Summer Reading List: “Your Song”

Today a Walden boy named Maxx learns he has much in common with Skyler, a young eagle living in the Growing Field. This flying lesson teaches both of our young friends where to look when searching for unique gifts and talents in life. Invite your child to soar with Your Song and experience the magic that occurs when we learn to look deep inside ourselves for our gifts, talents and self-esteem. Leadership elements Self-confidence, self-esteem, uniqueness, power of confirmation and positive self-image

About the Growing Field Series The Growing Field series was inspired by, and written in memory of Mark Hoog‘s colleague, mentor, and friend Jason Dahl, the Captain of Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The Growing Field Series unlocks the six secret keys to making a child’s dream come true. Each of the six stories is specially designed to capture children’s attention and help them begin building their leadership capabilities!

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

Your Song written by Mark Hoog.

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Student Question: How Old Are You?

How Old Are You? That depends on when we meet. You’ll need to do the math. My birthdate was June 28, 1971. I was born in Princeton, Kentucky, a small Western Kentucky town. My parents names are Mary and Larry Adams and they lived in Dawson Springs, Kentucky at that time.

Since my birthday was in June, birthday parties consisted mainly of family. Most years I’d wish my birthday was during the school year so my friends could attend. My favorite thing about birthdays was and is cake—white cake with butter cream frosting!

On my 21st birthday, my mother made me a 21 layer birthday cake. She did the same for my father and this has become a family tradition for all my siblings.

Summer Reading List: “Dream Machine”

Attend the Walden carnival in the Growing Field and come face to face with Nightingale’s wondrous Dream Machine. This magical dream machine shows children how to dream big and how to make them come true as important leadership principles. Leadership elements: dreams, goals, goal verbalization, commitment, practice, work ethic, and responsibility.

About the Growing Field Series The Growing Field series was inspired by, and written in memory of Mark Hoog‘s colleague, mentor, and friend Jason Dahl, the Captain of Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The Growing Field Series unlocks the six secret keys to making a child’s dream come true. Each of the six stories is specially designed to capture children’s attention and help them begin building their leadership capabilities!

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

With Love Zora: Student Comments

Dear Mr. Mark Wayne Adams,

I really like your art in some of your books, like “The Fart Fairy” and “My Friendly Giant.” Do you use watercolor? If so, it looks super good with all the bright colors you use. I really love your horses though. Like in “Good Nightmare.” I loved that. I saw some of your mermaids too. How did you get such great detail? I just LOOOOVVVVEEEE it! I can never get that detail in my art…Could you give me some pointers? To show you some of my sketches I’m gong to add another piece of paper in here.

I heard that you’re a traveling illustrator. Where are some of the places you’ve traveled to? Have you been to Kentucky? That’s where I live. How about Maine? I was born there. Or Indiana, that’s where my sis was born.

Have you ever had people not believe in you? A lot of my friends act like that they always say I’m going got fail on tests or not make it to parties and that they’re my only chance at ever having friends Ugh. How did you get inspired to draw? Sometimes I just sit and think about what I want to draw. I have a hard time finding inspiration! We’ll I appreciate you even reading this because you seem like a really busy kind of person. Well thanks for reading my letter!

All I really want to say is your art is amazing and I particularly like your horses and mermaid. I’m sure you get a lot of letters with the same things I said. I mean you have over 30 illustrated book! I mean you must get a ton of letters! I just wanna thank you for reading! Please respond!”

With Love,

Zorya

Summer Reading List: “Ghosts on the Coast: A Visit to Savannah and the Low Country”

It seems wherever they go, adventure follows the Johnson family. This time it comes while they tour the historic cities of Savannah and Charleston. In addition to learning about the challenges of the early settlers, the boldness of the greedy pirates, and the determination of feisty women who helped save the heritage of these historic cities, Joey, Bobby and Katy encounter numerous ghost stories. When 10-year-old Bobby finds himself in a dangerous situation on Pawleys Island, South Carolina, he looks to a legendary ghost for help. Young readers won’t know they’re learning history; they’ll only know they’re having fun as they follow these kids on their latest adventure.

Ghosts on the Coast: A Visit to Savannah and the Low Country is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Ghosts on the Coast: A Visit to Savannah and the Low Country is written by Jane R. Wood. This is one of five books in her award-winning series of chapter books:  Voices in St. Augustine,  Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried TreasureTrouble on the St. Johns River, and Lost in Boston.

Summer Reading List: “My Friendly Giant, Along the Cliff Walk”

Our Limitless Giant reminds us to stay present to our surroundings. Nature is the playground that entices all our senses as we see, feel, hear, smell and play in it! On our journey, we discover how amazing our world is and all that is possible within it.

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

My Friendly Giant, Along the Cliff Walk written by Lauri Rubinstein and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams.

Summer Reading List: “Magic Mountain”

Determined to be the first to climb the fabled and ever-changing Magic Mountain, Mitch sets out to reach the elusive summit. As he and his colorful companion encounter rock slides and ravines designed to prevent them from reaching the top, Mitch learns about focus, fear, commitment…and himself. In so doing, he gains treasure beyond anything he’d imagined. Come learn the secret to summit your Magic Mountain called life!

About the Growing Field Series The Growing Field series was inspired by, and written in memory of Mark Hoog‘s colleague, mentor, and friend Jason Dahl, the Captain of Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The Growing Field Series unlocks the six secret keys to making a child’s dream come true. Each of the six stories is specially designed to capture children’s attention and help them begin building their leadership capabilities!

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

Summer Reading List: “Trouble on the St. Johns River”

In Trouble on the St. Johns River, the Johnson kids Joey, Bobby and Katy are up to their adventurous ways again. But this time, instead of exploring history, they’re making it! Joey and Bobby start their summer vacation by setting out for their favorite fishing pond, but end up leading a crusade to clean up the environment instead. Finding the pond covered with green muck and dead fish, the brothers decide to do something about it. That leads to a close encounter with a manatee, a visit to a center that rehabilitates injured sea turtles, and a boat tour on the St. Johns River. What they learn through these experiences inspires them to create The Greenies and chart a course of action that captures the attention of many, including a local TV station. By the end of the story, Joey, who thought there was nothing kids could do to make a difference, realizes that perhaps they are the very ones who can. It’s a story of awakening that will inspire young readers to become more aware of their environment and give them some ideas on how to preserve it.

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

Trouble on the St. Johns River is written by Jane R. Wood. This is one of five books in her award-winning series of chapter books:  Voices in St. Augustine,  Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried TreasureGhosts on the Coast, and Lost in Boston.

Summer Reading: “A Guinea In My Cap?”

Byron’s favorite cap is missing. Where can it be? Uh-oh, Miss Guinea is using it as her nest! As Memaw guides her grandchildren through this heartwarming adventure, they all enjoy their time together—and with Miss Guinea’s family, too!

A Guinea in My Cap? is part of our Indie Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

A Guinea in My Cap? is written by Wanda Hughes and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams.

Summer Reading List: “Teddy Tales, the Story of a Rescue Puppy”

“What kind of dog is that?” Teddy, the rescue dog, is a mixed breed of love, fun, and curiosity. When he comes to live with Kay and Sam, their neighbor boy, Josh, learns that kids and dogs have a lot in common. And everyone joins in the adventures.

Teachers, counselors, parents, and grandparents will enjoy reading Teddy Tales, the Story of a Rescue Puppy with children, as a pet-assisted guide to discuss:
• adoption
• bullying
• caring for pets
• choices in eating
• going to school
• grief and family illness
• making friends
• running away
• scary haircuts
• sleepovers
• the meaning of family
• unique qualities

Teddy’s friends invite you to share his adventures:

“Teddy Tales is a seriously fun look at how caring for a special dog can help us better understand our own choices and behavior.”
—Otto Fad, Jr., professional animal behaviorist

“Teddy Tales is delightfully told and insightfully written. Combining her ability to craft a story with her counselor’s heart, Spruill uses the ordinary adventures of a dog to give us all a deeper understanding of what it means to truly experience healthy, balanced living.”
—Sandra Doran, Ed.D., Executive Director,
TheTeacherTrack.com; SchoolDreamsUnlimited.com

“Teddy Tales is a must-read for anyone who loves dogs or children—or both! It is a true story, told with compassion, insight, and humor.”
—Patti Boyle, President, Buddies for life, Inc., Orlando, Florida

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

Teddy Tales, the Story of a Rescue Puppy is written by Karen Spruill and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams.