Summer is a wonderful time for reading.  The following list was created by your district librarians to use as a guide to help you decide what to read over the summer. We hope that you enjoy these books and many others over the summer!  

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For Students Entering kindergarten:

The Adventures of Beekle. Santat.

Building Our House. Bean.

Circus Ship. Van Dusen.

Corduroy.  Freeman.

Curious George.  Rey.

Eat Like a Bear. Sayre.

Foxy! Souhami.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. Rinker.

Goodnight Moon.  Brown.

The Lion and the Mouse.  Pinkney.

Make Way for Ducklings.  McCloskey.

My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks.  Piven.

My Friend Rabbit.  Rohmann.

My Kindergarten.  Wells.

Nanette’s Baguette. Willems.

No, David.  Shannon.

Olivia. Falconer.

Planting a Rainbow.  Ehlert.

Ribbit! Folgueria.

This is Not My Hat.  Klassen.

Where’s Walrus? Savage.

Wolfie the Bunny. Dyckman.

Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales.  Cousins.

For Students Entering 1st Grade:


A Ball for Daisy.  Raschka.

Benny and Penny in the Big No-No.  Hayes.

Blueberries for Sal.  McCloskey.

Bow Wow, Meow Meow: It's Rhyming Cats and Dogs. Florian.

Bread and Jam for Frances. Hoban.

Caps for Sale. Slobodkina.

Chicken Little.  Emberley.

Chopsticks. Rosenthal.

Count the Monkeys. Barnett.

The Day the Crayons Quit. Daywalt.

Dragons Love Tacos. Rubin.

Frog and Toad are Friends.  Lobel.

Henny Penny.  Galdone.

I Want My Hat Back. Klassen.

Inch by Inch.  Lionni.

Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads. Shea.

Kitten's First Full Moon. Henkes.

Little Bear.  Minarik.

The Little Engine That Could. Piper.

Me...Jane. McDonnell.

Penny and Her Marble. Henkes.

Pete the Cat. Litwin.

Pig the Pug. Blabey.

The Random House Book of Poetry for Children.

Randy Riley’s Big Hit. Van Dusen

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. Barnett.

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.  Steig.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.  Taback.

Where the Wild Things Are.  Sendak.


Alligators and Crocodiles.  Gibbons.

Good Trick, Walking Stick. Bestor.

Hippos are Huge. London.

Miracle Mud. Kelly.

A Nest is Noisy.  Aston.

Never Smile at a Monkey.  Jenkins

Oodles of Animals.  Ehlert.

Sharks!  Schreiber.

Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator.  Campbell.

For Students Entering 2nd Grade:


The Amazing Bone.  Steig.

Bill and Pete.  DePaola.

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories. Seuss.

The Book with No Words. Novak.

Carmine, a Little More Red.  Sweet.

Draw! Colon.

Du is Tak? Ellis.

The Frogs and Toads All Sang.  Lobel.

A Funny Little Bird. Yerkes.

How to Train a Train. Eaton.

The Interrupting Chicken.  Stein.

Jangles. Shannon.

Jump, Frog, Jump!  Kalan.

Knuffle Bunny. Willems.

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors. Day.

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse.  Henkes.

Mouse Soup.  Lobel.

One Cool Friend.  Buzzeo.

Roadwork. Sutton.

The Skunk. Barnett.

Time of Wonder.  McCloskey.

Uni the Unicorn. Rosenthal.

Waiting. Henkes.

Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku. Wardlaw.

You Don’t Want a Unicorn. Dyckman.

Early Readers

Baby Monkey, Private Eye. Selznick.

Boris. Joyner.

Dr. Seuss Beginner Books series.  Seuss.

Elephant and Piggie series. Willems.

Fly Guy series.  Arnold.

Frog and Toad series.  Lobel.

Fox on the Job series.  Marshall.

Henry and Mudge series.  Rylant.

Junie B. Jones series.  Park.

Little Bear series.  Minarik.

Mr. Putter and Tabby series.. Rylant.

Noodleheads. Arnold.

Penny series. Henkes.

Poppleton series. Rylant.

Tales for a Very Picky Eater. Schneider.

You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You series.  Hoberman.


Beast Feast:  Poems and Paintings.  Florian.

A Boy and a Jaguar. Rabinowitz.

A Place for Birds. Stewart.

Creature Features. Jenkins.

Curious Critters. Marine. Fitzgerald.

Swirl by Swirl. Sidman.

Treasure Map.  Murphy.

What do you do with a Tail Like This?  Jenkins.

Where the Sidewalk Ends:  The Poems and Drawings.  Silverstein.

Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions. Barton.

For Students Entering 3rd Grade:


Carnivores. Reynolds.

Clever Jack Takes the Cake.  Fleming.

Chrysanthemum. Henkes.

Dog Man. Pilkey.

Dragon’s Extraordinary Egg. Gliori.

The Gardener.  Stewart.

Gone Fishing. Wissinger.

How I Became A Pirate. Long.  

I Wanna Iguana.  Orloff.

Jungle Drums.  Base.

Last Stop on Market Street. De la Pena.

The Magic Word. Barnett.

Marshall Armstrong is New to our School. Mackintosh.

Me...Jane.  McDonnell.

Officer Buckle and Gloria. Rathmann.

Stuart Little.  White.    

The Wild Robot. Brown.


A to Z Mysteries. Roy.

Amber Brown.  Danziger.    

Chi’s Sweet Home. Kanata.

Clementine. Pennypacker.

Eerie Elementary. Chabert.

The Flying Beaver Brothers. Eaton.

Geronimo Stilton.  Stilton.          

Ivy and Bean.  Barrows.  

Lulu and the Brontosaurus. Viorst.

Magic Tree House. Osborne.   

Marty McGuire.  Messner.

Marvin Redpost.  Sachar.  

Mercy Watson. DiCamillo.   

Mouse and Mole. Yee.

Piper Green and the Fairy Tree. Potter.

Mr. Putter and Tabby. Rylant.

Moose and Hildy. Greene.

Rainbow Magic.  Meadows.

Ramona. Cleary.    

Scooby-Doo.  Various authors.

Stink.  McDonald.

Third-Grade Detectives. Stanley.    


Dogs on Duty. Patent.

Emmanuel’s Dream. Thompson.

A Friend for Lakota. Dutcher.

Growing Up Pedro. Tavares.

Her Right Foot. Eggers.

Mammalabilia :  Poems and Paintings.  Florian.    

Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse. Singer.

Pink is for Blobfish. Keating.

A Splash of Red. Bryant.

Unlikely Friendships For Kids (series). Holland.

For Students Entering 4th Grade:

A Boy Called Bat. Arnold.

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart. Burgis.

The End of the Beginning.  Avi.

Giants Beware! Aguirre.

How to Eat Fried Worms.  Rockwell.

Little Cat’s Luck. Bauer.

The One and Only Ivan. Applegate.

Poppy.  Avi.

Sidekicks. Santat.

Star Wars: Jedi Academy.  Brown.

The Tale of Despereaux.  DiCamillo.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.  Blume.

Upside Down Magic. Mlynowski.

Wonderstruck. Selznick.


Alvin Ho. Look.

Captain Underpants.  Pilkey.

Children of the Red King (Charlie Bone).  Nimmo.

Clementine.  Pennypacker.

The Doll People.  Martin.
Journal of a Cardboard Genius.  Asch.

Judy Moody.  McDonald.

Katie Woo. Manushkin.

Land of Stories. Colfer.

Little House on the Prairie.  Wilder.

Max Disaster.  Moss.

Shredderman.  Van Draanen.

The Spiderwick Chronicles.  DiTerlizzi.

Stick Dog. Watson.

Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon.  Gannett.

Warriors.  Hunter.

Wayside School.  Sachar.

We the Children. Clements.


Animals by the Numbers. Jenkins. 

Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton.  McCarthy.

ER Vets.  Jackson.

Giant Squid. Cerullo.

Lost on a Mountain In Maine.  Fendler.

Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat’s Foster Mom. Eszterhas.

Owen and Mzee.  Hatkoff.

Neighborhood Sharks. Roy

Nic Bishop Frogs. Bishop.

Sniffer Dogs. Castaldo.

Top Secret: a Handbook of Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Writing.  Janeczko.

When Marian Sang. Ryan.

Poetry Collections by:

Shel Silverstein

Jack Prelutsky

Paul Janeczko

Douglas Florian

For Students Entering 5th Grade:

Realistic Fiction

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook. Connor.

Because of Winn Dixie. DiCamillo.

A Handful of Stars. Lord.

Love That Dog. Creech.

Maxi’s Secret. Plourde

Out of My Mind.  Draper.

Roller Girl. Jamieson.

Restart. Korman.  

Sled Dog School. Johnson.

Soar. Bauer.

The Witch Boy. Ostertag.

Wonder.  Palacio.

Historical Fiction

Chains. Anderson.

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse. Marshall.

I Love You, Michael Collins. Baratz-Logsted.

A Night Divided. Nielsen.

Shiloh. Naylor.

Uncertain Glory. Wait.

Fantasy / Science Fiction

Always October. Coville.

Curse of the Boggin. MacHale.

Ella Enchanted. Levine.

Flora and Ulysses. DiCamillo.

Fuzzy Mud. Sachar.

Invention of Hugo Cabret. Selznick.

Malcolm at Midnight. Beck.

Once Was a Time. Sales.

Podkin One Ear. Larwood.

The Witch Boy. Ostertag.


39 Clues. Different authors.

Cleopatra in Space. Maihack.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Kinney.

Dork Diaries. Russell.

The Guardians of Ga’Hoole. Lasky.

Joey Pigza. Gantos.

Moon Base Alpha. Gibbs.

Origami Yoda. Angleberger.

A Series of Unfortunate Events. Snicket

Stranded.  Probst.


Bad News for Outlaws. Nelson.

Being Caribou. Heuer.

Candy Bomber.  Tunnell.

The Chimpanzees I Love. Goodall.

Citizen Scientists. Burns.

Frederick’s Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglas. Rappaport.

Get the Scoop on Animal Poop. Cusick.

Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, & a Miracle. Dennis.

Oceans: Dolphins, Sharks, Penguins, and More!: Meet 60 Cool Sea Creatures and Explore Their Amazing Watery World. Rizzo.

Zombie Makers.  Johnson.


I’m Just No Good at Rhyming. Harris. 

A Light in the Attic. Silverstein.

The Random House Book of Poetry for Children.

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems. Raczka.

Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold. Sidman.

For Students Entering 6th Grade:

Realistic Fiction

Athlete vs. Mathlete. Mack.

The Best Man. Peck.

El Deafo. Bell.

Fish in a Tree. Hunt.

Ghost. Reynolds.

Lost in the Sun. Graff.

One for the Murphys. Hunt.

Sidetracked. Hautman.

Small as an Elephant.  Jacobson.

Smile.  Telgemeier.

The Trail. Hashitmoto.

The Young Man and the Sea. Philbrick.

Historical Fiction

It Ain’t so Awful, Falafel. Dumas.

The Enemy: Detroit 1954. Holbrook.

Number the Stars. Lowry.

Unbound. Burg.

The Underground Abductor. Hale.

The War That Saved My Life. Bradley.

Watson's Go to Birmingham - 1963. Curtis.

Fantasy / Science Fiction

The Fourteenth Goldfish. Holm.

The List. Forde.

Mark of the Thief. Nielsen.

Spirit Hunters. Oh.


Amulet. Kibuishi.

Ascendance Trilogy (False Prince). Nielsen.

Anne of Green Gables.  Montgomery.  

Charlie Joe Jackson. Greenwald.      

The Dark Is Rising. Cooper.

Fablehaven.  Mull. 

Harry Potter. Rowling. 

Kane Chronicles. Riordan.

Lumberjanes. Stevenson.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Riordan. 

The Unwanteds. McMann.           

Vietnam. Lynch.



Bugged: How Insects Changed History. Albee.

The Great Fire. Murphy.

Heroes of Baseball. Lipsyte

How to Survive in Antarctica. Bledsoe.

Life Under Ice. Cerullo.

Looking for Seabirds. Webb.

Phineas Gage : a Gruesome But True Story. Fleischman.

Tales of the Cryptids. Hall.

Titanic Sinks. Denenberg.

Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stop Fighting. Murphy.

Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall. Silvey.


For Laughing Out Loud. Prelutsky.

Forgive Me, I Meant To Do It. Levine.

A Poke in the I. Janeczko.

For Students Entering 7th Grade:

Realistic Fiction

Awkward. Chmakova.

Booked. Alexander.

Chomp. Hiaasen

Counting By Sevens. Sloan.

Do Not Pass Go. Kirkpatrick.

Fourmile. Key.

Ice Dogs. Johnson

Miracle's Boys. Woodson.

OCDaniel. King

Peak. Smith.

Scar Island. Gemeinhart.

The Thing about Jellyfish. Benjamin.

Historical Fiction

Armstrong and Charlie. Frank.

Code Talker. Bruchac.

Day of Tears. Lester.

Dogs of War. Keenan.

Echo. Ryan.

Fever, 1793.  Anderson.

Towers Falling. Rhodes.

Witness. Hesse.


Blackthorn Key. Sands.

Crossroads. Grabenstein.

Mysterious Benedict Society. Stewart.

Silent to the Bone. Konigsburg.

Fantasy / Science Fiction

A Crack in the Sea. Bouwman

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle. Fox.

The Keeper.  Peet.

Mighty Jack. Hatke.

The Shadow Cipher (York Book 1). Ruby.

The True Meaning of Smekday. Rex.

Divergent Trilogy. Roth.

His Dark Materials (Golden Compass).  Pullman.    

Hunger Games Trilogy. Collins.  

Maze Runner Trilogy. Dashner.

SYLO Chronicles.  MacHale.

Theodore Boone. Grisham.

The Trials of Apollo.   Riordan.


10,000 Days of Thunder. Caputo.

Amelia Lost. Fleming.

Forgotten Bones. Huey.

How They Choked. Bragg.

Left for Dead.  Nelson.        

Shackleton's Stowaway.  McKernan.

Terrible Typhoid Mary. Bartoletti.


19 Varieties of Gazelle. Nye.

Langston Hughes. Hughes.

Relatively Speaking. Fletcher.

You Come Too. Frost.

Poetry collections of Paul Janeczko & Edgar Allen Poe

For Students Entering 8th Grade:

Realistic Fiction

The Crossover. Alexander.

Endangered. Schrefer.

The Fault in Our Stars.  Green.

Goodbye Stranger. Stead.

Long Way Down. Reynolds.

Make Lemonade. Wolff.

Monster.  Myer.

Saving Kabul Corner. Senzai.

Stargirl. Spinelli.

Surrounded by Sharks. Northrup.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Han

Totally Joe. Howe.

An Uninterrupted View of the Sky. Crowder.

Historical Fiction

The Book Thief.  Zusak.

Fallen Angels. Myers.

Like a River. Wiechman.

Lost Boys. Rosenblatt.

Okay for Now.  Schmidt.

Paper Cowboy. Levine.

Piecing Me Together. Watson.

Private Peaceful. Morpurgo.


Down the Rabbit Hole. Abrahams.

Last Shot. Feinstein.

Lois Lane: Fallout. Bond.

Ryan Quinn and the Rebel’s Escape. McGee.

Shelter: a Mickey Bolitar story. Coben.

Fantasy / Science Fiction

Delirium. Oliver.

Felix YZ. Bunker.

The House of the Scorpion. Farmer.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Riggs.

Raven Boys. Stiefvater.

Renegades. Meyer.

Rebel of the Sands. Hamilton.

Warcross. Lu.


The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Adams.

The Lorien Legacies. Lore.

The Lunar Chronicles. Meyer.

Maximum Ride. Patterson.

Project Paper Doll. Kade.

Ranger's Apprentice. Flanagan.

Red Queen. Aveyard.

Uglies.  Westerfield.


Bomb. Sheinkin.

Chew on This. Schlosser.

Drowned City. Brown.

Flags of our Fathers.  Bradley.

I am Malala (Young Reader’s Edition). Yousafzai.

Into Thin Air.  Krakauer.

Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts. Cain.

We Will Not Be Silent. Freedman.


Dream Keeper and Other Poems. Hughes

Poetry collections of:

Emily Dickinson

Edgar Allan Poe

Robert Frost