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Summer Reading

Summer reading is designed to foster a habit and love of reading.

Parents of rising kindergarten and 1st grade students are encouraged to read to their child an average of 15 minutes a day throughout the summer while 2nd grade students are encouraged to read on their own an average of 15 minutes a day.  Rising 3rd — 8th grade students will have assigned books that are required for summer reading. In addition to the required books, 3rd -8th grade students will choose additional books from their grade list below.


Books with a “+” denote that any title in that series would be acceptable.

Some titles in the 8th grade list also contain a label:
L – Language
V – Violence
C – Coarse actions
M – Mature theme

Required Summer Reading for Grades 3-8

3rd Grade: Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachian plus student’s choice of either Stuart Little by E.B. White, Peter Pan by James Matthew Barrie, or Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

4th Grade: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell plus 2-3 other books from the 4th grade list

5th Grade: Blackthorn Winter by Douglas Wilson and Susan Creek by Douglas Wilson plus 1-2 other books from the 5th grade list

6th Grade: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kankwamba and Bryan Mealer plus 1-2 books from the 6th grade list 

7th Grade: Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes plus 1-2 books from the 7th grade list

8th Grade: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien plus 1-2 books from the 8th grade list
 

 

Parents of 3rd-8th graders, please click on the red link below to print and fill out the 2022 Summer Reading Log. Please return it on the first day of school.

3rd Grade Reading List

Title
A Lion to Guard Us
Aldo Applesauce
American Adventure Series +
Ballet Shoes
Benjamin Franklin +
Dragon of Lonely Island
Encyclopedia Brown Series +
Family Adventures +
Gulliver’s Stories (Scholastic Jr. Classic)
Henry Huggins +
In Grandma’s Attic +
James Herriot’s Treasury
Just So Stories
Little House on the Prairie series +
Miss Hickory
Miss Pickerell +
Misty of Chincoteague
My Father’s Dragon
Ox-Cart Man
Paddington + 
Paddle-to-the-Sea +
Paul Bunyan
Peter Pan
Pinocchio
Pippi Longstocking +
Rabbit Hill
Ramona +
Shoeshine Girl
Snow Treasure
Stone Fox
Stuart Little
The Black Stallion
The Bobbsey Twins +
The Box-Car Children (excluding vol. 1) +
The Cabin Faced West
The Courage of Sarah Noble
The Door in the Dragon’s Throat
The Horse and His Boy
The Jungle Book (Scholastic Jr. Classic)
The Matchlock Gun
The Moffats
The Railway Children +
The Story of the Treasure Seekers
The Time Warp Trio: Sam Samurai
The True Adventure of Daniel Hall
The Wind in the Willows (Scholastic Jr. Classic)
Trailblazer Series +
Winnie the Pooh

Author
Bulla, Clyde
Hurwitz, Johanna
Reece, Colleen
Streatfeild, Noel
D’Aulaire, I. E. 
Rupp, Rebecca 
Sobol, Donald
Roddy, Lee
Swift, Jonathan
Cleary, Beverly
Richardson, Arlet
Herriot, James
Kipling, Rudyard
Wilder, Laura
Bailey, Carolyn
MacGregor, Ellen
Henry, Marguerite
Gannett, Ruth
Hall, Donald
Bond, Michael
Holling, H. C. 
Kellogg, Steven
Barrie, James
Collodi C. 
Lindgren, Astrid
Lawson, Robert
Cleary, Beverly
Bulla, Clyde
McSwigan, Marie
Gardiner, John
White, E. B. 
Farley, Walter
Hope, Laura Lee
Warner, Gertrude
Fritz, Jean
Dalgliesh, Alice
Peretti, Frank
Lewis, C. S. 
Kipling, Rudyard
Edmonds, Walter
Estes, Eleanor
Nesbit, E. 
Nesbit, E. 
Scieszka, Jon 
Stanley, Diane
Grahame, Kenneth
Jackson, Dave & Neta
Milne, A. A. 

4th Grade Reading List

Title
100 Cupboards +
A Little Princess
A Wrinkle in Time +
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
All-of-A-Kind Family 
Ben and Me
Black Beauty
Born Free
Calico Bush
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Five Little Peppers +
Gentle Ben
Ginger Pye
Good-bye My Lady
Henry Reed, Inc. +
Inkheart +
Joan of Arc
King of the Wind
Lassie Come-Home
Leepike Ridge
Leif the Lucky
Many Moons
My Side of the Mountain
Number the Stars
Prairie School +
Prince Caspian
Rats, Bulls, and Flying Machines 
Redwall +
SBard of Avon
Snow Treasure
Sounder
Starry Messenger: Galileo
Strawberry Girl
The 101 Dalmations
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
The Black Stallion +
The Book of Three +
The Borrowers 
The Cooper Kids Adventure +
The Door in the Wall
The Family Under the Bridge
The Good Master
The Incredible Journey
The Lightning Thief +
The Magna Charta
The Reluctant Dragon
The Secret Garden
The Shakespeare Stealer
The Sign of the Beaver
The Trumpet of the Swan
The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle +
Thunderstorm in the Church
Tuck Everlasting
Two Mighty Rivers

Author
Wilson, N. D. 
Burnett, Frances H. 
L’Engle, Madeliene
Caroll, Lewis
Taylor, Sydney
Lawson, Robert
Sewell, Anna
Wilson, N. D.
Field, Rachel
Dahl, Roal
Sidney, Margaret.
Morey, Walt
Estes, Eleanor
Street, James
Robertson, Keith
Funke, Cornellia
Stanley, Diane
Henry, Marguerite
Knight, Eric
Wilson, N. D. 
D’Aulaire, Ingri & Edgar
Thurber, James
George, Jean C. 
Lowry, Lois
Lenski, Lois
Lewis, C. S. 
Prum, Deborah M. 
Jacques, Brian
Stanley, Diane and Peter Vennema
McSwigan, Marie
Armstrong, William
Sis, Peter
Lenski, Lois 
Smith, Dodie
Robinson, Barbara
Farley, Walter
Alexander, Lloyd
Norton, Mary
Peretti, Frank
de Angeli, Marguerite
Carlson, Natalie
Seredy, Kate
Burnford, Sheila
Riordan, Rick.
Daugherty, James
Grahame, Kenneth
Burnett, Frances Hodgson
Blackwood, Gary
Speare, Elizabeth
White, E. B. 
Lofting, Hugh
Vernon, Louise A
Babbitt, Natalie
Hanes, Mari

5th Grade Reading List

Title
Anne of Green Gables
Around the World in Eighty Days
Blue Willow
Caddie Woodlawn
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
Dear Mr. Henshaw
Gulliver’s Travels
Hans Brinker
Heidi
Journey from Peppermint Street
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Julie of the Wolves - M
Lad: A Dog
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Little Men
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Mushroom Planet +
Old Yeller
Pollyanna +
Rascal
Summer of the Monkeys
Swiss Family Robinson
The Cricket in Times Square
The House of Sixty Fathers
The Princess and Curdie
The Princess and the Goblin
The Silver Chair
The Summer of the Swans
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Wheel on the School
The White Stag
The Wind in the Willows
Thimble Summer
Tom’s Midnight Garden
Treasure Island
Turn Homeward, Hannalee
Two Mighty Rivers

Author
Montgomery, Lucy
Verne, Jules
Gates, Doris
Brink, Carol
Lathan, Jean
Cleary, Beverly
Swift, Jonathan
Dodge, Mary
Spyri, Johanna
De Jong, Meindert
Verne, Jules
George, Jean Craighead
Terhune, Albert
Burnett, Frances
Alcott, Louisa
O’Brien, Robert
Cameron, Eleanor
Gipson, Fred
Porter, Eleanor
North, Sterling
Rawks, Wilson
Wyss, Johann
Selden, George
De Jong, Meindert
MacDonald, George
MacDonald, George
Lewis, C. S. 
Byars, Betsy
Lewis, C. S.
De Jong, Meindert
Seredy, Kate
Grahame, Kenneth
Enright, Elizabeth
Pearce, Philippa
Stevenson, Robert Louis
Beatty, Patricia
Hanes Mari

6th Grade Reading List

Title
A Christmas Carol
Amos Fortune, Free Man
Animal Farm
Around the World in Eighty Days
Big Red +
Bound for Oregon
By Right of Conquest
Candy Bomber
Christy
Fahrenheit 451
Freedom Train
Hitty: Her First Hundred Years
In the Reign of Terror
Joni - M
Kidnapped
Marlfox +
Miracles on Maple Hill
My Friend Flicka
Rip Van Winkle
Sherlock Holmes (excerpts)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Bronze Bow
The Call of the Wild
The Cay
The Hiding Place
The Jungle Book
The Last Battle
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Martian Chronicles
The Prince and the Pauper
The Prydain Chronicles +
The Red Badge of Courage
The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Story of Trapp Family Singers
The Tales of Uncle Remus
The Wizard of Oz
The Yearling
Twenty and Ten
Understood Betsy
War of the Worlds
Watership Down
White Fang

Author
Dickens, Charles
Yates, Elizabeth
Orwell, George
Verne, Jules
Kjelgaard, James
Van Leeuwen, Jean
Henty, G. H. 
Tunnell, Michael
Marshall, Catherine.
Bradbury, Ray
Sterling, Dorothy
Field, Rachel
Henty, G. H.
Eareckson, Joni
Stevenson, Robert Louis
Jacques, Brian
Sorensen, Virginia
O’Hara, Mary
Irving, Washington
Doyle, Arthur Conan
Twain, Mark
Twain, Mark
Speare, Elizabeth
London, Jack
Taylor, Theodore
ten Boom, Corrie
Kipling, Rudyard
Lewis, C. S. 
Irving, Washington
Bradbury, Ray
Twain, Mark
Alexander, Lloyd
Crane, StephenOrczy, Emmuska
Trapp, Maria Augusta
Lester, Julius
Baum, Frank L. 
Rawlings, Marjorie
Bishop, Claire
Fisher, Dorothy
Wells, H. G. 
Adams, Richard
London, Jack

7th Grade Reading List

Title
By Pike and Dyke +
Calico Bush
Captains Courageous
David Livingstone, Foe of Darkness
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
God’s Smuggler
Horatio Hornblower
In Freedom’s Cause +
Know What You Believe
Know Why You Believe
Les Miserables
Microbe Hunters
Morning Star of the Reformation
Mrs. Mike
Nicholas Nickleby
Oliver Twist
Out of the Silent Planet
Perelandra
Streams to the River, River to the Sea
That Hideous Strength
The Baronet’s Song
The Best Short Stories of O. Henry
The Black Arrow
The Bronze Bow
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Good Master
The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt By Day
The House of Sixty Fathers
The Last Crusader
The Pilgrim’s Progress (original)
The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Story of a Bad Boy
The Three Musketeers
This Dear-Bought Land

Author
Henty, G. A. 
Field, Rachel
Kipling, Rudyard
Eaton, Jeanette
Stevenson, Robert Louis
Brother Andrew
Forester, C. S. 
Henty, G. A. 
Little, Paul
Little, Paul
Hugo, Victor
de Kruif, Paul
Thomson, Andy
Freedman, Ben
Dickens, Charles
Dickens, Charles
Lewis, C. S. 
Lewis, C. S. 
O’Dell, Scott
Lewis, C. S. 
MacDonald, George
Henry, O. 
Stevenson, Robert Louis
Speare, Elizabeth George
Dumas, Alexandre 
Seredy, Kate
O’Dell, Scott
DeJong, Meindert
Grant, George
Bunyan, John
Orczy, Baroness
Aldrich, Thomas
Dumas, Alexandre
Latham, Jean Lee

8th Grade Reading List

Title
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
A Tale of Two Cities +
All Creatures Great and Small – L
All Things Bright and Beautiful – L
All Things Wise and Wonderful – L
Bells on Their Toes – L
Ben Hur
Best Short Stories of O. Henry
Born Again
Cheaper By the Dozen – L
David Copperfield +
Emma +
Gulliver’s Travels
Hamlet
Horatio Hornblower +
In His Steps – C
Ivanhoe
Macbeth
Microbe Hunters
Much Ado About Nothing
Northhanger Abbey +
Othello
Pride and Prejudice +
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – L
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – L
The Best of Father Brown
The Complete Father Brown
The Robe
The Sword in the Stone
To Kill a Mockingbird – M
To Sir, with Love
Twelfth Night

Author
Twain, Mark
Dickens, Charles
Herriot, James
Herriot, James
Herriot, James
Gilbreth & Carey
Wallace, Lew
Henry, O. 
Colson, Charles
Gilbreth & Carey
Dickens, Charles
Austen, Jane
Swift, Jonathan
Shakespeare, William
Forester, C. S. 
Sheldon, Charles
Scott, Sir Walter
Shakespeare, William
DeKruif, Paul
Shakespeare, William
Austen, Jane
Shakespeare, William
Austen, Jane
Twain, Mark
Twain, Mark
Chesterton, G. K. 
Chesterton, G. K. 
Douglas, Lloyd C. 
White, T. H.
Lee, Harper
Braithwaite, Edward
Shakespeare, William

Books with a “+” denote that any title in that series would be acceptable.

Some titles in the 8th grade list also contain a label:
L – Language
V – Violence
C – Coarse actions
M – Mature theme