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Summer Reading

Pre K

Wells: “Voyage to the Bunny Planet”

Martin:  “Barn Dance”

Rosen: “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”

Brown: “Goodnight Moon”

Degen: “Jamberry”

Dr. Suess: “Green Eggs and Ham” or “Hop on Pop”

Boynton: “Moo, Baa, La La La”

Feiffer: “Bark, George”

Wood: “The Napping House”

Eastman: “Go, Dog. Go!” (combine with “Ve, Perro. Ve!” for a fun Spanish lesson)

Martin: “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”

Willems:  Any Elephant and Piggie book!

Hoberman:  “All Kinds of Families”

Ellis: “Home”

Seeger: “Green” (Caldecott book)

Going into Second Grade

Roy/Guerney: “A to Z Mysteries” (series)

Lobel: Any of the Frog and Toad books

Shannon: “A Bad Case of Stripes”

Steig: “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble” or “Brave Irene”

Muth: “Zen Shorts” and “The Three Questions”

Cannon: “Crickwing”, “Pinduli”, “Stellaluna” or “Verdi”

Rylant: “Henry and Mudge” stories

Parish: “Amelia Bedelia” stories

Various Authors: “Toon” series comics

DiCamillo:  “Mercy Watson” and “Bink and Gollie” series

Yee:  “Mouse and Mole” series

Howe:  “Houndsley and Catina” series

Osborne: “The Magic Tree House” Series

Pennypacker: “Clementine” series

Going into Fourth Grade

Wilder: The “Little House” Books (classic memoir series of American frontier life)

Riordan: “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” (series)

Avi: “Ragweed” (and other tales from Dimwood Forest) and “Poppy” books

Kate DiCamillo: "Flora and Ulysses or “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”

Lin: “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” and “Starry River of the Sky”

Abbot: “Secrets of Droon” series

Cleary: Any book about the kids on Klickitat Street -- Ramona, Beezus, Henry Huggins. 

Mazer: “Amazing Days of Abby Hayes”

VanDraanan: “Shredderman”

Guibert:  “Ariol” comic series

Lemony Snicket:  “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “All the Wrong Questions” series

R.J. Palacio: "Wonder"  (Humorous and moving story about a boy with a facial deformity told from 8 different perspectives.)  

Also “Augie and Me” and “The Book of Precepts”

Going into Sixth Grade:

“Birdwing”.  Complex and beautiful fantasy story by Rafe Martin based on the classic fairytale of the seven swans.  What happens to the youngest brother who was left with the wing of a swan for his arm?  His quest to find the witch who cursed him is filled with peril and adventure.

"Fortunately, the Milk" by Neil Gaiman.  Funny time-travel adventure from the author of "Coraline" and Newbery winning "The Graveyard Book".

The "Fablehaven" series by Brandon Mull.  Popular high fantasy adventure with mystery, humor and suspense. Appreciated by "Harry Potter" fans.

The three books of "The Wildwood Chronicles" by Colin Meloy. Thoroughly modern Narnia-esque fantasy adventure set in the magical Wildwoods that border Portland.

"The Thing About Luck" by Cynthia Kadohata.  Thoughtful coming-of-age story that won the National Book Award.

“Pax”  by Sara Pennypacker (with illustrations by Jon Klassen, author of “This is Not my Hat”)

“Wee Free Men” and “Hatful of Sky” by Terry Pratchett

Activity Books for Any Grade:

Deuchars:  “Draw, Paint, Print like the Great Artists” and “Let’s Make Some Great Art”

Renouf:  “20 Ways to Draw a Tree”

Lisle:  “Sewing School”

Star Wars Origami

Heine>Lego Chain Reactions

Lego Idea Book

Minecraft books

Going into First Grade

Elliott: “Owl Diaries” (beginning reader series)

Lionni: “Pezzettino”

Seuss: “The Sneetches and Other Stories”

Leaf: “The Story of Ferdinand”

Klassen: “I Want My Hat Back” and “This is Not My Hat”

LeSieg: “Ten Apples Up on Top” (Lesieg is a pseudonym for Dr. Suess, it’s his real last name, Geisel, spelled backward)

Marnett: “Extra Yarn” (Caldecott book)

Berenstain: “Bears on Wheels”

Shannon: “Duck on a Bike”

Rathman:  “Officer Buckle and Gloria” (Caldecott book)

Palmer: “A Fish Out of Water”

Eastman: “Sam and the Firefly”

Lopshire: “Put me in the Zoo”

Numeroff:  “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”

Arnold: “Hi! Fly Guy” (series)

Henkes: “Birds” (combine with a field guide for fun Summer bird watching!)

Sis:  “Ice Cream Summer”

Lin:  “Ling and Ting” series

Henkes:  “Penny” series

Rosenstock: “Noisy Paintbox”  (2015 Caldecott book about the life of artist Vasily Kandinsky)

Going into Third Grade

Mora: “Dona Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart” (This Pura Belpre Medal Book winner comes from the American Southwest.)

O’Malley: “Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude”

Jansson:  “Comet in Moominland” and all the other Moomin adventures

DiCamillo: “Mercy Watson” (series)

San Souci: “The Talking Eggs” (Caldecott book)

Scieska: “The Time Warp Trio” (series)

Seuss: “Bartholomew Cubbins and the 500 Hats” and “Bartholomew and the Oobleck”

Dahl: “The BFG” (read this before the movie comes out this summer!)

Chris Duffy, editor: “Fable Comics”

Henkes:  “Junonia”

Going into Fifth Grade

DeClements: “Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade”  (one for 4th and 6th grades too)

Davies: “The Lemonade War” (first of a series)

Horvath: “The Pepins and their Problems”

Clements: “No Talking”

Birdsall: “The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very        Interesting Boy”  (National Book Award-winning and first of a short series)

Collins: “Gregor the Overlander” (first of a short series)

Stewart: “The Mysterious Benedict Society” (first of a short series)

Peck: “A Long Way from Chicago” (hilarious and thoughtful Newbery Winner)

Various Authors: “39 Clues” Series

Bell:  “El Deafo”  Newbery award winning comic

Stead:  “When You Reach Me”  Newbery winner and great companion to “A Wrinkle in Time” by L’Engle (also Newbery winner)

Colfer:  “The Land of Stories”

Alexander:  “The Chronicles of Prydain” books (Newbery Award winning fantasy)

Poetry Books for Any Grade:

Brown:  “Flamingos on the Roof”

Any of  Shel Silverstein’s collections

Jon Muth:  “Hi Koo”

Jack Prelutsky:  “The Dragons are Singing Tonight” and “Scranimals” (both illustrated by Peter Sis who illustrated “The Whipping Boy”)

Munoz: “The Dreamer” (historical fiction about the life of poet Pablo Neruda.  Also illustrated by Peter Sis)