Summer Reading

Elementary Schools

REQUIRED READING: Students Entering 5th Grade


STUDENTS ENTERING 5th GRADE MUST:

  • read two of the books listed below
  • choose books from two different genres
  • complete a mandatory assignment for each (mandatory assignment directions and descriptions are on the enclosed grade level insert)

Genre: Historical Fiction

  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Woods Runner by Gary Paulson
  • The Fighting Ground by Avi
  • Stowaway by Karen Hesse

Genre: Realistic Fiction

  • Jake & Lilly by Jerry Spinelli
  • Shadow by Michael Morpurgo
  • Lawn Boy by Gary Paulson
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord

Genre: Non-Fiction

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
  • Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fendler
  • A Strong Right Arm by Michelle Y. Green
  • The Boat Kid Memoir by Ron F. Kinsella

Recommended Reading: All Grades

LITERACY LINK NEWSLETTER: K-5 Summer Reading Lists and Log

STUDENTS ENTERING 1st GRADE OR 2nd GRADE:

  • Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
  • Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
  • Duck, Duck, Dinosaur by Kallie George
  • Meet Mr. & Mrs. Green by Keith Baker
  • Gus Gets Scared by Frank Remkiewicz
  • The Pirate Jamboree by Mark Teague
  • The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey
  • The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
  • Dogs and Cats by Steve Jenkins
  • Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic
  • Best Friends...Cork and Fuzz by Dori Chaconas
  • Wild About Books by Judy Sierra & Marc Brown
  • Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London & Frank Remkiewicz
  • There is a Bird on Your Head...an Elephant and Piggy Book by Mo Williams
  • Who Says That, Cat the Cat? By Mo Williams
  • Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
  • Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
  • Duck and Goose by Tad Hills
  • Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli
  • Cowlick by Christin Ditchfield
  • Knufflebunny by Mo Williems
  • Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll
  • Puppy Mudge Has a Snack by Cynthia Rylant
  • Tiny on the Farm by Cari Meister & Rich Davis
  • The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland
  • The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
  • Biscuit Goes to School by Alyssa S. Capucilli

STUDENTS ENTERING 2nd GRADE OR 3rd GRADE:

  • Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor
  • Zen Shorts by Jon Muth
  • Bad Boys by Margie Palatini
  • Surf's Up by Kwame Alexander
  • A Splendid Friend Indeed by Suzanne Bloom
  • Skippy Jon Jones by Judith Schachner
  • The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens
  • Not Afraid of Dogs by Susanna Pitzer
  • The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend
  • Lenny & Lucy by Philip C. Stead
  • A is for Amber by Paula Danziger
  • Best In Show for Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos
  • Police Cloud by Christopher Niemann
  • A Story For Bear by Dennis Haseley
  • Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth by Alison McGhee

GREAT SERIES FOR STUDENTS ENTERING 2nd GRADE OR 3rd GRADE:

  • Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant
  • Minnie and Moo by Denys Cazet
  • High Rise Private Eyes by Cynthia Rylant
  • Pinky and Rex by James Howe
  • Zelda and Ivy by Laura Kvasnosky
  • Iris and Walter by Elissa Guest
  • Jigsaw Jones Mystery by James Preller
  • Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo
  • Young Cam Jansen by David Adler
  • Ballpark Mysteries by David A. Kelly

GREAT SERIES FOR STUDENTS ENTERING 3rd GRADE OR 4th GRADE:

  • Zach Files by Don Greenberg
  • Marvin Redpost by Louis Sachar
  • Marty McGuire by Kate Messner
  • Cam Jansen by David Adler
  • Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows
  • A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
  • Stink by Megan McDonald
  • Gus and Grandpa by Claudia Mills
  • Dragon Slayer’s Academy by Kate McMullen
  • Rainbow Street Shelter by Wendy Orr
  • Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist by Jim Benton
  • Katie Kazoo Switcheroo by Nancy Krulik
  • Magic Treehouse House by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Martin Bridge by Jessica Scott
  • Capital Mysteries by Ron Roy
  • Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
  • Who Would Win? by Jerry Pallotta
  • Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbott
  • Polk Street School by Patricia Reilly
  • Iris and Walter by Elissa Guest
  • The Haunted Library by Dori H. Butler
  • Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
  • Fairy Realm by Emily Rodda
  • Wild Willie Mysteries (series) by Barbara Joose

STUDENTS ENTERING 4th GRADE OR 5th GRADE:

  • I Am the Ice Worm by MaryAnn Easly
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
  • Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson
  • On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck
  • The Boy of a Thousand Faces by Brian Selznick
  • The Tail of Emily Windsap by Liz Kessler & Sara Gibb
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • The Mystery of Rascal Pratt by Robbie Scott & Gary Cianciarulo
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
  • Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricial Reilly Giff
  • George and the Big Bang by Stephen & Lucy Hawking
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulson
  • Terrific by Jon Agee
  • Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
  • Baseball in April by Gary Soto
  • Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond
  • The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmounds
  • No Talking by Andrew Clements
  • The Sword in the Tree by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

GREAT SERIES FOR STUDENTS ENTERING 4th OR 5th GRADE:

  • Ghosthunters by Cornelia Funke
  • The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  • Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians by R. Riordan
  • The Virginia Mysteries by Steven K. Smith
  • The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris d’Lacey
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  • The Gods of Asgard by R. Riordan
  • Andrew Lost by J.C. Greenburg
  • The Kane Chronicles by R. Riordan
  • Owen Foote by Stephanie Greene
  • Judy Moody by Megan McDonald
  • Amelia by Marissa Moss
  • Mostly Ghostly by R.L. Stine
  • Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka
  • 39 Clues by R. Riordan


Optional Summer Activities: All Grades

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With a purpose to provide summer reading to activate students’ knowledge and scaffold schema; to create student centered discourse, and to foster student college and career thinking, SHS College Preparatory (CP) and Elective course have been designated with an informational article for summer reading. Students are responsible to read and annotate the article assigned for each of their scheduled CP and Elective classes and to be prepared to discuss, justify, analyze or question during in class discussions. Through this opportunity for a close summer read on a variety of course related topics, students are encouraged to share discussions with parents and guardians as they will likewise engage in content area related conversations about the readings with their classroom communities in each of their CP and Elective classes during the first two weeks of their new course.

Instructions regarding summer reading for Honors and Advanced Placement Courses are included in each linked assignment document.

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