Summer Reading List: “Eli’s Balloon”

Eli believes he can be anything he wants to be. But can he really? Come with Eli on a fun adventure as he explores what it would be like if he were a balloon! Eli’s Balloon is a fun and charming story about a little boy who travels on a fantastic journey as he imagines what it would be like to be the one thing he longs to be when he grows up . . . a balloon.

Eli’s Balloon 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.

Eli’s Balloon written by Candace Ruffin and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams.

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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 McFrownSarah Sproles
  2. G’DAY: Aints*M. W. Adams
  3. DOWN UNDER: Kussins*M. W. Adams
  4. OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters*M. W. Adams
  5. Pilgrims: Fly on the Wall Series*—Linda Smigaj
  6. Mayflower: Fly on the Wall Series—Linda Smigaj
  7. Eli’s BalloonCandace Ruffin
  8. Frozen FloppiesJohn Hope
  9. Parts of Speech Parade: New York CityIrina Dolinskiy
  10. Polly and Her PigtailsDebra Latiolais
  11. Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy*Christa Carpenter
  12. Jilli, That’s Silly! A Story About Being a Girl*Christa Carpenter
  13. Eddie, That’s Spaghetti! A Story About Being a Dog*Christa Carpenter
  14. Little Miss Grubby Toes, Plays with Fire!*Eddie Price
  15. Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee!*Eddie Price
  16. Scribble Dee Sophie: A Story for Young Artists and Their ParentsKaren Spruill
  17. Teddy Tales: The Adventures of a Rescue Puppy and His Friends*Karen Spruill
  18. King for a Day, the Story of Stories*Mark Wayne Adams
  19. Good NightMareMark Wayne Adams
  20. Miss Mary’s Missing Book BagMark Wayne Adams
  21. Field of DreamsMark Hoog
  22. Treasure IslandMark Hoog
  23. Dream MachineMark Hoog
  24. Your SongMark Hoog
  25. Magic MountainMark Hoog
  26. Johari’s JoyCarol Hensel
  27. Lu and the Earth Bug Crew, Zap the Energy Spikes—Derek Sabori
  28. Guinea in My Cap?Wanda Hughes
  29. Lost in Boston*Jane R. Wood
  30. Ghosts on the Coast: a Visit to Savannah and the Low Country*Jane R. Wood
  31. Trouble on the St. John’s River*Jane R. Wood
  32. Adventures on Amelia Island: a Pirate, a Princess, and a Buried Treasure*Jane R. Wood
  33. Voices in St. Augustine*Jane R. Wood
  34. Jace’s Adventure in the Forbidden ForestDiane Harper
  35. Jace’s Adventure at Crystal LagoonDiane Harper
  36. A Dolly, A Dog, and A Camper—Kay Whitehouse
  37. Dolly Becomes a Scout—Kay Whitehouse
  38. A Hand Truck Named Dolly—Kay Whitehouse
  39. Dinosaurs Living in MY HAIR?Jayne Rose-Vallee
  40. The Rocket Ship Bed TripN. Jane Quackenbush

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.

Are Editors an Illustrator’s Friend?

Professional editors are much like professional illustrators. Each wants a book to reflect his/her personal style and attention to detail. Working as a team from start to finish, creates a cohesive project. Illustrators must acknowledge editors input as the reader’s perspective.
 
A professional editor has his/her own pricing structure and should commit from first edit to press proofing. Editors assist with: page count, layout recommendations, proofing, and of course text edits. Professional editing services are well worth the investment!
 
As an illustrator, demand the final edit before beginning illustrations. Have authors write a brief description of how they envision each page. Illustrators write a description of how you envision each page. From these written ideas a storyboard is created through words, rather than hours of drawing time. Thus minimizing sketch time and optimizing illustration time.
 
One of my favorite professional editors to date is Jennifer Thomas, Beyond Words Editing. We have worked on numerous award-winning books together. Other professional editors I’ve worked with are: Beth Mansbridge, Candace M. Ruffin—The Writing Cane, Jill Ronsley—Sun Edit Write, and more.