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PBS Summer Reading List 2013

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 & Meeta Gaitonde
Information Resource Team

Kindergarten | First | Second | Third | Fourth | Fifth

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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 Kevin Henkes
  • Books by P. D. Eastman
  • Books by Pat Hutchins
  • Books by Rosemary Wells
  • Books by Eric Carle
  • Arnold: Fly Guy books
  • Capucilli: The Biscuit books
  • Child: Charlie and Lola stories
  • Chaconas: The Cork and Fuzz books
  • Henkes: Penny books
  • Martin: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom  and other books by this author
  • McMullan: Pearl and Wagner books
  • Numeroff: If you Give a Pig a Pancake and other books by this author
  • Rosenthal: Little Hoot, Little Pea and other stories by this author
  • Rylant: Mr. Putter and Tabby books and Henry and Mudge books
  • Seuss: The Cat in the Hat and other books by this author
  • Shannon: The David books
  • Wells: Max and Ruby books
  • Willems: Piggie and Elephant books
  • Leveled Readers such as the “I Can Read” series and the "Stepping Stone" series
  • National Geographic non-fiction leveled readers

Children this age also enjoy age-appropriate poetry books, animal books, sports books, science books with beautiful illustrations, retold Aesop’s fables, traditional fairy and folk tales, crafts and how-to draw books, and other nonfiction titles of interest.

The Kindergarten teachers believe that the most important gift you can give to your child this summer is to read to her or him.


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:

Abbott: Fly Guy books & Secrets of Droon series
Applegate: Roscoe Riley books
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 books
Lobel: Frog and Toad books and other books by this author
McMullan: The Fluffy books
Mongredien: Oliver Moon books
Osborne: Magic Tree House books
Parish: Amelia Bedelia books
Roy: A-Z Mysteries
Rylant: Mr. Putter and Tabby books and Henry and Mudge books
Sendak: Little Bear books
Spires: Binky, the Space Cat
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
Kevin Henkes
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:

David Adler
Kelly Doudna
Margery Facklam
Helen Frost

Gail Gibbons
Bobbie Kalman
Jean Marzollo

Seymour Simon
Melissa Stewart
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 child entering second grade.

Look for fiction books by these authors:

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

Tony Johnston
Barbara Joosse
Steven Kellogg
Kathryn Lasky
Helen Lester
James Marshall
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 and poetry books by these authors:

Jim Arnosky
David Adler
Stephen Biesty
Gail Gibbons
Deborah Heiligman

Mary Ann Hoberman
Steve Jenkins
Jerry Pallotta
Jack Prelutsky
Melissa Stewart

Mark Stewart
Shel Silverstein
Seymour Simon
Greg Tang

Look for your favorite series:

All Aboard Science Reader
Amelia Bedelia stories
Caldecott winners/honors
Boxcar Children Mysteries
Cam Jansen stories
Clementine books
Commander Toad
Cork and Fuzz
Dial Easy-to-Read
DK Readers
Frog and Toad
Froggy
George and Martha
Geronimo Stilton books
Gus and Grandpa
Henry and Mudge
I Am Reading
I Can Read stories
Iris and Walter
Judy Moody stories
Junie B. Jones
Katie Kazoo
Little Bill books
Magic Tree House books
Mercy Watson books
Minnie and Moo
Mr. Putter and Tabby
Nate the Great stories
Pinky and Rex
Ready-to-Read books
Rookie Biographies
Rookie Read-About …
Rookie Reader
Secrets of Droon series
See More Readers
Sister Magic stories
Geronimo Stilton books
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, sports books, science books, with beautiful illustrations, animal books, nonfiction books about flight, paper airplane books, origami books, cookbooks, and other nonfiction titles of age appropriate interest. Second graders appreciate 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.

Favorite Fiction Texts:

Angleberger: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back
Child: Utterly Me, Clarice Bean
Clements: The Jacket and other titles by this author
Coville: Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
Dahl: Matilda
Gannett: My Father’s Dragon
Gutman: The Homework Machine

Hoberman: Strawberry Hill
Jenkins: Toys Go Out
Lindgren: Pippi Longstocking
Rockwell: How to Eat Fried Worms
White: Charlotte’s Web
Wiles: Aurora County All Stars and Love, Ruby Lavender

Favorite Authors:

Atinuke
Avi
Ann Cameron
Matt Christopher
Beverly Cleary
Andrew Clements
Kate DiCamillo
Edward Eager
Dan Gutman
James Howe

Peter Howe
Dick King-Smith
Suzy Kline
Lois Lowry
Patricia McKissack
Pactricia MacLaughlin
Mary Pope Osborne
Barbara Park
John Peterson
Patricia Polacco

Ron Roy
Cynthia Rylant
Louis Sachar
John Scieszka
Barbara Seuling
Jean Van Leeuwen
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Henry Winkler
Jane Yolen

Favorite series:

Abbott: Secrets of Droon series
Barrows: Ivy and Bean books
Blume: the Fudge series
Birdsall: The Penderwicks books
Buckley: The Sisters Grimm series
Cowell: How to Train Your Dragon books
Danziger: Amber Brown series
DiTerlizzi: Spiderwick Chronicles
Geronimo Stilton books
Gantos: Joey Pigza stories
Greenburg: The Zack Files series

Greene: Owen Foote books
Gutman: Babe and Me stories and others by this author
Hicks: Gym Shorts series
Hunter: Warriors series
Kerrin: Martin Bridge series
Krulik: Katie Kazoo books
MacDonald: Judy Moody series
MacDonald: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books
McMullen: Dragon Slayers’ Academy series
Osborne: Magic Tree House series
Park: Junie B. Jones books

Pennypacker: Clementine books
Roy: A to Z Mysteries
Rylant: The Cobble Street Cousins series
Salisbury: The Calvin Coconut books
Scieszka: The Time Warp Trio series
Sobol: Encyclopedia Brown books
Warner: The Boxcar Children series
The American Girl series
The Dear America series
The Horse Diaries

Nonfiction Books and Authors:

David Adler
Aliki
Face to Face with ___ National Geographic animal series
If You Lived at the Time... series
Melvin Berger
Joanna Cole
Douglas Florian (poetry)
Gail Gibbons
Kathleen Krull
Jack Prelutsky (poetry)
Judith St. George
Seymour Simon
Melissa Stewart
Mark Stewart
Shel Silverstein (poetry)
You Wouldn’t Want to Be… series

Biography:
A Picture Book of… series by Adler
Matt Christopher sports biographies
Who Was…Biography series

Folktales, Fairy Tales, Fables, and Myth

Arnold Lobel’s Fables
D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths
Eric Kimmel stories
Osborne—Tales from the Odyssey
Robert San Souci stories

Children this age also enjoy reading Caldecott Award Winners, Aesop’s fables, fairy tales, folktales, poetry books, science books with beautiful illustrations, animal books, nonfiction books about flight, paper airplane books, origami books, cookbooks, graphic novels, and other nonfiction titles of age-appropriate interest.  They also love to read age-appropriate magazines, like National Geographic Kids and Sports Illustrated for Kids.


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.

  • Christensen: Woody Gutherie: Poet of the People
  • Davidson: Julia Morgan Built a Castle
  • Jones: Five Brilliant Scientists
  • Hudson: Five Brave Explorers
  • Who was ___biographies by various authors
  • Lewis and Clark biographies by various authors
  • 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.

  • Brink: Caddie Woodlawn
  • Curtis: The Mighty Miss Malone
  • Ryan: Riding Freedom
  • Wilder: Farmer Boy
  • Wilder: Little House on the Prairie
  • Various authors: Dear America titles
  • Or a historical fiction book about California

Realistic Fiction – story using made-up characters but could happen in real life.

  • Birdsall: The Penderwicks
  • Blume: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
  • Davies: The Lemonade War
  • Gantos: The Joey Pigza books
  • Lowry: The Willoughbys
  • MacLachlan: Sarah, Plain and Tall
  • Gardiner: Stone Fox           
  • Hoberman: Strawberry Hill
  • Or another realistic fiction of your choice

Mystery – suspenseful story about a puzzling event that is not solved until the end of the story.           

  • Allison: Gilda Joyce series
  • Banks: The Farthest-Away Mountain
  • Buckley: The Sisters Grimm series              
  • Avi: Who Stole the Wizard Of Oz?
  • Horowitz: The Diamond Brothers mysteries
  • Hoeye: Time Stops for No Mouse series
  • Selznick: The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck
  • Byars: The Herculeah Jones mysteries
  • Or another mystery of your choice

Fantasy – story including elements that are impossible such as talking animals or magical powers.

  • Avi: Poppy stories
  • Atwater: Mr. Popper’s Penguins           
  • Barrows: The Magic Half
  • Barry: Peter and the Starcatcher series
  • Coville: Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
  • DuPrau: The City of Ember series
  • Funke: The Thief Lord
  • Lin: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
  • Riordan: The Percy Jackson series
  • Or another fantasy of your choice

Science Fiction – type of fantasy that uses science and technology (robots, time machines, etc.).

  • Anderson: Whales on Stilts
  • Gutman: The Homework Machine
  • Haddix: Running out of Time
  • L'Engle: Wrinkle in Time series
  • Nix: Seventh Tower series                       
  • Stewart: Mysterious Benedict Society books
  • Or another science fiction of your choice

Our Fourth Graders also study the Bay Area environments. If you find books on wetlands and water issues of California, it would be helpful for building background knowledge.

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


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
•Dahl: Boy
•Hoose: Claudette Colvin: Twice Tword Justice
•Nelson: We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
•Spinelli: Knots in My Yo-Yo String
•Stone: Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
•Telegemeier:Smile
•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           
•Anderson: Chains
•Fritz: The Cabin Faced West
•Schmidt: The Wednesday Wars
•Vanderpool: Moon over Manifest
•Or another historical fiction book

Realistic Fiction – story using made-up characters but could happen in real life

•Choldenko: Al Capone Does My Shirts
•Lupica: Summerball
Palacio: Wonder
•Van Draanen: Flipped
•Books by Gordon Korman
•Books by Jerry Spinelli
•Books by Lisa Yee
•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
•Hahn: Closed for the Season
•Byars: The Dark Stairs mysteries
•Horowitz: The Diamond Brothers mysteries
•Mass: The Candymakers
•Sherry: Walls Within Walls
•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
•Mass: 11 Birthdays and other titles
•Mull: Fablehaven series
•Flanagan: Ranger’s Apprentice series
•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
•Cody: Powerless
•DiTerlizzi: The Search for WondLa
•Haddix: Among the Hidden series
•Lowry: The Giver
•Stead: When You Reach Me
•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

Magazines-
Children of this age are becoming very interested in magazines such as Discover, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Time, The Week, Science News, HowStuffWorks Express, and Yes Mag.

May, 2012