Elementary Suggested Summer Reading List

Kindergarten l 1st Grade l 2nd Grade l 3rd Grade l 4th Grade l 5th Grade

Please use the list for the grade your child will enter in the Fall. Grades are leveled for children’s reading abilities. 


Our Elementary Summer Reading List provides a variety of selections.  We believe that the suggestions provided on this list support our reading program and appropriate skill development.

We encourage parents to provide opportunities for their children to access quality reading materials throughout the summer months.  Any support that you can offer to your child’s emerging literacy skills is very important.  Reading with your child without regard to his/her age is an excellent strategy to encourage a strong literacy foundation.

This list is organized by :
Title of the book: Author of the book

Please read the books for the grade the child will be entering.  There are different levels in the grades to differentiate for a child’s current reading ability. 


How to Make a Mudpie: Rozanne Lanczak Williams
I Can Read: Rozanne Lanczak Williams
I Can Write: Rozanne Lanczak Williams
I See Colors: Rozanne Lanczak Williams
I See Patterns: Linda Benton
I See Shapes: Marcia Fries

Late K / Early Grade 1 

Where Do Monsters Live?:  Rozanne Lanczak Williams
Where’s Your Tooth?:  Rozanne Lanczak Williams
City Mouse and Country Mouse: Rozanne Lanczak Williams
Scaredy Cat: Rozanne Lanczak Williams
Joshua James Likes Trucks: Catherine Petrie
Looking for Halloween: Kathleen Urmston

Grade 1 (1st quarter) 

Just Like Dad: Monica Hiris
Just Like Mom: Monica Hiris
Sammy: Kathleen Urmston
Dressed Up: Sammy Kathleen Urmston
The Chick and the Duckling: Mira Ginsburg
The Good Bad Cat: Nancy Antle
Ice is…Whee!: Carol Greene
Hot Rod Harry: Catherine Petrie
It Looked Like Spilt Milk: Charles Green Shaw
Just Like Me: Barbara Neasi
The Little Brother: Ben Karen Cogan
My Tiger Cat: Marilyn Frankford
The Strongest Animal: Janice Boland
All by Myself: Mercer Mayer
Animal Babies: Bobbie Hamsa
The Foot Book: Dr. Seuss
Get Lost, Becka!: Shirley Simon

Grade 1 (2nd quarter) 

Cookie’s Week: Cindy Ward
Just Like Daddy: Frank Asch
More Spaghetti, I Say: Rita Golden Gehman
I’m a Caterpillar: Jean Marzollo
At the Apple Farm: Rachel Albanese / Laura Smith
Plane Rides: Pamela Walker
Dear Zoo: Rod Campbell
Rosie’s Walk: Pat Hutchins
A Dark, Dark Tale: Ruth Brown
Fun at the Amusement Park: Marilyn Frankford
Katie Couldn’t: Becky Bring McDaniel
Carla’s Ribbons: Leslie Harper
Just for You: Mercer Mayer
Skating on Thin Ice: Louise Everett
Wait, Skates!: Mildred Johnson
Jason’s Bus Ride: Harriet Ziefert
A New House for Mole and Mouse: Harriet Ziefert
Little Panda: Sherry Bowen
Peanut Butter and Jelly: Nadine Westcott
Shopping at the Mall: Kathleen Urmston

Grade 1 (3rd quarter) 

George Shrinks: William Joyce
Katie Did It: Becky Bring McDaniel
Mama Cut My Hair: Lisa Wilkinson
Pancakes for Breakfast: Wendi Silvano
Gifts for Dad: Karen Evans
Goodnight Moon: Margaret Wise Brown
You’ll Soon Grow into Them: Titch Pat Hutchins
Are You My Mother?: Philip Eastman
Big Dog…Little Dog: Philip Eastman
Green Eggs and Ham: Dr. Seuss
Hop on Pop: Dr. Seuss
I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!: Dr. Seuss
Hattie and the Fox: Mem Fox
Just a Mess: Mercer Mayer
Just Grandma and Me: Mercer Mayer
Just Me and My Dad: Mercer Mayer
Just Me and My Puppy: Mercer Mayer
There’s a Nightmare in My Closet:  Mercer Mayer
Messy Bessey: Fred McKissack
Happy Birthday: Sam Pat Hutchins
Henny Penny: Paul Galdone
A Kiss for Little Bear Else: Holmelund Minarik
Spot’s Birthday Party: Eric Hill

Late Grade 1/ Early Grade 2 

Fox and His Friends (series): E & J Marshall
Henry and Mudge (series): Cynthia Rylant
Mr. Putter and Tabby (series): Cynthia Rylant
Poppleton (series): Cynthia Rylant
Clifford (series): Norman Bridwell
Little Bear (series): E.H. Minarik
Young Cam Jansen (series): David Adler
The Cat in the Hat: Dr. Seuss
Harold and the Purple Crayon: Crockett Johnson
The Doorbell Rang: Pat Hutchins
Little Gorilla: Ruth Bornstein
Mouse Tales: Arnold Lobel
Mouse Soup: Arnold Lobel
Bats: Lily Wood
Big Cats: Lynette Evans
Fantastic Frogs!: Fay Robinson
Dig Dig Digging: Margaret Mayo
Insects: Carolyn MacLulich
And I Mean It, Stanley: Crosby Bonsall
The Doorbell Rang: Pat Hutchins
Harold and the Purple Crayon: Crockett Johnson
Mouse Soup: Arnold Lobel
Mouse Tales: Arnold Lobel
Spot’s First Christmas: Eric Hill
The Cat in the Hat: Dr. Seuss
City Mouse-Country Mouse: John Wallner
Clifford, the Big Red Dog: Norman Bridwell
Clifford, the Small Red Puppy: Norman Bridwell
Little Bear: Else Holmelund Minarik
Owl at Home: Arnold Lobel

Grade 2 (1st quarter) 

Frog & Toad (series): Arnold Lobel
Nate the Great (series): M Weinman Sharmat
Gerald and Piggie (series): Mo Willems
Franklin (series): Paulette Bourgeois
Happy Birthday, Moon: Frank Asch
Bedtime for Frances (series): Russell Hoban
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: Laura Joffe Numeroff
The Art Lesson: Tomie dePaola
Strega Nona: Tomie dePaola
The Teacher from the Black Lagoon: Mike Thaler
All About Things People Do: Melanie & Chris Rice
Endangered Animals: Faith McNulty
A House Spider’s Life: John Himmelman
The Apple Pie Tree: Zoe Hall
Corduroy: Don Freeman
Caps for Sale: Esphyr Slobodkina
The Gingerbread Boy: Paul Galdone
Miss Nelson is Missing!: Harry Allard

Grade 2 (2nd quarter)

Amelia Bedelia (series): Peggy Parish
Cam Jansen (series): David Adler
Pee Wee Scouts (series): Judy Delton
Triplet Trouble (series): D. Dadey & M. Jones
Milo and Jazz (series): Lewis B. Montgomery
Pinky and Rex (series): James Howe
Horrible Harry (series): Suzy Kline
Song Lee (series): Suzy Kline
Judy Moody (series): Megan Mcdonald
Stink (series)-(J.Moody’s Brother): Megan Mcdonald 
Amanda Pig (series): Jean V Leeuwen
Pinky and Rex (series): James Howe
George and Martha (series): James Marshall
The Dog Who Pitched a No Hitter (series): Matthew Christopher
Great Ghosts: Daniel Cohen
Snap!: Melvin Berger
Chomp: Melvin Berger
Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones: Ruth Heller

Grade 2 (3rd quarter) 

Calendar Club Mysteries (series): Nancy Star
Flat Stanley (series): Jeff Brown
Jenny Archer (series): Ellen Conford
Junie B. Jones (series): Barbara Parks
The Littles (series): John Peterson
Marvin Redpost (series): Louis Sachar
Arthur Chapter Books: Marc Brown
Bailey School Kid Series: Debbie Dadey and Marcia Jones
Magic Tree House Series: Mary Pope Osborne
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs:  Judy Barrett
Double Play At Short: Matt Christopher
Skateboard Tough: Matt Christopher
Wingman On Ice: Matt Christopher
From Seed To Plant: Gail Gibbons
American Heroes: Jo Albee and Wiley Blevins
The Great Dinosaur: Hunt Irene Schultz
Fish Face: Patricia Reilly Giff
The Lucky Baseball Bat: Matt Christopher
The Mad Scientist: Irene Schultz
Molly’s Pilgrim: Barbara Cohen
In Aunt Lucy’s Kitchen: Cynthia Rylant
My Pops Is Tops!: Nancy Krulik
No Biz like Showbiz: Nancy Krulik
No Bones About It: Nancy Krulik
How a House is Built: Gail Gibbons

Late Grade 2/ Early Grade 3 

Julian Stories (series): Ann Cameron
Horrid Henry (series): Francesca Simon
Adam Joshua Capers (series): Janice Lee Smith
Herbie Jones (series): Suzy Kline
A-Z Mysteries (Series): Ron Roy
Amber Brown (series): Paula Danziger
Chalk Box Kid, The: Clyde R. Bulla
Cloud Book; Tomie DePaola
Jigsaw Jones (series): James Preller
Leftovers, The (sports series): Tristan Howard
Max Malone (series): Charlotte Herman
Rookie Biographies (series): Wil Mara
Say Hola, Sarah :Patricia Reilly Giff
School’s Out: Johanna Hurwitz
Dancing with Manatees: Faith McNulty
The Grapes of Math: Greg Tang

Grade 3 (2nd quarter)

Ramona (series) Beverly Cleary
Ralph S. Mouse (series): Beverly Cleary
Box Car Children (series): Gertrude Chandler Warner
Chet Gecko Mysteries (series): Bruce Hale
Aldo (series): Johanna Hurwitz
Ali Baba Bernstein (series): Johanna Hurwitz
Animals (NF series): Kevin J. Holmes
Good Grief…Third Grade: Colleen McKenna
Look Out, Washington D.C.!: Patricia Reilly Giff
Meg Mackintosh Mysteries (series): Lucinda Landon
Pony Pals (series): Jeanne Betancourt
Rent A Third Grader: B.B. Hiller
Story of Jackie Robinson, Bravest: Margaret Davidson
Man in Baseball

Grade 3 (3rd quarter)

Wayside School (series): Louis Sachar
Encyclopedia Brown (series): Donald J. Sobol
David Mortimore Baxter (series): Karen Tayleur
All About Sam: Lois Lowry
Best Enemies (series): Kathleen Leverich
George’s Marvelous Medicine: Roald Dahl
Twits, The: Roald Dahl
Ghost Fox, The: Laurence Yep
Hundred Penny Box, The: Sharon B. Mathis
Last Look: Clyde Bulla
Laura Ingalls Wilder: Growing Up: Patricia Reilly Giff
in the Little House
Thank You, Jackie Robinson: Barbara Cohen
Time Warp (series): Jon Scieszka
Yang Stories (series): Lensey Namioka
Animals in the Dark: Seymour Simon
A Dinosaur Named Sue: Fay Robinson
The Journey of a Butterfly: Carolyn Scarce

Late Grade 3/ Early Grade 4 

Fudge (series): Judy Blume
James and the Giant Peach: Roald Dahl
Bunnicula: James Howe
Anastasia (series): Lois Lowry
Joshua T. Bates (series): Susan Shreve
Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective: David Biedrzycki
Aliens Ate My Homework: Bruce Coville
Amazing But True Sports Stories: Phyllis & Zander Hollander
Baseball Turnaround: Matt Christopher
The Goalkeeper in Charge: Matt Christopher
Cloud Tea Monkeys: Mal Peet
Dial M for Mongoose: A Chet Gecko Mystery Bruce Hale
Jim Ugly: Sid Fleischman
The Ghost on Saturday Night: Sid Fleischman
Good-bye, Chicken Little: Betsy Byars
Homer Price: Robert McClosky
How to Talk to Your Cat: Jean Craighead George
The Kite Fighters: Linda Sue Park
Little House on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little House in the Big Woods: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Farmer Boy: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Morgan’s Zoo: James Howe
Spaceheads: Jon Scieszka
There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom: Louis Sachar
Addy Learns a Lesson: Connie Porter
Attila the Hun: Sean Price
The Cold & Hot Winter: Johanna Hurwitz
Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of: Lesley Blume
the Somerset Sisters
The Disappearance: Elizabeth Lenhard
Finding Meridian: Elizabeth Lenhard
The Fire of Friendship: Elizabeth Lenhard
Help! I’m a Prisoner in the Library: Eth Clifford
Hide and Seek: Peter Lerangis
How to Rule the School: Kathryn Lay
Just Juice: Karen Hesse
Legend of the Pharaoh’s Tomb: Allan Jones
The New Girl: Jillian Brooks
The Power of Five: Elizabeth Lenhard
Santa Paws: Nicholas Edwards
Totally Crushed!: Kiki Thorpe
Chato’s Kitchen: Gary Soto
You Be the Detective: Marvin Miller
From Head to Toe: The Amazing Human Body: Barbara Seuling
and How it Works
Caving: Exploring Limestone Caves: Larry Dane Brimner
Celebrating Ramadan: Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Predators: Sandra Markle

Grade 4 (2nd quarter) 

No Talking: Andrew Clements
The Landry News: Andrew Clements 
The Last Holiday Concert: Andrew Clements
Lost and Found: Andrew Clements
The Jacket: Andrew Clements
The School Story: Andrew Clements
And Then What Happened Paul Revere?: Jean Fritz
The Big Nap: A Chet Gecko Mystery: Bruce Hale
Trouble is My Beeswax: A Chet Gecko Mystery: Bruce Hale
Body Check: Matt Christopher
The Boy of a Thousand Faces: Brian Selznick
The Boy Who Lost his Face: Louis Sachar
Nighty-Nightmare: James Howe
Chance and the Grand Rascal: Sid Fleischman
Mr. Mysterious & Company: Sid Fleischman
Charlie and the Glass Elevator: Roald Dahl
Circle of Gold: Betsy Byars
The 18th Emergency: Betsy Byars
The Midnight Fox: Betsy Byars
The Computer Nut: William Steig
Flashcards of my Life: Charise Mencle Harper
How Tia Lola Saved the Summer: Julia Alvarez
It Came From Ohio!: My Life as a Writer: R. L. Stine
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher: Bruce Coville
The Monster’s Ring: Bruce Coville
The Library Card: Jerry Spinelli
The Night Fairy: Laura Amy Schlitz
Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade: Barthe DeClements
Pigs Might Fly: Dick King-Smith
Snow Treasure: Marie McSwigan
The Trumpet of the Swan: E.B. White
Eye of Eternity: Chris Archer
A Friendship for Today: Patricia McKissack
Albert Einstein: Joanne Mattern
Caleb’s Story: Patricia MacLachlan
Crackback: John Coy
Crispin: At the Edge of the World: Avi
Dead Man’s Chest: Chris Archer
The Family Under the Bridge: Natalie Carlson
Freaky Friday: Mary Rodgers
Freedom Crossing: Margaret Clark
The Great Googlestein Museum Mystery: Jean Van Leeuwen
Honus & Me: Dan Gutman
Satch & Me: Dan Gutman
They Came from Center: Field Dan Gutman
Inkheart: Cornelia Funke
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, : E. Konigsburg
and Me, Elizabeth
The Last of the Sky Pirates: Paul Stewart
Lawn Boy: Gary Paulsen
Magic or Not?: Edward Eager
Marie Curie: Keith Brandt
The Maze of Bones: Rick Riordan
Misty of Chincoteague: Marguerite Henry
The Mystery of the Cupboard: Lynee Banks
Once Upon a Crime: Michael Buckley
The Unusual Suspects: Michael Buckley
Stuart Little: E. White
The Wanigan: Gloria Whelan
The Winner’s Walk: Nancy Patterson
How to Eat Fried Worms: Thomas Rockwell
Story of Thomas Alva Edison: Margaret Davidson
George Washington: A Picture Book: James Cross Giblin
Shiloh: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Grade 4 (3rd quarter) 

The Million Dollar Putt: Dan Gutman
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup: Sharon Creech
Strange Happenings: Avi
Matilda: Roald Dahl
The Janitor’s Boy: Andrew Clements
Tales from the Five Kingdom (series): Vivian French
The Contest: Everest #1: Gordon Korman
The Cry of the Crow: Jean Craighead George
The Missing ‘Gator of Gumbo Limbo: Jean Craighead George
The Cybil War: Betsy Byars
Eliza’s Freedom Road: Jerdine Nolen
Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures: Nicola Davies
on Earth
Horse Hooves and Chicken Feet: Neil Philip
Mexican Folktales
The Houdini Box: Brian Selznick
Monster of the Year: Bruce Coville
A Night Without Stars: James Howe
Sahara Special: Esme Codell
Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside: Louis Sachar
The Star Fisher: Lawrence Yep
Sounder: William Armstrong
Taking Sides: Gary Soto

Late Grade 4 / Early Grade 5 

Babe & Me (series) Dan Gutman
The Kid Who Ran for President: Dan Gutman
Abner & Me: Dan Gutman
Mickey & Me: Dan Gutman
Shoeless Joe & Me: Dan Gutman
Jackie & Me: Dan Gutman
Sammy Keyes (series): Wendelin Van Draanen
The Chronicles of Narnia: C. S. Lewis
The Horse and His Boy: C. S. Lewis
The Last Battle: C. S. Lewis
Danny the Champion of the World: Roald Dahl
Boy: Roald Dahl
Harriet the Spy: Louise Fitzhugh
Joey Pigza (trilogy): Jack Gantos
The Tiger Rising: Kate DiCamillo
About the B’nai Bagels: E. Konigsburg
The Akhenaten Adventure: Philip Kerr
The Blue Djinn of Babylon: Philip Kerr
Birdwing: Rafe Martin
Bridge to Terabithia: Katherine Paterson
Preacher’s Boy: Katherine Paterson
The Children of the Green: Knowe L. Boston
An Enemy at Green: Knowe L. Boston
Chu Ju’s House: Gloria Whelan
Daniel’s Walk: Michael Spooner
Fire Star: Chris Lacey
Inkspell: Cornelia Funke; Anthea Bell
Marisol and Magdalena: Veronica Chambers
The Problem Child: Michael Buckley; Peter Ferguson
Regarding the Sink: Kate Klise
Regarding the Trees: Kate Klise
Sam I Am: Ilene Cooper
Saving Shiloh: Phyllis Naylor
The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins: Walter Myers
Stolen by the Sea: Anna Myers
Terrier: Tamora Pierce
Tracker: Gary Paulsen
Woodsong: Gary Paulsen
Baby: Patricia MacLachlan
Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution: Jean Fritz

Grade 5  

Knots in My Yo-yo String: Jerry Spinelli
Wringer: Jerry Spinelli
Loser: Jerry Spinelli
The BFG: Roald Dahl
The Egypt Game: Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Ginger Pye: Eleanor Estes
A Girl Called Boy: Belinda Hurmence
The Boggart: Susan Cooper
The Boggart and the Monster: Susan Cooper
The Boy Next Door: Laura Dower
The Boy Who Saved Baseball: John Ritter
Charlie’s Raven: Jean George
The City of Ember: Jeanne DuPrau
The People of Sparks: Jeanne DuPrau
The Cobra King of Kathmandu: Philip Kerr
The Escape: K. Applegate
Midnight Magic: Avi
No More Dead Dogs: Gordon Korman
The Secret Garden: Frances Burnett
A Single Shard: Linda Park
Skeleton Man: Joseph Bruchac
Stealing Freedom: Elisa Carbone
Surviving the Applewhites: Stephanie Tolan
The Watsons Go to Birmingham- 1963: Christopher Curtis
The Pirate Princess and Other Fairy Tales: Neil Philip
Make Fake Blood and 18 More Amazing: Sandra Markle
              Special Effects
Materials and Processes: Peter D. Riley
The Wizard of Oz: Frank L. Baum

Late Grade 5/Early Grade 6  

Heat: Mike Lupica
Stargirl: Jerry Spinelli
Esperanza Rising: Pam Munoz Ryan
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone: J. K. Rowling
Old Yeller:  Fred Gipson
Absolutely Normal Chaos: Sharon Creech
Accidents May Happen: Charlotte Jones
Achoo!: Trudee Romanek
AHA! : Trudee Romanek
Alice in Wonderland: Lewis Carroll
An American Plague: Jim Murphy
Star Wars: Patricia Wrede
Autumn Street: Lois Lowry
Bard of Avon: Diane Stanley
The Beasts of Clawstone Castle: Eva Ibbotson
Bernie Magruder & the Bats in the Belfry: Phyllis Naylor
The Biggest Klutz in Fifth Grade: Bill Wallace; Patricia MacDonald
Bloomability: Sharon Creech
Blue Willow: Doris Gates; Paul Lantz
The Boy of the Painted Cave: Justin Denzel
Call Me Maria: Judith Cofer
The Champ: Tonya Bolden; R. Christie
Daughter of the Mountains: Louise Rankin; Kurt Wiese
Egyptian Diary: Richard Platt; David Parkins
Encyclopedia Prehistorical Dinosaurs: Robert Sabuda; Matthew Reinhart
The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas: Tracy Mack
The Fighting Ground: Avi
Give Me Liberty: Laura Elliot
The Good Liar: Gregory Maguire
The Green Book: Jill Paton Walsh
Having a Great Time (Really!) at: Joanna Korba
              Camp Resolve
The Higher Power of Lucky: Susan Patron; Matt Phelan
The House of Dies Drear: Virginia Hamilton
Jip, His Story: Katherine Paterson
Journey Home: Yoshiko Uchida
Keeping a Journal: Trudi Trueit
Kensuke’s Kingdom: Michael Morpurgo
The Legend of Blue Jacket: Michael Spradlin
Letters from Camp: Kate Klise; M. Klise
Locomotion: Jacqueline Woodson
The Louisiana Purchase: Gail Sakurai
The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty: Ahmet Zappa
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH: Robert O’Brien
Mud City: Deborah Ellis
The Music of Dolphins: Karen Hesse
On the Far Side of the Mountain: Jean George
The Ordindary: Princess M. Kaye
Pictures of Hollis Woods: Patricia Giff
Pleasing the Ghost: Sharon Creech
The Rainbow People: Laurence Yep
Remember Not to Forget: Norman Finkelstein
Saladin: Diane Stanley
The Search for Belle Prater: Ruth White
Silent Witness: Robin Friedman
Sojourner Truth: Patricia McKissack
Surviving Aunt Marsha: Sofie Laguna
Tadpole: Ruth White
Tuck Everlasting: Natalie Babitt
The Twenty-One Balloons: William Pene DuBois
The Vile Village: Lemony Snicket
What Do Fish Have to Do With Anything?: Avi
A Wind in the Door: Madeleine L’Engle
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase: Joan Aiken; Pat Marriott