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/
James and the Giant Peach
By Roald Dahl
Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (August 16, 2007)
PBS recommends for Grades 3-7
James Trotter loses his parents in a horrible accident and is forced to live miserably with his two wicked aunts. Then James is given some magic. But when he accidentally spills these crystals on an old peach tree, strange things begin to happen. A peach starts to grow and grow until James is able to climb inside and escape his awful aunts! And through this adventure, he makes some interesting friends, including Grasshopper, Earthworm, Miss Spider and Centipede and finally finds a place where he belongs.