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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.

Middle School

  • 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.
  • Posted by John David Anderson
    • 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.

High School

  • 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

Entering College

  • 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!



2018 Summer Reading List

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