Suggested Summer Reading Lists for Elementary Students

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Creating a Summer Reading List

Summer reading is key to academic success. Creating a summer reading list for your students is important because it allows your students to continue to stimulate their mind over the break. This will help them adjust to their return to class the next school year and they will aid in their retention of knowledge over the summer.

Some teachers have ideas about what they would like for their students to read over the summer. One strategy is to create a list to have all of your upcoming students read so that you can go over it as a class. This is more effective in the higher grades, such as 5th and 6th grade. Another option is to have your students choose reading independently from a comphrensive list and complete a summer reading log. If your school participates in the Accelerated Reader program, you may want to encourage them to read AR books to up their points at the beginning of the year.

There are many ways to make your summer reading list fun. The key is to have your students consistently reading books over the summer that are at grade level. The books found on the following reading lists may be at your local library, at a bookstore or purchased on Amazon. These lists are to aid you in deciding what your students should be reading this summer.

Books for 2nd and 3rd Graders

The Children Who Smelled a Rat Ahlberg

Ivy and Bean Barrows

Flat Stanley Brown

The Stories Julian Tells Cameron

The Legend of Spud Murphy Colfer

Mercy Watson to the Rescue DiCamillo (From the Mercy Watson series)

Happy Go Lucky Earhart

Stone Fox Gardiner

Moxie Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little Gifford

Babymouse: Queen of the World Holm (From the Babymouse series)

On the Dog Greenburg

Owen Foote, Mighty Scientist Greene

Miss Daisy is Crazy Gutman

Starring Grace Hoffman

Class Clown Hurwitz

Martin Bridge: Sound the Alarm! Kerrin

Song Lee in Room 2B Kline

Dragonling Koller

Gooney Bird Greene Koller

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle MacDonald

Sarah Plain and Tall MacLachlan

Gold-Threaded Dress Marsden

The Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean McCall Smith

Judy Moody McDonald (From the Judy Moody series)

Third Grade Stinks McKenna

Violet Bing and the Grand House Paros

Clementine Pennypacker

The Littles Peterson

Marvin Redpost: Class President Sachar (From the Marvin Redpost series)

Knights of the Kitchen Table Sciezza

Chocolate Fever Smith

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective Sobol

Best Friend Emma Warner

Magic Paintbrush Yep

Books for 4th and 5th Graders

Firegirl Abbott

Whales on Stilts Anderson

One-Handed Catch Auch

Good Dog Avi

Chasing Vermeer Balliet

The Field Guide Black

Togo Blake

The Fairy-Tale Detectives Buckley

The Report Card Clements

The Miraculous Journey and Edward Tulane DiCamilo

The Thief Lord Funke

The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid Gerenime

The Liberation of Gabriel King Going

The Onts Greenburg

Satch and Me Gutman

Ida B and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World Hannigan

Goose Chase Kindl

Year of the Dog Lim

Rules Lord

Gossamer Lowry

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining Mazer

Kiki Strikes Inside the Shadow City Miller

Double Life Richards

Safe at Home Robinson

Becoming Naomi Leon Ryan

Magyk Sage

Tees Seidler

Invention of Huge Cabret Selznich

Case of the Missing Marquess Springer

Secret Identity Van Draanen

Niagara Falls, Or Does It? Winkler

Millicent Min, Girl Genius Yee


  • Lists of books gathered from the Wake County Public Library in Raleigh, North Carolina

This post is part of the series: Reading Lists

We’ve gathered reading lists to help you in your pursuit of education.

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  2. Recommended Books for Summer for Ninth Graders
  3. Summer Reading Lists by Grade Level for Elementary Students
  4. 7th Grade Summer Reading List
  5. Add These Books to Your Reading Lists by Grade Level