Summer Reading List

Kindergarten - Grade 3

Reading aloud to your child is the first step toward your child’s success in reading and learning.  Please spend time each day reading aloud to your child. It is important at any age, but it is especially important in the lower grades.

The following list of books are recommendations for reading that will support the Core Knowledge Sequence. Books are available at any public library.  Also, check into the public library closest to you and enroll your child in their summer reading program.

Happy Reading!

 

Kindergarten

Draw a picture of your favorite part of each book you read and bring it to your teacher on the first day of school for a special treat!

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear
  • Curious George
  • Make Way for Ducklings
  • Are You My Mother?
  • Millions of Cats
  • A Boy, A Dog, A Frog
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • The Runaway Bunny
  • Caps for Sale
  • Blueberries for Sal
  • The Little Engine that Could
  • Why Flies Buzz in People’s Ears
  • Madeline
  • Amazing Grace
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Children Just Like Me
  • Miss Rumphius

 

First Grade

Draw a picture of your favorite character in each book and write the characters name at the top of the page.  Bring it to your teacher on the first day of school and get a special treat!

  • Tales of Peter Rabbit
  • The Steadfast Tin Soldier
  • The Selfish Giant
  • The Twelve Dancing Princesses
  • The Tales of Uncle Remus
  • A Chair For My Mother
  • A New Coat for Anna
  • Little Bear series
  • The Magic Fish
  • Corduroy

 

Second Grade

Draw a picture of the most exciting part of the book and write one sentence about your picture.  Bring it to your teacher on the first day of school for a special treat.

  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh
  • The Wild Swans
  • The Red Shoes
  • The Tinder Box
  • Owl Moon
  • Doctor Desoto
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • The Cam Jansen Mystery series
  • Thunder Cake
  • Roxaboxen

 

Third Grade

Draw a picture of what happens at the beginning, the middle, and the end of each book.  Write a sentence to go along with each picture. Bring them to your teacher on the first day of school for a special treat! (Parents:  Please remember it is important for you to read aloud with and to your child at every age.) Choose at least two books to read.

  • Stuart Little
  • Shoeshine Girl
  • Ralph S. Mouse
  • Just So Stories
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • Heidi
  • Pinocchio

 

Fourth Grade

Write a paragraph about your favorite character in each book you read.  Draw a picture of what you think that character looks like based on the description in the book.  Use text evidence when you write! Bring your completed work to your teacher on the first day of school for a special treat.  Parents: Remember it is important to read aloud to and with your child at every age. So enjoy the books together! Choose at least two!

  • Mary Poppins
  • The Wind and the Willows
  • Little House on the Prairie Series
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • All-of-a-Kind Family
  • The Borrowers
  • Ramona and Her Father
  • At the Back of the North Wind
  • The Jungle Book

 

Fifth Grade

Write a brief summary of the book.  Remember to include the main characters, the setting, the important events, and the ending.  Also, write about what you thought of the book. Use text evidence when you write! Bring your completed work to your teacher on the first day of school for a special treat!  Parents: Your child is never too old for a read aloud. Enjoy the books together. Take turns reading and talk about the book together. Choose at least two.

  • Little Men
  • The Little Princess
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Summer of the Monkeys
  • Caddie Woodlawn
  • Pinocchio
  • Ben and Me:  An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse
  • Early Thunder
  • Swiss Family Robinson
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

 

6-8 (Middle School)

Write a short summary of the book.  Include the main characters, the setting, and the key story events.  Write about your opinion of the book as the conclusion. Use text evidence to support your summary.  Bring your completed assignment to your teacher on the first day of school for a special treat. Parents:  Your child is never too old for a read aloud. I encourage you to read the books together and discuss them.  Take turns reading aloud to one another. Choose two.

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • White Fang
  • The Yearling
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Sounder
  • Wonder
  • Maniac Magee
  • The Diary of a Young Girl:  Anne Frank
  • The Devil's Arithmetic
  • Hatchet
  • Ella Enchanted
  • Esperanza Rising
  • Millicent Min, Girl Genius
  • Pippi Longstocking