Summer Reading List for 2017

Please note that selections are given approximate grade levels, but are not meant to be prescriptive. Selections for older children can be appropriate read alouds, and children vary widely in their abilities. The most important thing in choosing summer reads is that your child chooses the books to read, wants to read them, and reads comfortably when reading independently..


Primary Division Summer Read: Faith Ringgold. Tar Beach

New and Notable:

Bagley, Jessica. Laundry Day (K-2nd)

Del Rizzo, Suzanne. My Beautiful Birds (K-2nd)

Graegin, Stephanie. Little Fox in the Forest (K-2nd)

Vega, Dennis. If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed (K-2nd)

Ji-li, Jiang.  Lotus and Feather (K-3rd)

Desmond, Jenni. The Polar Bear (K-3rd)

Robertson, David. When We Were Alone (2nd-5th)

Ruurs, Margaret. Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey (3rd-5th)

Sanna, Francesca. The Journey (3rd-5th)

Ain, Beth. Izzy Kline Has Butterflies: A Novel in Small Moments (4th-5th)

Carter, Caela. Forever, or a Long, Long Time (4th-5th)

Van de Vendel, Edward. A Dog Like Sam (4th-5th)

Haring, Kay. Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing (K-5th)


Entering Kindergarten

(Many are great to read aloud to twos and threes, depending on the child.)



Arnold, Tedd. Fix This Mess.

Bang, Molly. Diez, Nueve, Ocho.

Barracca, Debra. The Adventures of Taxi Dog.

Barratt, Judi. Old MacDonald Had an Apartment House.

Barton, Byron. My Bus.

Bee, William. Digger Dog.

Blechman, Nicholas. Night Light.

Boudreau, Helene. I Dare You Not to Yawn.

Brown, Peter. The Curious Garden.

Bunting, Eve. Tweak, Tweak.

Choi, Yangsook. New Cat.

Collier, Bryan. Uptown.

Donaldson, Julia. The Highway Rat.

Donaldson, Julia. Superworm.

Dorros, Arthur. Papa and Me.

Egan, Tim. Dodsworth in New York.

Fogliano, Julie. If You Want to See a Whale.

Foley, Greg. Thank You, Bear.

Fox, Mem. Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!

Fox, Mem. Good Night, Sleep Tight.

Galdone, Paul. The Three Little Kittens.

Gigante, Paul. How Many Snails: A Counting Book.

Grey, Mini. Toys in Space.

Godwin, Laura. Central Park Serenade.

Heo, Yumi. One Afternoon.

Isadora, Rachel. Listen to the City.

Jacobs, DuBois. My Subway Ride.

James, Simon. Nurse Clementine.

Jocelyn, M. Same Same.

Kinmura, Ken. 999 Frogs Wake Up.

Klausmeier, Jesse. Open This Little Book.

Lee, Mark. 20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street.

Lin, Grace. Dim Sum for Everyone.

Long, Melinda. How I Became a Pirate.

Mack, Jeff. The Things I Can Do.

Mahy, Margaret. Bubble Trouble.

Mahy, Margaret. Mister Whistler.

Martin, Bill. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

Martin, Bill. Ten Little Caterpillars.

Martin, David. Peep and Ducky.

Park, Linda Sue. Be-Bim Bop.

Parr, Todd. The Family Book.

Priceman, Marjorie. Froggie Went A-Courting.

Raschka, Hip Hop Dog.

Reid, Barbara. The Subway Mouse.

Rosen, Michael. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

Seeger, Laura. Dog and Bear.

Stein, David Ezra. Ol’ Mama Squirrel.

Varon, Sarah. Chicken and Cat.

Wellington, Monica. Night City.

Wells, Rosemary. Stella’s Starliner.

Wood, Audrey. Silly Sally.

Yerkes, Jennifer. A Funny Little Bird.

Yum, Hyemon. This is Our House.


Entering First and Second Grades



Adler, David. Young Cam Jansen and the Missing Cookie.

Alda Arlene. Lulu’s Piano Lesson

Anholt, Lawrence. Picasso and the Girl with the Pony Tail.

Benjamin, Floella. My Two Grannies. And My Two Grandads.

Berger, Samantha. Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry.

Brown, Peter. The Curious Garden.

Bryan, Ashley. Beautiful Blackbird.

Bryan, Jennifer. The Different Dragon.

Bunting, Eve. Frog and Friends (Series)

Capucilli,Alyssa. Biscuit (Series)

Catalanotto, Peter. More of Monkey & Robot

Cronin, Doreen. Diary of a Fly.

Cooper, Ilene. The Golden Rule.

Croza, Laurel. From There to Here.

Davies, Nicola. The Promise.

DePaola, Tomie. Hide and Seek All Week (Series)

Devi, Dulari. Following My Paintbrush.

Fern, Tracy. Pippo the Fool

Fleming, Candace. When Agnes Caws

Gall, Chris. Dog vs. Cat.

Gerstein, Mordecai. Sparrow Jack

Guest, Elissa Hayden. Iris and Walter (Series)

Hartfield, Claire. Me and Uncle Romie: A Story Inspired by the Life and Art of Romare Bearden.

Hall, Bruce. Henry and the Kite Dragon.

Henkes, Kevin. The Year of Billy Miller.

Hoff, Syd. Mrs. Brice’s Mice.

Hoffman, Mary. Princess Grace.

Huget, Jennifer. How to Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps.

Hughes, Susan. Four Seasons of Patrick.

Jenkins, Emily. A Little Bit Scary People.

Jenkins, Emily. Skunkdog.

Klise, Kate. The Show Must Go On.

Lagercrantz, Rose. My Happy Life.

Lin, Grace. Ling & Ting Share a Birthday.

Liniers, The Big Wet Balloon.

Lo, Ginnie. Majong All Day Long.

Lobel, Arnold. Grasshopper on the Road.

Lord, Michelle Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin.

Offill, Jenny. Sparky.

McKay, Hilary. Lulu and the Cat in the Bag.

Mills, Claudia. Annika Riz, Math Whiz.

Pennypacker, Sara. Clementine and the Spring Trip.

Polacco, Patricia. Mr. Lincoln’s Way.

Pomerantz, Charlotte. The Outside Dog.

Rodman, Mary Ann, My Best Friend.

Rubbino, Salvatore. A Walk in Paris.

Rylant, Cynthia. Mr. Putter and Tabby. (Series)

Shah, Indries. The Old Woman and the Eagle.

Stout, Shawn K., Penelope Crumb Finds  

Tan, Shaun. Rules of Summer.

Viorst, Judith. Lulu’s Mysterious Mission.

Woodson, Jacqueline. We Had a Picnic This Past Sunday.

Ziefert, Harriet. Henry’s Wrong Turn.



Days Like This: A Collection of Small Poetry

Talking Like the Rain: A First Book of Poetry

Adoff, Arnold. Back is Brown is Tan

Brown, Margaret Wise. Nibble, Nibble: Poems for Children

Florian, Douglas. Summersaults

Grimes, Nikki. A Pocketful of Poems

Kuskin, Karla. Moon, Have You Met My Mother?

Moore, Lillian. Mural on Second Avenue: And Other City Poems

Yolen, Jane. Least Things



Armstrong, Jennifer. Audunbon:  Painter of Birds in the Wild Fronrier.

Aston, Diane Hutts. A Butterfly is Patient.

Baney-Winters, Lisa. On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids.

Bassman, Michael. Chess for Kids.

Berne, Jennifer. On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein.

Blackwood, Gary. The Shakespeare Stealer (Series)

Corey, Shana. Players in Pigtails.

Darsie, Richard. String Games.

Day, Leslie. A Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City.

Driscoll, Laura. The Bravest Cat: The True Story of Scarlett.

Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House. (Series)

George, Lindsay Barrett. In the Garden: Who’s Been Here.

Gibbons, Gail. Weather Words and What They Mean.

Greene, Bette. Summer of My German Soldier.

Heiligman, Deborah. The Boy Who Loved Math: The Impossible Life of Paul Erdos

Himmelman, John. A Luna Moth’s Life.

Messner, Kate. Over and Under the Snow.

McCarthy, Meghan. The Incredible Life of Balto.

McDonnell, Patrick. Me…Jane.

Murphy, Stuart. Dave’s Down-to-Earth Rock Shop.

Nakano, Dokuotei. Easy Origami.

Rey, H. A. Find the Constellations.

Schaefer, Lola. What’s Up, What’s Down.

Sweet, Melissa. Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade.

Winter, Jeanette. The Tale of Pale Male: A True Story.

Wyler, Rose. Magic Secrets.’

Zoehfeld, Kathleen. What’s Alive?


Entering Third and Fourth Grades



Adelson, Leone. The Terrible Mr. Twitmeyer.

Almond, David. Mouse Bird Snake Wolf.

Altbacker, EJ. Shark Wars (Series)

Alverez, Julia. How Tia Lola Came to Visit/Stay

Ahlberg, Allan. The Man Who Wore All His Clothes.

Applegate, Katherine. Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs (Series)

Asch, Frank. Star Jumper: Journal of a Cardboard Genius (Series)

Atinuke. Anna Hibiscus (Series)

Banerjee, Anjali. Seaglass Summer.

Barnes, Derrick. Brand-New School, Brave New Ruby (Series)

Barshaw, Ruth M. Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen Will Travel. (Series)

Barrows, Annie. Ivy + Bean Make the Rules (Series)

Bauer, Marion D. Runt.

Beatty, Andrea. Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies.

Betencourt, I Want a Pony (Series)

Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy (Series)

Blume, Lesley M. Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters.

Bowe, Julie. My Last Best Friend (Series)

Bruel, Nicky. Bad Kitty Gets a Bath (Series)

Butler, Dori Hillestaid, The Case of the Lost Boy (Series)

Carbone, Elisa Lynn. Starting School with an Enemy.

Clements, Andrew. Jake Drake, Bully Buster.

Creech, Sharon. The Boy on the Porch.

Colfer, Eoin. The Legend of Spud Murphy.

Cox, Judy. The Secret Chicken Society.

Various authors, Dear America Series (historical fiction)

DiCamillo, Kate. Flora and Ulysses.

Donovan, Gail. The Waffler.

Estes, Eleanor. Ginger Pye.

Farmer, Nancy. The Warm Place.

Fitzhugh, Louise. Harriet the Spy.

Fleming, Candace. Lowji Discovers America.

Goscinny. Nicholas (Series)

Glassman, Miriam. Call Me Oklahoma!

Graff, Lisa. Absolutely Almost.

Gutman, Dan. Miss Daisy is Crazy (Series)

Impey, Rose. Desperate for a Dog.

Jennings, Patrick. Odd, Weird & Little.

Herman, Charlotte. Max Malone Makes a Million.

Herrera, Robin. Hope Is a Ferris Wheel.

Humphrey, Anna. Ruby Goldberg’s Bright Idea.

Hurwitz, Joanne. Fourth Grade Fuss (Series)

Kline, Suzy. Herbie Jones (Series)

Lasky, Katherine. The Capture (Series)

Lewis, Josh. Super Chicken Nugget Guy and the Furious Fry (Series)

Manes, Stephen. Be a Perfect Person in Just Ten Days.

Marciano, John Bemelmans. The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield.

Marino, Nan. Hiding Out at the Pancake.

Martin, Ann M. Better to Wish.

McMullan, Kate. New Kid at School (Series)

Moss, Marissa. Amelia’s Notebook (Series)

Various authors, My America series (historical fiction)

Naylor, Phyllis R. The Boys Start the War (Series)

Nolan, Lucy. Smarter than Squirrels.

Various authors, On My Own History series (historical

Orr, Wendy. A Dog Called Bear. (Series)

Perkins, Mitali. Rickshaw Girl.

Quattlebaum, Mary. Jackson Jones and the Puddle of Thorns.

Rylant, Cynthia. Gooseberry Park.

Sachar, Louis. Marvin Redpost: Kidnapped at Birth (Series)

Scieszka, Jon. Summer Reading is Killing Me (Series)

Spinelli, Eileen. Another Day as Emily.

Stauffacher, Sue. Show Time (Series)

Van Draanen, Wendelin. Secret Identities (Series)

Weeks, Sarah. Oggie Cooder.



Agard, John. Under the Moon and Over the Sea.

Brooks, Gwendolyn. Bronzeville Boys and Girls.

Brown, Calef. Soup for Breakfast.

Clements, Andrew. Dogku.

Creech, Sharon. Love That Dog.

Durango, Julia. Under the Mambo Moon.

Fehler, Gene. Change-Up: Baseball Poems

Giovanni, Nikki. Hip Hop Speaks to Children.

Hoberman, Mary Ann. The Tree that Time Built.

Johnston, Tony. Voice from Afar: Poems of Peace.

Koch, Kenneth. Talking to the Sun.

Moore, Lillian. Mural of Second Avenue and Other City Poems.

Morrison, Lillian. Way to Go: Sports Poems.

Richards, Beah. Keep Climbing Girls.

Sidman, Joyce. Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors.

Whitman, Walt. Nothing But Miracles: from Leaves of Grass.

Wong, Janet. Twist: Yoga Poems.



Adler, David. Time Zones.

Adler, David. Campy: The Roy Campanella Story.

Auch, MJ. One-Handed Catch.

Becker, Helaine. What’s the Big Idea? Inventions that Changed Life on Earth Forever.

Bidner, Jenni. The Kids’ Guide to Digital Photography.

Bouler, Olivia. Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf.

Bridges, Shirin Yim. Nur Jahan of India.

Brown, Jordan. Crazy Concoctions: A Mad Scientists Guide to Messy Mixtures.

Brown, Monica. Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People.

Buchanan, Andrea. The Pocket Daring Book for Girls: Things to Do.

Buckley, Carol. Just for Elephants.

Campbell, Guy. The Boy’s Book of Survival.

Capaldi, Gina. A Boy Named Beckoning.

Cate, Annette LeBlanc. Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard.

Cole, Joanna. Crazy Eights and Other Card Games.

Curtis, Bruce. Beginning Golf.

Davidson, Margaret. Helen Keller’s Teacher.

Dennis, Yvonne Wakim. A Kid’s Guide to Native American History.

Eason, Sarah. How Does a Jet Plane Work.

Eabock, M.M. Jesse Owens, Young Record Breaker.

Evans, Shane. Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom.

Fleming, Candace. Amelia Lost: the Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart.

Francis, Neil. Super Flyers.

Gillis, Jennifer. Ballroom Dancing for Fun.

Hale, Christy. The East-West House: Noguchi’s Childhood in Japan.

Hansen, Rosanna. Panda: A Guide Horse for Ann.

Hobza, Klara. The New Millennium Paper Airplane Book.

Hughes, Susan. Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World.

Hults, Dorothy. New Amsterdam Days and Ways: The Dutch Settlers of New York.

Jackson, Tom. The Periodic Table.

Johnson, Tami. Girls’ Ice Hockey: Dominating the Rink.

Knight, Mary-Jane. Why Should I Care About Nature?

Krakow, Kari. The Harvey Milk Story.

MacLeod, Elizabeth. Harry Houdini: A Magical Life.

Maas, Dave. Kids’ Gone Fishin: The Young Angler’s

Marx. Trish. Steel Drumming at the Apollo: The Road to Super Top Dog.

Morrissey, Peter. Ice Skating.

Nobleman, Mark. Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman.

Obregon, Jose. World Soccer Stars.

Robinson, Nick. Super Quick Origami Animals.

Rockwell, Anne. My Pet Hamster.

Schertle, Alice. We.

Scwartz, Tina. Freshwater Fishing.

Sullivan, Sarah. Passing the Music Down.

Terban, Marvin. Funny You Should Ask: How to Make Up Jokes and Riddles.

Waters, Marjorie. Victory Gardens Kids’ Book.

Wilkes, Angela. Dazzling, Disguising and Clever Costumes.

Wullfson, Don. Extraordinary Stories Behind the Invention of Ordinary



Entering Fifth Grade



Adams, Douglas. A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Series)

Adams, Richard. Watership Down.

Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover.

Alverez, Julia. Return to Sender.

Appelt, Kathi. The Underneath.

Auxier, Jonathan. The Night Gardener.

Avi, The Book Without Words.

Barron T.A. The Ancient One.

Blackwood, Gary. Curiosity.

Blackwood, Sage. Jinx.

Bloor, Edward. Tangerine.

Brooke, Lauren. Coming Home (Series)

Campbell, L.A., Cartboy and the Time Capsule.

Clements, Andrew. About Average.

Codell, Esme. Sahara Special.

Cooper, Susan. The Boggart.

Cox, Lynne. Grayson.

Creech, Sharon. Bloomability.

Corder, Zizou. Lion Boy (Series)

Crossan, Sarah. The Weight of Water.

Draper, Sharon. Out of My Mind.

Farrant, Natasha. After Iris.

Fleming, David. The Saturday Boy.

Fitzgerald, Laura Marx. Under the Egg.

Forrester, Victoria. The Girl Who Could Fly.

Funke, Cornelia. Inkheart.

Fusco, Kimberly Newton. Beholding Bee.

Gardner, Sally. Operation Bunny.

Gaiman, Neil. Coraline.

Gephart, Donna. How to Survive Middle School.

Golds, Cassandra. Clair de Lune.

Hest, Amy. The Private Notebooks of Katie Roberts, age 11.

Hoeye, Michael. Time Stops for No Mouse (Series)

Howe, James. The Misfits.

Hunter, Erin. The Quest Begins (Series)

Klause, Annette Curtis. Alien Secrets.

Koje, Kathe. Straydog.

Larson, Kirby. Duke.

Levine, Gail Carson. Dave at Night.

Levine, Gail Carson. Fairy’s Return and Other Princess Stories.

Lord, Cynthia. Rules.

Martínez, Andrés Vera. Little White Duck : a childhood in China

Mass, Wendy. 11 Birthdays.

Matthews, L.S. A Dog for Life.

Mebus, Scott. The Gods of Manhattan.

Myers, Walter Dean. Looking Like Me.

Myers, Walter Dean. Scorpians.

Na, An. A Step from Heaven.

Park, Linda Sue. Archer’s Quest.

Peck, Richard. On the Wings of Heroes.

Peck, Richard. Secrets at Sea.

Pinkwater, Daniel. Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars.

Rhodes, Jewell Parker. Sugar.

Selznick, Brian.Wonderstruck.

Sovern, Megan. The Meaning of Maggie.

Stead, Rebecca. When You Reach Me.

Williams-Garcia, Rita. P. S. Be Eleven.

Wilson, Nathan. 100 Cupboards.

Yep, Lawrence. The Star Fisher.



Grandits, John. Technically It’s Not My Fault.

Koch, Kenneth. Talking to the Sun.

Mesmer, Erdric. The Best Poems Ever: A Collection of Poetry’s Greatest Voices.

Meyers, Walter Dean. Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices.

Molloy, Paul. Poetry USA.

Nye, Naomi Shihab. 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East.



Amnesty International. We Are All Born Free.

Anacona, George. Cutters, Carvers & the Cathedral.

Bausum, Ann. Freedom Riders, John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement.

Bernstein, Richard. A Girl Named Faithful Plum.

Bogacki, Tomasz, The Champion of the Children: the Story of Janusz Korczak

Borden, Louise. The Journey that Saved Curious George.

Brandon, Marie Miller. Women of the Frontier: 16 Tales of Trailblazing Homesteaders.

Budhos, Marina. Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers.

Cassidy, John. The Klutz Book of Animation.

Cindrich, Sharon. A Smart Girl’s Guide to the Internet.

Farrell, Juliana. Middle School: The Real Deal: From Cafeteria Food to Combination Locks.

Fendler, Donn. Lost: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness

Fleming, Candace. Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart.

Freedman, Russell. The Adventures of Marco Polo.

Galloway, Priscilla. Adventures on the Ancient Silk River.

Grainfield, Linda.  97 Orchard Street, New York: Stories of Immigrant Life.

Hakim, Joy. The Story of Science: Newton at the Center.

House, Phillip. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.

Jiang, Ji Li. The Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution.

Kerr, Daisy. Keeping Clean: a Very Peculiar History.

Nelson, Kadir. Heart and Soul: The Story of Americans and African Americans.

Lasky, Kathryn, One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin.

Rappaport, Doreen. Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust


Exquisite picture books for all ages

Baldacchino, Christine, Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress.

Barton, Patrice, The Invisible Boy

Becker, Aaron, Journey.

Bond, Rebecca, Out of the Woods.

Bradby, Marie, Mama, Where Are You From?

Chall, Marsha Wilson, Up North at the Cabin.

Colon, Raul, Draw!

De LaPena, Last Stop on Market Street.

Frazee, Marla, The Farmer and the Clown.

Greenberg, Jan and Jordan, Sandra, Ballet for Martha, Making Appalachian Spring.

Jeffers, Oliver, Once Upon an Alphabet, Short Stories For all the Letters.

Lauture, Denize, Running the Road to ABC.

Low, William, Old Penn Station.

Nolen, Jerdine, In My Momma’s Kitchen.

Popov, Nikolai, Why?

Rudge, Leila, A Perfect Place for Ted.

Ryan, Pam Munoz, Hello Ocean.

Rylant, Cynthia, An Angel for Solomon Singer.

Stead, Philip, Lenny and Lucy.

Wyeth, Sharon Dennis, Something Beautiful.

Yashima, Taro, Crow Boy.


** Students entering middle school will receive their summer reading list and assignment separately.