Summer Reading Lists
Posted on 06/07/2019
Hurt Park student reading a bookIf you want your child to succeed in school and life, they need to read, read, read.  It is that simple.  The difficult part is finding the right book for your child that is age appropriate.  But wait, Roanoke City Schools has done the work for you!  During the summer, please encourage your children to read something every day.

Here are suggested summer reading lists for elementary students:

*The author has other titles that may be of interest to a young student.

RCPS Kindergarten Suggested Summer Reading List

  • Tiny Titan series (k-3 version) by Art Baltazar
  • Biscuit series by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  • Amigos by Eric Carle*
  • Pete the Cat series by Kimberly and James Dean
  • Llama Llama series by Anna Dewdney
  • Dog’s 123: A Canine Counting Adventure by Emma Dodd*
  • Rain Fish by Lois Ehlert*
  • Let’s Talk Soccer in the Scholastic nonfiction reader series
  • When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes*
  • Creature Features by Steve Jenkins*
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff *
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin*
  • I Spy series by Jean Marzollo
  • The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney*
  • Mr. Putter & Tabby Clear the Decks by Cynthia Rylant*
  • No, David! by David Shannon*
  • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate*
  • Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas*
  • Big Machines and/or other Eyewitness Reader booksby Karen Wallace
  • Elephant & Piggie series by Mo Willems


RCPS First Grade Suggested Summer Reading List

  • Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a … series by Lucille Colando
  • Pete the Cat series by James Dean
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss*
  • Princess Posey series by Stephanie Greene
  • Babymouse series by Jennifer Holm
  • Sam series by Mary Labatt
  • Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel
  • Froggy series by Jonathan London
  • Katie Woo series by Fran Manushkin
  • Little Critter series by Mercer Mayer
  • Henry and Mudge series (ready-to-read) by Cynthia Rylant
  • Nate the Great series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
  • Splat the cat series by Rob Scotton
  • Chester series by Melanie Watt
  • Elephant & Piggie series by Mo Williams
  • The Napping House by Audrey Wood*
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? by Jane Yolan*
  • Rookie Biography series
  • Rookie Read about Science series


RCPS Second Grade Suggested Summer Reading List

  • The Secrets of Droon series by Tony Abbott
  • Cam Jansen series by David Alder
  • Roscoe Riley Rules series by Katherine Applegate
  • Once, I Laughed My Socks Off by Steve Attewell*
  • Humphrey series by Betty Birney
  • The Secret Zoo series by Bryan Chick
  • Pete the Cat series by James Dean
  • Owl Diaries series by Rebecca Elliot
  • My Weird School series by Dan Gutman
  • Squish series by Jennifer Holm
  • Princess Pink and the Land of the Fake-Believe series by Noah Jones
  • Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel
  • Katie Woo series by Fran Manushkin
  • Stink series by Megan McDonald
  • Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant
  • Skippyjon Jones series by Judy Schachner
  • Dog and Bear series by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • Dino-series by Lisa Wheeler
  • Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems


RCPS Third Grade Suggested Summer Reading List

  • Twice I Laughed My Socks Off by Steve Attewell*
  • Eerie Elementary series by Jack Chabert
  • Notebook of Doom series by Troy Cummings
  • Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo
  • Owl Diaries series by Rebecca Elliot
  • Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles by Douglas Florian*
  • My Weird School series by Dan Gutman
  • Charlie Bumpers series by Bill Harley
  • Squish series by Jennifer Holm
  • Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe series by Noah Jones
  • Captain Awesome series by Stan Kirby
  • Lunch Lady series by Jarrett Krosoczka
  • Kung Pow Chicken series by Cindy Marko
  • Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald
  • Ordinary People Change the World series by Brad Meltzer
  • Whatever After series by Sarah Mylnowski
  • Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Wayside School series by Louis Sachar
  • Bone series by Jeff Smith
  • Frankie Pickle series by Eric Wright


RCPS Fourth Grade Suggested Summer Reading List

  • Quarterback Rush by Carl Bowen*
  • Last Kids on Earth series by Max Brallier
  • Mission: Polar Bear Rescue by Nancy Cataldo*
  • Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs series by Sharon Draper
  • My Weird School series by Dan Gutman
  • Babymouse series by Jennifer Holm
  • Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly*
  • Amulet seriesby Kazu Kibuishi
  • Savvy series by Ingrid Law
  • Key Hunters series by Eric Luper
  • Who Was Harriet Tubman? by Yona Zeldis McDonough
  • Wing & Claw series by Linda Sue Park
  • Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce
  • Story Thieves series by James Riley
  • Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
  • Tapper Twins series by Geoff Rodkey
  • Fuzzy Mudby Louis Sachar*
  • Geronimo Stilton series by Geronimo Stilton
  • I Survived: True Stories series by Lauren Tarshis
  • 39 Clues series by Jude Watson


RCPS Fifth Grade Suggested Summer Reading List

  • Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger
  • According to Humphrey series by Betty Birney
  • Fred Bowen Sport series by Fred Bowen
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl*
  • Lemonade War series by Jacqueline Davies
  • Ember series by Jeanne Duprau
  • Spy School series by Stuart Gibbs
  • Charlie Joe Jackson series by Tommy Greenwald
  • Zita the Spacegirl series by Ben Hatke
  • Swindle series by Gordon Korman
  • Weird but True series published by National Geographic
  • I Funny series by James Patterson
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Bone series by Jeff Smith
  • Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket
  • I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis
  • My Life series – Janet Tashjian
  • David Mortimer Baxter series – Karen Tayleur
  • Babysitter’s Club series – Raina Telgemeier
  • Gaither Sisters series - Rita Williams-Garcia

Middle School Suggested Reading List:

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

Quarterback Season by Fred Bowen

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake

Wringer by Jerry Spinelli


 


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