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PBS Summer Reading List 2008

The teachers at Phillips Brooks all agree on one thing--we want children to read over the summer, and it really doesn’t matter what book it is, just that the children keep reading. There are thousands of books to choose from, so this list is merely a smattering of age-level books in the world of children’s literature. Perhaps the following lists will help guide your child’s choices this summer. Happy reading!

–Joyce Roby, Librarian


Entering Kindergarten

The Kindergarten teachers recommend that families go to libraries in your community and check out lots of books with your children. Children enter kindergarten with many levels of pre-reading skills. The following books are suggestions to read to your children:

  • Capucilli –The Biscuit books
  • Martin-Chicka Chicka Boom Boom  and other books by this author
  • Numeroff- If you Give a Pig a Pancake and other books by this author
  • Seuss- The Cat in the Hat and other books by this author
  • Shannon- The David books
  • Books by P. D. Eastman
  • Books by Kevin Henkes
  • Books by Rosemary Wells
  • Books by Pat Hutchins
  • Leveled Readers such as the I Can Read series
  • Poetry books, science books, and other nonfiction titles of interest

“I am of the firm belief that as long as the parents read, the child will also read.”-M. Pot, Kindergarten teacher


Entering First Grade

The First Grade teachers recommend that families go to libraries in your community and check out lots of books with your children. Children enter first grade with many levels of pre-reading skills. The following books are suggestions to read to your children:

  • Brown- The Arthur books
  • Capucilli-The Biscuit books
  • DiCamillo- Mercy Watson books
  • Hoberman- You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You
  • Johnson- The Harold stories
  • Lobel- Frog and Toad books and other books by this author
  • McMullan- The Fluffy books
  • Parish- Amelia Bedelia books
  • Sendak-  Little Bear books
  • Yolen-  Commander Toad books
  • Books by Sid Hoff
  • Books by Van Leeuwen
  • Books from the “I Can Read” series
  • Poetry books, science books, and other nonfiction titles of interest

One of our First Grade teachers also recommends The Read-Aloud Handbook for parents. She says it is “Maalox for parents who are concerned about reading.”


Entering Second Grade

The Second Grade teachers recommend parents share books with your child daily. If the child is reading independently have her/him read for approximately 20 minutes, or try a happy combination of both. Children enter second grade at various reading levels. The following books are suggestions for your children:

  • Abbott- Secrets of Droon series
  • Adler- Cam Jansen and Young Cam Jansen books-Adler
  • Cazet- Minnie and Moo books
  • Chaconas-Cork and Fuzz titles
  • Macdonald-The Judy Moody books and the Stink books
  • Osborne- Magic Tree House series
  • Parish- Amelia Bedelia books
  • Parks- Junie B. Jones books
  • Pennypacker- Clementine books
  • Rylant- Henry and Mudge books
  • Sharmat- Nate the Great books
  • Books by Jane O’Conner
  • Books from the I Can Read series

Entering Third Grade

The Third Grade teachers recommend that children read daily for approximately 20 minutes. Children enter third grade at various reading levels, but they are now reading to learn rather than learning to read. The following books are suggestions for your children:

  • Abbott- Secrets of Droon series
  • Barrows- Ivy and Bean books
  • Brock- No Flying in the House
  • Byng- Molly Moon books
  • Cameron- Stories Julian Tells and other books by this author
  • Cleary- Ralph S. Mouse and other books by this author
  • Danziger- Amber Brown books
  • DiCamillo- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (required reading)
  • Howe- Bunnicula and other books by this author
  • Kerrin- Martin Bridge books
  • King-Smith- Any books by this author
  • Kinney- Diary of a Wimpy Kid books
  • Osborne- Magic Tree House series
  • Parks- Junie B. Jones books
  • Patron- The Higher Power of Lucky
  • Pennypacker- Clementine books
  • Roy- A to Z mysteries
  • Sachar- Marvin Redpost books
  • Wilder- Little House on the Prairie and others in this series
  • Diaries from the Dear America series

Entering Fourth Grade

The fourth grade teachers recommend that students read at least three books at their reading level over the summer, though they would love students to read even more.  The following list gives some of the recommended choices that other fourth graders have really enjoyed.

  • Birdsall- The Penderwicks
  • Coville- Jeremy Thacher, Dragon Hatcher
  • Lowry- Number the Stars
  • Mississippi Bridge-Taylor
  • Naylor- Bernie McGruder books
  • Naylor- Shiloh series
  • Peck- A year Down Yonder
  • Rockwell- How to Eat Fried Worms
  • Ryan- Freedom Rising
  • Rylant- The Van Gogh Cafe
  • Selden- Cricket in Times Square
  • Smith- Chocolate Fever
  • White- Trumpet of the Swans
  • Winthrop- Castle in the Attic

 


Entering Fifth Grade

Students naturally gravitate to fiction for leisure reading, but the Fifth Grade teachers also hope that students are reading from sources such as magazines, newspapers, biographies, and other nonfiction sources. If you are looking for fiction titles to read this summer, here is a suggested list:

  • Babbitt- Tuck Everlasting (required reading)
  • Brink- Caddie Woodlawn
  • Byars- Summer of the Swans
  • Cooper- Dark is Rising
  • Coville- The Skull of Truth
  • Hesse- The Music of Dolphins
  • Holt- When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
  • Kerr- When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
  • Levoy- Alan and Naomi
  • Obrien- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
  • Peck- A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • Rawls- Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Riordan- The Lightning Thief
  • Schmidt- Lizzie Bright and That Buckminster Boy
  • Snyder- The Egypt Game
  • Stevenson- Treasure Island
  • Taylor- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Books by C.S. Lewis

Spring 2009