this summer!

Young Children's Fiction

strega coverStrega Nona : Her Story by Tomie dePaola
Grandma Concetta heals everyone with her remedies and advice, and when she retires, she leaves Nona her magic pasta pot with its secret ingredient.
caterpillar coverThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.
mouse coverIf You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
The consequences of giving a cookie to this energetic mouse run the young host ragged, but young readers will come away smiling at the antics that tumble like dominoes through the pages of this delightful picture book.
meatballs coverCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse.

eggandham cover

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Sam-I-Am tries to persuade his friend to try green eggs and ham.

mouse coverThe Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
by Don and Audrey Wood
Little Mouse worries that the big, hungry bear will take his freshly picked, ripe, red strawberry for himself.
blueberries coverBlueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the other's mother. Little Bear and Sal both go berrying with their mothers, but after sitting down to rest, they each end up following the other one's mother.
jam coverBread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
Frances decides she likes to eat only bread and jam at every meal--until to her surprise--her parents grant her wish.
nightkitchen coverIn the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
A little boy's dream-fantasy in which he helps three fat bakers get milk for their cake batter.

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Young Children's Nonfiction

btcookbook cover The Baby & Toddler Cookbook by Karen Ansel & Charity Ferreira
Making fresh, homemade meals for your baby and toddler is one of the best ways to give him a healthy, happy start in life. "Packed with 90 easy-to-prepare recipes made with wholesome ingredients, The baby & toddler cookbook offers a fresh and nutritious approach to feeding children from 6 months to 3 years.
fmarket coverAt the Farmers' Market with Kids : Recipes and Projects for Little Hands
by Leslie Jonath & Ethel Brennan
From exploring the vibrant booths to selecting produce and tasting the unique flavors each season brings, the farmers market provides a fertile playground for kids and brings families together while building healthy habits, supporting sustainable eating and profiles the fruits and vegetables available at most farmers markets, explaining how to tell which ones are ripe and how to store them.
naptime coverThe Naptime Chef : Fitting Great Food Into Family Life by Kelsey Banfield
Kelsey Banfield has culled her favorite recipes with preparation tips and tricks that allow you to prepare a meal hours or days ahead of time, leaving only the shortest and easiest parts for last. Having children changes your life, but it doesn't have to change what you cook.
feed coverFeed Yourself, Feed Your Family Good Nutrition, and Healthy Cooking for New Moms and Growing Families
by The La Leche League International
Featuring more than seventy-five easy-to-make and delicious recipes, sanity-saving, mom-tested advice, and vital information about your nutritional needs when pregnant, nursing, or weaning, Feed Yourself, Feed Your Family helps you set your family on a course for a lifetime of healthy eating.
tbread coverTony's Bread : an Italian Folktale by Tomie dePaola
A baker loses his daughter but gains a bakery in the grand city of Milano after meeting a determined nobleman and baking a unique loaf of bread.
lunchbox coverHow Did That Get in My Lunchbox : the Story of Food by Chris Butterworth
From planting wheat to mixing dough, climbing trees to machine-squeezing fruit, picking cocoa pods to stirring a vat of melted bliss, here is a clear, engaging look at the steps involved in producing some common foods. Health tips and a peek at basic food groups complete the menu.
poohcookbook coverThe Winnie-the-Pooh cookbook : Inspired By Winnie-the-Pooh and the House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
by Virginia H. Ellison
A collection of recipes inspired by stories of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends, including breakfasts, lunches and suppers, provisions for picnics, tea treats, desserts and party favorites, winter delights, and honey sauces.
pretend coverPretend Soup and Other Real Recipes : a Cookbook for Preschoolers &Up
by Mollie Katzen
Each illustrated recipe offers the child chef the opportunity to count, measure, mix, assemble, and most important, have fun. Designed as do-together projects--with the child as chef and the adult as assistant--these kitchen adventures will give children confidence in their cooking skills and inspire a life-long healthy relationship with food.
chef coverEmeril's There's a Chef in My Soup! : Recipes for the Kid in Everyone
by Emeril Lagasse
World-famous chef Emeril Lagasse shares some of his favorite recipes that children can make, as well as tips for the whole family on how to have fun and be safe in the kitchen.

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Children's Fiction

candymakers coverThe Candymakers by Wendy Mass
When four twelve-year-olds, including Logan, who has grown up never leaving his parents' Life Is Sweet candy factory, compete in the Confectionary Association's annual contest, they unexpectedly become friends and uncover secrets about themselves during the process.
chofac coverCharlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.
chotouch coverThe Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
A boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate.
jamespeach coverJames and the Giant Peach : a Children's Story by Roald Dahl
A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach.
delicious coverThe Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbitt
The Prime Minister is compiling a dictionary and when no one at court can agree on the meaning of delicious, the King sends his twelve-year-old messenger to poll the country.

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Children's Nonfiction

chew coverChew On This : Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food
by Eric Schlosser
A behind-the-scenes look at the fast food industry.
omnivore coverThe Omnivore's Dilemma : the Secrets Behind What You Eat by Michael Pollan
This book encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices.
eatwords coverEat Your Words : a Fascinating Look at the Language of Food
by Charlotte Foltz Jones
Discusses the history and meaning of all kinds of food-related words and phrases and describes customs and beliefs about various foods.
wild coverThe Wild, Wild Cookbook : a Guide for Young Wild-Food Foragers
by Jean Craighead George
A field guide for finding, harvesting, and cooking wild plants, arranged by season.
sgcookbook coverThe Secret Garden Cookbook : Recipes Inspired By Frances Hodgson Burnett's Secret Garden by Amy Cotler
A compilation of recipes for foods served in England during the Victorian Era and inspired by characters and events in "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
revolting coverRoald Dahl's Even More Revolting Recipes by Lori-Ann Newman
An illustrated collection of recipes inspired by the stories of Roald Dahl.
weats coverWhat the World Eats photographed by Peter Menzel; written by Faith D'Aluisio
A photographic collection exploring what the world eats featuring portraits of twenty-five families from twenty-one countries surrounded by a week's worth of food.
secret coverThe Secret Life of Food by Clare Crespo ; photographs by Eric Staudenmaier
Presents illustrated recipes for demented and delightful culinary creations, including Cherry Roses, Marzipan Feet, Mutant Chicken, and Gingerbread Skeletons.
passport coverPassport on a Plate : a Round-the-World Cookbook for Children
by Diane Simone Vezza
Describes the culinary styles of twelve regions around the world and provides recipes for each, including Africa, the Caribbean, and China.
hstew coverHunter's Stew and Hangtown Fry, What Pioneer America Ate and Why
by Lila Perl
Examines the diet of nineteenth-century pioneers and the culinary innovations brought about by the hard life in the Western territories.
cwh coverCooking Up World History : Multicultural Recipes and Resources
by Patricia C. Marden and Suzanne I. Barchers
Over 140 recipes from 22 countries and regions for elementary and middle school teachers.
schef coverThe Science Chef : 100 Fun Food Experiments and Recipes For Kids
by Joan D'Amico
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced cook, you can become a great Science Chef. All 100 experiments and recipes require only common ingredients and standard kitchen utensils. And The Science Chef includes rules for kitchen safety and cleanup, plus a complete nutrition guide.
wormy coverWormy Apple Croissants and Other Halloween Recipes
by Brekka Hervey Larrew
Provides fun and unique recipes for a Halloween party, including nachos, cakes, and cookies. Includes easy instructions and a helpful tools glossary with photos.
sodascience coverSoda Science : Designing and Testing Soft Drinks
by Bernie Zubrowski
Explores how soft drinks are made, with experiments and activities that demonstrate the scientific principles involved.
popcorn coverPopcorn! text and recipes by Frances Towner Giedt
A collection of fun recipes that turn ordinary popcorn into a variety of wholesome, tasty treats includes nearly fifty recipes for delicious, spicy, sweet, and fruit-flavored popcorns such as Ragin' Cajun, Butterscotch Toffee, and Pineapple Macadamia.
bmoon coverBlue Moon Soup : a Family Cookbook : Recipes
by Gary Goss
Blue Moon Soup will appeal to all the children in your house, even the ones who are now just kids at heart.
icream coverIce Cream by Elisha Cooper
A step-by-step exploration of how ice cream is made, beginning with the healthy foods cows eat to produce good milk, and ending with a carton of frozen treat
gifts coverGifts to Make and Eat by written by Elizabeth MacLeod
Presents over thirty recipes for kids who want to make edible gifts for their friends or relatives, and includes ideas for making and decorating containers.
hpudding coverHasty Pudding, Johnnycakes, and Other Good Stuff : Cooking in Colonial America by Loretta Frances Ichord
Presents colonial food preparation with a look at the influences of available ingredients, cooking methods, and equipment. Includes recipes and an appendix with classroom cooking directions.

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