Summer Reading Recommended Books

  • The books identified below were part of the summer reading list in previous years. Students may choose from this list, from the public library's list, or other sources.

    Elementary School (Grades K-5)

    GRADE

    TITLE

    AUTHOR

    K

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

    Bill Martin Jr.

    K

    Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

    Mo Willems

    K

    Duck on a Bike

    David Shannon

    K

    Goodnight Moon

    Margaret Brown

    K

    Rosie’s Walk

    Pat Hutchins

    K

    Where is the Green Sheep?

    Mem Fox & Judy Horacek

    K

    Student's Choice

    1

    And I Mean It Stanley!

    Crosby Bonsall

    1

    Fancy Nancy: The Show Must Go On

    Jane O'Conner

    1

    Kitten’s First Full Moon

    Kevin Henkes

    1

    Olivia Saves the Circus

    Ian Falconer

    1

    Olivia!

    Ian Falconer

    1

    Peter’s Chair

    Ezra Jack Keats

    1

    Sheep Out to Eat

    Nancy E. Shaw

    1

    The Carrot Seed

    Ruth Krauss

    1

    Student's Choice

    2

    Amelia Bedelia

    Peggy Parish

    2

    Growing Patterns

    Sarah C. Campbell

    2

    Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Crockett Johnson

    2

    Pigeon Finds a Hotdog

    Mo Willems

    2

    Something Beautiful

    Sharon Dennis Wyeth

    2

    Stage Fright on a Summer Night

    Mary Pope Osbourne

    2

    The Dot

    Peter H. Reynolds

    2

    The Napping House

    Audrey Wood

    2

    Student's Choice

    3

    Be Good to Eddie Lee

    Virginia Fleming

    3

    Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds

    David A. Adler

    3

    Mrs. Katz and Tush

    Patricia Polacco

    3

    Sheila Rae, The Brave

    Kevin Henkes

    3

    Through Grandpa’s Eyes

    Patricia MacLachlan

    3

    Uncle Jed’s Barbershop

    Margaree King Mitchell

    3

    Student's Choice

    4

    A Song for Harlem

    Patricia McKissack

    4

    Charlotte’s Web

    E.B. White

    4

    Kid in the Red Jacket

    Barbara Park

    4

    Pink and Say

    Patricia Polacco

    4

    Talk About Family

    Eloise Greenfield

    4

    The Mouse and the Motorcycle

    Beverly Cleary

    4

    Wayside School is Falling Down

    Louis Sachar

    4

    Student's Choice

    5

    Bridge to Terabithia

    Katherine Paterson

    5

    Class President

    Johanna Hurwitz

    5

    Maniac Magee

    Jerry Spinelli

    5

    The Cay

    Theodore Taylor

    5

    The Magician’s Nephew

    C.S. Lewis

    5

    The Watsons Go to Birmingham– 1963

    Christopher Paul Curtis

    5

    Student's Choice

    Middle School (Grades 6-8)

    GRADE

    TITLE

    AUTHOR

    6

    Because of Winn-Dixie

    Kate DiCamillo

    6

    Bronx Masquerade

    Nikki Grimes

    6

    Bud, Not Buddy

    Christopher Paul Curtis

    6

    Missing May

    Cynthia Rylant

    6

    Mississippi Bridge

    Mildred Taylor

    6

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    C.S. Lewis

    6

    Student's Choice

    7

    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

    Mildred Taylor

    7

    Tears of a Tiger

    Sharon M. Draper

    7

    The Great Gilly Hopkins

    Katherine Paterson

    7

    Tuck Everlasting

    Natalie Babbitt

    7

    Where the Red Fern Grows

    Wilson Rawls

    7

    Student's Choice

    8

    Black Beauty

    Anna Sewell

    8

    Gifted Hands

    Ben Carson

    8

    Jacob Have I Loved

    Katherine Paterson

    8

    Let the Circle be Unbroken

    Mildred Taylor

    8

    The Westing Game

    Ellen Raskin

    8

    A Wrinkle in Time

    Madeleine L’Engle

    8

    Student's Choice

    High School (Grades 9-12)

    GRADE

    TITLE

    AUTHOR

    9

    Coming of Age in Mississippi

    Anne Moody

    9

    Lord of the Flies

    William Golding

    9

    My Dog Skip

    Willie Morris

    9

    The Outsiders

    S.E. Hinton

    9

    The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens

    Sean Covey

    9

    Think Big

    Ben Carson

    9

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Harper Lee

    9

    Student's Choice

    10

    Black Like Me

    John Howard Griffin

    10

    Bleachers

    John Grisham

    10

    Of Mice and Men

    John Steinbeck

    10

    The Green Mile

    Stephen King

    10

    The Secret Life of Bees

    Sue Monk Kidd

    10

    To Sir, With Love

    Edward Ricardo Braitwaite

    10

    Student's Choice

    11

    A Time to Kill

    John Grisham

    11

    Fahrenheit 451

    Ray Bradbury

    11

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    Maya Angelou

    11

    Night

    Elie Wiesel

    11

    The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    11

    The Scarlet Letter

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

    11

    The Sound and the Fury

    William Faulkner

    11

    Student's Choice

    12

    1984

    George Orwell

    12

    Amistad: A Long Road to Freedom

    Walter Dean Myers

    12

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    Robert Lewis Stevenson

    12

    Runaway Jury

    John Grisham

    12

    The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

    James McBride

    12

    The Fellowship of the Ring

    J.R.R. Tolkien

    12

    Things Fall Apart

    Chinua Achebe

    12

    Student's Choice


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Last Modified on May 20, 2019