Summer Reading 2017 

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; children may also need to have some parental help as well!

  1. Ice Cream Summer- Pete Sis
  2. Chicken Soup with Rice – Maurice Sendak

Choose one from the following list:
3. Henry and Mudge – Cynthia Rylant style= (any book in the series)
4. Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride – Kate DiCamillo
5. Willow – Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan

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

Applemondo’s Dream – Patricia Polacco

Roberto Clemento: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates – Jonah Winter

You Never Heard of Willie Mays – Jonah Winter

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

Choose THREE books from this list:

The White Giraffe—–Lauren St. John

Free Baseball——–Sue Corbett

The Report Card——-Andrew Clements

Flush ——Carl Hiaasen

Tale of Despereaux ——–Kate DiCamillo

The Landry News——— Andrew Clements

Babe and Me – Dan Gutman

Fifth Grade

You MUST read these TWO books:These FOUR books are required:

  1. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  2. One book of choice from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series style= by: Rick Riordan

You must read ONE book from this list:

Ginger Pye – Eleanor Estes

Maniac Magee – Jerry Spinelli

The Watsons Go to Birmingham –1963 – Christopher Paul Curtis

Honus & Me – Dan Gutman

Flying Solo – Ralph Fletcher

The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events – ( Book 1) – Lemony Snicket



Sixth Grade

Each student must read a total of THREE books.

1. Pick any grade appropriate book from one of the authors listed below:

Dan Gutman style= 
Wendy Mass

2. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope – Wlliam Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer– Required Book

3. Read a book of YOUR CHOICE. Grade and level appropriate



Seventh Grade

Realistic Fiction – These TWO books are REQUIRED

Wonder – Raquel J. Palacio

Non- Fiction-

The Boy who Harnessed the Wind : Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope– William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Book of Choice- grade and level appropriate


Eighth Grade 

All students must read:
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind : Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope – William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

All students should choose ONE book from the following :
Among the Hidden – Margaret Peterson Haddix
Ashes – Laurie Halse Anderson
Gregor the Overlander – Suzanne Collins
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer – John Grisham
Wonder – R. J. Palacio

All students should read ONE book of his or her choice


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