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Summer Reading List

One Jackson...Many ReadersAll students are required to read AT LEAST THREE books and complete a log for each. Each student reads and writes a log for the one required book title from the list below. Students must choose two additional titles from any source on any topic and write a log on each. For maximum benefit and incentives, students are encouraged to read many, many books!

Printable Summer Reading List (PDF)

Required Books for Grades K–12

Grade

Book Titles

Author

K

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

Bill Martin Jr.

This book introduces a new animal on each page in a rhyme. "Blue Horse, Blue Horse, What do you see? I see a green frog looking at me."  This pattern is continually repeated until the pre-reader can join in predicting the next rhyme.

1

Peter’s Chair

Ezra Jack Keats

Peter is feeling ignored because of a new baby sister. He is upset to see his baby bed painted pink and his infant toys passed down to the new baby. His toddler chair helps him work through his new family dynamics.

2

Something Beautiful

Sharon Dennis Wyeth

A young African American girl, who dislikes the appearance of her neighborhood, asks people in her community to name “something beautiful.”  She embraces the responses of the community to create a plan of action and a vision for the future.

3

Sheila Rae, The Brave

Kevin Henkes

Sheila Rae is a brave mouse, not afraid of anything. She stands face to face with her imaginary horrors. Sheila Rae decides on a new challenge, going home from school a new way. She becomes lost and frightened but is rescued by an unexpected ally.

4

Wayside School is Falling Down

Louis Sachar

Wacky and unbelievable events are the norm at Wayside School, particularly in Mrs. Jewls’ class on the thirtieth floor.  In addition to academics, the children learn to value themselves and each other, all while having fun.  

5

The Watsons Go to Birmingham– 1963

Christopher Paul Curtis

Kenny, age 9, narrates the story. His middle-class black family travels from their home in Flint, Michigan, to Birmingham, Alabama, to visit their grandmother.  There they become a part of  history when a bomb explodes at the church. 

6

Bud, Not Buddy

Christopher Paul Curtis

After his mother’s death, Bud lives in an orphanage and then in a foster home.  He runs away to search for his father. On his journey during the Great Depression, he faces many set backs and is helped by many strangers.

7

Tears of a Tiger

Sharon M. Draper

Andy is a young black man who was the driver in a car accident that killed his best friend. He faces guilt, heartache, and anger.  The book’s structure is a series of media articles, letters, and conversations that portray the tragedy of bad choices. 

8

Gifted Hands

Ben Carson

This autobiography of Benjamin Carson captures the early life struggles of Ben’s family and the forces that motivated him to become a world-renowned neurosurgeon.

9

The Outsiders

S.E. Hinton

Ponyboy is a sensitive 14-year-old boy with a tough exterior. He and his brothers are part of a loosely organized gang that battles another gang of more affluent boys. The book explores stereotypes, friendship, loyalty, and heroism.

10

The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd

Lily Owen, a 14-year-old Caucasian girl, runs away from her abusive father to South Carolina to seek answers about her deceased mother.  She is taken in by an African-American family of sisters who are bee keepers. 

11

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou

This book is the autobiography of Maya Angelou's young life in the segregated South. It depicts the strength of her character and the struggles of growing up, as well as the forces that helped her cope with loneliness, trauma, and society's prejudices.

12

Runaway Jury

John Grisham

In this courtroom drama, the widow of a lifelong smoker who died prematurely of lung cancer is suing Big Tobacco. The jury is composed of people who have dirty little secrets

 

 Note:  Book descriptions were adapted from http://www.amazon.com, March 8, 2011.

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Required Books for Advanced Academics

The host school will provide students with the assignment(s) and grading rubric for each book.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)

AP English

Grade

Title of Book

Author

11

Assigned by the AP English Language and Composition teacher

 

12

Assigned by the AP English Literature and Composition teacher

 

ACADEMIC AND PERFORMING ARTS COMPLEX (APAC)

Power APAC Elementary

Grade

Title of Book

Author

4

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

Christopher Paul Curtis

Maniac Magee

Jerry Spinelli

5

Hatchet

Gary Paulsen

Chasing Vermeer

Blue Balliett

Bailey APAC Middle

Grade

Title of Book

Author

6

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Mildred D. Taylor

7

The Great Gilly Hopkins

Katherine Paterson

8

Witch of Blackbird Pond

Elizabeth George Speare

Murrah High

Grade

Title of Book

Author

9

Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway

10

A Gathering of Old Men

Ernest J. Gaines

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM(IB)

Primary Years Program (PYP)–Davis Magnet Elementary

Note: Students in grade 5 may choose between two titles.

Grade

Title of Book

Author

K

Whoever You Are

Mem Fox

1

The Berenstain Bears and the Baby Chipmunk

Stan and Jan Berenstain

2

The Fire Keeper's Son

Linda Sue Park

3

Roxaboxen

Alice McLerran

4

The Gold Cadillac

Mildred D. Taylor

5

About Average

Andrew Clements

5

Hatchet

Gary Paulsen


Middle Years Program (MYP)–Northwest Middle and Jim Hill High School

Grade

Title of Book

Author

6

Bound

Donna Jo Napoli

7

Alejandro’s Gift

Richard Albert

8

Mid Summer Night’s Dream

William Shakespeare

9

Speak

Laurie Anderson

10

The Things They Carried

Tim O'Brien

Diploma Program (DP)–Jim Hill High School

Grade / Course

Title of Book

Author

11

Siddhartha

Herman Hesse

Candide

Voltaire

12

King Lear

William Shakespeare

To the Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf

TOK

The World Is Flat

Thomas L. Friedman

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