Summer Reading Lists

Entering 1st Grade

Students entering First Grade

Summer 2017

Below is a list of books for students entering first grade. Please consult the first grade summer portal page for specific instructions for your summer reading assignment.

Required reading: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (picture book edition) by William Kankwamba

Suggested reading:
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
Annie and Snowball (any in series) by Cynthia Rylant
Bink and Gollie (any in series) by Kate DiCamillo
Captain Awesome to the Rescue by Stan Kirby
The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Henry and Mudge (any in series) by Cynthia Rylant
Love From the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Mercy Watson (any in series) by Kate DiCamillo
Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci
Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes
The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes by Duncan Tonatiuh
Three Cheers For Tacky by Helen Lester

Entering 2nd Grade

Students Entering Second Grade

Summer 2017

Below is a list of books for students entering second grade. Please consult the second grade summer portal page for specific instructions for your summer reading assignment.

Required reading: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (picture book edition) by William Kankwamba

Suggested reading:
Bramble and Maggie (any in series) by Jessie Haas
Danny Doodles: Squirting Donuts by David Adler
Giant Squid by Candace Fleming
Heidi Heckelbeck is Not a Thief (or any in series) by Wanda Coven
Inspector Flytrap by Tom Angleberger
Ivy and Bean Take the Case by Annie Barrows
Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark by Jerry Pallotta
Mrs. Noodlekugel (any in series) by Daniel Pinkwater
The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes by Duncan Tonatiuh
Princess in Black (any in series) by Shannon Hale
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Where are you Going Baby Lincoln? by Kate DiCamillo
You Never Heard of Willie Mays? by Jonah Winter


Entering 3rd Grade

Students Entering Third Grade

Summer 2017

Below is a list of books for students entering third grade. Please consult the third grade summer portal page for specific instructions for your summer reading assignment.

Required reading: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (picture book edition) by William Kankwamba

Suggested reading:
Bowling Alley Bandit by Laurie Keller
Frank Einstein (any in series) by Jon Scieszka
Giant Squid by Candace Fleming
Mango and Bambang: The Not-a-Pig by Polly Faber
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
Sam the Man and the Chicken Plan by Frances O"Roark Dowell
Trouble Next Door: The Carver Chronicles by Karen English
Waylon! One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker
What Was the Gold Rush by Joan Holub
Who Was Mother Teresa? by Jim Gigliotti
Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas

Entering 4th Grade

Students Entering Fourth Grade

Summer 2017


Below is a list of books for students entering fourth grade. Please consult the fourth grade summer portal page for specific instructions for your summer reading assignment.

Required reading: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (picture book edition) by William Kankwamba

Suggested reading:
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Dork Diaries (any in series) by Rachel Renee Russell
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holmes
Jackie and Me (or any in series) by Dan Gutman
Jason and the Argonauts by Robert Byrd
The Magic Half by Annie Barrows
Matilda by Roald Dahl
No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs by Rob Laidlaw
Super-Sized Slugger by Cal Ripken Jr.
Timmy Failure (any in series) by Stephan Pastis
Who Were the Beatles? (or any in series) by various authors
Word of Mouse by James Patterson

Entering 5th Grade

Students Entering Fifth Grade

Summer 2017

Below is a list of books for students entering fifth grade. Please consult the fifth grade summer portal page for specific instructions for your summer reading assignment

Required reading: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Young Readers' Edition) by William Kankwamba and Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

Suggested reading:
All Stations! Distress: April 15, 1912, The Day The Titanic Sank by Don Brown
The Family Hitchcock by Mark Levin
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust by Loic Dauvillier
Jason and the Argonauts by Robert Byrd
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
The Mysterious Benedict Society (any in series) by Trenton Lee Stewart
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Spy School (any in series) by Stuart Gibbs
Wild Robot by Peter Brown



Entering 6th Grade

Students Entering Sixth Grade

Summer 2017

Below is a list of books for students entering sixth grade. Please consult the sixth grade summer portal page for specific instructions for your summer reading assignment.

Required reading: Wonder by R.J. Palacio and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Young Readers' Edition) by William Kankwamba

Suggested reading:
Change Up: Mystery at the World Series by John Feinstein
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz
The Mighty Miss Mallone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
Stolen into Slavery: the True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man by Judith Bloom Fradin
Wake Up Missing by Kate Messner
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Zero Tolerance by Claudia Mills

Entering 7th Grade

Students Entering Seventh Grade

Summer 2017

Below is a list of books for students entering seventh grade. Please consult the seventh grade summer portal page for specific instructions for your summer reading assignment.

Required reading: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Adult edition) by William Kankwamba and A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Parks

Suggested reading:
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Bubonic Plague: When Plague Invaded America by Gail Jarrow
the curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon
Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
The Diary of a Young Girl by Ann Frank
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Maze Runner or any in series by James Dasher
Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang
The Samurai's Tale by Erik Christian Haugaard
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Trouble by Gary Schmidt
Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Roslyn Schanzer
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Entering 8th Grade

Students Entering Eighth Grade

Summer 2017

Below is a list of books for students entering eighth grade. Please consult the eighth grade summer portal page for specific instructions for your summer reading assignment.

Required reading: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Adult edition) by William Kankwamba and When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

Suggested reading:
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers' Edition) by Daniel James Brown
Bubonic Plague: When Plague Invaded America by Gail Jarrow
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
I am Malala (Young Reader's Edition) by Malala Yousafzai
The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
Saving Red by Sonya Sones
Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela Turner
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Skink by Carl Hiassen
Watched by Marina Budhos
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

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