Lists And Requirements By Grade

Incoming First Grade
Choose wonderful books for your summer reading program. You may select ten books that you can enjoy reading this summer. Your parents can help you find some great books for you to "fall into". Your book choices could be books of interest, favorite authors, or genres that you like to read or would like to have read to you.

Incoming Second Grade
All incoming second graders will be required to read 6-10 books by the time school begins in September. You are to select books that are at your own comfortable reading level. (If you don't know what that means, you may ask a parent to help you choose what to read.) If all of your books are chapter books, you may write six reports. If all of your books are picture books (easy readers), you will need to write ten reports. If you read a combination of both kinds of books, you will need to write eight reports. Once you have read each book, you will answer some basic questions on printed forms, which will be provided for you. The books may be about anything that interests you: animals, sports, fantasy, mystery, famous people, funny stories, stories of your favorite character - whatever you like! Choose what you are comfortable reading, so you will really enjoy your summer books. See how far you can travel, without ever leaving your house! Just open a book, and dive in!

Incoming Third Grade
It would be great if you choose six books that are not easy readers, which means it should take more than ten minutes to read the books you select, and require some effort. However, the vocabulary should not be so difficult that you struggle to get through each page. Here is what you'll be reading:

  • Three books which are fiction (a suggested list of authors follows)
  • One book which is non-fiction (Dorling-Kindersley books are wonderful)
  • One biography, that is of your choosing
  • One mandatory title on the list that is a biography: Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer, by Robert Byrd, which all 3rd and 5th grade students will be reading in preparation for the Science Buddies focus next year. This picture book is recommended for grades 3-8, and it is ideal for reading aloud. It is acceptable to have help as you read this book. It's actually fun to read aloud as you share the reading with Mom and Dad!
This is a suggested list of authors of fiction appropriate for incoming third graders:
  • Beverly Cleary
  • Roald Dahl (except James and the Giant Peach, since we read this together)
  • E. B. White (except Charlotte's Web, which is another book in our study together)
  • Matt Christopher
  • Lynne Reid Banks
  • Sid Fleischman
  • E. L. Konigsburg
  • Mary Pope Osborne
  • Geronimo Stilton
  • Bruce Hale
  • Judy Blume

Incoming Fourth Grade
You will be required to read six books this summer from the following genre (including the one required title that follows):

  • 1 required title (from the "Nicky Fifth" series)
    Nicky Fifth on... 32 Dandelion Court, Author: Lisa F. Willever
  • 1 biography or autobiography (your choice)
    Suggestions: Any famous person who interests you!
  • 1 non-fiction book (your choice)
    Suggestions: Animals/plants, landforms, "How To" books, rocks, famous places, solar system, body books, nutrition, sports, etc.
  • 1 classic or modern classic (your choice)
    Suggestions: Little Women, Little Men, The Wind in the Willows, The Secret Garden, The Little House series, The Black Stallion series, Treasure Island, Sounder, The Borrowers, etc.
  • 1 poetry book (your choice)
    Suggestions: S. Silverstein, J. Prelutsky, Lansky, Moss, etc.
  • 1 fiction book (your choice)
    Suggestions (authors): Adler, Babbitt, Blume, Byers, Christopher, Cleary, Dahl, Danziger, l'Engle, Lewis, London, Lowry, Paterson, Paulson, Rockwell, Kimmel Smith, Sobol, Speare, Spinelli, Steig, Voigt, etc.
There are a few book titles that you may NOT choose (we will be reading these books in class): The Search for Delicious, The Trouble with Tuck, Toliver's Secret, There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom, The Orphan of Ellis Island, Number the Stars, and the rest of the "Nicky Fifth" series.

Incoming Fifth Grade
Choose six books that will keep you interested in reading this summer. One mandatory book is on the list: Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer, by Robert Byrd, which all 3rd and 5th graders will be reading in preparation for the Science Buddies next year. This book is appropriate for grades 3-8.
Here is a suggested book list appropriate for incoming 5th graders - choose 3 fiction, 1 non-fiction, 1 poetry, and the mandatory book on Leonardo DaVinci:

  • Louis Sachar - Holes, Small Steps
  • Robert Stevenson - Treasure Island
  • J. R. Tolkien - The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings
  • Brian Jacques - The Red Wall Series
  • Lowis Lowry - The Giver, Gossamer
  • Daniel Defoe - Robinson Carusoe
  • John Ritter - The Boy Who Saved Baseball
  • Elizabeth Speare - Witches of Blackbird Pond
Science Fiction / Fantasy
  • Marguerite DeAngeli - A Door in the Wall
  • J. K. Rowling - "Harry Potter" series
  • Lowis Lowry - Messenger
  • Blue Balliett - Chasing Vermeer
  • "The Hardy Boys" series
  • "Nancy Drew" series
  • Carl Hiassen - Hoot
  • Ellen Raskin - The Wrestling Game
  • Zilpha Snyder - The Trespassers
Historical Fiction
  • Patricia Beatty - Charlie Skedaddle, Turn Homeward Hannalee
  • Christopher Curtis - The Watsons Go To Birmingham
  • Kathryn Latsky - The Night Journey
  • Eloise Jarvis McGraw - Moccasin Trail
  • Joan Nixon - "A Family Apart" series
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder - "On the Banks of Plum Creek" series
Realistic Fiction
  • Sharon Creech - The Wanderer
  • E. L. Konigsburg - Silent to the Bone
  • Anne Martin - A Corner of the Universe
  • Richard Peck - A Long Way from Chicago
  • Maya Angelou
  • E. E. Cummings
  • Lewis Carroll
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Robert Frost
  • Langston Hughes
  • Ken Marshal - Inside the Titanic
  • Elaine Scott - Close Encounters: Exploring the Universe with the Hubble Space Telescopes
  • April Pully Sayre - Secrets of Sound
  • Jean Fritz - Shh! We're Writing the Constitution
  • Jennifer Armstrong - Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World

Incoming Sixth Grade
All incoming sixth graders will read The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Also, you must select one age-appropriate book from each of the following categories:

  • mystery
  • biography
  • animal story
  • fantasy or science fiction
I have not chosen the books you should read because I want you to have the opportunity to select books that interest you, and are at your reading level.