Lower School

Summer Reading

Why is Summer Reading Important?

Students and parents both agree that summer reading helps students throughout the school year!
Summer reading assignments help form bridges between grade levels so that learning doesn't stop while students are out of the classroom for the summer. 

Summer Reading Grades 1st - 6th

List of 6 items.

  • First Grade Summer Reading

    The Cat in The Hat
    by Dr. Seuss

    Join the Cat in the Hat as he makes learning to read a joy! It's a rainy day and Dick and Sally can't find anything to do... until the Cat in the Hat unexpectedly appears and turns their dreary afternoon into a fun-filled extravaganza! This beloved Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss, which also features timeless characters such as Fish and Thing 1 and Thing 2, is fun to read aloud and easy to read alone. Written using 236 different words that any first or second grader can read, it's a fixture in home and school libraries and a favorite among parents, beginning readers, teachers, and librarians. 

    David Goes to School
    by David Shannon

    This light-hearted companion to the Caldecott Honor Book "No, David!" is an entertaining, laugh-out-loud romp from the beginning of class to the end of the day. David's activities in school include chewing gum, talking out of turn, and engaging in a food fight, causing his teacher to say over and over, "No, David!"

    Projects
    • At Home - Students will complete a book report sheet on the book "The Cat in the Hat." (See downloads section) Students should use neat handwritting and the pictures should be colored.
    • At School - Students need to come with their "David Goes to School" book on the first day. We will be completing a project in class with it.
  • Second Grade Summer Reading

    Dragons Love Tacos
    by Adam Rubin

    We will complete activities around this story the first week of school.

    You may pick another book of your choosing from the series below in addition to the above book:
    • Henry and Mudge books by Cynthia Rylant
    • Minnie and Moo books by Denys Cazet
    • Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy or Herman Parrish
    • Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo
  • Third Grade Summer Reading

    Third Grade Angels
    by Jerry Spinelli

    George, aka "Suds", has just entered third grade, and he's heard the rhyme about "first grade babies/second grade brats/third grade angels/fourth grade rats", but what does this mean for his school year? It means that his teacher, Mrs. Simms, will hold a competition every month to see which student deserves to be awarded "the halo" - which student is best behaved, kindest to others, and in short, is perfect. Suds is determined to be the first to earn the halo but he's finding the challenge of always being good to be more stressful than he anticipated.

    How to be Cool in Third Grade
    by Betsy Duffey

    It's not easy to seem cool when the whole class knows you wear superhero underwear and your mom still kisses you goodbye at the bus stop. But Robbie York has a plan. 1) Get rid of the name Robbie. 2) Get jeans. 3) Avoid bullies like Bo Haney. If only it were that simple!

    Both books are to be read over the summer months. There will be a test or project assigned during the first few weeks of school.
  • Fourth Grade Summer Reading

    Balto and the Great Race
    by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

    Balto has a quiet life as a sled dog - until tragedy strikes. Dozens of children in Nome become sick with diphtheria. Without antitoxin serum, they will perish - and the closest supply is 650 miles away! The only way to get the serum to Nome is by sled, but can the dogs deliver it in time? Heading into a brutal blizzard, Balto leads the race for life.

    You must read "Balto and the Great Race" and be prepared for a test the first week of school. You must choose ONE of the following books to read in addition to "Balto and the Great Race" and be prepared for a project upon your return.

    The Lemonade War
    by Jacqueline Davies

    Fourth-grader Evan Treski is people-smart. He's good at talking with people, even grownups. His younger sister, Jessie, on the other hand, is math-smart, but not especially good with people. So when the siblings' lemonade stand war begins, there really is no telling who will win-or even if their fight will ever end. Brimming with savvy marketing tips for making money at any business, definitions of business terms, charts, diagrams, and even math problems, this fresh, funny, emotionally charged novel subtly explores how arguments can escalate beyond anyone's intent.

    The One and Only Ivan
    by Katherine Applegate

    Having spent twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.

    G. I. Dogs Prisoner of War
    by Laurie Calkhoven

    Join Judy on her incredible Journey from puppy to soldier to P.O.W. as she narrates her story of survival and heroism.  This “dog’s eye view” takes readers into the heart of the naval action of WWII and will leave you cheering for Judy and her human companions as they overcome countless obstacles and prove time and again why a dog is really man’s best friend.
  • Fifth Grade Summer Reading

    Students are required to read "House of Robots" and should be prepared for a test on the book upon their return to school. 

    House of Robots

    by James Patterson

    It was never easy for Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez to fit in, so he's dreading the day when his genius mom insists he bring her newest invention to school: a walking, talking robot he calls E - for "Error". Sammy's no stranger to robots- his house is full of a colorful cast of them. But this one not only thinks it is Sammy's brother... it's actually even nerdier than Sammy. Will E be Sammy's one way ticket to "Loserville" or will he prove to the world that it's cool to be square? It's a roller-coaster ridfe for Sammy to discover the amazing secret E holds that could change family forever.. if all goes well on the trial run!

    Students must read "House of Robots" and should be prepared for a test on the book upon their return to school. Students must choose ONE of the following books to read along with the required reading. A project will be given upon their return to school.

    Holes
    by Louis Sacher

    This winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award features Stanley Yelnats, a kid who is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys "build character" by spending all day, every day, digging holes five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn't take long for Stanley to realize there's more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime, punishment, and redemption.

    Hoot
    by Carl Hiaasen

    Roy Eberhardt is the new kid again. This time around it's Trace Middle School in the humid Coconut Grove, Florida. But it's still the same old routine: table by himself a lunch, no real friends, an thick-headed bullies like Dana Matherson pushing him around. But if it wasn't for Dana Matherson mashing his face against the school bus window that one day, he might never have seen the tow-headed running boy. And if he had never seen the running boy, he might never have met tall, tough, bully-beating Beatrice. And if he had never met Beatrice, he might never have discovered the burrowing owls living in the lot on the corner of East Oriole Avenue. and if he had never discovered the owls, he probably would have missed out on the adventure of a lifetime. Apparently, bullies do serve a greater purpose in the scope of the universe.

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    by C.S. Lewis

    Four adventurous siblings step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change... and a great sacrafice.
  • Sixth Grade Summer Reading

    Students must choose one of the following books to read and complete the summer reading assignments located on their Google Classroom account.  Directions for accessing your Google Classroom account are located under the "Downloads" section to the right of this page (titled "6th Grade Summer Training Camp"). Students should check their Google Classroom page frequently for assignments.

    My Side of the Mountain
    by J.C. George

    Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods-all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, forty dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.

    The Mighty Miss Malone
    by Christopher Paul Curtis

    “We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful” is the motto of Deza Malone’s family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. When her beloved father leaves to find work, Deza, Mother, and her older brother, Jimmie, go in search of him, and end up in a Hooverville outside Flint, Michigan. Jimmie’s beautiful voice inspires him to leave the camp to be a performer, while Deza and Mother find a new home, and cling to the hope that they will find Father. The twists and turns of their story reveal the devastation of the Great Depression and prove that Deza truly is the Mighty Miss Malone.

    The Turtle of Oman

    by Naomi Shihab Nye

    Aref Al-Amri is getting ready to leave his home in Oman. He is not looking forward to moving to Michigan and leaving behind all the things, places and people he loves. Instead of packing his suitcase as his mom requests, he and his grandfather, Siddi, visit a number of special places and along the way his grandfather helps him acquire mementos of home, while helping him learn to appreciate the adventure that is about to begin.

    How I Became a Ghost
    by Tim Tingle

    Narrated by Isaac, a Choctaw boy whose family is forced to walk the Trail of Tears. It is quite a remarkable book, mixing historical events with the supernatural, while delving into the cultural identity of the Choctaw. From the beginning of the book, Isaac announces to the reader that he is a ghost, and he foresees the tragedy to come. Yet, Tingle uses humor in  surprising and effective ways.

    The Turtle of Oman
    by Naomi Shihab Nye

    Aref Al-Amri is getting ready to leave his home in Oman. He is not looking forward to moving to Michigan and leaving behind all the things, places and people he loves. Instead of packing his suitcase as his mom requests, he and his grandfather, Siddi, visit a number of special places.  Along the way his grandfather helps him acquire mementos of home, while helping him learn to appreciate the adventure that is about to begin.