Saturday, June 26, 2010

K-8 Summer Reading List 2010

As requested, here is my Summer Reading List for grades K-8.  Since my children are young, I may be "off" on what a 6th grader or 8th grader might like.  I tried to keep these lists short enough to be manageable, yet long enough to have some variety (fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, classics).  I also tried to take into account a wide range of abilities, while keeping the list fun for the specified age. 

I did not link to my reviews of the listed books, but if you have any specific questions regarding a book on my list, feel free to contact me!

If anyone would like to add to the lists, please leave a comment below - especially you teachers out there!

I will have more on summer reading throughout the summer - stay tuned!

Incoming 8th Grade:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr.
The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John Ritter
Summer Ball by Mike Lupica
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli (advanced 8th)
Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer: The Search for John Wilkes Booth by James Swanson (non-fiction)
Guys Write for Guys Read by Jon Scieszka (non-fiction)
Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman (graphic novel)

Incoming 7th Grade:

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley
Blubber by Judy Blume
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
The Dangerous Day of Daniel X by James Patterson
Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech
It’s Not the End of the World by Judy Blume
The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
Schooled by Gordon Kormon (non-fiction)
Chew on This by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson (non-fiction)
Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi (graphic novel)

Incoming 6th Grade:

The Secret of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The Secret School – Avi
Heat by Mike Lupica
Scat by Carl Hiassen
I was a Sixth Grade Alien by Bruce Coville
Danny the Champion of the World by Ronald Dahl
The Dear America series by various authors
Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith
Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan
The Big Field by Mike Lupica
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander
Guts by Gary Paulsen (non-fiction)
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (non-fiction)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (graphic novel)

Incoming 5th Grade:

Countdown by Deborah Wiles
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
The BFG by Ronald Dahl
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Percy Jackson and the Olympians (series) by Rick Riordan
Matilda by Ronald Dahl
Mystery of the Cupboard (series) by Lynn Reid Banks
Blubber by Judy Blume
A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup
My Teacher is an Alien by Bruce Coville
Charlie Bone (series) Jenny Nimmo
Nancy Drew by Carolyne Keene
The Time Warp Trio: Summer Reading is Killing Me by Jon Sciezka
Getting Air by Dan Gutman
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
James and the Giant Peach by Ronald Dahl
No Talking by Andrew Clements
The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
Judy Moody (series) by Megan McDonald
Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka (autobiography)

Incoming 4th Grade:

Fudge (the series) by Judy Blume
The 13th Reality by James Dashner
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
The School Story by Andrew Clements
Lunch Money by Andrew Clements
Clementine (series) by Sara Pennypacker
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Wayside School (series) by Louis Sachar
Who Was…? (biography series) by various authors
Henry Huggins (series) by Beverly Cleary
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith
Goosebumps (series) by R.L. Stine
Dear Dumb Diary by Jim Benton
The Lemonade War by Jaqueline Davies
Romona (series) by Beverly Cleary
Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo
I Was a Third Grade Science Project by Mary Jane Auch
39 Clues (series) by various authors

Incoming 1st Grade through 3rd Grade:

Independent Reading:
Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant
Stuart Little by E.B. White
Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol
Geronimo Stilton
Frindle by Andrew Clements
Stink (series) by Megan McDonald
Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce
The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
Nate the Great by Marjorie Sharmat
Horrible Harry (series) by Suzy Klein
Cam Jansen (series) by David Adler
The Magic School Bus (series) by Joanna Cole
Watch the Stars Come Out by Riki Levinson
Class Clown by Joanna Hurwitz
Judy Moody (series) by Megan McDonald
Boxcar Children (series) by Gertrude Warner
Wayside School (series) by Louis Sachar
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
Amelia Bedelia (series) by Peggy Parish
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
David Goes to School by David Shannon
Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
Captain Underpants by David Pilkey

Read Alouds:
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
A-Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Polar Express by Chris Van Allsberg
Angelina Ballerina by Katherine Holabird
Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin
Dog Breath by Dave Pilkey

Recommended Authors:
David Adler
Judy Blume
Jan Brett
Marc Brown
Ronald Dahl
Tomie DiPaola
Lois Lowry
Leo Lionni
Jack Prelutsky
Cynthia Rylant
Maurice Sendak
Vera B. Williams
Mo Willems
Rosemary Wells
James Dashner
Rick Riordan

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Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Alison what a great list! I am looking over this and having memories of ones I have read and curious about ones I have not.

Alison's Book Marks said...

Just making up this list made me want to re-read some of the books I haven't seen since I was a kid!

StephanieD said...

Fabulous list - with some names I've never heard of and will now have to check out. Thank you!

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