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

Naylor, Phyllis

Reynolds                      Shiloh

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.



Transitional Kinder, Kinder, 1st-8th grade