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Summer Reading

Learn about our suggested and required summer reading lists for each grade and reading level.

Grades 3 - 4 Required Summer Reading

Grade 3 Required Summer Reading

Grade 3 students are required to read a total of THREE books

Midnight on the Moon by Mary Pope Osborne
Level M
The Real Slam Dunk by Charisse Richardsonn
Level N
Who Is Jane Goodall? by Roberta Edwards
Level O
Grade 4 Required Summer Reading

Grade 4 students are required to read a total of THREE books

The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
Level O
Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
Level Q
Who Was Sacagawea? by Judith Bloom Fradin & Dennis Brindell Fradin
Level O
Grades 1 - 4 Suggested Summer Reading
  • Level E

    Fishy Tales by Deborah Lock

    Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

    The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

    Go, Dog, Go by P. D. Eastman

    I Like Fish by Margaret Wise Brown

    It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw

    Monkey See, Monkey Do by Marc Gave

    My Five Senses by Aliki

    Purple Is Part of a Rainbow by Carolyn Kowalczyk

    Saving Money by Tanya Thayer

    Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

  • Level E - Series

    Puppy Mudge Wants to Play by Cynthia Rylant

    Gossie and Friends:
    Gemma and Gus
    Gideon
    Gideon and Otto
    by Oliver Dunrea

  • Level F

    Bread, Bread, Bread by Ann Morris

    A Bug, a Bear, and a Boy by David McPhail

    Catch Me If You Can by Bernard Most

    Cookie’s Week by Cyndy Ward

    Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? by Eric Carle

    Have You Seen the Crocodile? by Colin West

    It Started As a Seed by Alden Kelley

    Itchy, Itchy Chicken Pox by Grace Maccarone

    Just Like Daddy by Frank Asch

    Mac and Cheese by Sarah Weeks

    Maple Trees by Marcia Freeman

    Pizza Party by Grace Maccarone

    Soccer Game! by Grace Maccarone

    Who Will Be My Friends? by Syd Hoff

  • Level F - Series

    Biscuit by Alyssa Capucilli

    Mouse by Lauren Thompson

    Gossie and Friends:
    Gus
    Jasper and Joop
    Ollie
    Peedie
    by Olivier Dunrea

  • Level G

    Caring for Our Lizard by Anne Richards

    The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

    Cat and Dog by Else H. Minarik

    Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton

    First Grade, Here I Come by Nancy Carlson

    Giant Pandas by Marcia Freeman

    I’m a Caterpillar by Jean Marzollo

    Mine’s the Best by Crosby Bonsall

    Nicky Upstairs and Down by Harriet Ziefert

    No, David! by David Shannon

    Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

    Spider’s Lunch by Joanna Cole

  • Level G - Series

    Llama Llama by Anna Dewdney

    Harry by Harriet Ziefert

    Little Critter by Mercer Mayer

  • Level H

    Daniel’s Mystery Egg by Alma Ada

    A Day in the Life of a Firefighter by Linda Hayward

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    How to Lose All Your Friends by Nancy Carlson

    Johnny Appleseed by Jane Kurtz

    A Kiss for Little Bear by Else Minarik

    The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing

    Pete the Cat’s Train Trip by James Dean

    Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig

    Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire

    Ready, Set, Go! by John Stadler

    Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

    Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff

    Surprise Puppy! by Judith Hodge

    Tale of a Tadpole by Karen Wallace

    We Are Best Friends by Aliki

    You’ll Soon Grow into Them, Titch by Pat Hutchins

  • Level H - Series

    Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff

    Max by Adria Klein

    Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems

    Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

  • Level I

    All the Colors of the Rainbow by Allan Fowler

    Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman

    Big Dog, Little Dog by Philip D. Eastman

    Butterflies by Fran Howard

    Charlie Needs a Cloak by Tomie dePaola

    Children Around the World by Donata Montanari

    A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

    Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

    Father Bear Comes Home by Else Minarik

    Go Away Dog by Joan Nodset

    How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen

    I Love Our Earth by Bill Martin, Jr.

    The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

    Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus

    The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

    Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons

    My Best Friend by Pat Hutchins

    My Tooth Is About to Fall Out by Grace Maccarone

    Napping House by Audrey Wood

    Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells

    There's a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer

    The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

    When I Was Little by Jamie Lee Curtis

  • Level I - Series

    Dragon by Dav Pilkey

    Messy Bessey by Patricia McKissack

    Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann

  • Level J

    Bones by Stephen Krensky

    Bugs for Lunch by Margery Facklam

    Cartwheel Katie by Fran Manushkin

    Corduroy’s Garden by Don Freeman

    Curious George Goes to an Ice Cream Shop by Margaret & H. A. Rey

    Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff

    Detective Dinosaur by James Skolfield

    The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

    The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

    Harriet Tubman by Catherine Nichols

    Harry and the Lady Next Door by Gene Zion

    The Horse in Harry’s Room by Syd Hoff

    How a Seed Grows by Helene Jordan

    Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

    Jamberry by Bruce Degen

    Just Enough Carrots by Stuart Murphy

    Last One in Is a Rotten Egg by Leonard Kessler

    Milton the Early Riser by Robert Kraus

    Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel

    No More Monsters for Me by Peggy Parish

    Norma Jean, Jumping Bean by Joanna Cole

    Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

    Oliver by Syd Hoff

    Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel

    Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel

    Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats

    The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

    Stagestruck by Tomie dePaola

    There’s an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer

  • Level J - Series

    Annie and Snowball by Cynthia Rylant

    Clifford by Norman Bridwell

    Fox by James Marshall

    Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant

    Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik

    Minnie and Moo by Denys Cazet

    Morris by Bernard Wiseman

    Mr. Putter and Tabby by Cynthia Rylant

    Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant

    Young Cam Jansen by David Adler

  • Level K

    The Blind Men and the Elephant by Karen Backstein

    Bones and the Cupcake Mystery by David Adler

    Bootsie Barker Bites by Barbara Bottner

    Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express by Eleanor Coerr

    Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

    The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble

    Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems

    Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems

    Frog and Friends by Eve Bunting

    Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger

    A Girl Named Helen Keller by Margo Lundell

    Greg’s Microscope by Millicent E. Selsam

    Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

    Ibis: A True Whale Story by John Himmelman

    Little Witch Goes to Witch School by Deborah Hautzig

    Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

    Manatee Winter by Kathleen Zoehfield

    Moses Goes to a Concert by Isaac Millman

    Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola

    One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes

    Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathmann

    Sea Turtles by Laura Marsh

    Sheila Rae, the Brave by Kevin Henke

    Slinky, Scaly Snakes by Jennifer Dussling

    Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis

    Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe by Vera B. Williams

    Zach’s Alligator by Shirley Mozelle

  • Level K - Series

    Andy Shane by Jennifer Jacobson

    Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

    Don’t Let the Pigeon... by Mo Willems

    Houndsley and Catina by James Howe

    Iris and Walter by Elissa Haden Guest

    Katie Woo by Fran Manushkin

    Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo

    Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman

    Zelda and Ivy by Laura Kvasnosky

  • Level L

    Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

    Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

    Astronaut Living in Space by Kate Hayden

    Bronco Charlie and the Pony Express by Marlene Targ Brill

    The Bubbly Factory by Tomie dePaola

    Chang’s Paper Pony by Eleanor Coerr

    A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper by Nate Boutillier

    Dolphin by Robert Ada Morris

    The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

    If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! by Elise Parsley

    Emma’s Rug by Allen Say

    The Emperor and the Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen

    The Flight of the Union by Tekla White

    Gemma the Gymnastic Fairy by Daisy Meadows

    Gregory the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat

    Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo

    Home Lovely by Lynne Rae Perkins

    How I Became a Pirate by David Shannon

    Hungry, Hungry Sharks! by Joanna Cole

    I Am Abraham Lincoln by Brad Meltzer

    Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber

    Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino

    The Josefina Story Quilt by Eleanor Coerr

    Little Nino’s Pizzeria by Karen Barbour

    The Long Way to a New Land by Joan Sandin

    The Magic Fish by Freya Littledale

    One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root

    Pierre the Penguin by Jean Marzollo

    Plants that Eat Animals by Allan Fowler

    The Quilt Story by Tony Johnston and Tomie dePaola

    The Schoolchildren’s Blizzard by Marty Figley

    The Secret of Foghorn Island by Geoffrey Hayes

    The Selfish Giant by Lisbeth Zwerger

    Six-Dinner Sid by Inga Moore

    The Snow Walker by Margaret K. and Charles M. Wetterer

    The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack

    Three Cheers for Tacky by Helen Lester

    The True Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford

    Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

    Whales: The Gentle Giants by Joyce Milton

  • Level L - Series

    Cam Jansen by David Adler

    George and Martha by James Marshall

    Horrible Harry by Suzy Kline

    Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

    Minnie and Moo by Denys Cazet

    Pinky and Rex by James Howe

Grades 3 - 4 Suggested Summer Reading
  • Level M

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

    Aunt Flossie’s Hat by Elizabeth Howard

    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

    Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

    Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

    Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

  • Level M - Series

    Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

    Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

    Judy Moody by Megan McDonald

    Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

    Magic Treehouse by Mary Pope Osborne

  • Level N

    All Pigs Are Beautiful by Dick King-Smith

    Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco

    Donavan’s Word Jar by Monalisa DeGross

    Jada Jones Rock Star by Kelly Starling Lyons

    The Librarian from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

    Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

    Lucky by Ellen Miles

  • Level N - Series

    A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy

    Amber Brown by Paula Danzinger

  • Level O

    A Day's Work by Eve Bunting

    Good Grief by Colleen McKenna

    Justin Case, School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters by Rachel Vail

    Mallory in the Spotlight by Laurie Friedman

    What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? by Jean Fritz

  • Level O - Series

    Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton

    Henry Huggins by Beverly Clearly

    The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Clearly

    Ramona by Beverly Clearly

  • Level P

    Adventure According to Humphrey by Betty Birney

    Bermuda Triangle by Andrew Donkin

    Dog Days by Karen English

    Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

    The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl

    An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco

  • Level P - Series

    Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

    Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon

    My Weird School Daze by Dan Gutman

  • Level Q

    Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry

    Bunnicula and Friends Scared Silly by James Howe

    Bunnicula Strikes Again by James Howe

    Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now by Lauren Child

    Double Play at Short by Matt Christopher

    Fight for Life by Laurie Halse Anderson

    Last Summer with Maizon by Jacqueline Woodson

    The Peculiar Pumpkin Thief by Geronimo Stilton

    Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

    Power Forward by Hena Khan

    Superfudge by Judy Blume

    The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

    What was the Boston Tea Party? by Kathleen Krull

  • Level Q - Series

    Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe

    If You Lived by various authors

    Power Forward by Hena Khan

    Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi

    A Wicked History by various authors

  • Level R

    Because of Winn-Dixie by Katie DiCamillo

    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

    Clarice Bean Spells Trouble by Lauren Child

    The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

    Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

    Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen

    No Talking by Andrew Clements

    Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

    Sun and Spoon by Kevin Henkes

    The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

  • Level R - Series

    Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

    I Survived by Lauren Tarshis

    Kidnapped by Gordon Korman

    The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley

  • Level S

    The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

    Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret

    From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsberg

    The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

    Long Shot by Mike Lupica

    Long-Arm Quarterback by Matt Christopher

    Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young

    Matilda by Roald Dahl

    My Teacher Is an Alien by Bruce Coville

    New Kidby Jerry Craft

    Taking Sides by Gary Soto

  • Level T

    Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

    Blubber by Judy Blume

    Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

    The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad by Nathan Olson

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

    The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall

    Smile by Raina Telgemeier

    The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

  • Level T - Series

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

  • Books to Read Aloud With Your Children

    Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
    Level V

    The Aurora County All-Stars by Deborah Wiles
    Level V

    Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles
    Level U

    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Katie DiCamillo
    Level U

    Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson
    Level W

    Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
    Level W

    The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
    Level U

Grades 5 - 8 Required Summer Reading

Grade 5 Required Summer Reading

Grade 5 students are required to read FOUR books:

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
Loser by Jerry Spinelli
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
Grade 6 Required Summer Reading

Grade 6 students are required to read the following FOUR books:

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Grade 7 Required Summer Reading

Grade 7 students are required to read FOUR books over the summer. Guidelines are as follows:
1. Read all three required summer reading books (see below).
2. Read one book of choice from the Grades 7 & 8 Suggested Summer Reading List.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
This Is Our Constitution by Khizr Khan
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
Grade 8 Required Summer Reading

Grade 8 students are required to read THREE books over the summer. They are also required to write the first draft of their Eighth Grade Speech. Guidelines are as follows:
1. Read Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds.
2. Read either Dry by Neal Shusterman or Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. (Choose one of the two.)
3. Read one book of choice from the Grades 7 & 8 Suggested Summer Reading List.
4. Write the first draft of the Eighth Grade Speech. Follow the guidelines that were reviewed in the spring with Mrs. Bianco and posted in Google Classroom.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Dry by Neal Shusterman
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Grades 5 - 6 Suggested Summer Reading
  • Realistic Fiction

    Alpaca My Bags by Jenny Goebel

    A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée

    Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

    Amina's Voice by Hena Khan

    Blended by Sharon M. Draper

    Booked by Kwame Alexander

    Class Act by Jerry Craft

    Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

    The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

    Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya

    Front Desk by Kelly Yang

    The Last Last-Day of Summer by Lamar Giles

    Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

    Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

    Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya

    New Kid by Jerry Craft

    Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

    Tight by Torrey Maldonado

    Wildfire by Rodman Philbrick

    Wild River by Rodman Philbrick

  • Historical Fiction & Nonfiction

    The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

    Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

    Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963 by Sharon Robinson

    Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

    I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

    On the Horizon by Lois Lowry

    The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

    Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

    Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

    Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park

    Refugee by Alan Gratz

    The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

    They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

    Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

  • Fantasy & Sci-Fi

    The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

    The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

    The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

    Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

    Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

    Tristian Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

    Tristian Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia

    Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

    Scythe by Neal Shusterman

    The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

    The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Grades 7-8 Suggested Summer Reading
  • Realistic Fiction

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

    Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

    Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

    Gym Candy by Carl Deuker

    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

    I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

    The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

    Internment by Samira Ahmed

    Jackpot by Nic Stone

    Lone Stars by Mike Lupica

    One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

    One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus

    On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

    Paper Towns by John Green

    Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

    Pride by Ibi Zoboi

    Solo by Kwame Alexander

    The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

    Swing by Kwame Alexander

    That's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

    The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

    Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

    Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

    When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

    With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

    Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

  • Historical Fiction & Non-Fiction

    The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

    It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime- Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

    Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson

    Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

    Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti by Frances Temple

    White Rose by Kip Wilson

  • Fantasy & Sci-Fi

    Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

    A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

    The Maze Runner by James Dashner

    Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

    Scythe by Neal Shusterman

    The Selection #1 by Kiera Cass

    Thunder Head by Neal Shusterman

    The Toll by Neal Shusterman

    Warcross by Marie Lu

    Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson

  • Short Story Collections

    13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen by James Howe

    Flying Lessons & Other Stories by Kwame Alexander & Others

    Fresh Ink: An Anthology by Lamar Giles & Others

    Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration by Kate Hart & Rose Brock