Summer Reading List



Entering Kindergarten
A little yellow dog wants ever one more thing before he'll go to sleep.

Capucilli, Alyssa. Biscuit.


Presents four stories starring Clifford, the big red dog, as he grows from a puppy into a huge house-sized dog, has a birthday party, and becomes a movie star.

Bridwell. Norman. Clifford.

"Fighting like cats and dogs" does not apply to Henry's puppy, Mudge, and his new friend, Fluffy.

Rylant, Cynthia. Puppy Mudge Finds a Friend.


Entering First Grade


Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge..

Rylant, Cynthia. Henry and Mudge.

Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends - Frog and Toad.

Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad.

A young boy who enjoys playing junior detective is called upon to help a friend find a missing painting.

Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman. Nate the Great.


Entering Second Grade


When a thief takes the box office money at the school play, Cam uses her photographic memory to solve the mystery.

Adler, David A. Cam Jansen and the School Play Mystery.

As he gets ready for a class trip, a boy worries about all the things that might go wrong--but they are nothing to what he experiences the day of the excursion.

Thaler, Mike. The Class Trip from the Black Lagoon.

His friends tease Arthur when he gets glasses, but he soon learns to wear them with pride.

Brown, Marc Tolon. Arthur's Eyes.

Jack and Annie experience a series of time-travel adventures.

Osborne, Mary Pope. Magic Tree House.


Entering Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade


Frank and Joe investigate after two teenagers are apparently frightened to death at the Undercliff House of Detention, a juvenile detention facility in Connecticut that was originally an insane asylum.

Dixon, Franklin W. Hardy Boys - Haunted: Special Ghost Stories Edition.

Nancy's friend Sydney, a model, is getting married to a reality-show star, but someone is trying to ruin the wedding and Nancy must uncover the culprit.

Keene, Carolyn. Nancy Drew.

A box set presents the adventures of the Grace children who have some unusual experiences after they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures.

Black, Holly and DiTerlizzi, Tony. The Spiderwick Chronicles.

Wiglaf is off to Dragon Slayers' Academy and in for a first day of school he will never forget.

McMullen, Kate. Dragon Slayer Academy: The New Kid at School.


Marty loses his lucky baseball bat, and his confidence along with it, and wonders if he will recover both in time to help the Tigers win the championship.

Christopher, Matt. The Lucky Baseball Bat.

Puzzles accompany the story of a visit to Rock Castle State Park, where the students in Mrs. Jeepers's class suspect that their vampire teacher plans to use her magic brooch to bring the rocks to life as monsters.

Dadey, Debbie. Mrs. Jeeper's Monster Class Trip.

Hank the Cowdog, Head of Ranch Security, is framed for the murder of a chicken and becomes an outlaw with the coyotes.

Erickson, John R. The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog.


Entering Sixth and Seventh Grade


Bored with her new life in a rainy Washington town, Isabella Swan finds her situation transforming into one of thrills and terror when she becomes involved with alluring vampire Edward Cullen, who struggles to keep his identity a secret.

Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight.

After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.

Snicket, Lemony. Series of Unfortunate Events.

Having been transformed into a pretty girl after making promises while living in her ugly life, Tally is a happy girl with new friends and a positive outlook, but when the past comes calling, Tally doesn't want to live up to her obligations and now must fight to keep the life she loves without making the sacrifices expected by others. By the author of Uglies.

Westerfeld, Scott. Pretties.

When Rusty, an ordinary housecat, becomes ThunderClan's new apprentice, he quickly realizes that the comfortable world in his past life has not prepared him for the hardships he now faces and so must work extra hard to meet others' expectations and prove he can be a true warrior.

Hunter, Erin. Warriors.


Entering Eighth and Ninth Grade


Vowing to return to his father--the city storyteller--his lost gift of speech, Haroun begins a quest that introduces him to a mad bus driver, the Shadow Warriors, and the land of darkness.

Rushdie, Salman. Haroun and the Sea of Stories.

As Uma, the unmarriageable adult daughter of an Indian lawyer, copes with her parents' demands and traditional Indian family life, her younger brother, Arun, must face a vastly different life living with an American family in a Massachusetts suburb.

Desai, Anita. Fasting and Feasting.

Conceived to provide a bone marrow match for her leukemia-stricken sister, teenage Kate begins to question her moral obligations in light of countless medical procedures and decides to fight for the right to make decisions about her own body.

Picoult, Jodi. My Sister's Keeper.

Four years after his daughter is abducted and evidence of her murder is found in an abandoned shack, Mackenzie Allen Philips returns to the shack in response to a note claiming to be from God, and has a life-changing experience.

Young, William P. The Shack.


Entering Tenth Grade


Based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning articles in The Wall Street Journal, the author follows a determined black youngster from a violent school in Washington, D.C., to the bewildering world of the Ivy League.

Suskind, Ron. A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League.

Portrays a terrifying vision of life in the future when a totalitarian government, considered a "Negative Utopia," watches over all citizens and directs all activities, becoming more powerful as time goes by.

Orwell, George. 1984.

A story of friendship set in nineteenth-century China follows an elderly woman and her companion as they communicate their hopes, dreams, joys, and tragedies through a unique secret language.

See, Lisa. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

An expert at simulated war games, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin believes that he is engaged in one more computer war game when, in truth, he is commanding the last Earth fleet against an alien race seeking Earth's complete destruction. Nebula and Hugo Winner.

Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game.


Entering Eleventh Grade


After her "stand-in mother," a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.

Kid, Sue Monk. The Secret Life of Bees .

A Japanese-American fisherman's 1954 murder trial becomes the backdrop of a story that follows a doomed love affair between a white boy and a Japanese girl, a simmering land dispute, and the wartime internment of San Piedro's Japanese residents.

Guterson, David. Snow Falling on Cedars.

A look at the world of teens who face unbearable pressure to succeed explores such issues as intense stress, sports rage, parental guilt, the study drug black market, and the cutthroat college admissions process, as well as their impact on young people.

Robbins, A. The Overachievers: Secret Lives of Driven Kids .

The author recounts his childhood in Depression-era Brooklyn as the child of Irish immigrants who decide to return to worse poverty in Ireland when his infant sister dies.

McCourt, Frank. Angela’s Ashes.


Entering Twelfth Grade


A portrait of gifted violinist Nathaniel Ayers traces his education at Juilliard, his struggles with schizophrenia, the factors that led to his homelessness in Los Angeles, his friendship with the author, and the author's efforts to improve the musician's life.

Lopez, Steve. The Soloist.

A young African-American man describes growing up in an all-black Brooklyn housing project, one of twelve children of a white mother and black father, and discusses his mother's contributions to his life and coming to terms with his confusion over his own identity.

McBride, James. The Color of Water.

In the unusual world of Green Town, Illinois, a twelve-year-old discovers the wonders of reality and the power of imagination during the summer of 1928.

Bradbury, Ray. Dandelion Wine.

A captivating expose of the fast food industry by the author of Fast Food Nation presents some new and startling facts geared to the number one consumer of fast food: children.

Schlosser, Eric & Wilson, Charles. Chew on This.