ICEBERGS -- Early Elementary (PS-3rd Grade) Children's Summer Reading List

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ICEBERGS -- Early Elementary (PS-3rd Grade) Children's Summer Reading List

In partnership with the National Building Museum

Through September 5, 2016, the National Building Museum is a one-of-a-kind destination with ICEBERGS, designed by James Corner Field Operations. Representing a beautiful, underwater world of glacial ice fields spanning the Museum’s enormous Great Hall, the immersive installation emphasizes current themes of landscape representation, geometry, and construction.
 
Explore these topics and learn more about architecture, climate change, and polar exploration at the National Building Museum and through books! With the help of the National Building Museum, we have compiled several reading lists to get you started.


Architects and Architecture
Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty and Young Frank, Architect by Frank Viva both feature children with a love of architecture. Iggy Peck loves to build, even when it disrupts the classroom. Although his teacher has asked him to stop building such tall structures (she’s afraid of heights), Iggy saves the day when his class becomes stranded on an island. Unlike Iggy, Frank’s building mind has never been stifled, but his building materials have. When Young Frank and his grandfather, Old Frank visit the Museum of Modern Art, Old Frank learns that buildings can curve and chairs can be made of unconventional material, just how Young Frank likes to build them. 
 
Architecture also takes center stage in Dreaming Up: A Celebration in Building by Christy Hale and Take Shelter: At Home Around the World by Nikki Tate and Dani Tate-Stratton. Hale places world renowned buildings, like Fallingwater and La Sagrada Familia, next to child-built structures of similar shape. What amazing shapes can you build? What would it be like to live in a house of that structure? Tate and Tate-Stratton traveled world-wide learning about the different types of structures people call home and Take Shelter documents the varied way people adapt and live all around the world. 
 
Triangles
If the shape of the ICEBERGS fascinates you, try Triangles Around Town by Nathan Olson. Olson uses architecture photographs to highlight a number of different, and unexpected ways, triangles can be found all around us. How many triangles can you find in your neighborhood?  Did you notice how different triangles can look?
 
Want to learn more about the difference between acute and obtuse triangles (and why angles make all the difference)?  Try Triangles by David Adler. Written for students in grades 2-4, Adler’s informational text has layers of information for readers just beginning to differentiate shapes to those looking for more complex knowledge. 
 
If Triangles proves too much, try The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns. Burns uses a storytelling trope of wanting to be different to explore how different shapes relate to one another geometrically. Some readers will respond to triangle’s eventual celebration of its three sides (and 180 degrees); others will delight in watching triangle become a quadrilateral, pentagon, and more.
 
Finally, Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal uses 4 simple shapes (a triangle, circle, square, and rectangle) to create complex images. The shapes’ dialog and interactions add personality and lightness to a story as much about making and keeping friends as how simple shapes and colors combine to create the world around us. 
 
Arctic and Antarctic Regions
Go fishing with Kumak in Kumak’s Fish: A Tall Tale from the Far North by Michael Bania. This Inupiat (Eskimo) family story is a hilarious incarnation of the enormous turnip story where the whole village helps pull the fish from the pond.
 
Modern day life in the far north is changing due to climate change. Learn more about how these changes affect all of us in Why are the Ice Caps Melting?: The Dangers of Global Warming by Anne Rockwell. This informational text uses the picture book format most readers are familiar with to explain how climate change can be observed and what we can do to slow this process. 
 

Find ICEBERGS reading lists for upper elementary children, teens, and adults.
 
 
ICEBERGS
July 2, 2016 - September 5, 2016
Visit ICEBERGS in the National Building Museum's Great Hall. Designed by James Corner Field Operations, the installation is part of the annual Summer Block Party series, July 2 - September 5.