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Summer Reading List: A Few of Our Favorites

We believe summer reading is so important to a child’s growth and education. To give you a hand selecting books, we’ve compiled a list of classics to consider. We hope this will just be the start of a summer full of books. Parents: be sure to spend time reading to your children, it will open their imagination. And, let us know what your family is reading!

Summer Reading List


  1. Curious George Series H.A. Rey

  2. Mother Goose Rhymes

  3. Dr. Seuss Series

  4. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

  5. Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

1st grade:

  1. Little Bear Series by Else Holmelund Minarik

  2. Corduroy by Don Freeman

  3. Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

  4. Caps for Sale Esphyr Slobodkina

  5. Frog and Toad Series by Arnold Lobel

2nd grade:

  1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

  2. Book of Fairy Tales by Amy Ehrlich

  3. Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol

  4. The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit

  5. Stuart Little by E.B. White

  6. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

  7. Daniel Colton Under Fire by Elain L. Schulte

  8. Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla

  9. Narcissa Whitman, Brave Pioneer by Louis Sabin

  10. Ian and the Gigantic Leafy Obstacle by Shelia Miller

  11. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

  12. Pilgrim’s Progress Simplified by Marion Hedgquist

3rd grade:

  1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

  2. D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

  3. Sara, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

  4. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

  5. Homer Price by Robert McCloskey

  6. The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

  7. The Aesop for Children by Aesop and Milo Winter

  8. Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld

  9. In Search of Perlas Grandes by Timothy Davis

  10. The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

  11. Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan

  12. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

  13. The Children’s Homer by Padraic Colum

4th grade:

  1. Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes

  2. Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith

  3. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

  4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

  5. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

  6. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

  7. Amos Fortune by Elizabeth Yates

  8. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

  9. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

5th grade:

  1. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

  2. Shane by Jack Schaefer

  3. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

  4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

6th grade:

  1. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

  2. Anne Frank by Anne Frank

  3. Silas Marner by George Eliot

  4. The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter

  5. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

  6. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

  7. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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