Summer Reading List

2021-2022

Dear Hope Parents and Students,

Reading over the summer months is shown to improve comprehension and test scores as well as to help children avoid the summer brain drain. To this end, students are encouraged to read, and read, and read some more! It is so important this summer so the students do not lose what they have gained from reading.

This summer there is REQUIRED READING.  This document has been created to help students, and parents, choose books which stimulate interest in reading as well as maintain, and possibly extend, students’ comprehension and critical thinking skills.

While all of these books are great reads, parents are encouraged to choose each book with their children as well as to conduct internet searches to be sure the book is right for the child.

Attached you will find the REQUIRED READING LIST for each grade level. Additionally, students will be encouraged to read from the RECOMMENDED BOOK LIST, which should be chosen from the attached lists or book of your choosing with your teacher’s approval.

Happy Reading!

Hope Lutheran School Teachers

First Grade – Miss Celmer

Write a sentance and draw a picture about what happened in each of the Required Reading selections.  PLUS read 1 book per week from the recommended list.

REQUIRED Reading:

  1. Pete the Cat Too Cool for School by Kimberly and James Dean
  2. Drop It, Rocket by Tad Hills

Recommended (choose at least 1 book per week):

  • “Clifford” books by Norman Bridwell
  • “Biscuit” books by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  • “Little Critter” books by Mercer Mayer
  • Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton (any in the series)
  • Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale (any in the series)
  • Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin (any in series)
  • Bear’s Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson (or any others in the series)
  • If you Give a… books by Laura Joffe Numeroff
  • Franklin books (any in series) by Paulette Bourgeois
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss (or any others in the series)
  • Danny and the Dinosaur By Syd Hoff
    Curious George (various titles) by H.A. Rey
  • Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastmann
  • Little Bear by Elsa Minarik
  • Frog and Toad (any in series) by Arnold Lobel
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Amelia Bedelia (any in series) by Peggy Parish
  • Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Second Grade – Miss Adcock

Please write a 2-5 sentance summary of each book you read.  Include an illustration of your favorite part.

REQUIRED Reading:

  • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  • Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey
  • PLUS 5 books of your choice from the Recommended List

Recommended (choose 5):

  • Frog and Toad (any in series) by Arnold Lobel
  • Fly Guy (any in series) by Tedd Arnold
  • Little Bear by Else Minarik
  • Amelia Bedelia (any in series) by Peggy Parish
  • Henry and Mudge (any in series) by Cynthia Rylant
  • Arthur (any in series) by Marc Brown
  • Nate the Great (any in series) by M. W. Sharmat
  • Owl Moon by Jan Yolen
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • The Black Lagoon (any in series) by Mike Thaler
  • The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens
  • There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
  • Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osbourne (advanced readers)
  • The Puppy Place series by Ellen Miles (advanced readers)

Third Grade – Mrs. Krzesinski

Please write a paragraph summary of each book you read. Include an illustration of your favorite part.

REQUIRED Reading:

  • The Littles by John Peterson
  • Any of The Magic Tree House Books by Mary Pope Osborn
  • PLUS 1 book of your choice from the recommended list

Recommended (choose at least 1):

  • Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall
  • Nancy Drew (any from the series) by Carolyn Keene
  • Ramona (any from the series) by Beverly Cleary
  • Any of the “Cam Jansen “series by David Adler
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
  • Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce
  • Geronimo Stilton series books by Elisabetta Dami
  • Any book by Matt Christopher (books about sports)

Fourth Grade – Miss Mondary

Please write a half page summary (at least 2 paragraphs) of each book you read.

REQUIRED Reading:

  • The Cricket in Times Square by: George Selden
  • PLUS 2 books of your choice from the recommend list

Recommended (choose at least 2):

  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School by: Louis Sachar
  • Amber Brown Goes Fourth by Paula Danziger
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  • Stuart Little by E.B. White
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Fifth Grade – Mrs. McIntosh

Write a three paragraph summary of each book you read. (12 font, double spaced or in your best handwriting).

REQUIRED Reading:

Read at least two books from the following list.

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, etc. by C.S. Lewis
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw Beverly Cleary
  • The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Door in the Wall by Marguerite Di Angeli

For two of them, TYPE a page summary of each book you read.  12 POINT FONT, DOUBLE SPACE.

REQUIRED Reading:

Read at least two books from the following list.

  • Hoot by Carl Hiaason
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinell
  • So B. It by Sarah Weeks
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  • The Egypt Game Zilpha Snyder
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Maniac McGee by Jerry Springer
  • Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

For two of them, TYPE a page summary of each book you read.  12 POINT FONT, DOUBLE SPACE.

REQUIRED Reading:

Read at least two books from the following list.

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Shadow Club by Neal Shusterman
  • The Cay by Theodore Taylor
  • Knots in My Yo-yo string by Jerry Spinelli
  • Crispin by Avi
  • The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
  • Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
  • The Redwall series books
  • The Lightning Theif by Rick Riordan
  • Gathering Blue by Lis Lowry
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • Walk two Moons by Sharon Creech
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
  • The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  • Call It Courage by Sperry Armstrong
  • War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L. Engle
  • Children of the River by Linda Crew
  • I am Malala: Young Readers Edition by Malala Yousafzai
  • Death be Not Proud by John J. Gunther (8th)
  • Among the Hidden (series) by Haddix