Reading List

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Summer Reading List

Note: Read 5 books and complete 2 book reports on the form uploaded HERE.

  1. dePaola, Tomie. 26 Fairmount Avenue. Putnam’s, 1999. Children’s author and illustrator Tomie De Paola describes his experiences at home and in school when he was a boy. Newbery Honor 2000. Series
  2. Geras, Adele. Little Ballet Star. Dial Books, 2007. Every little girl dreams of becoming a ballet star and Tilly is no exception. In this story, Tilly visits her Aunt Gina behind-the-scenes of a real ballet. It is Tilly’s birthday, and she unexpectedly finds herself performing in front of a live audience.
  3. Howe, James. Houndsley and Catina: Plink and Plunk. Candlewick, 2009. Houndsley likes canoeing and his friend Catina likes bicycling, but each has to help the other learn to enjoy these activities in order to do them together. Series
  4. Kaczman, James. Lucky Monkey, Unlucky Monkey. Houghton Mifflin, 2008. While Ed the monkey has the most wonderful day imaginable, Ted the monkey faces everything from bad weather to being chased by wild animals and an angry troll.
  5. Larson, Kirby and Mary Nethery. Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival. Walker, 2008. Bobbi the dog and Bob Cat show us how friendship and perseverance kept them together through the rough times of Hurricane Katrina.
  6. Lasky, Kathryn. Poodle and Hound. Charlesbridge, 2009. This book contains three stories which follow the adventures of Hound and Poodle as they discover how much they enjoy each other.
  7. Lin, Grace. Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! Little, Brown, 2010. Ling and Ting are identical twins who people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different.
  8. Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Are Friends. First published 1970. Be entertained by the classic, short, delightful tales about best friends Frog and Toad. Series
  9. McDermott, Gerald. Jabuti the Tortoise: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon. Harcourt, 2001. All the birds enjoy the song-like flute music of Jabuti, the tortoise, except Vulture who, jealous because he cannot sing, tricks Jabuti into riding on his back toward a festival planned by the King of Heaven.
  10. Parish, Herman. Amelia Bedelia’s First Field Trip. Greenwillow, 2011. Amelia Bedelia goes with her class to visit a farm, where her literal- mindedness causes confusion along with some laughs.
  11. Van Leeuwen, Jean. Amanda Pig and the Wiggly Tooth. Dial Books, 2008. When Amanda Pig has her first loose tooth, she is reluctant to pull it. Series
  12. Winter, Jonah. Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Atheneum, 2005. This is the story of Roberto Clemente, a young Puerto Rican who followed his baseball dream to the big leagues and went on to help the poor in his homeland.
  13. Willems, Mo. Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct. Hyperion, 2006. Edwina the friendly neighborhood dinosaur, friend to children and grown-ups alike, finds a foe in young Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie, who insists that she is extinct.
  14. Watkins, Angela Farris. My Uncle Martin’s Words for America. Abrams Books, 2011. Using words and phrases from Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches, his niece explains the importance of his message and his contributions to the Civil Rights movement.
  15. Scotton, Rob. Splat the Cat. HarperCollins, 2008. Splat the Cat is nervous about his first day at cat school, but once he arrives he realizes he had nothing to worry about.
  16. 16. Numeroff, Laura and Nate Evans. The Jellybeans and the Big Camp Kickoff. Abrams Books, 2011. When four friends with different talents and abilities go to summer camp together, they use their strengths to make camp fun for all. Series
  17. Sturges, The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)
  18. Willems, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
  19. Frazee, A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever
  20. Ransome ;Young Pele: Soccer’s First Star;j 796.334 P381c 2007

2nd and 3rd Grade Summer Reading List

Note: 2nd grade will complete book report forms sent through the mail. Please make copies of form to create the required number of book reports.

Note: 3rd grade will complete poster project

  1. Deans, Karen. Playing to Win: The Story of Althea Gibson. Holiday House, 2007. An illustrated biography of the life and achievements of African American tennis player Althea Gibson.
  2. DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig. Candlewick, 2008. Two sisters move in next door to where Mercy the pig lives and, frustrated when Mercy continues to eat their flowers, they decide to call for the help of an Animal Control Officer, Francine Poulet, to handle the case. Series
  3. DiPucchio, Kelly S. Grace for President. Hyperion, 2008. After finding out there has never been a female U.S. president, Grace decides to run in her school’s mock election where she learns about the American electoral system and sets out to be the best person for the job even though her opponent, Thomas, seems to be winning all the boys’ votes.
  4. English, Karen. Nikki & Deja: Election Madness. Clarion, 2011. Deja, excited by the announcement that Carver School is going to elect its first ever student body president, is confident she can nab the third grade nomination with her best friend Nikki as her campaign manager; but her tendency to rush into things and boss people around alienates Nikki when she needs her the most. Series
  5. Johnston, Tony. Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea: A Fairly Fabricated Story of a Pair of Pants. Harcourt, 2011. Re-tells, in tall-tale fashion, how Levi Strauss went to California during the Gold Rush, saw the need for a sturdier kind of pants, and invented jeans.
  6. Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman and Mitchell Sharmat. Nate the Great and the Hungry Book Club. Delacorte, 2009. Rosamond, who starts a book club, claims there is a monster on the loose that is ruining pages of her cookbook, which leads Nate the Great and his dog Sludge to investigate as undercover detectives. Series
  7. Schachner, Judy. Skippyjon Jones Class Action. Dutton, 2011. Skippyjon Jones, the Siamese cat that thinks he is a Chihuahua dog, is determined to attend dog obedience school. Series
  8. Rylant, Cynthia. The High-Rise Private Eyes: The Case of the Desperate Duck. Greenwillow, 2005. In this case, animal detectives Bunny and Jack help Mabel the duck find out who stole the sugar cubes from her tea room. Series
  9. Rylant, Cynthia. Henry and Mudge and the Big Sleepover. Simon & Schuster, 2006. Henry and his dog Mudge are invited to a sleepover in Patrick’s attic, where they watch monster movies, eat pizza, and enjoy a contest to determine whose dog is the best popcorn catcher. Series
  10. Buckley, Michael. NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society. Amulet Books, 2009. Fifth grader Jackson, a former bully, is sucked through a school locker into the National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society on a mission with a group of superhero nerdy kids to save the continents of the world from being moved by the evil Dr. Jigsaw. Series
  11. Cowell, Cressida. How to Train Your Dragon. Little, Brown, 2003. In this silly chapter book, the Viking boy Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, son of the chief, finds himself having to find and train a dragon and also becomes an unlikely hero in the process. Series
  12. Davies, Jacqueline. The Lemonade War. Houghton Mifflin, 2007. Evan is not happy to learn that he and his younger sister Jessie will be in the same fourth grade class next fall, so their summer turns into a battle to see whose lemonade stand can earn one hundred dollars first.
  13. Gardiner, John Reynolds. Stone Fox. First published 1980. Willy hopes to win the purse in a dog sled race in order to pay the back taxes on his grandfather’s farm.
  14. Hopkins, Jackie Mims. Joe Bright and the Seven Genre Dudes. Upstart Books, 2010. Stella, the master storyteller of a storybook kingdom, is threatened by Joe Bright’s ability to tell stories and sends him deep into the dark forest, where Joe meets the Seven Genre Dudes, brothers who care for various types of books at the local library.
  15. Krull, Kathleen. The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth. Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. As a young boy in the early 1900’s, Philo Farnsworth’s curiosity about how things work eventually led him to develop the idea of how television could work.
  16. MacDonald, Betty. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. First published 1947. Loved by children and their parents, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle always knows just the right way to solve any problem. Series
  17. Moss, Marissa. Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero. Abrams Books, 2011. The author describes the life of Sarah Emma Edmonds, who disguised herself as a man, took the name Frank Thompson, joined a Michigan army regiment to fight in the Civil War, served as a nurse on the battlefield, and became a spy.
  18. O’Malley, Kevin. Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude. Walker, 2005. Cooperatively writing a fairytale for school, a girl imagines a beautiful princess whose beloved ponies are being stolen by a giant, and a boy conjures up the muscular biker who will guard the last pony in exchange for gold.
  19. Otfinoski, Steven. All in the Family: A Look-It-Up Guide to the In-Laws, Outlaws, and Offspring of Mythology. Franklin Watts, 2009. Greek mythology hall of famers meet the modern age in a new series that brings the superstars of Greek mythology to life. Series
  20. Polacco, Patricia. The Keeping Quilt. First published 1988. Follow the author’s family’s quilt through several generations, from its creation by the first generation immigrant family all the way to the present generation.
  21. Root, Phyllis. Paula Bunyan. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009. Paula Bunyan is a rough, tough lady with a singing voice that cracks windows, a live bear for a foot warmer, and a heart for the environment in this fun folk tale set in the North Woods.
  22. Shefelman, Janice. I, Vivaldi. Eerdmans Books, 2008. This picture book biography describes how Vivaldi grew to be a famous musician, despite his mother’s vow for him to become a priest.
  23. Roy; A to Z Mysteries; series
  24. The Dog that Called the Pitch Matt Christopher. Harry, the Airedale with ESP, and his best friend, Mike, pitcher for the Grand Avenue Giants, are back! In this latest adventure, Mike and Harry discover that someone else shares their telepathic abilities: the new home-plate umpire, Mr. Grimley. When Mike accidentally breaks Mr. Grimley’s glasses, their mind-reading talents are put to the test — for suddenly it’s up to Harry to call the pitches!
  25. The Dog That Pitched a No-Hitter by Matt Christopher. Illustrated by Daniel Vasconcellos. Will Harry the Airedale’s crazy solution to Mike’s pitching problem actually work?
  26. The Dog That Stole Football Plays Matt Christopher. Mike’s football team is really put to the test when Harry, his telepathic dog, has to stay home. Can the team win without Harry’s supernatural advice?
  27. The Dog That Stole Home by Matt Christopher Illustrated by Daniel Vasconcellos When Harry the Airedale is grounded for nipping another dog, Mike is forced to muddle through a baseball game without his best friend’s encouragement. He hits a crucial triple, but with the team’s weakest batter up next, how will he ever score the game-winning run? Out of nowhere comes a fuzzy, four-legged miracle to make the play and save the day!
  28. Freckle Juice By Judy Blume Andrew Marcus wants freckles. Andrew doesn’t want his mother to know if he has a dirty face or not. He buys a secret freckle juice potion to no avail, and tries other things to grow freckles.

4th and 5th Grade Summer Reading List

Note: Read two books. Choose one to do the poster project.

  1. Kathleen Karr. The Great Turkey Walk. Simon Green can’t pass third grade (he’s tried four times), but he’s a canny businessman who’s going to drive a thousand head of turkeys from Missouri to Denver to sell at a profit. Set in the 1860’s.
  2. Jack London. White Fang. Follows the adventures of a dog that is part wolf as he eventually makes his peace with man in the wilderness of northern Canada.
  3. Gordon Korman. The 6th Grade Nickname Game. Eleven-year-old best friends Jeff and Wiley, who like to give nicknames to their classmates, try to find the right one for the new girl Cassandra, while adjusting to the football coach who has become their new teacher.
  4. Gitty Daneshvari. School of Fear; Class is NOT Dismissed; Final Exam. (only one from this series can count) Four children are sent to a remote Massachusetts school to overcome their phobias, but tragedy strikes and the four must work together – with no adult assistance – to face their fears.
  5. Andrew Clements. We the Children; Fear Itself; Whites of Their Eyes. (Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School) (only one from this series can count) Sixth-grader Benjamin Pratt is thrown into this mystery after the school janitor gives him a tarnished coin with some old engravings and then dies, passing on the responsibility to save Oaks School from developers.
  6. Gennifer Choldenko. Al Capone Does My Shirts; Al Capone Shines My Shoes. (only one from this series can count) Moose Flanagan, who lives on Alcatraz along with his family and the families of the other prison guards, is frightened when he discovers that noted gangster Al Capone, a prisoner there, wants a favor in return for the help that he secretly gave Moose.
  7. Jeanne Birdsall. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (National Book Award for Young People’s Literature) ; The Penderwicks on Gardam Street; The Penderwicks at Point Mouette. (only one can count) This summer the Penderwicks are spending the summer at the beautiful estate called Arundel where they discover the summertime magic of its sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.
  8. Lois Lowry. Number the Stars. (core novel) In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis. Newbery Medal Winner.
  9. Clements: Lunch Money c1994 school, humor Hart is a popular boy who sometimes “goofs off”. When he hits the music teacher with a rubber band, he is put in charge of the holiday concert. Both Hart and his teacher learn lessons.
  10. Hurwitz: Fourth Grade Fuss c2004 school story Julio and his friends enjoy their fourth grade activities – the yard sale, ice skating, and a surprise party; but the students get serious when they have to study for end-of-the-year statewide tests.
  11. Various authors: 39 Clues series mystery Follow Amy Cahill and her brother, Dan, as they travel the world to hunt for the 39 Clues.
  12. Various authors: Dear America series historical fiction
  13. Sachar: Holes c1998 realistic fiction Stanley is falsely accused of a crime and ends up in a juvenile detention center where he is forced to dig holes every day. It is supposed to build his character, but he suspects there are ulterior motives.

6th, 7th, 8th Grade Summer Reading List

Note: Read two books. Choose one to do the poster project as seen on power point.

  1. Gennifer Choldenko. Al Capone Does My Shirts; Al Capone Shines My Shoes. (only one from this series can count) Moose Flanagan, who lives on Alcatraz along with his family and the families of the other prison guards, is frightened when he discovers that noted gangster Al Capone, a prisoner there, wants a favor in return for the help that he secretly gave Moose.
  2. Nation by Terry Pratchett After a devastating tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl, together with a small band of refugees, set about rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives.
  3. Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women’s Army Corps
  4. Lupica: Million Dollar Throw c2009 realistic fiction Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie’s family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, and Nate is frantic because his best friend Abby is going blind, so when he gets a chance to win a million dollars if he can complete a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriot’s game, he is nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed
  5. Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl “passes” for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots.
  6. Bodies from the Ash by James M. Deem Describes the archaeological excavations that began on the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum which had been buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79. (BWI)
  7. Twelve Rounds to Glory by Charles R. Smith, Jr. A brief biography in verse of boxer Muhammad Ali.
  8. Written in Bone by Sally M. Walker Reports on the work of forensic scientists who are excavating grave sites in James Fort, in Jamestown, Virginia, to understand who lived in the Chesapeake Bay area in the 1600s and 1700s; and uncovers the lives of a teenage boy, a ship’s captain, a colonial officer, an African slave girl, and others. (BWI)
  9. Smith: Peak c2007 realistic fiction, adventure A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.
  10. Claudette Colvin by Phillip Hoose Presents an account of fifteen-ye ar-old Claudette Colvin, an African-American girl who refused to give up her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, nine months before Rosa Parks, and covers her role in a crucial civil rights case. (BWI)
  11. Collins: The Hunger Games c2008 science fiction [series: Hunger Games trilogy] In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.
  12. Green: Football Genius c2007 realistic fiction Troy, a sixth-grader with an unusual gift for predicting football plays before they occur, attempts to use his ability to help his favorite team, the Atlanta Falcons, but he must first prove himself to the coach and players.
  13. Riordan: The Lost Hero c2010 fantasy, adventure [series: Heroes of Olympus] Jason, Piper and Leo, three students from a school for “bad kids,” find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself.
  14. Fleming: The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum c2009 biography Biography of P.T. Barnum, showman and founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Readers can visit Barnum’s American Museum; meet Tom Thumb, the miniature man (39 in. tall) and his tinier bride (32 in.); experience the thrill Barnum must have felt, at age 60, he joined the circus.

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