Summer Reading List
Southfield School Summer Reading List 2017
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 Handbookby Jim Trelease, available at our school library.

Suggested 1 st 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 2 nd 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 2 nd Grade Reading List
Animal Disguises Weber
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 3 rd Grade Chapter Book Reading List
Please read one of the following chapter books.
Stone Fox Gardiner
Muggie Maggie Cleary
Freckle Juice Blume
Required 3 rd Grade Book Reading Choices
Please read two of the following books.
Dandelions Bunting
Lewis and Clark: Explorers of the West Kroll
Egypt Krensky
Eight Dolphins of Katrina Coleman

Students entering 4th grade

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

Required 4 th Grade Book Reading Choices
Please read any two of the following chapter books.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins Atwater
The Boxcar Children, Bk. 1 Warner
The Mouse and the Motorcycle Cleary
Frindle Clements
Trumpet of the Swan White
James and the Giant Peach Dahl
(any book by author) Patricia Polacco
Required 4 th 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 5 th Grade Book Reading Choices
The Case of the Mistaken Identity Barnett
In addition, select and read any two (2) of the following books:
Week in the Woods Clements
Woof Quinn
Al Capone Does My Shirts Choldenko
Notes from a Liar and Her Dog Choldenko
Students entering 6th grade

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

Required 6 th Grade Book Reading Choices
Wonder (original story) Palacio
In addition, select and read any two (2) of the following books:
Dying to Meet You Klise
Where the Red Fern Grows Rawls
Out of My Mind Draper
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Lewis
Hidden Frost
Students entering 7th grade

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

Required 7 th Grade Book Reading Choices
Nothing But the Truth Avi
Fever 1793 Anderson
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 8 th Grade Book Reading Choices
Pigman Zindel
Gathering Blue Lowry
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
5 to 1 Holly Bodger
Awkward Svetlana Chmakova
Backlash Sarah Darer Littman
The Blackthorn Key Kevin Sands
A Blind Guide to Stinkville Beth Vrabel
Book Scavenger Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Charlie and the Grandmothers Katy Towell
The Disappearance of Emily H. Barrie Summy
Ferals Jacob Grey
Fuzzy Mud Louis Sachar
How Lunchbox Jones Saved Me from Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel Jennifer Brown
Lost in the Sun Lisa Graff