Summer Reading List: “Frozen Floppies”

Frozen Floppies

Written by John Hope and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN:  978-159616-018-7

Retail Price:  $14.95

The Floppies are frozen flopsicles! Fellow Floppies must flex their Floppy brains to rescue their frozen friends. But how can they, with Floppyland borders separating them? Find out how factions of Floppies band together to fight the frost and free the frozen Floppies, in this Royal Palm Literary Award-winning story of friendship.

Frozen Floppies is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at your local library. If it’s not available at your library, request it be added.


Summer Reading List: “Franny’s Rescue”

Franny’s Rescue is a beautiful children’s book complete with vibrant illustrations and educational resources for both parents and teachers, not to mention an exciting and heartfelt story. Franny is a scrappy little dog living on the streets, never knowing where her next meal will come from. She finds herself in all sorts of danger as she prowls the town in search of food and shelter: People, cars, other creatures! One day Franny finds herself in a situation she can’t handle on her own. Who will help her in her struggle to survive? At the end of the story the author (a 20-year reading teacher) has included a small nonfiction section describing the characteristics of the breeds featured in the story. This is also an excellent resource for the teaching or review of text features. There is also a section for parents describing activities they can do with their children to enhance reading skills. These activities can be used with any text. On the website,, teachers can find lesson activities and instructional strategies to accompany Franny’s Rescue. The lessons are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Franny’s Rescue written by Crystal White is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at your local library. If it’s not available at your library, request it be added.

Summer Reading List: “Parts of Speech Parade, New York City”

Written by Irina Gonikberg Dolinskiyand Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN:  978-1-59616-017-0

Retail Price: $14.95

The parts of speech come magically alive as they participate in a colorful New York City Parade! Each presents and defines itself as it marches down the street and through a child’s imagination.

Parts of Speech Parade, New York City is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at your local library. If it’s not available at your library, request it be added.

Summer Reading List: “Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous!”

Written by Christa Carpenter and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN:  978-159616-002-6

Retail Price:  $14.95

Nicholas Wallaby was always doing ridiculous things! And his mom was always letting him know. Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! she’d say—at least thirty times a day. Finally, Nicholas’s mom realizes that Nicholas, isn’t being ridiculous—he’s just being a boy! With this lighthearted story, children can relate to Nicholas and the ridiculous things he does. Parents can learn to appreciate and enjoy the humor behind these happenings. INSIDE! A BOOK TALK to engage children in discussion, imagination and perception.

Summer Reading List for Students

Looking for interesting books to spark summer reading? Check out these fun reads at the local library, bookstore, or online. If titles aren’t available in the library system, kindly request they be added.

This list includes a variety of books for all reading levels. From AR (Accelerated Readers) to chapter books—ignite reading interest for students this summer!

  1. “Kilpatrick McMurray McFrown”Sarah Sproles
  2. “DOWN UNDER: Kussins”M. W. Adams
  3. “OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters”M. W. Adams
  4. “Pilgrims: Fly on the Wall Series”—Linda Smigaj
  5. “Eli’s Balloon”Candace Ruffin
  6. “Frozen Floppies”John Hope
  7. “Parts of Speech Parade: New York City”Irina Dolinskiy
  8. “Franny’s Rescue”Crystal White
  9. “Polly and Her Pigtails”Debra Latiolais
  10. “Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy”Christa Carpenter
  11. “Jilli, That’s Silly! A Story About Being a Girl”Christa Carpenter
  12. “My Friendly Giant”Lauri Rubinstein
  13. “My Friendly Giant, Playing Along the Cliff Walk”Lauri Rubinstein
  14. “Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee!”Eddie Price
  15. “Scribble Dee Sophie: A Story for Young Artists and Their Parents”Karen Spruill
  16. “Teddy Tales: The Adventures of a Rescue Puppy and His Friends”Karen Spruill
  17. “King for a Day, the Story of Stories”Mark Wayne Adams
  18. “Good NightMare”Mark Wayne Adams
  19. “Miss Mary’s Missing Book Bag”Mark Wayne Adams
  20. “Field of Dreams”Mark Hoog
  21. “Treasure Island”Mark Hoog
  22. “Dream Machine”Mark Hoog
  23. “Your Song”Mark Hoog
  24. “Magic Mountain”Mark Hoog
  25. “Johari’s Joy”Carol Hensel
  26. “G.B. Duck’s Autobiography”—Chip Tullar
  27. “Lu and the Earth Bug Crew, Zap the Energy Spikes”—Derek Sabori
  28. “Jadyn and the Magic Bubble, I Met Gandhi!”Brigitte Benchimol
  29. “Jadyn and the Magic Bubble, Kenya Kenya!”Brigitte Benchimol
  30. “Guinea in My Cap?”Wanda Hughes
  31. “Lost in Boston”Jane R. Wood
  32. “Ghosts on the Coast: a Visit to Savannah and the Low Country”Jane R. Wood
  33. “Trouble on the St. John’s River”Jane R. Wood
  34. “Adventures on Amelia Island: a Pirate, a Princess, and a Buried Treasure”Jane R. Wood
  35. “Voices in St. Augustine”Jane R. Wood
  36. “Jace’s Adventure in the Forbidden Forest”Diane Harper
  37. “Jace’s Adventure at Crystal Lagoon”Diane Harper
  38. “Mayflower: Fly on the Wall Series”—Linda Smigaj
  39. “Dolly Becomes a Scout”—Kay Whitehouse
  40. “A Hand Truck Named Dolly”—Kay Whitehouse
  41. “Dinosaurs Living in MY HAIR?”Jayne Rose-Vallee
  42. “The Rocket Ship Bed Trip”N. Jane Quackenbush

Student Question: How did your friends see you?

How my friends saw me was much differently than how I saw myself. A great example was our Dawson Springs High School Senioritis book. I was considered “Most Talented.”

Mark Adams, the artist of the class, will always be remembered for his devotion to his artwork and his great personality. Mark is always willing to lend a helping hand and an understanding shoulder to lean on in times of need. Even if he doesn’t completely understand or agree, he will listen and offer words of advice. As you can see, Mark has many friends, but the majority of his time is spent with his girlfriend.

On Saturday nights, they are often found in Madisonville watching a movie or cruising the mall in Mark’s “Silver Bullet.” Mark not only excels at his artwork, but he also does well in school. He has been a member of the Beta Club throughout high school. He is currently ranked eighth in the senior class and is also on the honor roll.

During his spare time, besides painting and drawing, Mark enjoys lifting weights, horseback riding, swimming, and watching late night TV. Among Mark’s many achievements, his most challenging was the three weeks during the summer of 1988 when he attended the Governor’s School for the Arts. This year Mark put his skills to use by winning first place in a national postcard contest. His paintings are often displayed at the Dawson Springs Museum and Art Center.

Mark plans to attend Murray State University and major in Commercial Art. Maybe someday his dream will come true, and he will work at Walt Disney in Florida. The Class of ’89 has faith in his dreams to become a famous artist; therefore, we elected him as “Most Talented” in the Seniors’ Who’s Who. We hope that Mark will never forget us when he’s at the top, because we know that we’ll never forget him!”

—Anonymous Author, Written for Dawson Springs High School Senioritis 1989

Meet Candace Ruffin: “Eli’s Balloon”

Candace Ruffin is a native of East Cleveland, Ohio where, as a young girl, she first discovered her love of writing. After teaching in public schools for several years, she eventually decided to leave the classroom and pursue her passion for writing. Drawing on her personal and professional experiences with children, she was inspired to write stories for children of all ages to enjoy.

Candace Ruffin currently lives in Central Florida with her husband, two sons, and their pet rabbit, Smokey. Eli’s Balloon is her first picture book.