Summer Reading Suggestions for Independent Readers

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Ducks Overboard! : A True Story of Plastic in Our Oceans
by Markus Motum
This true story of 28,000 plastic ducks that were spilled into the Pacific Ocean follows one of the ducks as it is washed away on an ocean current, providing a glimpse into current environmental issues and the state of our oceans.
by Derek Harvey
Presents the world's oceans and seas, including the geography, geology, and ecology that lies beneath the waves, from the deepest trench to the longest mountain range on Earth, and from the world's largest animal to some of the smallest plankton.
Journey Into the Deep : Discovering New Ocean Creatures
by Rebecca L. Johnson
Presents new animals discovered during a ten year project of documenting sea life, describing new species of such creatures as jellyfish, octopuses, squids, sea worms, and crabs, found along coral reefs, ocean mountain ranges, and in the dark zone
Earth's Incredible Oceans
by Jess French
Enter the world of oceans and the animals that live in them. Swim with jellyfish, wonder at the busy life of a seagrass meadow, and fence with narwhals. 
Ocean Food Chains
by Rebecca Pettiford
Vibrant photographs and carefully leveled narrative nonfiction text invite early fluent readers to explore a variety of ocean food chains. Includes activity, glossary, and index.
All About Hurricanes : Discovering Earth's Wildest Storms
by Cody Crane
This book shows readers the awesome power of hurricanes
Shipwrecks : All True and Unbelievable!
by Korynn Freels
Presents unusual and miscellaneous information about shipwrecks, from how they occurred to descriptions of the treasures they left behind.
The Crude, Unpleasant Age of Pirates : The Disgusting Details About the Life of Pirates
by Christopher Forest
Describes disgusting details about life on pirate ships, including housing, food, & sanitation.
Are You Smarter Than a Shark? : Learn How Sharks Survive in Their Watery World
by 1950- Gordon, David G.
"People once thought that sharks weren't very smart. It turns out those people were WRONG! Wise-cracking sharks set the record straight in this funny, fact-filled book for young shark lovers. Sharks have their own way of thinking. And their way of thinking has made them one of the top predators in the ocean. 
Everything Awesome About Sharks and Other Underwater Creatures!
by Mike Lowery
Uncover a wealth of weird, wacky, and wild facts about sharks and underwater creatures, with bright and energetic artwork, fresh framing devices, and hilarious jokes.
Fighting to Survive Being Lost at Sea : Terrifying True Stories
by Elizabeth Raum
What would you do if you were stranded in the middle of the ocean, with no way to get home? How long could you survive? Find out what actual survivors did in these true tales of being lost at sea.
Ice : Chilling Stories from a Disappearing World
by Laura Buller
Complemented by striking DK artwork and photography, an exploration of the Earth’s ice environments chronicles their history, the survival behaviors of animals who live in polar regions and the impact of climate change. Illustrations.
Make It Out Alive in the Ocean
by Claudia Martin
Describes how to survive in the ocean, including how to collect rainwater, catch sea life for food, signal for help, and escape predators
Weird, Wild, Amazing! Water : Exploring the Incredible World Beneath the Waves
by Tim Flannery
Explore our planet's rivers and oceans and the extraordinary animals that live in them.

 Where is the Bermuda Triangle?
by Megan Stine
Describes the mysterious disappearances of airplanes and ships within the Bermuda Triangle and explores if the rumors about the region being cursed are true.
What a Waste : Trash, Recycling, and Protecting Our Planet
by Jess French
Introduces the positive and negative impacts of human activities on the planet, from pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling.
Alien Ocean Animals
by Rose Colosi
Find out how deep-sea creatures use bizarre and fascinating adaptations to survive in their harsh environments.
Machines in Motion : The Amazing History of Transportation
by  Tom Jackson
Combines intricately detailed timelines with engaging historical facts in a developmental chronology of transportation that shares the stories behind the innovations of vehicles, from chariots to electric cars. Illustrations.
by Libby Romero
Introduces Vikings, describing their history, culture, mythology, and warfare
Horseshoe Crabs Lived With the Dinosaurs!
by Sarah Machajewski
Presents facts about horseshoe crabs, an ancient group of marine arthropods, covering their anatomy, habitat, and life cycle
Where Were the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?
by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Draws on the records of historical travelers in a Who HQ tour of the Great Pyramids of Egypt, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia in Greece and other ancient world wonders, explaining what they reveal about the skills and creativity of long-ago civilizations.
Attack Vehicles at Sea : Ships, Submarines, and Patrol Boats
by Craig Boutland
Describes the various Sea Vehicles that western nations are using to fight the war on terrorism.
by Deborah Lock
Presents a history of piracy throughout the world, and discusses characteristics of buccaneers, privateers, and corsairs, including descriptions of weapons and daily life
The Sinking of the Titanic and Other Shipwrecks
by 1961- Ganeri, Anita
Shares stories of shipwrecks, including the Titanic, the Mary Rose, and the Monitor
Start Now! : You Can Make a Difference
by Chelsea Clinton
Discusses the many ways children can make a positive change in the world, including planting more trees to reduce global warming, protecting endangered animals and their habitats, fighting food waste, and standing up to bullies
Ocean Planet : Animals of the Sea and Shore
by Ben Rothery
"Ocean Planet is the stunning new book from natural-history illustrator Ben Rothery-- and offers a rich exploration of the creatures from the coastal and offshore waters of the world--from penguins, seagulls, polar bears and seahorses, to plankton, sharks"
Draw 50 Sharks, Whales, and Other Sea Creatures
by Lee J. Ames
Provides step-by-step instructions for drawing a variety of sharks, whales, and other sea creatures, including the hammerhead shark, humpback whale, and giant sea turtle.
The Deadliest Hurricanes Then and Now
by Deborah Hopkinson
A gripping look at America’s deadliest hurricane, which hit Galveston, Texas, on September 8, 1900, bringing to life the voices of those who witnessed it firsthand. 
Extreme Weather and Rising Seas : Understanding Climate Change
by Karina Hamalainen
Describes extreme weather and how the seas are rising.
Plastic : Past, Present, and Future
by Eun Ju Kim
Filled with easy-to-understand facts and stories, this book will help children understand how and why plastic use has spiraled out of control—and what we can do about it. An ideal companion for the growing campaign against single-use plastics. Illustrations.
The Mystery of Atlantis
by Amy C Rea
Get closer to solving the mystery of Atlantis. Learn about leading theories, important clues, and study the evidence to develop your on conclusions about this underwater world.
Can You Protect the Coral Reefs? : An Interactive Eco Adventure
by Michael Burgan
"Pollution, climate change, and overfishing are killing the world's coral reefs. But you can help! Navigate through three different stories in this ecological rescue mission. With dozens of possible story outcomes, it's up to you to save the coral reefs from extinction. The planet needs you. Will YOU CHOOSE to help?"