Summer Reading List

 
These books have been recommended by the School Library Journal. You can read their reviews and those by the American Library Association on amazon.com. Most books or authors published before 2004 can also be found on the California Department of Education site Recommended Literature for Kindergarten Through Grade 12. For titles of 2014 award winning children’s books, see the American Library Association website- Awards and Grants, www.ala.org.

Incoming Kindergarten

  • Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean 
  • A Sick Day For Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, 2011 Caldecott Medal 
  • The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney, 2010 Caldecott Medal
  • From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems (Delombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano) by Francisco X. Alarcon
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jan Brett
  • The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
  • Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose by Tomie dePaola
  • Little Red Riding Hood by Jerry Pinkney
  • Little Dog Poems by Kristine O’Connell George
  • Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
  • The Watermeon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
  • Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig 
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin & John Archambault
  • Books of your choice!

Incoming First Grade

  • Henry and Mudge: The First Book of Their Adventures by Cynthia Rylant
  • Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia Maclachlan 
  • Charley’s First Night by Amy Hest and Helen Oxenbury 
  • The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice Harrington 
  • Eggs by Marilyn Singer
  • Even More Parts: Idioms from Head to Toe by Tedd Arnold
  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  • Dear Hot Dog by Mordicai Gerstein
  • All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee
  • Tortoise and the Hare by Pinkney
  • Nate the Great (series) by Marjorie Sharmat
  • Cassie’s Word Quilt by Faith Ringgold
  • My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza
  • Junie B. Jones, First Grader: Dumb Bunny by Barbara Park (series)
  • Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose by Leo and Diane Dillon
  • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  • Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Williams
  • Books of your choice!

Incoming Second Grade

  • The Rabbit and the Turtle by Eric Carle, 2008 
  • Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban 
  • Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía Una Llamita by Angela Dominguez
  • Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre (science)
  • Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry
  • Fancy Nancy books by Jane O’Connor
  • Green by Laura Vaaccaro Seeger, Caldecott Honor 2013 
  • Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
  • Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein and Ed Young, 2009
  • Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems by Kate Coombs 2012
  • Nacho and Lolita by Pam Munoz Ryan, 2005
  • How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz, 2008
  • The Wolves Are Back by Jean Craighead George, 2008
  • My Dog Is as Smelly as Dirty Socks: And Other Funny Family Portraits by Hanoch Piven, 2007
  • I, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger, (series)
  • Fandango Stew by David Davis (fiction)
  • How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague, 2006
  • Books of your choice!

Incoming Third Grade

  • Dr. De Soto by William Steig (fantasy)
  • Mr. Lincoln’s Way by Patricia Polacco (fiction) 
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (realistic fiction)
  • Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes (realistic fiction)
  • Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill (historical)
  • Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy 
  • Secrets of Droon- Knights Of The Ruby Wand by Tony Abbott (series)
  • Just So Stories; The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (classic)
  • Katie Kazoo Switcheroo by Nancy Krulik (series)
  • Summer Reading is Killing Me! by Jon Scieszka (fantasy)
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary (fantasy)
  • The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant (realistic fiction)
  • Third Grade is Terrible by Barbara Baker (realistic fiction) 
  • A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet
  • Uncle Jed’s Barbershop by Margaret Mitchell (realistic fiction)
  • One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo and David Small 
  • The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes (realistic fiction)
  • A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Maria Frazee (fiction)
  • Books of your choice!

Incoming Fourth Grade

  • Aesop’s Fables by Beverly Naidoo 
  • Lost and Found by Andrew Clements (fiction) 
  • Cool World Cooking: Fun and Tasty Recipes for Kids by Lisa Wagner
  • Henry Aaron’s Dream by Mark Tavares 2012 (biography)
  • Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South by Robert San Souci
  • The Secret School by Avi, 2001 (historical fiction)
  • The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Catling, reprint 2006 (fantasy)
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (classic)
  • Face Bug by J. Patrick Lewis (science poetry)
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (realistic fiction)
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater (fantasy)
  • Bandit’s Moon by Sid Fleischman (historical fiction)
  • Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, 2003 (Biography)
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (fantasy)
  • Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (fiction)
  • One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson, (fiction)
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (fantasy)
  • Books of your choice!

Incoming Fifth Grade

  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • At Gleason’s Gym by Ted Lewin (fiction)
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, 2013 Newbery Medal
  • Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, National Book Award poetry
  • Jar of Dreams by Yoshiko Uchida (historical fiction)
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (fantasy)
  • Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine 
  • Locomotive by Brian Floca, 2014 Newbery Medal
  • Lincoln and His Boys by Rosemary Wells (biography)
  • Nothings Fair in Fifth Grade by Barthe de Clements (realistic fiction)
  • Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries by Elizabeth MacLeod (science)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney (fiction)
  • We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson, Sibert Medal Winner 2009
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (realistic fiction)
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi (fantasy series)
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O’Brien (classic)
  • A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet (informational)
  • Books of your choice!

Incoming Sixth Grade

  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (visual media)
  • The Young Man and the Sea by Rodman Philbrick (realistic fiction)
  • The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (mythological fiction series) 
  • Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos  (Newbery Medal Winner 2012)
  • Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo (fantasy)
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (realistic fiction) 
  • Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered by Gary Paulsen (historical fiction)
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio (realistic fiction)
  • The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford (classic)
  • Joey Pizza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos (realistic fiction)
  • The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam by Quang Huynh (autobiography)
  • Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore 
  • The Longitude Prize by Joan Dash (non-fiction)
  • The Pinballs by Betsy Byars (realistic fiction)
  • Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline Cooney (fiction)
  • The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks by Katherine Paterson (folktale)
  • 13 Gifts by Wendy Moss (humorous fiction)
  • Books of your choice!