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Summer Fun and Learning



Summer vacation is here and there are so many ways learning can continue while having fun.  Please check the list below, and make sure you check back as we will continue to add resources.

Reading Fun! 

Brooklyn Public Library.  Calling all Summer Readers! 

What can be better on a hot summer day than visiting the library? You enter and the smell of books immediately invites you to sink into a book and take on a reading adventure.  Check out the Brooklyn Public Library website, it has tons of reading lists for readers of all ages! Never get stuck wondering what your child should read next, these lists will have you covered.

The Brooklyn Central Library is a gorgeous building worth visiting.  You can combine the visit with a trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens which is right next to it. AND there is a Four and Twenty Blackbirds Cafe right there, so you can even have a slice of pie before or after you read.

If you don’t feel like going to far, our Carroll Gardens Library has been serving the neighborhood for more than 100 years.  I always find something interesting to read, there are computers and plenty of comfy places for your child to read.  There are also classes and reading hours for the little ones, make sure to check out their event page.

More Reading Resources

Book Review Sites

NY Times Children’s Book Reviews

PS 29 Teacher’s List of Favorite Books

I asked our PS 29 teachers to tell me what one of their favorite children’s book of all time was.  I hope this list will inspire your children’s summer reading! Let us know how many on this list they read! Here is the first part of the list:

Ms. Norah Malloney (5th grade): The Thing About Jellyfish  by Ali Benjamin. “For all those kids who need a gentle nudge to look closer at nature and science.” From the NY Times Book Review.

Mr. Dylan (5th grade): Mr. Dylan recommends Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.

Ms. Lynn Manna (3rd grade): Lynn tells us her summer reading as a child consisted of “Judy Blume books and mystery series, like Nancy Drew—both still great summer choices” and that her class loved everything by Kate DiCamillo.  Many boys in her class also enjoyed the Bunnicula series.

Ms. Van Duzer (2nd grade): Kim had a hard time choosing just one, but she said if it came to one it would be  A Baby Sitter For Frances by Russell Hoban.
Ms. Bruno (2nd grade): One of Ms. Bruno’s all time favorites is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. She also recommends the Oggie Cooder series and Gooney Bird Greene

Summer Outdoor Fun!

Start marking your summer calendar with this one stop list of FREE times for museums, zoos and gardens, readings and more!  There’s no better city than NYC in the summer..

Ferry from Brooklyn to Governor’s Island: The 10, 11 and 11:30 am ferry on Saturday and Sunday are FREE. It pays to wake up early! But if you decide to sleep in, here is a link to the ferry schedule.

Free Admission Days To Museums    Going to a museum does not need to be expensive.

Free Outdoor Music Concerts for Kids  This truly sounds so fun!

Best Outdoor Activities for Kids 

Across NY City, A Tour of Public Art  Public art to see this summer!