READING FOR FUN!

Tips to Make Summer Reading Happen

  1. CHOICE - Let the kids choose the books they wish to read.
  2. BOUNTY - Provide lots of opportunities for the kids to come in contact with as many books as possible. Fill your home and your life with books. The more books the kids come in contact with, the more likely they will find one that piques their interest.
  3. TIME - Make sure your kids have plenty of time and opportunities to read. Cut back on time spent with TV, video games, computers, and tablets.
  4. LIBRARY - Take advantage of your local public libraries. Bring the kids and let them loose in the library. Let them check out books to take home.
  5. TECHNOLOGY - Consider audiobooks, iPads, Kindles, and Nooks for a reading experience!
  6. READABILITY - Help the kids find books that they can actually comprehend. Ask your child to tell you about the story s/he is reading. When choosing a book, use the 5 finger test to decide if it's the right book. 

5 Finger Test

Here are some fun and exciting books that students can read during the summer months or throughout the year when you have some free time!

Book Title
Author
Grade
Reading
Leve
l
Type of Book
 There's an Alligator Under My Bed
Mercer Mayer
2
 
 Where The Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak
2  
 The Magician's Hat
Joanne Lew-Vriethoff, Malcolm Mitchell
2  
 Princess Truly in I am Truly
Kelly Greenawalt, Amariah Rauscher
2  
 If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Felicia Bond, Laura Joffe Numeroff
2  
 The Gruffalo
Axel Scheffler, Julia Donaldson
2  
 Otter Goes to School
Sam Garton
2  

Amelia Bedelia series:

  • Amelia Bedelia and the Baby
  • Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping
  • and many more!
Peggy Parish
2  

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some... series

  • Leaves!
  • Books!
  • Frog!
  • and many more!
Lucille Colandro, Jared D. Lee
2  
 Pig the Winner
Aaron Blabey
2  
 Cam Jansen and the Secret Service Mystery
Susanna Natti, David A. Adler
2  
 Spiders Laura Marsh
2  
 What If You Had Animal Eyes?
Sandra Markle, Howard McWilliam
2  

The Junie B. Jones series:

  • Junie B. Jones is a Party Animal
  • Julie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus
  • and many more!
Barbara Park
2  

The Magic Tree House series:

  • Hour of the Olympics
  • Night of the Ninjas
  • and many  more!
  2  
 How I Became a Pirate
Melinda Long, David Shannon
2  
The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow
Andy Griffith
1 Silly
 We Are in a Book
Mo Willems
1 Silly
 Who Is That, Cat the Cat?
Mo Willems
1 Real Life/Friendship
 Slow, Slow Sloths
Bonnie Bader
1 Animal story
 We Dig Worms
Kevin McCloskey
1 Animal story
 The Bad Guys #1
Aaron Blabey
2 Funny
 Bird and Squirrel on Ice
James Burks
2 Funny
 Captain Underpants
Dav Pilkey
2 Funny
 They Don't Teach This in Worm School
Simone Lia
2 Funny
 The Year of ... (series)
Andrea Cheng
3 Friendship
 My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish
Mo O'Hara
3 Funny
 I Survived (series)
Lauren Tarshis
3 Adventure/Mystery
 Of Giants and Ice (series)
Shelby Bach
3 Fantasy
 Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie
Jordan Sonnenblick
6-8  
 The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade
Jordan Sonnenblick
6-8  
 The War that Saved My Life
Kimberley Brubaker Bradley
6-8  
 Absolutely Almost
Lisa Graff
6-8  
 Rhyme Schemer
K.A. Holt
6-8  
 The Crossover
Kwame Alexander
6-8  
 Summerlost
Ally Condie
6-8  
 Ghost Jason Reynolds
6-8  
 Free Verse
Sarah Dooley
6-8  
 Esperanza Rising
Pam Munoz Ryan
6-8  
 Rain Reign
Ann M. Martin
6-8  
 Ape and Armadillo Take Over the World
James Sturm
3-5  
 Almost Paradise
Corabel Shofner
3-5  
 Charlie & Mouse
Laurel Snyder
3-5  
 Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Rita Williams-Garcia
3-5  
 Cucumber Quest
Gigi D.G.
3-5  
 Flying Lessons & Other Stories
Ellen Oh
3-5  
 Hello, Universe
Erin Entrada Kelly
3-5  
 Lemons Melissa Savage
3-5  
 Wish Tree
Katherine Applegate
3-5  
 Older than Dirt
Don Brown
3-5  
 Lola Levine is Not Mean!
Monica Brown
3-5  
 After the Fall
Dan Santat
K-2  
 The Bad Seed
Jory John
K-2  
 Big Cat, Little Cat
Elisha Cooper
 K-2  
 The Book of Mistakes
Corinna Luyken
 K-2  
 Fly Guy Presents: Castles
Tedd Arnold
 K-2  
 Freedom in Congo Square
Carole Boston
 K-2  
 Get a Hit, Mo!
David A. Adler
 K-2  
 Good Night, Planet
Liniers
K-2  
 Hank's Big Day: They Story of a Bug
Evan Kuhlman
K-2  
 What Do You Do with a Problem?
Kobi Yamada
K-2  
 My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis
Paul Meisel
K-2   
 Poppleton in Winter
Cynthia Rylant
2  Trade Book
 Where Do Polar Bears Live?
Sarah L. Thomson
 2  Trade Book
 Exploring Space Travel
Laura Hamilton Waxman
 2  Trade Book