Book List for Summer Reading 2015
 
 

Early Elementary
A is for Apple (Stories may be read by the parent or child)

Candace Fleming. Oh, No! Schwartz & Wade, 2012. A repetitive tale teaching kindness and reciprocity. Several animals fall into a hole, and when rescued decline to help out the tiger who was about to eat them.

Mary Batchelor. John Haysom, illustrator. The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories. 1985. Second edition. David C. Cook, 1995. An accessible (but not condescending) retelling of the Old and New Testaments. Color illustrations are integrated with the text.

Beatrice de Regniers. Beni Montresor, illustrator. May I Bring a Friend? 1964. Reprint. Atheneum, 1971. A charming, simple and imaginative storyline carries themes of friendship and hospitality.

Sorche Nic Leodhas. Nonny Hogrogian, illustrator. Always Room for One More. 1965. Reprint. Square Fish, 1972. A lighthearted Scots narrative poem about friendship and hospitality. May require explanation of Scots words.

Patrick O’Brien. The Making of a Knight. Charlesbridge, 1998. A fictionalized story of a boy aspiring to be a knight, providing an introduction to medieval Europe.

Barbara Cooney. Miss Rumphius. Viking, 1982. The story of an independent spirit who finds her purpose in life: to make the world more beautiful.

Esphyr Slobodkina. Caps for Sale. 1940. Reprint. HarperCollins, 1987. A simple, repetitive story about creative solutions to problems.

Diane Stanley. The Conversation Club. Simon & Schuster, 1983. A shy mouse demonstrates the value of listening and not just speaking.

Tony Johnston. Deborah Kogan Ray, illustrator. The Barn Owls. Charlesbridge, 2001. A quiet prose poem follows the life cycle of barn owls, accompanied by muted full-page color illustrations.

Barbara Cooney. Island Boy. Viking, 1998. A nostalgic—and sometimes quite sad—depiction of life on an island in Maine.


Elementary
B is for Birds and Vice and Virtue

Sally Pomme Clayton. Virginia Lee, illustrator. Persephone. Eerdmans, 2009.

Marianna Mayer. K. Y. Craft, illustrator. Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave. HarperCollins, 1994. A retelling of a Russian version of the Cinderella story, richly illustrated.

Conrad Buff. The Apple and the Arrow. 1951. Reprint. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001. Retells the story of William Tell and his son.

Bruce Robertson. Kathryn Hewitt, illustrator. Marguerite Makes a Book. Paul Getty Museum, 1999.

Eleanor Estes. Louis Slobodkin, illustrator. The Hundred Dresses.1944. Reprint. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004.

Kathryn Lasky. Kevin Hawkes, illustrator. The Librarian Who Measured the Earth. Little, Brown, 1994. A book about the life of Eratosthenes and his remarkably accurate calculation of the circumference of the Earth.

Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema. Cleopatra. Morrow, 1994. Diane Stanley. Saladin: Noble Prince of Islam. HarperCollins, 2002.

Beverly Birch and Christian Birmingham. Marie Curie’s Search for Radium. Barron’s, 1996.

Judy Donnelly. Moonwalk: The First Trip to the Moon. Random House, 1989.

Barbara Cooney. Eleanor. Viking, 1996. A childhood biography of a girl who would later become First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Though an “ugly duckling” story, this book does not discuss in detail Roosevelt’s later achievements.


Late Elementary and Early Middle School
Foundations

Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons series

Lois Lenski, The Indian Captive

Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe Adapted

Meindert DeJong, Along Came a Dog

C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Jeanne Bendick, Archimedes and the Door of Science

Dorothy Kupcha Leland, The Balloon Boy of San Francisco

Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire, D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths

Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain

Richard Adams, Watership Down


Middle School
English Literature and History

Roger Lancelot Green, The Adventures of Robin Hood

T. H. White, The Once and Future King

  1. J.R. R. Tolkien (Trans.), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes short stories

Elizabeth Gray, Adam of the Road

Baroness Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel

George Macdonald, Princess and the Goblin

Rudyard Kipling, Captains Courageous

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol


Junior High School
Personal Narrative and Classic Works

Maria Augusta Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers

Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, Cheaper by the Dozen

Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

Hariet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  1. H.G. Wells, War of the Worlds

  2. C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet

Alexander McCall Smith, Tears of a Giraffe


High School

Drama, Writing and Speech

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Arthur Miller, The Crucible

John Knowles, A Separate Peace

Thomas Hardy, The Woodlanders

Upton Sinclair, The Jungle

Frederick Douglass, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Corrie Ten Boom, The Hiding Place

C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters

Dalton Trumbo, Johnny Got His Gun

 
Some Classics to Read during the Summer