Summer Reading 2018 

The summer reading assignments for children entering Grades 1 through 8 are listed below. You are welcome to buy books from your local bookstore or borrow from the library. We have also provided links to the books on* 

First Grade

For First Grade, Parents would read the books with their children, these are not books that the children could read independently!

Please read at least FOUR of the following books:
1. Bedtime for Frances- Russell Hoban
2. The Alphabet Tree- Leo Lionni
3. My Many Colored Days – Dr. Seuss
4. A Bad Case of the Stripes- David Shannon
5. The Kissing Hand – Audrey Penn
6. Swimmy- Leo Lionni
7. The Stray Dog- Marc Simont
8. Henry in Love- Peter McCarty
9. The Dot- Peter H. Reynolds
10. If Kids Ran the World- Leo and Diane Dillon

Second Grade

Children are to read the following books:

  1. Willow – Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan
  2. Diary of a Worm – Doreen Cronin

Choose one from the following list:
Henry and Mudge – Cynthia Rylant style= (any book in the series)
Frog and Toad – Arnold Lobel (any book in the series)
Mercy Watson – Kate DiCamillo (any book in the series) 

Third Grade 

Please read a total of THREE Books…*

Picture Books (choose any 2):
Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs- Tomie dePaola
The Art Lesson – Tomie dePaola
The Keeping Quilt – Patricia Polacco
You Never Heard of Willie Mays – Jonah Winter
Stellaluna – Janell Cannon

Chapter Books/Series (choose 1):

Any My Weird School/title – Dan Gutman

Any Judy Moody/title – Megan McDonald

Any Magic Tree House/title – Mary Pope Osborne

Any Geronimo Stilton/ title – Geronimo Stilton
Who Was/Is…? What was…? Any book from this series
I Survived – Any book from this series

*There will be a follow-up to the summer reading within the first week of school.


Fourth Grade

You must read THREE books this summer:

Choose ONE biography from the Who was …? Series

Choose ONE book from this list:

The White Giraffe—–Lauren St. John

Friendship According to Humphrey – Betty Birney

The Report Card——-Andrew Clements

Flush ——Carl Hiaasen

Tale of Despereaux ——–Kate DiCamillo

….Choose ONE book of your own choice

Fifth Grade

You are to read all THREE books: 

  1. Any Percy Jackson and the Olympians book — Rick Riordan
  2. Bud, Not Buddy— Christopher Paul Curtis
  3. One book from the Reading Olympics Book List (attached)

Sixth Grade

Fiction- Choose ONE

Last Shot: Mystery at the Final Four — John Feinstein

Ghosts —   Raina Telgemeier

Non- Fiction

Leon’s Story — Leon Walter Tillage

Read ONE book of YOUR CHOICE. Grade and level appropriate


Seventh Grade

THREE  Total Books

  1. Fiction- (choose one)

Doll Bones — Holly Black

Paper Boy — Vince Vawter

Refugee   — Alan Gratz

  1. Non- Fiction- (choose one)

Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War—Helen Frost

Stolen into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northrup, Free Black Man—Judith and Dennis Fradin  

  1. One Book of Choice- grade and level appropriate


Eighth Grade 

Select TWO books from the Reading Olympics list (attached)

All students should read ONE book of his or her choice- age appropriate


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