2017 Suggested Elementary Summer Reading List

Gr. K-1 Suggested authors: Tedd Arnold, Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Olivier Dunrea, Kevin Henkes, Jon Klassen, James Marshall, Bill Martin Jr., Yuyi Morales, Peter Reynolds, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Melanie Watt, Mo Willems, Audrey Wood

K-1 Nonfiction

Ford, Gilbert.  The Marvelous Thing That Came From a Spring : The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation. 32 p.

A story of the invention of an iconic American toy describes how engineer Richard James observed the remarkable movements of a coiled spring that fell from his desk.

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Gianferrari, Maria.  Coyote Moon. 32 p.

A nonfiction picture book about coyotes hunting in suburban neighborhoods at night.

Graham, Ian.  Dump Trucks and Other Big Machines. 24 p.

Introduces various types of construction vehicles, including diggers, dump trucks, bulldozers, cement mixers, and more, with photographs and a glossary.

James, Emily.  Do Goldfish Fly? : A Question and Answer Book About Animal Movements.
32 p.

Introduces a variety of animals and how they move from one place to another.

Loewen, Nancy.  People of the World. 32 p.

People around the world can look very different from one another, but smiles, tears and laughter can be universal. With simple, rhyming text and vibrant photographs that showcase the world's diversity.

London, Jonathan.  Hippos are Huge! 29 p.

Text and illustrations introduce hippopotamuses, exploring their physical characteristics, noises, behaviors, and habitat.

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London, Jonathan.  Otters Love to Play. 31 p.

Readers will learn about otters while following a litter of river otters through the seasons as they play, slide down mud banks, and learn to swim and catch fish. By the award-winning author of the Froggy series.

Pinkney, Jerry.  The Grasshopper & The Ants. 33 p.’

In this retelling of the classic Aesop fable, hardworking ants stock up for the winter while a fun-loving grasshopper plays all year long, until the cold weather arrives and he realizes his mistake in not planning ahead. 398.2 PIN

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Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.  Friendshape. 34 p.

The ups and downs of friendship are explored in a geometric romp. Friends Triangle, Circle, Square, and Rectangle have fun together and support one another through life.


Schaefer, Lola M.  Because of an Acorn. 32 p.

This informative picture book explores the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem, relating how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connects to one another in spiraling circles of life.

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K-1 Fiction

Alexie, Sherman.  Thunder Boy Jr. 32 p.
Little Thunder wants a name that separates him from his father, Big Thunder, and considers such options as "Touch the Sky" and "Drums, Drums, and More Drums" before his father helps him find the perfect alternative.

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Andreae, Giles.  Giraffes Can't Dance. 32 p.

Gerald the giraffe is too clumsy to dance with all the other animals at the Jungle Dance, until he finds the right music.

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Becker, Aaron.  Journey. 32 p.

Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.


Brosgol, Vera.  Leave Me Alone. 32 p.

Grandmother wants so badly to be left alone to finish the knitting for her grandchildren that she leaves her tiny home and her big family to journey to the moon and beyond to find peace and quiet to finish her knitting.


Campoy, F. Isabel.  Maybe Something Beautiful. 32 p.

Mira lives in a gray and hopeless urban community until a muralist arrives and, along with his paints and brushes, brings color, joy, and togetherness to Mira and her neighbors.


Dyckman, Ame.  Horrible Bear! 32 p.

When Bear breaks a little girl's kite, she thinks he is a "HORRIBLE BEAR!"--until she makes a mistake of her own and learns the power of saying "I'm sorry."

Edwards, Michelle.  A Hat for Mrs. Goldman : A Story About Knitting and Love. 32 p.

Making pom-poms to help Mrs. Goldman, who knits hats for everyone in the community, little Sophia is challenged to overcome her own limited crafting abilities when she discovers that Mrs. Goldman does not have a hat of her own.


Higgins, Ryan T.  Hotel Bruce. 32 p.

A reluctant mother to four young geese, grumpy Bruce the bear loses his temper when he migrates home in the spring only to discover that mice have converted his den into a hotel.

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Keller, Laurie.  We are Growing! 49 p.

Observing how his fast-growing friends are becoming the tallest, curliest or silliest members of their grass patch while he appears to stay the same, spindly little grass blade Walt discovers his own special distinctiveness in the wake of a big surprise.


Klassen, Jon.  We Found a Hat. 32 p.

Two turtles discover a hat that looks good on both of them, but only one can ultimately wear it.


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Matheson, Christie.  Plant the Tiny Seed. 32 p.

Plant a seed to watch it grow. Press on the cloud to make it rain. Jiggle the book to scatter the seeds. Interactive text teaches very young children how flowers sprout and mature. Contains watercolor depictions of a flower in various stages of growth.

O’Hora, Zachariah.  The Not So Quiet Library. 32 p.

Oskar and and his bear Theodore must save the day when an angry monster barges into the library...and thinks it's an all-you-can-eat buffet!

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Pizzoli, Greg.  Good Night Owl. 32 p.

Hearing a strange noise as he settles in for bedtime, Owl looks everywhere, from the cupboard to beneath the floorboards, for the source of the noise before spotting a tiny, squeaky, mouse-shaped detail.


Rex, Adam.  School's First Day of School. 32 p.

It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself.

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Roberts, Justin.  The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade. 32 p.

Sally McCabe is a very little girl, and nobody notices her, although she notices everything that goes on around her--but when she speaks out about the unkindness she sees, people start to pay attention.

Sidman, Joyce.  Before Morning. 32 p.

Hoping for a break from her usual rushed schedule, a small child watches as her wish comes true in the wake of a heavy snowfall, in a lyrical story complemented by scratchboard art. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night and the Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator of Swirl by Swirl.

Twohy, Mike.  Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! : An Alphabet Caper. 32 p.

A whimsically illustrated alphabet book by the celebrated New Yorker cartoonist incorporates a story about a little mouse whose nap is interrupted by a ball that bounces into his home, setting off an epic chase from A to Z.


Wenzel, Brendan.  They All Saw a Cat. 32 p.

In simple, rhythmic prose and stylized pictures, a cat walks through the world, and all the other creatures see and acknowledge the cat.


Willems, Mo.  The Cookie Fiasco. 51 p.

Hippo, Croc, and the Squirrels are determined to have equal cookies for all! But how? There are only three cookies . . . and four of them! They need to act fast before nervous Hippo breaks all the cookies into crumbs!


Gr. 2-3 Suggested Authors: Betty Birney, Denys Cazet, Andrea Cheng, Kate DiCamillo, Dan Gutman, Abby Klein, Steve Jenkins, Megan McDonald, Kadir Nelson, Barbara Park, Sara Pennypacker, Ron Roy, Adam Rubin, Cynthia Rylant

2-3 Nonfiction

Applegate, Katherine.  Ivan : The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla. 40 p.

This picture book tells the true story of Ivan, known as the Shopping Mall Gorilla, who lived alone in a small cage for almost 30 years before he was finally relocated to the gorilla habitat at ZooAtlanta and who inspired the author's Newbery-winning novel, The One and Only Ivan.

Barton, Chris.  Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions. 32 p.

An introduction to the life and creative achievements of NASA engineer and inventor Lonnie Johnson describes his childhood in a house full of siblings, the problem-solving talents that inspired his career and his accidental invention of the Super Soaker.

Davis, Kathryn.  Mr. Ferris and His Wheel. 40 p.

Text and illustrations describes how the engineer George Ferris invented the famous carnival attraction for the renowned 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

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Fogliano, Julie.  When Green Becomes Tomatoes. 32 p.

A poetic celebration of the seasons blends describes such elements as flowers blooming, sheets of snow, and happy frogs dancing in the rain.

Messner, Kate.  Tree of Wonder : The Many Marvelous Lives of a Rainforest Tree. 29 p.

Invites readers to discover the many animals that make one rainforest tree their home, including macaws, howler monkeys, and fruit bats.

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National Geographic.  Weird But True! : 300 Outrageous Facts. 206 p.

Collects three hundred quirky and fun facts about a variety of topics, such as animals, planets, and food.

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Pinkney, Andrea Davis.  A Poem for Peter : The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day.  52 p.

Published to commemorate his 100th birthday, this book is a celebration of the extraordinary life of Snowy Day creator Ezra Jack Keats. Pinkney, a Coretta Scott King Award-winning author, describes his impoverished childhood, World War II service and enduring influence on children's literature.  

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Rabinowitz, Alan.  A Boy and a Jaguar. 32 p.

The renowned cat conservationist reflects on his early childhood struggles with a speech disorder, describing how he only spoke fluently when he was communicating with animals and how he resolved at a young age to find his voice to be their advocate.  

Raczka, Bob.  Wet Cement : a Mix of Concrete Poems. 43 p.

This collection shapes poems in surprising and delightful ways. Using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, demonstrates that concrete or shape poems are also easy to write! The author of "Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word" presents another clever collection that shows kids how to look at words and poetry in a whole new way.

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Troupe, Thomas Kingsley.  Are Bowling Balls Bullies? : Learning About Forces and Motion with the Garbage Gang. 24 p.

Humorous text and characters help teach kids about forces and motion.


 2-3 Fiction

Applegate, Katherine.  Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs. 79 p.

Roscoe Riley, upset with the notion that his teacher could get in trouble, comes up with a plan to keep the bee antennae on the first graders' heads, and help the drummers stay in their seats for the open house play.


Beaty, Andrea.  Ada Twist, Scientist. 32 p.

Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.

Beaty, Andrea.  Iggy Peck, Architect. 32 p.

Ever since he was a baby, Iggy Peck has built towers, bridges, and buildings, which comes in handy when his second grade class is stranded on an island during a picnic.

Butler, Dori Hillestad.  The Haunted Library. 126 p.

When his haunt is torn down and he is separated from his ghost family, Kaz befriends human Claire, who has the ability to see ghosts, and helps her investigate a haunting at the local library.

Clanton, Ben.  Narwhal : Unicorn of the Sea. 64 p.

Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do ... love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.

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Coven, Wanda.  Heidi Heckelbeck and the Big MIx-up. 128 p.

An embarrassing rumor about Lucy spreads at school and she thinks Bruce is behind it so Heidi gets involved and uses some magic to bring the trio of friends back together.

Cronin, Doreen.  Into the Wild : Yet Another Misadventure. 93 p.

The fluffy, fearless Chicken Squad detectives are determined to find out who the new addition is in their yard, so, equipped with the latest surveillance gear, the chicks venture into the wild to get answers.

Cronin, Doreen.  Bloom. 32 p.

The story of a disgraced Mud Fairy who after being sent away is desperately sought when the kingdom's glass castle begins to crack. Written by Caldecott Honor-winning author of Click, Clack, Moo and the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of So You Want to Be President? 

Cummings, Troy.  Rise of the Balloon Goons. 89 p.

Alexander has just moved into Stermont, but the elementary school is being torn down, his new classroom is located in the hospital morgue, a notebook he finds is full of information about monsters - and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him.


Green, D. L. (Debra L.).  Zeke Meeks vs the Stinky Soccer Team. 120 p.

Third-grader Zeke's soccer experience is proving to be a disaster--all of his friends are on a different team, while his team is dominated by a bully who hogs the ball and knocks down anyone who gets in his way.

Hatke, Ben.  Little Robot.  132 p.

Discovering an adorable robot in the woods, a wrench-wielding 5-year-old endeavors to save him from big bad robots that want to use the little robot to achieve their own nefarious ends. Graphic novel by the creator of the Zita the Spacegirl graphic novel trilogy.

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Manzione, Lisa.  Let's Visit Beijing! 35 p.

Two curious Chihuahuas, Bella and her brother Harry, are traveling the world with their human family and on this trip they will learn about the customs, history, and landmarks of Beijing, China. The Bella and Harry series was developed to inspire young readers to embrace the world and encourage its exploration.

Mills, Claudia.  Izzy Barr, Running Star. 136 p.

Izzy Barr is the star athlete of the third grade: she hits homeruns on her softball team and is one of the fastest runners in her class. But at home, her half-brother, Dustin, seems to be her father's favorite athlete-why else would her dad go to all of his games and miss so many of hers? Izzy pretends that she doesn't care, but she can't help but hope her dad will be there to cheer her on in the big race against her rival, Skipper Tipton.

Pilkey, Dav.  Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot. 106 p.

Ricky Ricotta, a small mouse, is being bullied at school, but when he rescues a powerful robot from its evil creator, he acquires a friend and protector--and saves the city from Dr. Stinky.

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Verde, Susan.  The Water Princess. 32 p.

A tale based on the childhood of supermodel and activist Badiel. It follows the experiences of a young girl who dreams of bringing clean drinking water to her African village, as she rises early every morning and makes long journeys to the well with a heavy pot that she carries on her head.


Gr. 4-5 Suggested Authors: Tom Angleberger, Katherine Applegate, Sharon Creech, Christopher Paul Curtis, Dan Gutman, Lisa Graff, Kate Klise, Grace Lin, Lois Lowry, Ann M. Martin, Wendy Mass, Rick Riordan, Raina Telgemeier

4-5 Nonfiction

Boyer, Crispin.  The Book of Heroes :Tales of History's Most Daring Dudes.  175 p.

Looks at notable men and their accomplishments throughout history. Capsule profiles of brave pioneers in disciplines ranging from sports and technology to history and civil rights are complemented by high-quality photography and engaging text.

Burleigh, Robert.  Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea : Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor.  
32 p.   Presents the life of the scientist responsible for the first map of the ocean floor, describing her experiences as a female scientist and her pioneering work which led to the confirmation of the theory of continental drift.

Curtis, Andrea.  What's for Lunch? : How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World. 40 p.

Describes what children around the world eat for lunch, including children in Japan, Kenya, Afghanistan, the United States, Peru, Canada, and more.

Drimmer, Stephanie Warren.  The book of heroines : tales of history's gutsiest gals.
175 p.  Looks at notable women and their accomplishments throughout history. Profiles of women famed for their pioneering heroism in such fields as human rights, science and sports are complemented by high-quality photography and include entries for such individuals as Malala Yousafzai, Mother Teresa and Sacagawea.

Jenkins, Steve.  How to swallow a pig : step-by-step advice from the animal kingdom. 32 p.

A clever and whimsical nonfiction book about animal behavior disguised as a How-to/Advice book by the bestselling team of Steve Jenkins and Robin Page.

Levy, Debbie.  I dissent : Ruth Bader Ginsburg made her mark. 32 p.

A picture book portrait of the second woman named to the United States Supreme Court. Traces her achievements through the lens of her many famous acts of civil disagreement against inequality, unfair treatment and human rights injustice.

National Geographic.  Weird but true! : 300 outrageous facts. 206 p.

Collects three hundred quirky and fun facts about a variety of topics, such as animals, planets, and food.

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Raven, Margot Theis.  Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot : a true story of the Berlin airlift and the candy that dropped from the sky. 48 p.

The true story of a young German girl, Mercedes Simon, and of the American pilot, Gail Halvorsen, who shared hope and joy with the children of West Berlin by dropping candy-filled parachutes during the Airlift.

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Sjonger, Rebecca.  Maker projects for kids who love games. 32 p.

Introduces readers to the basics of game design from board games to video games, including game components and systems, prototype design, and play testing, introduces the world's greatest game makers, includes step-by-step Maker game projects.
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Steptoe, Javaka.  Radiant child : the story of young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. 32 p.

2017 Caldecott Award winner. An introduction to the early life and achievements of modern art master Jean-Michel Basquiat describes how as a boy he saw art in all things and used his unique collage-style paintings to convey the pulsing,  dynamic energy of New York City.
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4-5 Fiction

Barnett, Mac.  The terrible two get worse. 214 p.

Friends and pranking partners Miles and Niles face a tough challenge when their favorite goat and nemesis, Principal Barkin, is replaced by his stern, no-nonsense father, Former Principal Barkin, who turns the school into boot camp.


Barnhill, Kelly Regan.  The Girl Who Drank the Moon. 388 p.

13-year-old Luna learns that the forest witch, Xan, has given her magical powers when Xan accidentally fed her moonlight instead of starlight.  2017 Newbery Award Winner.  

Beatty, Robert.  Serafina and the black cloak. 293 p.

In 1899, a twelve-year-old rat catcher on North Carolina's Biltmore estate teams up with the estate owner's young nephew to battle a great evil and, in the process, unlocks the puzzle of her past.

Brown, Peter.  The Wild Robot. 279 p.

Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there.  Her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island’s hostile inhabitants.


Bryan, Ashley.  Freedom over Me: Eleven Slaves, their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life. 32 p.

Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.


Camper, Cathy.  Lowriders in Space Book 1. 110 p.

Lupe, Flapjack, and Elirio customize their car into a low rider for the Universal Car Competition to win the cash prize that will enable them to buy their own garage.

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Chambliss Bertman, Jennifer.  Book Scavenger. 354 p.

Just after twelve-year-old Emily and her family move to San Francisco, she teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find, hoping to figure out its secrets before the men who attacked Emily's hero, publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends.


Colfer, Chris.  The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. 438 p.

The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic.


DiCamillo, Kate.  Raynie Nightingale. 263 p.

Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.


Gidwitz, Adam.  The Inquisitor’s Tale, or, The Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog. 363 p.

Crossing paths at an inn, thirteenth-century travelers impart the tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal

greyhound, the three of whom join forces on a chase through France to escape  persecution.


Holm, Jennifer.  Full of Beans. 195 p.

Ten-year-old Beans Curry, a member of the Keepsies, the best marble playing gang in Depression-era Key West, Florida, engages in various schemes to earn money while "New Dealers" from Washington, D.C., arrive to turn run down Key West into a tourist resort.


Holm, Jennifer.  Sunny Side Up. 216 p.

After her older brother starts acting strangely, Sunny Lewin is shipped off to Florida to spend the summer with her grandfather. She makes a friend her age and tries to enjoy her stay but, other than Buzz, everyone is really old. Besides, Sunny just knows her parents sent her away because she somehow made her brother the way he is.
She just wants things to go back to how they were before.  

Hopkinson, Deborah.  c. 32 p.

In 1847 St. Louis, Missouri, when a new law against educating African Americans forces Reverend John to close his school, he finds an ingenious solution to the new state law by moving his school to a steamboat in the Mississippi River.

Lloyd, Natalie.  The Key to Extraordinary. 227 p.

Everyone in Emma's family is special. Her ancestors include Revolutionary War spies, brilliant scientists, and famous musicians - every single one of which learned of their extraordinary destiny through a dream.  FIC LLO

Lord, Cynthia.   A Handful of Stars. 184 p.

When Lily's blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar and runs away across the wide-open blueberry barrens of eastern Maine, it's Salma Santiago who manages to catch him. Salma, the daughter of migrant workers, is in the small town with her family for the blueberry-picking season.

Markell, Denis.  Click here to start : a novel. 310 p.

When Ted inherits his uncle's apartment "and all the treasure within," he realizes the apartment is set up like a real-life video game and must solve the puzzles with his friends to discover the treasure.

Pilkey, Dav.  Dog Man Unleashed. 220 p.

Dog Man is still learning a few tricks of the trade. Petey the cat is out of the bag, and his criminal curiosity is taking the city by storm. Something fishy is going on! Can Dog Man unleash justice on this ruffian in time to save the city?

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Segel, Jason. Nightmares! 355 p.

Twelve-year-old Charlie and his friends must stop nightmares from taking over their town before it's too late.

Sepahban, Lois.  Paper Wishes. 181 p.

Near the start of World War II, young Manami, her parents, and Grandfather are evacuated from their home and sent to Manzanar, an ugly, dreary internment camp in the desert for Japanese-American citizens.


Wolk, Lauren.  Wolf Hollow: A Novel. 291 p.

Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what's right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran.