Summer Reading Suggestions

This is a great article on the benefits of Summer Reading, by Jennifer Rainey Marquez

Keep Kids Reading All Summer


Barnes and Noble Summer Reading


Barnes & Noble Summer Reading
 A Free Book, Summer Reading Kit and More

Kids Earn a Free Book!

Here Is How:

Step 1. Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal
Step 2. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store.
Find a Store.
 Step 3.
Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store… Enjoy reading!

Posted on May 23, 2013


Scholastic: Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long program, with lists, activities, etc.



Summer Reading Suggestions 2013

Have a wonderful summer and READ, READ, READ!

2nd grade:

2012-2013   Fiction

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers

The Little Red Pen by Janet  Stevens

Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein

Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford

2013-2014   Fiction

That is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems

Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid

Jo and Sparky go to School by Jamie Michalak

Ben Rides On by Matt Davies

If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano

3rd grade:

2012-2013 Fiction

Lulu Walks the Dog by Judith Viorst

Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom by Rachel Vail

The Legend of Diamond Lil: A J.J. Tully Mystery by Doreen Cronin

Hideout (Swindle) by Dan Gutman

Bad Kitty School Daze by Nick Bruel

2013-2014 Fiction

The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman

How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel by Cressida Cowell

Bink and Golly: Best Friends Forever by Kate DiCamilla and Alison McGhee

In Harm’s Way (Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School) by Andrew Clements

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis

4th grade:

2012-2013 Fiction

Double Dog Dare by Lisa Graff

The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng

The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanna Rocklin

Survivors #1: The Empty City by Erin Hunter

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

2013-2014 Fiction

Olympus at War (Pegasus) by Kate O’Hearn

Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George

My Life as a Cartoonist by Janet Tashjian

Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

5th grade:

2012-2013 Fiction

The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens

The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech

On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s by Barbara O’Connor

Mr. Terupt Falls Again by Rob Buyea

2013-2014 Fiction

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita-Williams Garcia

Pie in the Sky by Wendy Mass

Once Upon the End (Half Upon a Time) by James Riley (read the first 2 first)

Navigating Early by Claire Vanderpool

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett


Poems to Learn By Heart collection by Caroline Kennedy, illustrated by Jon Muth

Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems by Kate Coombs

Bookspeak!: Poems About Books by Laura Purdie Salas

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne

Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate

The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer

Hans My Hedgehog by Kate Coombs

Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns

Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant




Here’s some book titles, web pages with reading suggestions, and some online reading sites and some apps–hopefully, something for everyone.

Happy [Summer] Reading


Here are the links to previous years’ Summer Reading list, noting that none are from Summer 2011 when we were busy packing and moving. Also, they are from my old files, so they were written with the Longfellow K-5 student body in mind.

But there are some great titles, so…enjoy!

Best Books for Summer 2010 Adjusted

Summer Reading for Kids 2009

Summer Reading for Kids 2008.adj



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