Summer Reading

"Six books.  That's all it takes.  Studies show that when a child reads as few as six approximately grade-level books, he or she is likely to fend off summer reading loss and maintain the reading gains made during the previous school year Not to mention the gain in adventure, new discoveries, and fun that a stack of six kid-picked summer books can provide.  And when a child reads even more books--eight or ten or twenty--he or she may even gain ground, and return to school in September a more confident reader."  (Truby, 2003)

A few words about these recommendations.  They are a starting point, not a finish line!  Feel free to dip into the grade above, or the grade below.  The most supportive thing you can do for your child's literacy this summer is take them to the public library and let them choose books without judgement, and by the pile.  Like finding shells on the beach, they will make their own magical and unusual discoveries across genres and grade levels, and gain confidence in their ability to select materials.  Don't forget:  magazines, audio books, family read-alouds, comic books, cookbooks...these are all real reading experiences, too!  A current Chicago Public Library card is an expectation for all Stone students by first grade.  Enter your zip code in the Chicago Public Library Locator to find the branch nearest you.

Going into kindergarten and 1st grade:
Please, please attend the regularly scheduled storytimes at the Northtown Branch Public Library, or at your local branch.  Oh, my goodness, I wonder if you could find a nicer public children's librarian than "Miss Amy"Amionovitch!  How lucky we are to have her in our community!   Summer storytime visits do wonders to prepare children for the social listening experience they will enjoy at school, and also helps to show that reading is not something we only do for is part of our joyous family and neighborhood life, too.  Rather than recommend individual titles, please let your child choose books by the pile...though you can find loads of suggestions to get you started at The PlanetEsme Plan.

Going into 2nd grade:
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor by Patricia Valdez
Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back by Shel Silverstein
My Father's Dragon by Ruth S. Gannett
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau
Stuart Little by E.B. White
Stick Dog series by Tom Watson
Dogman series by Dav Pilkey
Unwitting Wisdsom:  An Anthology of Aesop's Fables by Helen Ward
The Horrible Harry series by Suzy Skline

Going into 3rd grade:
13 Story Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths
All Stations!  Distress!  The Day the Titanic Sank by Don Brown
The Dragonbreath series by Ursula Vernon
Earthling! by Mike Fearing
El Deafo by Cece Bell
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Fortune's Magic Farm by Suzanne Selfors
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell 
Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins
The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black

A few fun authors for  students entering grades k-3:
Nic Bishop * Beverly Cleary * Roald Dahl * Tomie DePaola * Kristine O'Connell George * Jenni Holm  * Kevin Henkes * Steve Jenkins * Suzy Kline *  Jarrett Krosoczka *  Arnold Lobel * James Marshall * Megan McDonald *  Mary Pope Osborne *  Bill Peet * Jack Prelutsky * Dav Pilkey * Patrica Polacco * Judith Schachner * Jon Scieszka * Maurice Sendak * William Steig *  Greg Tang * Mo Willems * Jane Yolen * Vera Williams

Going into 4th grade:
Frenemies in the Family by Kathleen Krull
Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow
How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor
Land of Stories:  The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
Justin Case:  Shells, Smells and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom by Rachel Vail
Warriors series by Erin Hunter
The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies 
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng

Going into 5th grade:
Any Newbery Award winners!
The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
D'aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Wings of Fire series by Tui Sutherland
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans
The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs
The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
May B. by Caroline Starr Rose
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

A few fun authors for grades 3 -5: Aliki * Andrew Clements * Avi * Don Brown * Nicola Davies * Mordicai Gerstein * Jamie Gilson * Dan Gutman * Erin Hunter * Eva Ibbotson * Dick King-Smith * Gail Carson Levine * Lee Bennett Hopkins  *  Kate Klise * Grace Lin * Jim Murphy * Jack Prelutsky * Rick Riordan * Brian Selznick * Seymour Simon
Going into 6th grade:
Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson
A Drowned Maiden's Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz 
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
The Book of Boy by by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Maniac Magee by Gary Paulsen
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Tales of the Cryptids:  Mysterious Creatures that May or May Not Exist by Kelly Milner Halls 
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Witches!  The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer
The Year Money Grew on Trees by Aaron Hawkins

Going into 7th grade:
The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden
Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
Breakout by Kate Messner
Divergent by Veronica Roth
A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The True Adventures of Charlotte Doyle by Avi 
The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
We've Got a Job by Cynthia Levinson
The War That Saved My Life  by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Going into 8th grade:
Any Printz Award winners!
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
A Court of Thorn of Roses by Sarah J. Maas
The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time by Marc Haddon
Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Eventown by Corey Ann Haydu
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
One of Us in Lying by Karen M. McManus
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
They Call Me Guero by David Bowles
What It Is by Lynda J. Barry
Wild Child:  Girlhoods in the Counterculture by Chelsea Cain

A few fun authors for middle school:  
Elizabeth Acevedo * John David Anderson * Laurie Halse Anderson * Susan Campbell Bartoletti * Chris Crutcher * Christopher Paul Curtis * Jack Gantos * Margaret Peterson Haddix * Diana Wynne Jones * Wendy Mass *Walter Dean Myers * Garth Nix * Linda Sue Park * Lincoln Pierce * Jason Reynolds * Jordan Sonnenblick * Jerry Spinelli * Lisa Yee

More book and author recommendations at The PlanetEsme Plan, and at Newbery (grades 5 and up) Caldecott (picture books, kindergarten and up) and Sibert (nonfiction, informational) award winning books are always selections of excellence.  You can also visit to visit author/illustrator websites, and "meet" the real people behind the books we read!