Riffington Hosts Summer Reading Contest
Things are heating up on the RIF Reading Planet.
Riffington, RIF's motivational icon, is hosting an online contest
designed to motivate kids to read during the summer. From June 30-
August 15 children ages 5-18 can participate in
Riffington's Summer Reading Contest for a chance to win cool
prizes. Prize packages include a $20 gift card to be used towards the
purchase of books, a DVD or VHS copy of Harry Potter and the Chamber
of Secrets, a Riffington Frisbee, and a RIF book light.
To participate, children should select a book from the
summer reading booklist, categorized by age level, posted on the
Reading Planet. After they read the book, children should submit a
review. Children who submit a book review will be automatically
entered into a weekly prize drawing. Each Friday during the contest,
three children will be selected at random to receive prizes. So, the
more books kids read and the more reviews they submit, the greater
their chances of winning a prize!
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Song and Dance Man
Grandpa performs his vaudeville songs, dances, and jokes.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
In the town of Chewandswallow, the food is delicious and arrives with
the Weather until the weather takes a turn for the worse.
The Mixed-Up Chameleon
Chameleon's life is not very exciting until the day he discovers he
can change not only his colors, but his size and shape.
The Art Lesson
A little boy in school wants to draw his own way.
In the Tall, Tall Grass
Rhyming text tells of the creatures to be found in the grass.
Is Your Mama a Llama?
Rhyming story that allows all of friends of Lloyd, the llama, to
describe their mamas.
While the other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick
daydreams the summer away. But when dreary winter comes, it is
Frederick, the poet, who warms the hearts of his friends with his
Froggy Gets Dressed
Froggy discovers snow! He wants to go out and play but his sleepy
mother tells him that frogs are suppose to sleep all winter. But
Froggy insists and off he goes, but only after his mother has dressed
him properly for the cold weather.
Blueberries for Sal
Sal and her mother set off in search of blueberries before winter
comes. At the same time a cub and mother bear are searching for food
for the winter. A comedy of errors ensues when the young ones wander
off and trail the wrong mothers.
My Friend Rabbit
In this 2003 Caldecott Medal winner, Mouse shares his brand-new toy
airplane with his friend Rabbit, and no one can predict the
Where the Wild Things Are
A naughty little boy, who is sent to bed without his supper, sails to
the land of wild things where he becomes their king.
More, More, More Said the Baby: Three Love Stories
Williams' award-winning style captures the warmth and humor of three
different babies and the adults that adore them.
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones
Cam (short for "Camera") Jansen has a photographic memory--which comes
in handy when she notices something wrong at a museum exhibit.
The Enormous Egg
Nate discovers a gigantic egg laid by one of the family's hens.
However, Nate is unprepared for what hatches out. A triceratops?!!
What Do Authors Do?
The journey of two books from original idea to autograph session.
Love That Dog
Jack's class gets a visit from author Walter Dean Myers
James and the Giant Peach
An old man gives James a bag of dark green crystals with a promise.
Unfortunately, James accidentally drops them near the peach tree,
which grows to the size of a house. When he crawls inside, a magical
adventure begins to take place changing his life forever.
Matilda overcomes the woes of idiot parents and a menacing school
headmistress to help her wonderful teacher, Miss Honey.
Erickson, John R.
The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog
Hank is a scruffy, smart-alecky super sleuth with a nose for danger
and an eye for the ladies.
Harriet the Spy
A story about an intensely curious and intelligent girl, named
Harriet, who loves to spy on people, keeping her observations in a
secret notebook. When Harriet's classmates discover it and begin
reading her candid comments about them, she soon finds her world
turned upside down.
Gardiner, John Reynolds
A 10-year-old boy is pitted against an Indian with a formidable
reputation in a Rocky Mountain dogsled race. An emotional and exciting
Heide, Florence Parry
The Day of Ahmed's Secret
Young Ahmed goes through his day in the crowded city of Cairo, all the
while treasuring a special secret that he will share with his family
Chrysanthemum hates her long, unusual name--until her teacher makes
her see how special it is.
When a baby rabbit comes into the family, Chester the cat decides it
is a vampire and tries to warn his family.
Pinky & Rex
Best friends, Pinky and Rex, visit the museum with Pinky's pesky
little sister, Amanda.
Aldo moves to a new school and learns how to make new friends.
Anastasia experiences an eventful 10th year.
Fox in Love
Fox falls in love (several times) and enters a dance contest.
Sarah, Plain and Tall
A warm and beautiful pioneer story.
Ben and Me
Ben Franklin's pet mouse takes all the credit.
Frog and Toad are Friends
Frog and Toad share adventures of stories, lost buttons, and letters.
O'Brien, Robert C.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four young children, is faced with a
monumental decision -- how to move her children safely from their
summer quarters immediately or be faced with certain death. Her
youngest son is ill and must not be moved. She consults the Rats of
NIMH, who devise a brilliant plan of action.
A romp through Old MacDonald's farm as Greedy Witch tries to capture
some piggies to make Piggie Pie, her favorite dish. Outrageously
disguised as other farm animals, the pigs outwit her. Greedy Witch and
the wolf leave together to console each other; each imagining the
other as a nice delectable sandwich.
The results are hilarious when Amelia Bedelia follows directions and
takes literal-minded action.
Just Plain Fancy
The Amish live a plain life and do not hold with anything fancy. When
Naomi's chickens hatch a "fancy" chick from an abandoned egg, she is
concerned that the chick is "too fancy" to be Amish.
The Adventures of Captain Underpants
Humorous fast paced adventure featuring an unusual super hero.
Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky
In a blend of fantasy and fact, a young girl follows Harriet Tubman
and an escaping band of slaves on a remarkable journey along the
Henry and Mudge: the First Book of Their Adventures
Part of an easy-to-read series, Henry, feleling lonely on a street
without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big
lovable 180 pound dog named Mudge.
Wilbur the pig is saved because of Charlotte's care in this
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs as told by A. Wolf
The story of the three little pigs told from the wolf's viewpoint.
Crispin: The Cross of Lead
This 2003 Newbery Medal winner is an action-filled page-turner set in
Armstrong, William N.
The story of a dog, who tries to save his master a black sharecropper,
who has been driven to steal for his family's survival, from arrest,
and a boy who loves them both.
Ten-year-old Winfred Foster and a malicious stranger both accidentally
discover the Tuck family and their secret, a hidden spring whose water
prevents one from ever growing older.
The Chocolate Touch
A boy acquires a magical gift: everything he touch turns to chocolate!
After returning from a trip to Scotland, two school children find out
they've brought something extra home with them.
Northerners, Southerners, generals, couriers, dreaming boys, and
worried sisters describe the glory, the horror, the thrill, and the
disillusionment of the first battle of the Civil War.
George, Jean Craighead
Julie of the Wolves
Julie must find a way to survive in the harsh Alaskan tundra and the
nearby wolf pack may be her only hope.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Running Out of Time
When a diphtheria epidemic hits her 1840s village, thirteen-year-old
Jessie discovers it is actually a 1995 tourist site under unseen
observation by heartless scientist, and it's up to Jessie to escape
the village and save the lives of the dying children.
The House of Dies Drear
Thomas Small discovers a secret in his family's home, which was once a
stop on the Underground Railroad.
Misty of Chincoteague
A brother and sister are determined to own one of the ponies their
father helps to round up on Chincoteague Island.
Tate has always wanted a dog, and when Sable shows up, her dream comes
true. Will problems with the neighbors keep Tate and Sable apart?
The View From Saturday
An academic competition brings four students together, and each tells
the unlikely story of how they got there.
A Wrinkle in Time
Classic adventure in space and time.
Living in the projects, Junebug must somehow withstand the daily
pressures of drugs and gangs while still holding onto his dream of
Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear
Yang is the only one in his entire family to be totally lacking in
musical talent. He faces the agony of music lessons every day, when
all he really wants to do is play ball.
Jacob Have I Loved
While everyone adores and admires her twin sister, Sara Louise
overcomes her jealousy and finds her own identity and inner strength.
A millionaire's mysterious death, a fortune to inherit, and an
unlikely assortment of heirs -- can you figure out the mystery?
Where the Red Fern Grows
Having purchased two dogs for fifty dollars, young Billy is determined
to create the valley's best hunting team. Follows the friendship of a
boy and his two dogs and their adventures along the dark hills and
river bottoms of Cherokee country.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry's a perfectly ordinary boy in a perfectly ordinary
school--except for the fact that he happens to be a wizard and his
classes include Transfiguration and Potions!
Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee, a twelve-year-old homeless boy, could
hit a ball better and faster than anyone in Two Mills. Even more
remarkable, he dares to cross the line that divides the white West End
and the black East End, confronting prejudice and racism head on.
Shadow of a Bull
Manolo Olivar demonstrates true courage as he faces his bull and makes
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