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Summer Reading Lists for Grades K-5



Entering Grade 1

To keep up their reading skills over the summer, students should be reading at least 20 minutes daily. Books may be read independently or with an adult. Students may choose a variety of reading materials. Included on the list are some popular titles, authors and series to assist students in making their choices.


Series books appear at the end of the list.

Agee                          Milo’s Hat Trick    

Blume                       Freckle Juice (jFIC and jPB)

Bruchac                   How Chipmunk Got His Stripes  (j398.2B and jP/PB)

Burton                      The Little House

Choi                           The Name Jar (jP/PB only)

Christelow               Five Little Monkeys

Jenkins                      Five Creatures

Johnson                    Harold and the Purple Crayon

Kellogg                       A Penguin Pup For Pinkerton

Kimmel                      Anansi and The Magic Stick (jP/PB only)

LeSieg                         Ten Apples Up On Top! (jE)

Long                            When Papa Snores

Look                            Henry’s First Moon Birthday

Mayer                         There’s An Alligator Under My Bed

McCloskey                 Make Way For Ducklings

Middleton                  Tabitha’s Terrifically Tough Tooth

Pattou                         Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden

Piper                            The Little Engine That Could (RR)

Rylant                         The Great Gracie Chase

Shaw                           Sheep In A Jeep

Showers                     The Listening Walk (jP/PB only)

Smith                           Loki And Alex

Stevens                      And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon

Stewart                      The Journey

Suen                            The Hamster Chase (jE & jE/PB)

Watt                             Leon The Chameleon

Wick                            Optical Tricks

Winthrop                   Dumpy La Rue

Wood                           Quick As A Cricket

Wood                          The Napping House

Recommended series books:

TITLE                              AUTHOR

Biscuit                            Capucilli (jE)

Madeline books         Bemelmans (jP)

Rotten Ralph               Gantos (jP & jE)

Frog & Toad                  Lobel (jE)

Little Bear                      Minarik (jE)

Curious George          Rey (jP)

Henry & Mudge           Rylant (jE)

Recommended authors:

Eric Carle, P.D. Eastman (jE), Kevin Henkes, Laura Joffe Numeroff, Dr. Seuss (jE), Rosemary Wells

RR=Reading Rainbow shelf.

All books are jP and jP/PB unless otherwise noted.


Allard          Miss Nelson Series

Arnold         No More Water In The Tub,   The Sign Maker’s Assistant

Barracca     The Adventures Of Taxi Dog

Bercaw         Halmoni’s Day

Brown          Flat Stanley   (jFIC & jPB)

Cannon         Stellaluna

Creech           Fishing In The Air

Ehlert             Waiting For Wings

Finchler        Miss Malarkey Doesn’t Live In Room 10

Guarino         Is Your Mama A Llama

Hale                  Chameleon Wore Chartreuse (jPB)

Hoffman         Amazing Grace (RR)

Kvasnosky      Zelda And Ivy

Leedy                 Mapping Penny’s World (j 912 L)

Lester                 Tacky the Penguin

Markle               Outside And Inside Dinosaurs  (j 567.9 M)

Paladini             The Web Files

Prelutsky         It’s Raining Pigs And Noodles (j 811 P)

Seeger                 Abiyoyo

Simont               The Stray Dog

Wood                    King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub

Recommended Authors For Grade 2:

Tomie de Paola, Kevin Henkes, (jP)

Jack Prelutsky & Shel Silverstein (Poetry j 811)

Recommended Series For Grade 2:

TITLE                                                 AUTHOR

Ivy and Bean Series                  Barrows(jFIC & jPB)

Amber Brown series                Danziger (jFIC & jPB)

Henry & Mudge                            Rylant(jE)

Rotten Ralph series                   Gantos (jE & jP)

Frances series                               Hoban (jE & jP)

Frog And Toad Series               Lobel (jE)

Judy Moody series                     McDonald (jFIC & jPB)

Rainbow fairy series                 Meadows (jPB)

Martha series                                 Meddaugh

Little Bear Series                         Minarik (jE)

Magic Tree House                       Osborne (jFic & jPB)

Amelia Bedelia series               Parish (jE)

Junie B. Jones series                 Park(jPB)

Jigsaw Jones Mysteries           Preller (jPB)

Nate The Great Series                Sharmat (jE)

Harry  the Dirty Dog series    Zion

Plus Folk & Fairy Tale books  j 398’s

RR=Reading Rainbow Shelf.

Books are jP and jP/PB unless otherwise noted.


Allard                     Miss Nelson Is Missing

Artell                      Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood (j 398.2 A)

Barrett                   Cloudy With a Chance of  Meatballs

Blume                    Freckle Juice(jFIC & jPB)

Cameron              The Stories Julian Tells (jFIC &j PB)

Cherry                   The Great Kapok Tree (RR)

Cole                          Bony Legs (jE & jE PB)

DahI                         Fantastic Mr. Fox (jFIC & jPB)

Ernst                        Little Red Riding Hood: A Newfangled Prairie Tale

Etra                          Aliens For Breakfast (jPB)

Ferris                     Go Free Or Die, A Story About Harriet Tubman  (jB Tubman)

Ferris                     Walking The Road To Freedom: Story about Sojurner Truth  (jB Truth)

Ferris                     What Are You Figuring Now?  Benjamin Banneker(jB Banneker)

Fleming                Where Once There Was A Wood

Frasier                   Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster

George                    Look to the North: A Wolf Pup Diary (jP/PB only)

Giff                             Oh, Boy, Boston (jPB)

Hopkins                 Sports! Sports! Sports! (jE)

Jeffers                    Brother Eagle, Sister Sky a Message From Chief Seattle (jP/PB)

Kline                        Horrible Harry And The Dungeon  (jFIC & jPB)

Krull                        Wilma Unlimited (jB Rudolph)

MacLachlan       Sarah, Plain And Tall*

McGill                      Molly Bannaky

Polacco                   The Bee Tree,  The Keeping Quilt

Robinson               The Best School Year Ever (jFIC & jPB)

Rockwell                 How To Eat Fried Worms (jFIC & jPB)

Rodowsky              Not My Dog (jFIC & PB)

Stevenson               Rocks In His Head

White                         Charlotte’s Web (jFIC & jPB)

Yolen                   Letting Swift River Go

Recommended Series for Grade 3:

TITLE                                                    AUTHOR

Cam Jansen Series                        Adler (jFIC & jPB)

Bailey School Kids Series          Dadey  (jPB)

Amber Brown series                     Danziger (jFIC & jPB)

 Meg Mackintosh Series              Landon   (jFIC &j PB)

Magic Tree House Series            Osborne (jFIC &j PB)

The Littles series                             Peterson (jPB)

Jigsaw Jones Mystery                   Preller   (jPB)

A-Z Mysteries series                        Roy  (jPB)

Marvin Redpost series                   Sachar (jFIC &j PB)

Nate the great series                        Sharmat (jE)

Encyclopedia Brown series        Sobol (jFIC &j PB)

Boxcar Children series                  Warner (jFIC &j PB)

Recommended Authors for Grade 3:

Matt Christopher

Beverly Cleary, Barbara Cooney, Robert McCloskey, Patricia McKissack (fiction and non-fiction choices), Allen Say, Jon Scieszka, William Steig, Chris Van Allsburg

RR=Reading Rainbow.

*Newbery Award.

Books are jP and jP/PB  unless otherwise indicated.


Barasch                          Radio Rescue (jP)

Blume                             Fudge-a-Mania

Coville                            My Teacher Is An Alien (PB only)

Dahl                                  James And The Giant Peach

Erickson                       The Original Adventures Of  Hank The Cowdog (PB only)

Howe                               Bunnicula

MacLachlin                Caleb’s Story

O’Brien                            Mrs. Frisby And The Rats Of NIMH*

O’Brien                           The Hindenburg  (j 629.133)

Richler                           Jacob Two-Two Meets the hooded fang

Sachar                            Sideways Stories From Wayside School

St.George                      So You Want To Be President? (j 973 S)

Tang                                The Grapes Of Math (j793.7 T)

Thayer                           Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s Casey At The Bat (j 811 T oversize)

Recommended Authors For Grade 4 :

Ann Turner            Dear America books

Patricia Polacco    Various titles, mostly jP

Eleanor Coerr           Sadako

Mildred Taylor        Various titles

Shel Silverstein       Poetry, j 811’s

Matt Christopher   Sports fiction

Ann McGovern       American history   (j 973’s)

Recommended Series For Grade 4 :

 TITLE                                                 AUTHOR

Secrets of Droon series             Abbott  (jPB only)

Little House series                       Wilder

Anastasia Krupnik series         Lowry

My weird school series              Gutman (jPB only)

Baseball card series                      Gutman

Series of unfortunate events   Snicket

39 Clues series                                  Various authors

Magic Tree house series            Osborne

Time warp trio series                  Scieszka

* Newbery Award Winners.

 All others are jFic & jPB unless otherwise noted.


All students are asked to read either Wonder by R. J Palacio or The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes.

Avi                        Never mind! : a twin novel

Berlin                  The puzzling world of Winston Breen

Birdsall              The Penderwicks : a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, …

Bosch                   The name of this book is secret

Broach                Masterpiece

Clements           No talking

Codell                  Vive la Paris

Corbett                Free baseball

Davies                  Extreme animals : the toughest creatures on Earth  (j 590 D)

Erdrich                The birchbark house

Fleischman       Escape! the story of the great Houdini   (jB Houdini)

Going                    The liberation of Gabriel King

Gutman               The kid who ran for President

Haven                  Two hot dogs with everything

Ibbotson            The haunting of Granite Falls

Janeczko            A kick in the head: an everyday guide to poetic forms  (j 811 J)

Juster                   The phantom tollbooth

Lange                   1607 : a new look at Jamestown  (j 975.5 L)

Lowry                  The Willoughbys

McKissack         Porch lies: tales of slicksters, tricksters, and other wily characters

Mercado              Tripping over the lunch lady: and other school stories

O’Connor              How to steal a dog: a novel

Park                         Project Mulberry: a novel

Patron                  The higher power of Lucky

Schanzer             John Smith escapes again!   (jB Smith)

Selznick               The invention of Hugo Cabret

Woods                    My name is Sally Little Song

Yue                         Little Leap Forward: a boy in Beijing