Summer Reading List
Southfield School Summer Reading List 2016
Students entering 1st grade

Reading to young children is a superb way to prepare them for school. We encourage parents to provide a daily reading time for their children during the summer. The number of interesting writers and illustrators for this age group is very large. Some suggestions are listed below. A good source book for parents is The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease, available at our school library.

Suggested 1st Grade Reading List
Little Bear (any of these books)Minarik
Frog and Toad (any of these books)A. Lobel
Biscuit (any of these books)Capucilli
(any book by author)Ezra Jack Keats
Students entering 2nd grade

Emerging readers should spend a minimum of 15 minutes per day reading independently. As children move from beginning to independent readers, it is important to remember that they still need and enjoy having an adult read aloud to them. Some suggestions are listed below.

Suggested 2nd Grade Reading List
Animal DisguisesWeber
Pinky and Rex (any of these books)Howe
Frog and Toad (any of these books)Lobel
Junie B. Jones (any of these books)Park
Black Lagoon (any of these books)Thaler
(any book by author)Audrey Wood
Mercy Watson (any of these books)DiCamillo
Henry and Mudge (any of these books)Rylant
Horrible Harry (any of these books)Zion
Students entering 3rd grade

Please read the summer reading books before school resumes in August; students will complete three projects based on these books.

Required 3rd Grade Chapter Book Reading List
Please read one of the following chapter books.
Stone FoxGardiner
Muggie MaggieCleary
Freckle JuiceBlume
Required 3rd Grade Book Reading Choices
Please read two of the following books.
DandelionsBunting
Lewis and Clark: Explorers of the WestKroll
EgyptKrensky
Eight Dolphins of KatrinaColeman

Students entering 4th grade

Please read the summer reading books before school resumes in August.

Required 4th Grade Book Reading Choices
Please read two of the following chapter books.
Mr. Popper’s PenguinsAtwater
The Boxcar Children, Bk. 1Warner
The Mouse and the MotorcycleCleary
FrindleClements
Trumpet of the SwanWhite
James and the Giant PeachDahl
(any book by author)Patricia Polacco
Required 4th Grade Book Reading Choices
Read at least one Patricia Polacco book (any one is fine).
Here are some suggestions:
Babushka’s Doll
Chicken Sunday
Pink Say
Rechenka’s Eggs
Picnic at Mudsock Meadow
Thank You, Mr. Falker
Mr. Lincoln’s Way

Students entering 5th grade

Please read the summer reading books before school resumes in August.

Required 5th Grade Book Reading Choices
The Case of the Mistaken IdentityBarnett
In addition, select and read any two (2) of the following books:
The Fantastic Secret of Owen JesterO’Connor
Week in the WoodsClements
WoofQuinn
Al Capone Does My ShirtsCholdenko
Notes from a Liar and Her DogCholdenko
There’s a Boy in the Girl’s BathroomSachar
Students entering 6th grade

Please read the following summer reading books before school resumes in August.

Required 6th Grade Book Reading Choices
Wonder (original story)Palacio
In addition, select and read any two (2) of the following books:
Dying to Meet YouKlise
Where the Red Fern GrowsRawls
Heist SocietyCarter
The Lion, the Witch, and the WardrobeLewis
HiddenFrost
Students entering 7th grade

Please read the summer reading books before school resumes in August.

Required 7th Grade Book Reading Choices
When You Reach MeStead
Fever 1793Anderson
In addition, select and read one (1) title from the Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice 2016 List (see below).
Students entering 8th grade

Please read the summer reading books before school resumes in August.

Required 8th Grade Book Reading Choices
PigmanZindel
Gathering BlueLowry
In addition, select and read one (1) title from the Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice 2016 List (see below).
Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice 2017 Title List
The CrossoverAlexander
The Dirt Diary #1Staniszewski
The Fourteenth GoldfishHolm
I Kill the MockingbirdAcampora
Loot: How to Steal a FortuneWatson
The Night GardenerAuxier
The One Safe PlaceUnsworth
The Perfect PlaceHarris
Rain ReignMartin
Saving Lucas Biggsde los Santos and Teague
Surrounded by SharksNorthrop
Upside Down in the Middle of NowhereLamana