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2020 Summer Reading List


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RISING K-2ND GRADERS: Happy Summer! There are so many wonderful choices in children’s literature today. We have listed some of our favorite books we’d like for you to enjoy. We also encourage parents to take your child or children you to the local library or bookstore and let them pick a book that interests them. This communicates to your child, through your actions, that books are important and fun! We encourage you to read to your child daily.


Try using a calendar and stickers to create a visual aid to encourage and incentivize your child. (They can put a sticker on the calendar for every day they read/listen to a book.) Remember, reading aloud to your child is scientifically proven to aid in the progress of cognitive development (thought processing, remembering, problem solving, and decision making).


Research studies have consistently identified that the most accurate predictors of a student’s achievement in school are the extent to which the home environment encourages learning. In fact, when schools and families work together, children succeed both inside the classroom and out. 



  1. Start the book by looking at pictures and making predictions. “What do you think will happen in this story?” 

  2. Ask questions and make comments while reading. “How do you think the characters feel?” “What did he find?” Where will he go?” “When will he do that?” “Why do you think he said that?” 

  3. After reading a story, have your child retell the story in their own words. Use prompts such as “What happened first? What happened next? What happened last?” 

  4. Encourage your child to make real life connections. “Does this story remind you of another book we read, an event that happened, a movie we watched?” 

  5. Take turns reading pages with your child. “I read one page and you read the next”. 

  6. Don’t be afraid to reread the same story several times! Repeated reading helps build reading fluency and aid in better story understanding. 




Caldecott Winners & Honor Books:
Color Zoo (Lois Ehlert)
Madeline (Ludwig Bemelmans) 
More, More, More Said the Baby (Vera B. Williams)
Officer Buckle and Gloria (Peggy Rathman) 
Swimmy(Leo Lionni)
Top and Bottoms (Janet Stevens)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar(Eric Carle)
Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes: James Marshall’s Mother Goose (James Marshall)
My Very First Mother Goose (Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells)
Mother Goose (Tomie dePaola)
Over the Hills and Far Away (Elizabeth Hammill)
Folk Tales and Fairy Tales: Chicken Little (Steven Kellogg)
Cinderella (Marcia Brown)
The Tortoise and the Hare (Brian Wildsmith)
Henny Penny (H. Werner Zimmermann)
The Little Red Hen (Margo Zemach)
Series of Books Clifford (Norman Bridwell) 
Arthur (March Brown)
8 (Tedd Arnold)
Charlie the Ranch Dog (Ree Drummond)
Morris and Boris(Bernard Wiseman)
Junie B. Jones (Barbara Park)
Flat Stanley(Jeff Brown)
Elephant and Piggie(Mo Willems)
Encouraging Stories: It Came in the Mail(Ben Clanton)
Fruits: A Caribbean Counting Poem (Valerie Bloom)
Amazing Grace Children’s Book(Mary Hoffman)
If I Built a School (Chris Van Dusen)
Thank You, Omul(Oge More)
Sulwe(Lupita Nyong’o)
Benji, the Bad Day, and Me (Sally J. Pla)
Ira Sleeps Over(Bernard Waber)
Mae Among the Stars(Roda Ahmed)
Jabari Jumps(Gaia Cornwell)
Parker Looks Up(Jessica Curry)
Truman(Jean Reidy) 


The Bad Guys Series (Aaron Bradley)
Mercy Watson (Kate DiCamillo)
Henry and Mudge(Cynthia Rylant)
Magic Treehouse(Mary Pope Osborne)
My Weird School Goes to the Museum(Dan Guzman)
National Geographic Kids Series(Patrick Lewis)
NF BooksAda Twist, Scientist(Andrea Beaty)
Bird and Squirrel on Ice(James Burke)
Zita the Spacegirl(Ben Hatke)
Painted Dreams(Karen Lynn Williams)
Where Do Polar Bears Live?(Sarah L. Thomson)
Mouse Soup(Arnold Lobel)
The Chocolate Touch(Patrick Skene Catling)
Julian, Secret Agent(Ann Cameron)
Turning Pages(Sonia Sotomayor)
Evangeline Mudd and the Golden-Haired Apes of the Ikkinasti Jungle (David Elliott)
Mom and Dad are Palindromes(Mark Shulman)
Mr. George Baker(Amy Hest)
A Fine, Fine School(Sharon Creech)
It’s Test Day, Tiger Turcotte(Amy Wummer)
   Summer reading list  

Happy Summer! Your child is required to read two books from the list provided for their summer reading. It will be counted as two grades. They will complete two assignments (one per book) that are both due the first week of school. The Book Review will be a daily grade in Reading and the Project of Choice will count as a test grade. Please make sure your child does his/her very best work and follows the rubric/directions given. Let’s start the year off right by completing and submitting our best! 

Book Review – Print and complete the book review outline or copy onto a piece of paper. See attached PDF for the review outline. Don’t forget to complete all elements! Write the information neatly and in complete sentences. When adding your artwork, it is best to use crayons or colored pencils, as markers can bleed and make your pamphlet messy or hard to read. Remember, these book review pamphlets are great visuals that you can share with your classmates so that they can determine if they’d like to read that same book. This assignment will count as a daily grade in Reading! 

Project of Choice – There are 8 fun and engaging projects to choose from on the PDF attached.  You only choose one project from the list provided. Be sure to follow directions and to use the rubric for guidance when making sure all elements are there. Take your time and do your very best work. Your project of choice will count as a test grade in Reading! 

Third Grade Angels(Jerry Spinelli)
Trivia Queen, Third Grade Supreme (Derrick Barnes)
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Beverly Cleary)
Dream Big (Deloris Jordan)
The World According to Humphrey(Betty G. Birney)
Pink and Say(Patricia Polacco)
Henry’s Freedom Box(Lindsay Ward)
The Lucky Baseball Bat(Matt Christopher)
Martin’s Big Words(Doreen Rappaport)
How to be Cool in the 3rd Grade(Betsy Duffey)
Lirrle Leaders(Vashti Harrison)
Tale of Despereaux(Kate DiCamillo)
A River Ran Wild(Lynn Cherry)
Super Fudge(Judy Blume)
Sarah, Plain and Tall(Patricia MacLachlan)
Snow Treasure(Marie McSwigan)
The One and Only Ivan(Katherine Applegate)
Inside Out and Back Again(Thanhha Lai)
Bud, Not Buddy(Christopher Paul Curtis)
Lunch Money(Andrew Clements)
Fish in a Tree(Lynda Mullaly Hunt)
Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented(Tanya Lee Stone)
The United States vs Jackie Robinson(R. Gregory Christie)
The Hockey Rink Hunt(Mike Lupica)
The Turtle Ship(Rhee Helena Ku)
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah(Laurie Ann Thompson)
14th Goldfish(Jennifer L. Holm)
Only Passing Through, The Story of Sojourner Truth(Anne Rockwell)
The Secret Garden(Francis Hodgson Burnett)
Holes(Louis Sachar)
Sign of the Beaver(Elizabeth George Speare)
Where the Red Fern Grows(Wilson Rawls)
Point Guard(Mike Lupica)
Sounder(William H. Armstrong)
Esperanza Rising(Pam Munoz Ryan)
The Trumpet of the Swan(E.B. White)
The Miscalculations of the Lightning Girl(Stacy McAnulty)
This Kid Can Fly: It’s About Ability (Not Disability)(Aaron Philip)
Rise!: From Caged Birds to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou(Bethany Hegedus) 
Wonder(R.J. Palacio)
Tristan Strong(Kwame Mbalia)
The Boy on the Wooden Box(Lyon Lyeson)
Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina(Rodman Philbrick)
The Watsons Go to Birmingham(Christopher Curtis)
I Funny, A Middle School Story(James Patterson)
Hatchet(Gary Paulson)
Out of My Mind(Sharon Draper)
Because of Mr. Terrupt(Rob Bayea)
Harriet Tubman(Catherine Clinton)
Titanic: A Night to Remember(Walter Lord)
Olympic Dream(Matt Christopher)