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Suggested Authors

Here are book author recommendations for your child. Titles by these beloved authors are classic as well as age-appropriate.

Establishing an appreciation for the joys of reading at a young age is important.

  • Aliki
  • Giles Andreae
  • Frank Asch
  • Sandra Boynton
  • Norman Bridwell
  • Margaret Wise Brown
  • Eric Carle
  • Doreen Cronin
  • Tomie DePaola
  • Lois Ehlert
  • Denise Fleming
  • Don Freeman
  • Kevin Henkes
  • Lillian Hoban
  • Pat Hutchins
  • Ezra Jack Keats
  • Leo Lionni
  • Bill Martin Jr.
  • Robert McCloskey
  • Laura Numeroff
  • Margaret and H.A. Rey
  • Anne Rockwell
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Rosemary Wells
  • Mo Willems
  • Judy Viorst

Lower School

First Grade

The goal of summer reading is to develop the habit and love of reading.

Finding a quiet time 4-5 times a week for reading will support young learners in maintaining and growing skills important in the first grade.

If your child cannot yet read independently, reading with your child is just as important to develop a habit of reading.

Please choose 3 to 6 books from the suggestions below and enjoy a summer of reading!

Suggested Authors:
  • Barbara Conney
  • Cynthia Rylant
  • Maurice Sendak
  • Steven Kellogg
  • Audrey Wood
  • Jan Brett
  • Laura Numeroff
  • Eric Carle
  • Arnold Lobel
  • David Shannon

Any books in these series:

  • All I can Read Book Level 1
  • Hello Readers Level 1 and 2
  • Henry and Mudge Books
  • Clifford Books
  • Stories that Rhyme
  • (Just Right) Chapter Books

Summer Reading Activity:

Choose one of the activities listed below and have it ready to share during the first week back.

1. Illustrate a scene from your favorite book. Label the character and some key parts of the scene.

2. Make a short video acting out a favorite scene from a book.

3. Create a brown paper bag puppet of your favorite book character.

Second Grade

The goal of summer reading is to develop the habit and love of reading.

Finding a quiet time 4-5 times a week for reading will support young learners in maintaining and growing skills important in the second grade.

Please choose 3 to 4 books from the suggestions below and enjoy a summer of reading!

Suggested Books:

  • Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parrish
  • Arthur books by Marc Brown
  • A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
  • Cam Jansen books by David Adler
  • Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
  • Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
  • Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel
  • Henry and Mudge books by Cynthia Rylant
  • Horrible Harry series by Suzy Kline
  • I Can Read series by Syd Hoff
  • Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
  • Katie Woo by Fran Manushkin
  • Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo
  • Mr. Putter & Tabby by Cynthia Rylant
  • Nate the Great books by Marjorie Sharmat
  • Ready Freddy series by Abby Klein

Summer Reading Activity:

Choose one of the activities listed below and have it ready to share during the first week back.

1. Illustrate a scene from your favorite book. Write 1-2 sentences on the back of why you picked that book and that scene.

2. Record a 30 second commercial promoting your favorite summer book including why you loved it.

3. Write a postcard to a friend recommending a favorite book explaining why it was your favorite and a 1-2 sentence summary of the book.

Third Grade

The goal of summer reading is to develop the habit and love of reading.

Finding a quiet time 4-5 times a week for reading will support young learners in maintaining and growing skills important in the third grade.

Please choose 2 to 3 books from the suggestions below and enjoy a summer of reading!

Suggested Books:

  • Cam Jansen by David Adler
  • Horrible Harry by Suzy Kline
  • Ready Freddy by Abby Klein
  • Bailey School Kids by Marcia Thornton Jones and Debbie Dadey
  • Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
  • Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
  • The A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
  • The Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbott
  • Franny K. Stein by Jim Benton
  • My Weird School by Dan Gutman
  • Puppy Place by Ellen Miles
  • Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner
  • Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
  • Time Warp Trio by John Scieszka

Summer Reading Activity:

Choose one of the activities listed below and have it ready to share during the first week back.

1. Draw a cartoon storyboard of 2-3 major story events of your favorite books.

2. Using a technology tool (PowerPoint, video, Prezi, etc.) show the beginning, middle, and end of your favorite book.

3. Create a bookmark about your favorite character. Include a list of character traits and 1-2 sentences of why you picked that character.

Fourth Grade

The goal of summer reading is to develop the habit and love of reading.

Finding a quiet time 4-5 times a week for reading will support young learners in maintaining and growing skills important in the fourth grade.

Please choose 2 to 3 books from the suggestions below and enjoy a summer of reading!

Suggested Books:

  • A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
  • Dear Mr.Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  • Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  • Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  • Houdini Club Mystery Series by David Adler
  • Tale of Despereaux by Katie DiCamillo
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  • Ellen Tebbits by Beverly Cleary
  • The Doll People by Ann Martin
  • Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munich
  • Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Frindle by Andrew Clements
  • Case For Jenny Archer by Ellen Conford
  • Sports Camp by Rich Wallace
  • Any titles from The Box Car Children series
  • Any titles from the Amber Brown series

Books by any of these authors:

  • Erin Hunter
  • Matt Christopher
  • Mike Lupica
  • Dan Gutman
  • David Adler
  • Jane Yolen
  • Sharon Creech
  • Gail Gibbons
  • Jack Prelutsky
  • E.B. White
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder

Summer Reading Activity:

Choose one of the activities listed below and have it ready to share during the first week back.

1. Create a photo album of illustrations of 4-5 pictures/scenes from your favorite book. Included captions under each picture to describe the event.

2. Video a commercial/book trailer that would persuade someone to read your favorite book. Include a brief statement about the main character(s) and he/she/they played an important role in the story.

3. Write a short book review like you might find in a magazine or newspaper. Include a brief summary of key events and why it was a great book.

Middle SchooL

Rising 5th Graders

Mandatory :
Abduction! by Peg Kehret

Choose one:
  • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (Science Fiction)
  • Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins (Fantasy/Adventure)
  • The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech (Realistic Fiction)
  • Nothing to Fear by Jackie French Koller (Historical Fiction)

Rising 6th Graders

Mandatory :
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Rising 7th Graders

Mandatory:

  • Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko|
  • The Crossover--Kwame Alexander

Rising 8th Graders

Mandatory:

  • The Adventures of Ulysses by Bernard Evslin
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell

Upper School

English 9

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon (reading assignment).

English 10

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (reading assignment)

IB English Literature HL Yr 1

IB English Literature SL Yr 1

IB English Literature HL Yr 2

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (reading assignment)

IB English Literature SL Yr 2

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (reading assignment)

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