Summer Reading

Summer Reading

This summer, read TWO books from the list below.


Entering 1st grade:

  • The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carlo
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Entering 2nd grade:

  • The Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall & Barbara Cooney
  • The Raft by Jim LaMarche

Entering 3rd grade:

  • A Log’s Life by Wendy Pfeffer
  • Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCaamillo

Entering 4th grade:

  • Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

Entering 5th grade:

  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Entering 6th grade:

  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
    • Required reading for incoming 6th grade students
  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Entering 7th grade:

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank


Students in 3rd–7th must complete a three-paragraph summary for both books.


Choose one of the projects listed below to complete for one (1) of the books you read. Assignments are due on August 16, 2019.

Letter to the Editor

    • Write a letter to the editor as the main character of the book asking for advice. Make sure you are very clear with the problem and needs. Use events from the book to help develop your letter.

Ten Important Questions

    • Write ten questions you think anyone who reads your book should be able to answer. They can be true/false, multiple choice, or short answer questions that require some writing. Your questions should be from the beginning, middle, and end of the book. Remember to use what, where, how, when, who, and why in your questions.
    • Write the title of your book at the top of your question page.
    • Put the answers on another sheet of paper.
    • Make sure your name and book title are on both sheets.

It’s All About Me

    • Gather 7 to 10 items that the main character might put in a “Me Bag.”
    • Before you put the items in a bag, decorate the bag with the title of the book, the author’s name, and your name. Draw pictures or designs that relate to the story.
    • Introduce the main character of the book to the class by explaining why that character would choose each of the items in the bag.

T-Shirt Design

      • Create a t-shirt showing your favorite scene or character from the story. Be sure to include the Title of the Story on the shirt. Make sure you have your name on your t-shirt.

Book Collage

    • Create a poster using magazine or newspaper clippings of event and characters from your book. Be prepared to present your poster during the first week of school. On your poster include the title of the story, the author’s name. Make sure you have your name on your collage.

Book Gameboard

    • Create a board game using the characters and setting from the story you read.
    • Use buttons or other small items for the markers.
    • Use a spinner or dice for the number of spaces the pieces move.
    • Draw the board on heavy paper. Make the pieces move through places or events from the story.
    • You may need to make up question and answer cards to go with the game.
    • Include a set of rules, the game board, and the game pieces in a baggie. Be sure your name and the name of the game are on the board and on the baggie.
    • Be prepared to give an oral summary of the book. Be familiar with the characters, setting, problem, and solution.

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