St. Francis Xavier
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER SCHOOL SUMMER READING LISTS - 2017
Herein is the information for voluntary and extra credit summer reading activities for SFX students entering grades one through eight. The list is divided by the following grade levels: 1&2, 3&4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Please reference the grade levels of your children for specific directions. All parent verification forms (primary grades only) are included with this list to assist you in verifying completed reading materials and to help your child complete assignments. Extra credit book report forms are also included with the list. Thank you for making time in the summer to help your children read and write!
Reading List for Students Entering Grades 1-2:
We encourage any books that are appropriate for the student’s individual reading level. Parents are to use the attached reading log to track their child’s reading selections.
Reading List for Students Entering Grade 3 & 4:
Students may read as many of the listed books as they wish and complete no more than one book report using one of the selected titles for up to 25 extra credit points in Reading for the first trimester report card. The report is due by the end of the first week of the new school year. Please use the book report form included with this list. (Other books by these authors are also acceptable.)
Atwater, Anderson Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Banks, Lynne Reid The Indian in the Cupboard
Bessona, Luc Arthur and the Invisibles
Blume, Judy Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Bode, N.E. Anybodies
Dahl, Roald Matilda
Gutman, Dan Honus & Me Homework Machine
Juster, Norton The Phantom Tallbooth
Klages, Ellen Green Glass Sea
Kurzweil, Allen Leon and the Champion Chip
Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Lord, Cynthia Rules
O’Dell, Scott Island of the Blue Dolphins
O’Rourke Dowell, Frances Phineas L. McGuire…Erupts!
Paolini, Christopher Eragon
Ryan, Pam Munoz Esperanza Rising
Sachor, Louis Holes
Snicket, Lemony Any of A Series of Unfortunate Events
Spinelli, Jerry Who Ran my Underwear up the Flagpole?
White, E.B. The Trumpet of the Swan
Reading List for Students Entering Grade 5:
Students entering fifth grade should read at least two (2) grade level books that they have not read before and are interested in. The
following books are recommendations only. Up to 25 extra credit points may be earned if a satisfactory student/teacher discussion
determines adequate understanding.
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's
Most Dangerous Weapon – Steve Sheinkin (nonfiction)
The One and Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate
Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of
World War Two - Joseph Bruchac (historical fiction)
Lincoln’s Grave Robbers - Steve Sheinkin (nonfiction)
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures - Kate DiCamillo
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library - Chris Grabenstein
Fish In a Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt
One Crazy Summer– Rita Williams-Garcia
The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List – Leon Leyson (nonfiction)
The War That Saved My Life - Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (historical fiction)
Which Way to the Wild West?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About Westward Expansion Paperback - Steve Sheinkin
Reading List for Students Entering Grade 6, 7 & 8:
Students entering sixth through eighth grades should read at least two (2) grade level books they have not previously read. The following books are recommendations only. Students may read books not on the list below provided it is grade/reading level appropriate.
Students may write a thoughtful and well-organized two paragraph essay about one of the books. The first paragraph should be about the message/lesson that can be learned from the book. The second paragraph should be about how the message/lesson can be applied to the student’s life. Essays should be typed. Up to 25 extra credit points may be earned toward the Literature grade. Essays are due by the end of the first week of school.
Alcott, Louisa May Little Women, Little Men, or Jo’s Boys
Applegate, Katherine The One and Only Ivan
Aronson, Marc Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from Below the Chilean Desert
Collins, Suzanne The Hunger Games series
Dubois, William Penne The Twenty-One Balloons
George, Jean Craighead My Side of the Mountain
Greene, Bette Summer of My German Soldier
Hiassen, Carl Hoot
Konigsburg, E.L. The View from Saturday
Lowry, Lois Number the Stars
Palacio, R.J. Wonder
Picoult, Jodi My Sister’s Keeper
Smith, Betty A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings
Extra Credit Writing Assignment for Students Entering Grades 6, 7, & 8:
Students entering sixth through eighth grades may complete the following writing assignment for up to 25 extra credit points toward the English grade. Writing assignments are due by the end of the first week of school.
Students may journal about 10 adventures they have during the summer break. These may be any big or small adventures that are experienced. Writing assignments should be typed. Each adventure should be dated (only one adventure per day) and at least half of a page long.