Summer Reading

Dear Parents and Students,

The goal of summer reading is to reinforce the reading habits and skills acquired in the previous grades and to build on common prior knowledge when introducing new reading strategies and literature themes.

As the California State Standards state:
One of the strongest predictors of reading comprehension and of vocabulary development in particular is the amount of time students spend reading quality literature. (Anderson, Wilson, and Fielding).

The books chosen are rich in vocabulary and contain classic themes, which align with those in the Imagine It! language arts program. The students will be tested on these books in September.


Summer Reading List

Incoming 1st Grade
1. The Night Before First Grade, Natasha Wig
2. The Berenstain Bears Go to School, Stan Berenstain
3. Frog & Toad All Year, Arnold Lobel
Chapter books:
4. Junie B. Jones: First Graders at Last, Barbara Park
5. Magic Tree House # 1: Dinosaurs Before Dark, Mary Pope Osborn

Incoming 2nd Grade
1. Freckle Juice, Judy Blume
2. Frog and Toad are Friends, Arnold Lobel
3. Non-Fiction National Geographic Reader (choose one):
  • Seed to Plant, Kristin Baird Rattini
  • Weather, Kristin Baird Rattini
  •  Meerkats, Laura Marsh
  • Ponies, Laura Marsh

Incoming 3rd Grade
1. Harry Kitten & Tucker Mouse, George Selden
2. The Chocolate Touch, Patrick Catling
3. A Biography: Your child must read ONE of the following biographies:
  • The Babe and I, David Adler
  • Picture Book of Helen Keller, David Adler
  • Picture Book of President George Washington, David Adler
  • Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln, David Adler
  • Picture Book of Sojourner Truth, David Adler
  • Satchel Paige, Lesa Cline-Ransome

Incoming 4th Grade
1. Frindle, Andrew Clements
2. A Cricket in Time Square, George Selden
3. Choose One from “I Survived”….. Series edited by Lauren Tarshis edited by Scholastic, Inc. – Genre: Historical Fiction
  • I survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863
  • I survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
  • I survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
  • I survived the Shark Attacks, 1916
  • I survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941
  • I survived the Hurricane Katrina, 2005

Incoming 5th Grade
1. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg
2. Blood on the River: James Town 1607, Elisa Carbone
3. Choose One:
  • My Louisiana Sky, Kimberly Holt
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
  • Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
  • No Talking, Andrew Clements
  • Wonder, R.J. Palacio

Incoming 6th Grade
1. Gathering Blue, Lois Lowry
2. Wonder, by R. J. Palacio
3. Choose One
  • The Egypt Game, by Zilpha Keatly Snyder
  • The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare
  • The Thief, by Avi
  • Savvy, by Ingrid Law

Incoming 7th Grade
1. Petey, Ben Mikaelson
2. A Gift from Childhood: Memories of an African Boyhood, Baba Wague Diakite
3. The Pearl, John Steinbeck

Incoming 8th Grade
1. That Was Then, This is Now, by S.E. Hinton
2. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne
3. Cast Two Shadows, by Ann Rinaldi
Please click here to download and print out the 8th Grade summer reading packet