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PBS Summer Reading List 2009

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

Kindergarten | First | Second | Third | Fourth | Fifth


Suggested Summer Reading List for 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 and with your child:

  • Books by Cynthia Rylant
  • Books by Kevin Henkes
  • Books by Eric Carle
  • Books by P. D. Eastman
  • Books by Pat Hutchins
  • Books by Rosemary Wells
  • Capucilli –The Biscuit books
  • Chaconas- The Cork and Fuzz 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
  • Swanson-The House in the NIght
  • Willems- Piggie and Elephant books
  • Leveled Readers such as the “I Can Read” series

Children this age also enjoy age-appropriate poetry books, animal books, science books with beautiful illustrations, retold Aesop’s fables, traditional fairy and folk tales, 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


Suggested Summer Reading List for 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. Children at this age enjoy hearing and/or reading fiction stories by these authors:

Becker-A Visitor for Bear
Brown- The Arthur books
Capucilli-The Biscuit books
Chaconas-The Cork and Fuzz books
Cowley- Snake and Lizard
DeGroat-Gilbert and friends books
DiCamillo- Mercy Watson books
George-Goose and Duck
Hoberman- You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You
Lobel- Frog and Toad books and other books by this author
McMullan- The Fluffy books
Parish- Amelia Bedelia books
Rylant-Any books by this author
Sendak-  Little Bear books
Van Leeuwen-Amanda Pig and other books by this author
Wells-The Ruby and Max books
Willems-Elephant and Piggie books
Yolen-“I can Read” titles from this author
Books from the “I Can Read” series

Look for other fiction books by these authors:

Harry Allard
Aliki
Tedd Arnold
Eve Bunting
Eric Carle
Pam Conrad
Jules Feiffer
Mem Fox
Paul Galdone
Mini Grey
Amy Hest
Crockett Johnson
Steven Jenkins
Steven Kellogg
Daniel Kirk
Julie Mammano
Bill Martin, Jr.
David McPhail
Michael Rosen
Joseph Slate
Eileen Spinelli
Monica Wellington
Mo Willems

Explore nonfiction books by these authors:

Kelly Doudna
Margery Facklam
Helen Frost
Jean Marzollo
Seymour Simon
Melanie Walsh

Children this age also enjoy Aesop’s fables, fairy tales and folktales, poetry books, science books, with beautiful illustrations, animal books, nonfiction books about flight, simple paper airplane books, cookbooks, and other nonfiction titles of age appropriate interest.


Suggested Summer Reading List for Entering Second Grade

The Second Grade teachers recommend families share books with their children daily. If your 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
Aston-The Moon over Star
Cazet- Minnie and Moo books
Chaconas-Cork and Fuzz titles
Cowley-Snake and Lizard
DiCamillo-Mercy Watson books
Gaiman- The Wolves in the Walls
Hole- Garmann’s Summer
Hopkinson- Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek
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- any books by this author
Sharmat- Nate the Great books
Smith- The Baseball Card Kid
Stilton-Geronimo Stilton books
Books from the I Can Read series

Look for fiction books by these authors:

Tedd Arnold
Jose Aruego
Jan Brett
Marc Brown
Ann Cameron
Lauren Child
Doreen Cronin
Kathleen Duey
Lisa Campbell Ernst
Jules Feiffer
Kevin Henkes

Tony Johnston
Barbara Joosse
Steven Kellogg
Kathryn Lasky
Helen Lester
James Marshal
Daisy Meadows
Susan Meddaugh
Matt Novak
Jane O’Conner
Tomie de Paola

Margie Palatini
Bill Peet
Cynthia Rylant
Robert San Souci
Alan Say
David Shannon
William Steig
Jean Van Leeuwen
Rosemary Wells
David Wiesner
Audrey Wood

Explore nonfiction books by these authors:

Jim Arnosky
David Adler
Stephen Biesty
Gail Gibbons
Deborah Heiligman
Steve Jenkins
Jerry Pallotta
Jack Prelutsky
Shel Silverstein
Seymour Simon
Greg Tang

Look for your favorite series:

All Aboard Science Reader
Any Caldecott winner/honor
Boxcar Children Mysteries
Commander Toad
Cork and Fuzz
Dial Easy-to-Read
DK Readers
Frog and Toad
Froggy
George and Martha
Gus and Grandpa
Henry and Mudge
I Am Reading
Iris and Walter
Junie B. Jones
Katie Kazoo
Little Bill Books
Minnie and Moo
Mr. Putter and Tabby
Pinky and Rex
Ready-to-Read
Rookie Biographies
Rookie Read-About …
Rookie Reader
See More Readers
Step into Reading
Time for Kids Science Scoops
Toot and Puddle


Children this age also enjoy Aesop’s fables, fairy tales and folktales, poetry books, science books, with beautiful illustrations, animal books, nonfiction books about flight, simple paper airplane books, simple origami books, cookbooks, and other nonfiction titles of age appropriate interest. Kids this age enjoy magazines too.


Suggested Summer Reading List for 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 that your child might enjoy:

Abbott- Secrets of Droon series
Barrows- Ivy and Bean books
Brock- No Flying in the House
Byng- Molly Moon books
Cameron- The Stories Julian Tells and other books by this author
Child- Utterly Me, Clarice Bean
Cleary- Ralph S. Mouse and other books by this author
Edwards-Naughty Little Sister books
Hale- Chet Gecko series
Hicks-Gym Shorts series
Howe- Bunnicula and other books by this author
Kerrin- Martin Bridge books
King-Smith- Any books by this author
MacDonald-Judy Moody books and Stink books
Osborne- Magic Tree House series
Patron- The Higher Power of Lucky
Pennypacker- Clementine books
Sachar- Marvin Redpost books and the Wayside School books
Wilder- Little House on the Prairie and others in this series
Books by Edward Eager
Books by Kate DiCamillo
Books from the American Girls collection
Diaries from the Dear America series

Look for other fiction books by these authors:

Matt Christopher
Andrew Clements
Bruce Coville
Dick King-Smith            
Suzy Kline
Elizabeth Levy
Lois Lowry
Patricia McKissack
Mary Pope Osborne
Barbara Park
John Lawrence Peterson
Patricia Polacco
Ron Roy
Cynthia Rylant
Louis Sachar
John Scieszka
Barbara Seuling
Geronimo Stilton
Jean Van Leeuwen
Henry Winkler
Jane Yolen

Explore nonfiction books by these authors:

David Adler
Aliki
Melvin Berger
Joanna Cole
Gail Gibbons
Eric Kimmel (folktales)
Kathleen Krull
Robert San Souci (folktales)
Jack Prelutsky (poetry)
Judith St. George
Seymour Simon
Shel Silverstein (poetry)

Browse for your favorite series:

A to Z Mysteries
Amber Brown
American Girls
Andrew Lost
Bailey School Kids
Boxcar Children
Cobble Street Cousins
Encyclopedia Brown
Franny K. Stein
Geronimo Stilton
Invisible Inc.
Junie B. Jones
Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo
Magic Tree House
Maximum Boy
Minnie and Moo
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
My Weird School
Owen Foote
Paddington
Ruby Lu Books
Secrets of Droon
Spiderwick Chronicles
Time Warp Trio
You Wouldn't Want to Be…

Children this age also enjoy Aesop’s fables, fairy tales, folktales, poetry books, science books, with beautiful illustrations, animal books, nonfiction books about flight, simple paper airplane books, simple origami books, cookbooks, graphic novels, and other nonfiction titles of age appropriate interest. They enjoy magazines too.


Suggested Summer Reading List for Entering Fourth Grade

The Fourth Grade teachers recommend that entering fourth graders read at least three books at their reading level over the summer, though they hope students read even more.  They would like students to try books from different genres.  The following list gives some of the recommended choices that other fourth graders have enjoyed.

Biography – story of a real person’s life written by another person:
•Chen- Mao and Me
•Christensen-Woody Gutherie: Poet of the People
•Lasky- John Muir: America's First Environmentalist
•Mannis-Julia Morgan Built a Castle
•Weidt -Mr. Blue Jeans: A Story about Levi Strauss
•Or another Californian’ s biography or autobiography

Historical Fiction – a fictional story that takes place in a particular time period in the past. Often the setting is real, but the characters are made up:
•Cushman- Ballad of Lucy Whipple
•Paulsen- Mr. Tucket series
•Peck- A Year Down Yonder
•Ryan – Riding Freedom
•Or a historical fiction book about California

Realistic Fiction – story using made-up characters but that could happen in real life
•Birdsall - The Penderwicks
•Creech-Walk Two Moons
•Naylor – Shiloh series
•Taylor - Mississippi Bridge
•Or another realistic fiction of your choice
           
Mystery – suspenseful story about a puzzling event that is not solved until the end of the story
•Byars- The Herculeah Jones Mysteries
•Dowd- The London Eye Mystery
•Horowitz- The Diamond Brothers Mysteries
•Naylor - Bernie McGruder books
•Or another mystery of your choice

Fantasy – story including elements that are impossible such as talking animals or magical powers
•Coville - Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
•Hunter- The Warriors series
•Selden- Cricket in Times Square
•Winthrop- Castle in the Attic
•Or another fantasy of your choice

Science Fiction – type of fantasy that uses science and technology (robots, time machines, etc.)
•Benton-Franny K Stein books
•L’Engle- Wrinkle in Time
•Rylant - The Van Gogh Café
•Scieszka- Knights of the Kitchen Table
•Or another science fiction of your choice

Informational – texts that provide facts about a variety of topics (sports, animals, space, science, history, careers, travel, geography, etc.)
•Various choices at your reading level

Traditional Literature – stories that are passed down from one group to another in history. This includes folktales, legends, fairy tales, fables, tall tales, and myths from different cultures.
•Various choices at your reading level

Also visit our Phillips Brooks School website for other recommended titles at:
http://thepbs.org/pages/bibliographies.html


Suggested Summer Reading List for Entering Fifth Grade

The Fifth Grade teachers recommend that entering fifth graders read at least three books at their reading level over the summer, though they hope students read even more.  They would like students to try books from different genres.  The following list gives some of the recommended choices that other fifth graders have enjoyed.

Biography – story of a real person’s life written by another person
•Biographies by Russell Freedman
•Fleischman-Escape! The Story of the great Houdini
•Jiang- Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution
•Memoir books by Gary Paulsen
•Or another biography or autobiography

Historical Fiction – a fictional story that takes place in a particular time period in the past. Often the setting is real, but the characters are made up.
•Books by Katherine Paterson
•Books by Sid Fleischman           
•Boyne- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: a fable
•Taylor- Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry
•Or another historical fiction book

Realistic Fiction – story using made-up characters but that could happen in real life
•Bauer- Peeled
•Books by Gordon Korman
•Books by Lisa Yee
•Schmidt- Lizzie Bright and That Buckminster Boy
•Or another realistic fiction of your choice
           
Mystery – suspenseful story about a puzzling event that is not solved until the end of the story
•Stewart- The Mysterious Benedict Society books
•Dowd- The London Eye Mystery
•Byars- The Dark Stairs mysteries
•Horowitz- The Diamond Brothers mysteries
•Or another mystery of your choice

Fantasy – story including elements that are impossible such as talking animals or magical powers
•Appelt- The Underneath
•Law- Savvy
•Flanagan- Ranger’s Apprentice
•Riordan- Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
•Or another fantasy of your choice

Science Fiction – type of fantasy that uses science and technology (robots, time machines, etc.)
•Books by Bruce Coville
•Books by William Sleator
•Haddix- Among the Hidden series
•Lowry- The Giver
•Or another science fiction of your choice

Informational – texts that provide facts about a variety of topics (sports, animals, space, science, history, careers, travel, geography, etc.)
•Various choices at your reading level

Traditional Literature – stories that are passed down from one group to another in history. This includes folktales, legends, fairy tales, fables, tall tales, and myths from different cultures.
•Various choices at your reading level

Also visit our Phillips Brooks School website for other recommended titles at:
http://thepbs.org/pages/bibliographies.html

April, 2009