Summer Reading List for Younger Students

Summer is in full swing and the heat indexes certainly have most of the country running for indoor cover.  Some students may need something other than an XBOX to keep them busy.  Clonlara School K-5 head teacher, Marian Kopp, has put together a summer reading program for her students AND a list of books they might want to consider checking out of the library.

Studies show that most students experience “summer slide.”  Researchers site several statistics:

– most students loss a full month of instruction over the summer

– some students loss up to 60% of their reading skills

– many students loss up to 22% of their previous school year’s instruction.

These statistics are not surprising when you consider you are removing a daily piece of the puzzle when your student is not in school.  And disadvantaged students seem to experience and even greater impact to their skills.

To combat this “summer slide” professionals recommend that students keep reading over the summer months.  Some research supports that reading as few as six books over the summer months can help students maintain their skills.  Summer reading will not only combat summer slide, but will help students read better, write better, spell better, increase their vocabulary and improve complex grammatical constructions.

If you need some help in getting your child interested in summer reading, check out this article: It has some wonderful suggestions.

Marian’s Book Suggestions:

Younger Students

Jiro’s Pearl by Daniel Powers

Elephants and Emus by Philippa-Alys Brown

any Amy Hest books

Why Do You Love Me? by Laura Schlessinger

Friends to the End by Bradley Greive

Where Do Balloons Go? by Jamie Lee Curtis

Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Mary’s Tiger by Sue Porter and Rex Harley

Dairy of a Fly/Dairy of… by Doreen Cronin

All Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes

Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel

Duck for President by Doreen Cronin

Click,Clack, Moo, Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin

Vote! by Eileen Christelow

Moja Means One by Muriel Feelings

Aristotle by Dick King-Smith

Simon’s Hook by Karen Burnett

A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Golbe

Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman

Me I Am by Jack Prelusky

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Krauss

Oliva by Ian Falconer

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (all)

Rainbow Fish Stories by Marcus Pfister

Biscuit series by Alyssa Capucilli

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

8-12 years of age

Best Ever Paper Airplanes by Norman Schmidt

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Miraculous Journey of Edward Tullane by Kate Dicamillo

The Year Money Grew on Trees by Aaron Hawkins

The Kids Guide to Money by KeltieThomas

Two minute Drill by Mike Lupica

The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going

Bad News for Outlaws:  The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves by Vaunda Nelson

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riodan

Shelter Dogs by Peg Kehret

Don’t Know Much Series by Kenneth Davis

The Civil War Series by Janis Herbert

Eye Witness Books (All) DK EyeWitnesss Books

The Original Boy’s/Girls Handy Book by Daniel Beard

Resources:  (November, 2010). Importance of Summer Reading. Retrieved from

International Reading Association. (June 16, 2008). Starve Off Decline in Reading Skills Over Summer Vacation. Retrieved from


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