During the summer, we wholeheartedly encourage all our students – and educators – to run free in the fields. Let’s be honest: your brain and body need a break from sitting indoors at a classroom desk all day.
Reading a gripping novel while lying in the warm sunshine is one of our favorite summer activities and the perfect way to keep your mind from turning to mush.
Here are a list of some of our favorite books. Visit your local library for more suggestions!
Kindergarten – 1st Grade
- Grandma’s Records by Eric Velasquez
- Eric and his Grandma explore music together
- Pig Has A Plan by Ethan Long
- Pig is trying to take a nap, but his friends are making SO. MUCH. NOISE.
- Uptown by Brian Collier
- Experience the vibrant sights and sounds, tastes and scents of Harlem, New York on one hot summer’s day.
- The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
- Stunning illustrations illuminate the creative process about how mistakes are not always negative and can open the door to a bigger picture.
- Alfie by Thyra Heder
- The reader gets both sides of the story in this clever tale of a lost pet and the search for a perfect birthday gift.
2nd & 3rd Grade
- Louie Lets Loose: Unicorn in New York by Rachel Hamilton
- Can a plucky unicorn get his big break in the Big Apple?
- The Major Eights: Battle of the Bands by Melody Reed
- Four friends love rocking out in the basement, but are they ready to compete in front of an audience?
- Celia Cruz: Queen of Salsa by Veronica Chambers
- The inspirational life story of one of music’s biggest stars.
- Good Night, Planet by Liniers
- Stuffed animal Planet makes new friends and has adventures all while his owner sleeps in this gentle, engaging graphic novel for young readers.
- Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz
- A princess’ wish gone wrong leads to cream-puff-loving, wig-wear, chandelier-swinging, king-chasing Crocodile and, in the end, a happier royal family.
4th & 5th Grades
- Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
- In 1936, orphaned Bud hits the road to find a jazz band that holds the secret of his own roots.
- The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau
- In rural Mexico, Teo and Esma begin a magical friendship and fight to make their dreams come true.
- Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon
- 12-year-old Molly shows up to fill the role of Castle Hangnail’s new wicked witch.
- Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
- Red, a quiet wishing tree, is the recipient of neighborhood hopes and dreams. When an immigrant family is harassed in the community, Red is motivated to act.
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter
- The woman who would go on to become America’s second female Supreme Court Justice faced & conquered injustice through her young life.
- Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
- A Pakistani American Muslim middle-school girl attempts to blend her family’s traditions and her experience in school to be accepted.
- A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
- Restless, impulsive Neverfell, with no memory of her past, finds herself in the underground city of Caverna, where faces are expressionless and her life is in incredible danger.
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- When their school bans cell phones, Frost and his friends communicate through Post-its instead. But when their idea catches on, a sticky-note war begins.
- Sidetracked by Diana Harmon Asher
- Despite learning disabilities, Joseph joins his school’s track team and discovers the value of achieving a personal best, both on and off the cross-country course.
- Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say
- The fictionalized biography of self-taught artist James Castle, who grew up deaf, mute, and autistic, and used art to express himself, is as beautiful as it is affecting.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- A young girl living in Nazi Germany during World War II steals books and shares them with neighbors as well as with the Jewish refugee hiding in her foster family’s basement.
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
- The novel’s 15-year-old narrator with an autism spectrum condition is also its protagonist, searching to unravel the mysterious death of a neighborhood pup.
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- Check out your college’s website to see if there are any recommended summer reads!