Summer Reading Lists
Posted on 06/10/2020
Grandin Court teacher reading to studentsReading is important!  Students should read at least twenty minutes every single day.  District Reading Specialists have put together suggested reading lists for all grade levels.  We hope you find these titles helpful.

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Elementary Summer Reading Lists.docx

Middle School Summer Reading Ideas.docx

High School Summer Reading Ideas.docx

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 Mud by 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 Summer Reading Ideas

A Wrinkle in Time,  by Madeline L’Engle

Across Five Aprils,  by Irene Hunt

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Dragonwings by Laurence Yep

Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Locomotion by Jaqueline Woodson

Necessary Roughness by Marie G. Lee

No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

Quarterback Season by Fred Bowen

Restart by Gordan Korman

Seedfolks, by Paul Fleishman

Soldier’s Heart, by Gary Paulsen

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Taking Sides, by Gary Soto

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Cay by Theodore Taylor

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Woodsong by Gary Paulsen

Wringer by Jerry Spinelli

High School Summer Reading Ideas

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Along For The Ride  by Sara Dessen

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Bluefish- Pat Schmatz Every Other Day by David Levithan

Boy Nobody – Allen Zadoff Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Boy 21 by Matthew Quick

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Deviant – Ellen Fitzgerald If I Stay by  Gayle Forman

Divergent by  Veronica Roth

Does My Head Look Big in This by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg

Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe by Douglas Adams

I Am Malala: The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by  Malala Yousafzai

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Kill Me Softly  by Sarah Cross

Life As I Knew It  by Susan Pfeffer

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff

Notes from the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Persepolis by Marijane Satrapi

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Selection  by Kiera Cass

Shiver  by Maggie Stiefvater

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Stamped, Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Brother Torres by Coert Voorhees

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Contender by Robert Lipsyte

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Moon and More  by Sarah Dessen

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Uglies  by Scott Westerfeld

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unwind  by Neal Shusterman

When You Were Here  by Daisy Whitney

With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo




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