Summer Reading

Summer Reading

Summer Reading Lists

Wycallis Elementary:

Dear Parents,

We encourage our students to practice their reading skills throughout the summer so as not to lose the valuable reading skills gained

throughout the year.We have compiled a list of suggested reading books for summer reading. Students may choose books from the grade they are entering or the grade they have completed. Students who achieve their goal will be recognized with a certificate when we return to school in September. Below is a list of suggested books for each grade. (These are suggestions to get you started feel free to add to the list.) Please complete the Summer Reading form below and return it to school with your child in September. Have a wonderful summer and I hope you enjoy many wonderful stories.


Mrs. Caitlin Cooper

Reading Specialist

Click to download: Wycallis Elementary Summer Reading Form


Dallas Elementary:

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Studies have shown that it is important to continue reading through the summer months to keep the gains made throughout the school year. Each student at Dallas Elementary School is asked to read a least one book per week during the summer break. Wonderful Summer Reading Programs are offered at Barnes and Noble and our own local Back Mountain Memorial Library. I suggest you sign your child up for at least one of these programs for the summer.The Suggested Summer Reading Book List is a mere suggestion to assist parents in choosing books to read with your child. A simple system to know if a book is at an appropriate reading level for your child is "The Five Finger Rule". Simply open the book to a page in the middle and have your child read the page to you. Hold up a finger for every word not known. If you have five or more errors the book is too difficult for your child to read independently. Happy Reading!

Mrs. Sharon Hartshorne

Reading Specialist -Title I Reading

Dallas Elementary School

Students Entering Grade 1-Read eight (8) of the following books:

  • Beatrice Doesn't Want To Laura Numeroff
  • Bunny Cakes Rosemary Wells
  • Clifford Norman Bridwell
  • Chickens Aren't the Only Ones Ruth Heller
  • Curious George H.A. Rey
  • Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs Byron Barton
  • Enrico Starts School Charlotte Middleton
  • I Am TOO Absolutely Small for School Lauren Child
  • In The Small, Small Pond Denise Fleming
  • Inch By Inch Leo Lionni
  • Leo the Late Bloomer Robert Kraus
  • Mama, Do You Love Me? Barbara M. Joose
  • The Mitten Jan Brett
  • When I Am Old With You Angela Johnson
  • Any Amelia Bedelia books
  • Any Eric Carle books
  • Any Dr. Seuss books
  • Any Bill Martin Jr. books
  • Any Laura Numeroff Books

*Parents may read to students. *Students should become familiar with, and be able to recite and retell classic nursery rhymes and fairy


Students Entering Grade 2-Read eight (8) of the following books:

  • Amelia Bedelia Peggy Parish
  • Barn Dance! Bill Martin Jr.
  • Commander Toad and the Planet of the Grapes Jane Yolen
  • Eve Bunting (any book)
  • Four Boys Named Jordan Jessica Harper
  • Frog and Toad Arnold Lobel (or any Frog and Toad book)
  • How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World Marjorie Priceman
  • If You Give A Moose A Muffin Laura Numeroff
  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie Laura Numeroff
  • Mr. Putter and Tabby (series) Cynthia Rylant
  • Nate the Great (series) Marjorie Sharmat
  • Noisy Nora Rosemary Wells
  • Our Principal Promised to Kiss a Pig Kalli Dakos & Alicia
  • DesMarteau
  • Poppleton Cynthia Rylant
  • Rocks In His Head Carol Otis Hurst
  • Strega Nona (series) Tomie DePaola
  • This Is the Teacher Rhonda Gowler Greene
  • Any Caldecott Award winner
  • Any Cynthia Rylant book
  • Any Laura Numeroff book
  • Any Rosemary Wells Book
  • Junie B. Jones series
  • Any Newberry Award winner
  • Arthur series

Students Entering Grade 3-Read eight (8) of the following books:

  • A River Ran Wild Lynne Cherry
  • Arthur (series) Mark Brown
  • Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky Faith Ringold
  • Beats Me, Claude Joan Lowry Nixon
  • Encyclopedia Brown (series) Donald Sobol
  • It's test Day, Tiger Turcotte Pansie Hart Flood
  • The Magic Tree House (series)
  • Miss Nelson (series) Harry Allard
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble William Steig
  • The Table Where The Rich People Sit Byrd Baylor
  • The Schoolchildren's Blizzard Marty Rhodes Figley
  • Any book by Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume or Patricia Polocco
  • Any Newberry Award or Caldecott Award Winners
  • Junie B. Jones (series)
  • Arthur series
  • Cam Jansen series
  • Harry Potter series
  • Any book by Gary Paulson

Students Entering Grade 4-Read six (6) of the following books:

  • American Girl (series)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
  • Goosebumps (series) R.L. Stine
  • Holes Louis Sachar
  • Jumanji Chris Van Allsburg
  • Junie B. Jones (series)
  • Just Juice Karen Hesse
  • Fly Away Home Eve Bunting
  • Grasshopper Summer Ann Turner
  • Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Maniac McGee Jerry Spinelli
  • Pink And Say Patricia Polocco
  • Summer Reading is Killing Me Jon Sczieszka
  • The Birchbark House Louise Erdrich
  • The Magic School Bus (series) Joanna Cole
  • There Once Was a Very Odd School &Lunch-Box Limericks Stephen
  • Krensky
  • Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbitt
  • Harry Potter series
  • Choose Your Own Adventure (series)
  • Any biography or autobiography or Poetry book
  • Any Newberry Award Winning book
  • Any book by Gary Paulson or Christopher Paul Curtis,
  • Betsy Byars, Katherine Paterson or Jerry Spinelli

Students Entering Grade 5-Read six (6) of the following books:

101 Ways to Bug Your Teacher Lee Wardlaw

  • A Wrinkle In Time Madeleine L Engle
  • Belle Prater's Boy Annette Cutis Klause
  • Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Bull Run Paul Fleischman
  • Castle In The Attic Elizabeth Winthrop
  • Dog Friday Hillary McKay
  • Going Through The Gate Janet S. Anderson
  • Hatchet Gary Paulson
  • Heartlight T.A. BarronJacob Have I Loved Katherine Paterson
  • My Life as a Fifth-Grade Comedian Elizabeth Levy
  • Nothing But The Truth Avi
  • Spider Boy Ralph Fletcher
  • The Giver Lois Lowry
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis
  • The Night The Bells Rang Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
  • The Top 10 Ways to Ruin the First Day of the Fifth Day Kenneth
  • Derby
  • Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbitt
  • Tripping Over the Lunch Lady & Other School Stories Nancy
  • E.Mercado
  • Where the Red Fern Grows Rawls
  • Any book by Gary Paulson or Christopher Paul Curtis, Betsy Byars,
  • Katherine Paterson or Jerry Spinelli
  • Harry Potter Series
  • Great Brain Series

**Any biography or autobiography

Summer 2017 Reading Letter
Character Graphic Organizers
Plot Diagram
Summer Reading List (Grades 3-5)
Summer Reading List (Grades 6-8)

Middle School:

Accelerated Reading List



My Antonia by Willa Cather

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Family and Consumer Science

American Girl Backpack Books: 50 Best Babysitting Tips

Disney's The Magic Kitchen

Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cookbook

Better Homes and Gardens Silly Snacks

High School:

Answer #13 (blank)


Click on the Links below to download AP English Summer

Assingments and




AP U.S. History

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Revised Edition by James W. Loewen


The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards,

and Engaging the Adolescent Mind, by Ken Vieth

The Making and Meaning of Art by Laurie Schneider Adams


The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean

Tweak by Nic Sheff

Family and Consumer Science

Quarterback Dad by Bobby Mercer

365 Foods Kids Like to Eat by Shelia Ellison and Judith Gray

Nutrition for Dummies

Babysitting 101 - Your Complete Guide to Becoming the Best


Sewing 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Sewing

Sewing Fun for Kids: Patchwork, Gifts & More

Sewing Kid's Stuff


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, 2005

Big Coal by Jeff Goodell, Mariner Books (Houghton Mifflin) 2006

Social Science

Son of the Morning Star by Evan C. Connell

Tecumseh by R. David Edmunds

Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis

Booker T. Washington-Autobiography

Utopia-Thomas Moore

Resistance-Israel Gutman

Desert Exile-Yoshiko Uchida