Summer is a great time to get your kids started on a wonderful book – to ignite or enhance a child’s love for reading. Sylvan Learning has suggested the following summer reading lists for grades K-12 to help you find just the right book for your child’s summer reading adventures.
Summer Reading List – Elementary School
Whose Mouse Are You?
A lonely little mouse has to be resourceful in order to bring his family back together.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears Click, clack, MOO. Click, clack, MOO. Clickety, clack, MOO. But Farmer Brown’s problems really begin when his cows start leaving him notes. Doreen Cronin’s understated text and Betsy Lewin’s expressive illustrations make the most of this hilarious situation. Come join the fun as a bunch of literate cows turn Farmer Brown’s farm upside down.
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti
In trying to determine which of his six sons to reward for saving his life, Anansi the Spider is responsible for placing the moon in the sky.
When Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, she does it on Mr. Seahorse’s belly! She knows he will take good care of them. While he swims waiting for the eggs to hatch, he meets some other underwater fathers caring for their babies: Mr. Tilapia, who carries his babies in his mouth; Mr. Kurtus, who keeps his on his head; and Mr. Catfish, who is baby-sitting his young hatchlings. Eric Carle has done it again, with astonishingly beautiful collage illustrations and a story that introduces the very young to the wonders of aquatic life. and some very special daddies. A “hide and seek” feature with acetate overlays adds a colorful surprise.
How Much Is a Million?
Text and pictures try to make possible the conceptualization of a million, a billion, and a trillion.
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, by Sharon Creech
Rosie and her best friend just can’t seem to get along, but Granny Torrelli knows just what to do to make things better. With warm words and secret recipes, she helps Rosie see that nothing can break the bond between two life long pals.
A Beach for the Birds by Bruce McMillan
Summer Reading Is Killing Me! (The Time Warp Trio Series #7)
At the beginning of summer vacation Joe, Sam, and Fred find themselves trapped inside their summer reading list, involved in a battle between good and evil characters from well-known children’s books.
So You Want to Be President?
In the time-honored tradition of political commentary, author Judith St. George and Caldecott Medal winner/illustrator David Small celebrate the public and private lives of forty-two Presidents with humor and flair. Imparting much information and many laughs, this rip-roaring look at the men who have all wanted to be President deserves a place on every library and classroom shelf. Awards: Caldecott Medal Book; ALA Notable Book; Earphones Award for Exceptional Audio, AudioFile Magazine.
As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
Kitchen Science by Chris Maynard
Summer Reading List Middle School
The Carnivorous Carnival: Book the Ninth (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
“Dear Listener, The word carnivorous means meat eating and this carnivorous volume contains such a distressing story that consuming any of its contents would be far more stomach-turning than even the most imbalanced meal. It would be best if I didn’t mention any of the unnerving ingredients of this story, particularly, an unruly crowd, a wooden plank, and Chabo the Wolf Baby. I also shouldn’t mention the features of the interactive CD, which include: Perplexing word games, Photos from the Lemony Snicket Archives, and Art from the Brett Helquist gallery. Sadly for me, I continue to research the lives of the Baudelaire orphans, but your time might be filled with something more palatable. With all due respect, Lemony Snicket.”
My Life in Dog Years
The author describes some of the dogs that have had special places in his life, including his first dog, Snowball, in the Philippines; Dirk, who protected him from bullies; and Cookie, who saved his life.
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
Mary Alice and Grandma Dowdel return for more astonishing, laugh-out-loud adventures when fifteen-year-old Mary Alice moves in with her spicy grandmother for the year. Her extended visit is filled with moonlit schemes, romances both foiled and founded, and a whole parade of fools made to suffer in unusual (and always hilarious) ways. Winner of the Newbery Medal Notable Children’s Recording (American Library Association).
Amistad: A Long Road to Freedom By Walter Dean Myers
Ender’s Game (Ender Wiggin Series #1)
The Earth is under attack and the survival of the human species depends on a military genius who can defeat the alien “buggers.” Recruited for military training, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin’s childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battle School. A reader’s guide is available for this Starscape edition-perfect for readers ten and up-of the beloved science fiction classic by best-selling author Orson Scott Card.
Featuring a beautiful new cover and author biography, this deeply moving drama of life in a small New Hampshire village won the Pulitzer prize in 1938 and is Wilder’s most renowned and most frequently performed play.
Summer Reading List – High School
Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard
Empire of the Sun is the story of a young boy in Shanghai who witnesses the outbreak of World War II and the bombing of Nagasaki.
Three reasons to read Silent Spring:
1. This book, first published in 1962, launched the modern environmental movement. It also earned Carson, a modest marine biologist, a slot on Time’s 100 Most Influential People of the Century list.
2. It’s a great read. Calling Silent Spring “well crafted, fearless and succinct,” Peter Matthiessen said of its author: “Even if she had not inspired a generation of activists, Carson would prevail as one of the greatest nature writers in American letters.”
3. Carson’s lucid, almost lyrical expose of the indiscriminate use of pesticides is still relevant.
If any single novel of Kurt Vonnegut’s can represent his unique voice and freewheeling imagination, it is probably the wildly funny and provocative Cat’s Cradle, published in 1963.
Profiles in Courage for Our Time
Nearly half a century after then – Senator John F. Kennedy was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Profiles in Courage, the Kennedy family continues to keep alive the tradition of honoring selfless public service with its Profiles in Courage Award. Now in paperback, Profiles in Courage for Our Time pays tribute to 13 such heroes in the same spirit as the original collection. Some of our greatest writers have brought their formidable talents to this celebration of modern political bravery including Michael Beschloss, Anna Quindlen, Bob Woodward, and Marian Wright Edelman. Also included is Caroline Kennedy’s profile of the latest award recipient, Kofi Annan. These are just a few of the luminaries who eloquently and passionately record the experiences of the award winners. This celebration of modern political bravery demonstrates that heroism among today’s elected officials is as possible and inspiring as ever. “The Profiles in Courage Award seeks to honor those whose lives of service prove that politics can be a noble profession. We hope that Americans realize that there are men and women serving at all levels of our government who are legends of our time.” -Caroline Kennedy Caroline Kennedy is the editor of the New York Times best-selling The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and coauthor of The Right to Privacy and In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action. She serves as president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and is chief executive of the Office of Strategic Partnerships for New York City Schools.
Great Expectations (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY)
First published serially in All the Year Round in 1860-61, published as a book in 1861, thisnovel was one of Dickens’ greatest critical and popular successes. It tells of the coming-of-age of Pip (Philip Pirrip), raised in the marshes of Kent by his harsh sister and her good-tempered husband, the blacksmith Joe Gargery. One day the young Pip helps a convict escape. Later sent to live with Miss Havisham, a woman driven half-mad years by being abandoned on her wedding day, he becomes enamored of the orphaned Estella, whom Miss Havisham is teaching to torment men with her beauty. When an anonymous benefactor helps him, Pip assumes it is Miss Havisham. But he is wrong, about that, and a number of other things, and only learns wisdom through loss and pain. An edition of this novel has been chosen for Oprah’s Book Club, together with “A Tale of Two Cities”.
She Stoops to Conquer
Charming satire concerns a young lady who poses as a serving girl to win the heart of a young gentleman too shy to court ladies of his own class.
Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today’s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader’s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences-biographical, historical, and literary-to enrich each reader’s understanding of these enduring works.
Pride and Prejudice (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today’s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader’s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences-biographical, historical, and literary-to enrich each reader’s understanding of these enduring works.
More Summer Reading Lists & Resources for Parents
Sylvan Learning also offers a free reading incentive program for children in grades K-8 at www.bookadventure.com. This program allows your kids to create personalized book lists from more than 7,500 recommended titles, take quizzes on the books they’ve read at school or at home, and earn prizes for comprehension of the books they’ve read. You can get additional educational resources for children in grades K-12 here: http://tutoring.sylvanlearning.com/parent_learning_resources.cfm.
What are your child’s favorite summer reads?