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Summer Reading

Recommended Summer Reading

Summer Break is primarily a time for rest, play, and spending time with friends and family. Our recommendations for summer reading, then, should not be taken as a “to do” list in which each book must be read in order before the beginning of the school year. Rather, reading is an excellent leisure time activity and this list is intended as general guidance on the sort of thing young people ought to be reading at each age. It is our hope that these books will delight and inspire our students during the summer. We also hope that they will provide an opportunity for families to enjoy time reading together.

Rising Kindergarteners

Nursery rhymes and fairy tales
Aesop’s Fables
Stories by Beatrix Potter
American Folktales

Rising 1st Grade

Mother Goose Poems
Stories of Winnie-the-Pooh
Aesop’s Fables
“Sleeping Beauty”
“The Frog Prince”
“The Princess and the Pea”
“Lon Po Po”

Rising 2nd Grade

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Winnie-the-Pooh stories
“El Parajo Cu”
“The Magic Paintbrush”
“Paul Bunyan”
“Johnny Appleseed”
“The Story of Helen of Troy”

Rising 3rd Grade

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
“Cupid and Psyche”
“Jason and the Golden Fleece”
“The Death of Balder”
“Thor, the Thunder-god”
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
“The Hunting of the Great Bear”
“The People Could Fly”

Rising 4th Grade

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Arabian Nights
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
“Cupid and Psyche”
“Jason and the Golden Fleece”
“The Death of Balder”
“Thor, the Thunder-god”
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
“The Hunting of the Great Bear”
“The People Could Fly”

Rising 5th Grade

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Johnny Tremain by Esther Louise Forbes
Stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
Stories of Robin Hood and his Merry Men
“Saint George and the Dragon”
“The Wonderful Chuang Brocade”

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