Your 2018 BrainFreeze Reading List

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: students are more likely to finish a book that they choose. Because there are so many books and even more kids to read them, we’ve compiled a reading list of engaging children’s books that your student surely won’t be able to put down!


2-4 Years

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Do You Want to be My Friend? By Erin Carle

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Bob Books by Bobby Lynn Maslen and Lynn Maslen

Corduroy by Don Freeman

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin and John Archambault

No, David Series by David Shannon

Princess Hair by Sharee Miller

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni

Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven


4-8 Years

Lily Brown’s Paintings by Angela Johnson

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

The Family Book by Todd Parr

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton

Pete the Cat: I Love my White Shoes by Eric Litwin

The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds

A New Friend for Sparkle by Amy Young

Ordinary People Change the World Series by Brad Meltzer

The Bad Seed Jory John

POP Classics: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Back to the Future, Home Alone, E.T., The X Files illustrated by Kim Smith

The Major Eights Series by Emilie Pepin

Ready Freddy Series by Abby Klein

I am a Human by Susan Verde

Katie Woo Series by Fran Manushkin

Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing TuTu by Yileya Fields

A Fire Engine for Ruthie by Leslea Newman

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Katie DiCamillo

Anne Arrives by Kallie George

Julian’s World Series by Ann Cameron

Warren & Dragon by Ariel Bernstein

Princess Pulverizer Series by Nancy Krulik

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

The Bad Guys Series by Aaron Blabey

Brobot by James R. Foley


8-12 Years

The Dog Man Series by Dav Pilkey

Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School by Julia Falatko

Daisy Dreamer Series by Holly Anna

Ivy and Bean Series by Annie Barrows

Sarai and the Meaning of Awesome by Monica Brown and Sarai Gonzalez

Dork Diaries Series by Rachel Renee Russell

Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan

The Last Kids on Earth Series by Max Brallier

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

Save Me a Seat by Gita Varadarajan and Sarah Weeks

Sheets by Brenna Thummler

Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook by Iva-Marie Palmer

Because of WInn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Pippi Longstocking Series by Astrid Lindgren

Junie B. Jones Series by Barbara Park

Dragon Slayers’ Academy by Kate McMullan

Babymouse Series by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Nanny Piggins Series by R.A. Spratt

Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Ending: The Last by Katherine Applegate

Pug Pals: Two’s a Crowd by Flora Ahn

Stanley will Probably be Fine by Sally J. Pia

Lions and Liars by Kate Beasley

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams

2015 BrainFreeze Reading Challenge Winners

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Congratulations to our 2015 Brain Freeze Challenge Winners! Three young readers have been randomly selected to win an iPod Touch, Kindle and iPod nano.

All winter break, these readers kept their brains warm and logged their reading minutes in the ThinkStretch BrainFreeze Reading Challenge. For every 20 minutes of reading they logged, they earned a raffle ticket into a prize drawing for an iPod Touch and a Kindle.

ThinkStretch Summer Reading Challenge Readers logged 31,551 minutes over winter break and earned a total of 1,433 raffle tickets.

Readers were also challenged to complete a BrainGain question about the books they were reading. Each BrainGain question earned a raffle ticket into a random drawing for an iPod nano.

This year’s BrainFreeze Reading Challenge winners are…

Abigail E., a 7th grader from MI wins the iPod Touch!

Meleane T., a 5th grader from AZ wins the Kindle!

And the BrainGain Question winner is …

Sydney B., a proud 7th grader from MI wins the iPod Nano!

Congratulations from all of us here at ThinkStretch!

Taking on the BrainFreeze Reading Challenge Online

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Over Winter Break, 606 students signed up for and took on the challenge to read 20 minutes per day at home with our new online BrainFreeze Reading Challenge. Even students who have been struggling with reading were excited at the chance to receive prizes; it was fantastic to get emails from parents sharing their child’s drive to read more than they ever have before.

In total, BrainFreeze Reading Challenge online participants read a whopping 58,052 minutes over Winter Break! Readers answered 413 extra BrainGain questions, sharing interesting facts from and parts of the stories they read as well as new words they learned during their time reading over Winter Break. The two readers who challenged themselves to read the most this break achieved over 1,000 minutes of reading each!

More students in Michigan, California, and New York challenged themselves to read than in any other state. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the ThinkStretch BrainFreeze Reading Challenge. We’d like to congratulate Abbot Elementary in Michigan, in particular. After having fantastic success this past summer in overcoming summer learning loss with ThinkStretch, 40 students from Abbot challenged themselves to log minutes online this winter as well.

Great job to all participants. Keeping your brains warmed up over Winter Break will help when you return to school! The following prize winners were drawn randomly from students who logged their minutes online:

1st Prize (iPod Touch) went to Jaxon J., a 1st grader in Michigan

2nd Prize (Kindle) went to Abby L., a 5th grader in Michigan

BrainGain Prize (iPod Nano) was Priscilla M., a 7th grader in Maryland

Sometimes students need a little motivation to keep reading when they take a break from school. A chance to challenge themselves online and win prizes turned out to be great motivation. We’ve received emails from teachers and parents telling us how much their students enjoyed participating in the first ever online BrainFreeze Reading Challenge and are excited to have seen such great success. We’re looking forward to rolling out a summer reading challenge online for schools and students with our summer learning program to motivate students throughout summer months, when summer learning loss is a significant challenge every student faces. Stay tuned for more details!

Classroom tips to keep young brains warm over winter break!

Classroom tips to keep young brains warm over winter break! 150 184 admin

We’re excited to offer new 2013 BrainFreeze packets. For your classroom or for your whole school, you can help students return to school in the new year ready to learn new skills.

To get the most out of your BrainFreeze packets, we have a few classroom tips to help keep the young brains in your classroom warm over winter break: 

Send the BrainFreeze packet home the day BEFORE break begins. Sometimes backpacks do not get opened again until the night before school starts back up!

Host a school contest. Reward the class that turns in the most BrainFreeze packets with a popsicle party.

Offer a special class privilege to EVERY class that has ALL its students return a completed BrainFreeze packet—lunch in the classroom, extra recess time, free computer time, or their names read on the loudspeaker.

Offer a token reward to each student who turns in a completed BrainFreeze packet silly pencils or cool erasers.

If you haven’t gotten your BrainFreeze packet yet, download BrainFreeze now!

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BrainFreeze Reading Challenge ONLINE!

BrainFreeze Reading Challenge ONLINE! 300 109 admin

Sign up for the online BrainFreeze Reading Challenge to give your students or children a chance to win great prizes for reading over winter break!

We’re thrilled to announce our first ever online reading challenge. Kids can log their reading minutes daily in our winter break reading log and earn a raffle ticket into a random drawing with a grand prize of an iPod Touch.

And as an extra bonus for kids, BrainGain questions keep reading alive and engaging. Plus, for every BrainGain question answered, students are entered into a random drawing for an iPod nano.

Join ThinkStretch as we challenge students and families to keep an online reading log this winter break. Everyone wins when students return to school with ready to learn new skills in the new year! Sign up today!

P.S. If you haven’t gotten your BrainFreeze packet yet, download BrainFreeze now!

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