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ECSD Summer Reading List

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Compiled by the ECSD School Librarians

PHOTO SOURCE: The Daring Librarian, photo title, 20 June 2011 via Flickr, Creative Commons License

Elementary Titles: PreK— Grade 2 Dreaming Big

Just Like Josh Gibson—Angela Johnson (RL 3.2)  Waynetta and the Cornstalk—Helen Kettman (RL 3.0)  Goin’ Someplace Special—Patricia McKissack (RL 4.2)  Magic Treehouse (series)–Mary Pope Osborne  Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (series)—Mo Willems (RL 1.3)  Dream Big, Little Pig—Kristi Yamaguchi (RL 2.9)  Pearl’s New Skates—Holly Keller (RL 2.8)  Bridget’s Beret—Tom Lichtenheld (RL 3.6)

Make me Laugh
Skunkdog—Emily Jenkins (RL 3.1)  Judy Moody (series)—Megan McDonald (RL 3.6)  Author Day for Room 3T—Robin Pulver (RL 3.5)  Detective LaRue (series)—Mark Teague (RL 3.0)  School Days (series)—Lynn Plourde (RL 3.7)


Bright Stanley—Matt Buckingham (RL 2.4)  Help: A Story of Friendship—Holly Keller (RL 2.3)  Cork & Fuzz (series)—Dori Chaconas  Henry and Mudge (series)—Cynthia Rylant  Annie and Snowball (series)—Cynthia Rylant  Mr. Putter and Tabby (series)—Cynthia Rylant

Elementary Titles: PreK— Grade 2 Boys and Books!

How I Became a Pirate—Melinda Long (RL 3.1)  Trucks Roll—George Lyon (RL 2.2)  Captain Raptor and the Space Pirates—Patrick O’Brian (RL 3.2)  Bad Boys Get Cookie—Margie Palatini (RL 2.1)  Frankie Stein—Lola Schaefer (RL 2.6)  Trucktown (series)—Jon Scieszka (RL 1.6)

Animals Animals Animals
Stripes, Spots, or Diamonds: A Book of Animal Patterns—Patricia Stockland (RL 2.9)  Llama, Llama Red Pajama (series)—Anna Dewdney (RL 2.5)  Clara Caterpillar—Pamela Duncan Edwards (RL 3.1)  Backyard Bug (series)—Nancy Loewen  Butterfly Eggs—Helen Frost (RL 1.6)  Butterfly Colors—Helen Frost (RL 1.5)  Hatch!—Roxie Munro (RL 3.7) Bears! Bears! Bears!—Bob Barner (RL 2.6)  Bad Kitty (series)—Nick Bruel  Little White Rabbit—Kevin Henkes (RL 3.3)  How Many Baby Pandas?—Sandra Markle (RL 4.1)  Splat the Cat (series)—Rob Scotton

Elementary Titles: Grades 3 – 6

Series to Sample – Something for Everyone!

Dear Dumb Diary—Jim Benton  Allie Finkle—Meg Cabot  Amber Brown—Paula Danziger  Mercy Watson—Kate DiCamillo  Baseball Card Adventures—Dan Gutman  Warriors—Erin Hunter  Amulet—Kazu Kibuishi  Outdoor Adventure!—Adam Klein  Inheritance Cycle—Christopher Paolini  Percy Jackson and the Olympians—Rick Riordan  Bone (graphic novel series)—Jeff Smith  Kingdom Keepers—Ridley Pearson  The Puppy Place—Ellen Miles  Winning Season—Rich Wallace

Amazing Animals
Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival—Kirby Larson (RL 4.2)  Look to the North: A Wolf Pup Diary—Jean Craighead George (RL 2.2)  Saving Samantha—Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen (RL 4.7)  Horse Heroes: True Stories of Amazing Horses—Kate Perry (RL 5.7)  Cats to the Rescue: True Tales of Heroic Felines—Marilyn Singer (RL 5.8)  Goliath: Hero of the Great Baltimore Fire—Claudia Friddell (RL 6.2)  Rosie: A Visiting Dog's Story—Stephanie Calmenson (RL 3.2)

Elementary Titles: Grades 3 – 6

Classics Old and New

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing—Judy Blume (RL 3.8)  Because of Winn-Dixie—Kate DiCamillo (RL 3.9)  Junonia—Kevin Henkes (RL 4.3)  Out of the Dust—Karen Hesse (RL 4.5)  Hoot—Carl Hiassen (RL 5.1)  Shiloh—Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (RL 5.0)  Hatchet—Gary Paulsen (RL 5.7)  Pie—Sarah Weeks (RL 6.6)  Classic Starts - abridged classics for children, various titles including Black Beauty, Gulliver's Travels, The Time Machine, Greek Myths, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-retold by various authors

Learning about the World
The Taxing Case of the Cows: A True Story about Suffrage—Iris Van Rynbach and Pegi Deitz Shea (RL 4.9)  Super Simple Science (series)—Kelly Doudna  Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building—Deborah Hopkinson (RL 5.0)  From Sand to Glass (From Start to Finish series)—Mark Dubowski  Titanic: Disaster that Shocked the World!—Kathleen Krull (RL 5.2)  Planting the Trees of Kenya—Claire Nivola (RL 5.6)

Solve the Mystery!

Wait Till Helen Comes—Mary Downing Hahn (RL 4.7)  Island (series)—Gordon Korman  National Park (series)—written by various authors and published by National Geographic Children’s Books  The A to Z Mysteries (series)—Ron Roy  The Invention of Hugo Cabret—Brian Selznick (RL 5.6)  The 39 Clues (series)—various authors

Middle School

Family Life

Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks The Last Invisible Boy by Evan Kuhlman (RL 5.4) Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur (RL 3.9) Chicken Boy by Frances O'Roark Dowell (RL 6.8) Enslaved by Ducks by Bob Tarte If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko (RL 3.1)

Life’s an Adventure
Peak by Roland Smith - adventure The Trap by John Smelcer (RL 6.2) Project 17 by Laurie Stolarz I, Q series by Roland Smith Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

Middle School

The Power of Friendship

The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone (RL 4.5) The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success by Sharon Draper with Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt (RL 5.5) Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer Holland Bystander by James Preller (RL 4.2) The Truth about Truman School by Dori Hillestad Butler (RL 4.4) The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levin (RL 4.6) Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts (RL 5.1) Orphan Train Rider by Andrea Rider (RL 6.6) Middle School: How to Deal by Sara Borden (RL 6.2) Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt (RL 4.6)

Middle School

Did you Know?

Chew on This by Eric Schlosser The Exploding Toilet: Modern Urban Legends by David Holt and Bill Mooney Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat by Megan and Jill Carle Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson - RL 7.6 Titanic: An Illustrated History by Donald Lynch & Ken Marshall A Night to Remember by Walter Lord (and the companion book The Night Lives On by the same author) The Complete Titanic : From the Ship's Earliest Blueprints to the Epic Film by Stephen J. Spignesi

Middle School

Stand Your Ground

Nothing But the Truth by Avi (RL 3.6) My Thirteenth Winter by Smantha Abeel Red Glass by Laura Resau (RL 4.5) The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake (RL 5.0) The Last Newspaper Boy in America by Sue Corbett (RL 5.4) The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm (RL 3.7) Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow (RL 4.0) Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (RL 4.9) Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers

Middle School

Future Worlds

The Line by Teri Hall (RL 5.3) Unwind by Neal Shusterman Human.4 by Mike Lancaster The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson

Bat 6 by Virginia Euwer Wolff (RL 4.8) With their Eyes: The View from a High School at Ground Zero edited by Annie Thomas Jip: His Story by Katherine Paterson (RL 5.5) The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis (RL 3.8) Stupid American History by Leland Gregory Bloody Times by James Swanson Ghosts in the Fog by Samantha Seiple An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (RL 6.8)

Middle School

It’s a Mystery

Last Shot by John Feinstein (has written other sports books) If you are interested in sports, also try Mike Lupica's books! (RL 4.6) City of Orphans by Avi (RL4.5) Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle (RL5.0)

Fantasy Worlds
Forgive My Fins by Tara Childs Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan Ranger's Appentice by John Flanagan Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix The Last Dragon Chronicles series by Chris D'Lacey Daughters of the Sea by Kathryn Lasky

High School

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High School

It Could Happen
The Pregnancy Project—Gaby Rodriguez How They Croaked—Georgia Bragg Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way)—Sue Macy Heaven is for Real—Todd Burpo Get Real: What Kind of World Are You Buying?—Mara Rockliff Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life—Sandra Beasley Science Fair Season—Judy Dutton

Real People/Real Life

Unusual Worlds
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children—Ransom Riggs Robopocalypse—Daniel H. Wilson The Future of Us—Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler All These Things I’ve Done—Gabrielle Zevin The Night Circus—Erin Morganstern A Monster Calls—Patrick Ness The Tiger Saga series—Colleen Houck Daughter of Smoke and Bone—Laini Taylor

The Fault in Our Stars—John Green Stay—Deb Caletti What Happened to Goodbye—Sarah Dessen Stolen—Lucy Christopher Lola and the Boy Next Door— Stephanie Perkins Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick— Joe Schreiber Black and White—Paul Volponi Blood Wounds—Susan Beth Pfeffer The Things a Brother Knows—Dana Reinhardt The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy—by Jenny Han




It's a Mystery

What to Read After

The Hunger Games

Strange Powers

Divergent/Insurgent—Veronica Roth Rot & Ruin/Dust & Decay—Jonathan Maberry The Scorpio Races—Maggie Stiefvater Ender's Game—Orson Scott Card Uglies series—Scott Westerfeld Gone series—Michael Grant

Death Cloud—Andy Lane Shelter—Harlan Coben The Vanishing Game—Kate Kae Myers Thrill-ogy series—Todd Strasser Rat Life—Tedd Arnold The Morgue and Me—John C. Ford The Girl is Murder—Kathryn Miller Haines Reality Check—Peter Abrahams



The Name of the Star—Maureen Johnson Hourglass—Myra McEntire The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer— Michelle Hodkin Mad Love—Suzanne Selfors The Immortal Rules series—Julia Kagawa The Body Finder series—Kimberly Derting Die for Me & Until I Die (Revenants series)—Amy Plum

Author James Patterson has a great site dedicated to making kids readers for life:

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge (plus reading lists for all ages!)

Check out The New York Times third Annual Summer Reading Contest for students 13-15:

The Chemung County Library District offers summer reading programs.

Story Snoops offer book reviews from a parent’s perspective. Great search tool for parents to identify tween and teen fiction for all types of readers.

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