PBS is synonymous with combining education and entertainment, and PBS LearningMedia’s new Summer of Reading collection combines videos, activities and interactive games to help students’ minds stay sharp while they are off from school. With this in mind, we are happy to feature the top summer reading book picks of the PBS LearningMedia’s staff. Please note, although PBS has recommended the entire Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series, we have selected a single title from each series to help showcase the kinds of stories that make up these books. For further information about the PBS LearningMedia’s Summer of Reading visit http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
By E.L. Konigsburg
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
PBS recommends for Grades 3-7
When Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she chooses to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother, Jamie, can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along. Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue, possibly an early work of Michelangelo and worth millions. Her questions lead her to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the woman who sold the statue.