Wilton Public Schools

2018 Summer Reading Program

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”

–Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Life-long reading is a habit that starts at an early age and is nurtured through a child's natural curiosity, imagination and wonderings. The words in the books transport them to new worlds, possibilities and expand their thinking, understanding of the world - and of course, support their future success. Reading as a habit is best when engaged in regularly.   As the summer approaches, we'd like to invite students to read for enjoyment and to pursue a passion through their choice of independent reads. In collaboration with Wilton Public Library, the Wilton Public Schools Library Learning Commons staff and all Literacy professionals we are providing a suggested list of titles, series, genres, authors for students to explore during the summer.

In addition, for the first time, Wilton Public Schools will be offering a K-12 collection of Summer Reads through Overdrive - offering a variety of titles for students on the go - and able to access their Overdrive account from anywhere.   The following eBooklet provides guidance - not requirements - for summer reading. If you have any questions about specific titles, please contact a librarian at Wilton Public Library, Lori Ellis, ellisl@wiltonps.org or Fran Kompar, komparf@wiltonps.org .  Happy Reading!!

Miller Driscoll Suggestions:

Mr. Ley and Ms. Hibbard recommend the following series:

Fly Guy  and Fly Guy Presents by Tedd Arnold

Magic Puppy / Magic Kitty / Magic Ponies / Magic Bunny by Sue Bentley

Strega Nona by Tomie Depaola

Mercy Watson and  Bink & Gollie by Kate Dicamillo

My Weird School by Dan Gutman

Stink and Judy Moody by Megan McDonald

Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne

Henry & Mudge / Poppleton / Mr Putter & Tabby by Cynthia Rylant

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

Elephant & Piggie / Pigeon / Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

Please frequent the Wilton Public Library - The Children’s Services Department has many suggestions to help select the right books for your child during the summer months.

Cider Mill Suggestions:

Mr. Greasley and Mrs. Sved recommend the following titles for your summer reading pleasure:


The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Wonder by R.J. Palacio                                

Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins                        

Flora and Ulysses  by Kate Dicamillo                        

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick                        

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami

Savvy by Ingrid Law

The War that saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Big Nate series by Lincoln Pierce                        Graphic Novels-

Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd                        El Deafo by Cece Bell

Swindle by Gordon Korman                                Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis                        Smile or Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman


12 Children Who Changed the World by Kenya McCullum

The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

Middlebrook Suggestions:

Dr. Cloutier and Mrs. Ellis recommend the following fiction and non-fiction titles:


The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Posted by John David Anderson

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Smile by Raina

Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Gone by Michael Grant

Scythe by Neal Shusterman


Bomb: the race to build and steal the world’s most dangerous weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer S. Holland

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson

Undefeated:JIm Thorpe by Steve Sheinkin

Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation) by Daniel James Brown

Unbroken (Young adult Adaptation) by Laura Hillenbrand

Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax explosion of 1917 by Sally M. Walker

A Dog in the Cave: the wolves who made us human by Kay Frydenborg

Ms. Lauricella in Teen Services, Wilton Public Library Recommends:

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Richard Yancey

Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, Book 1) by James Patterson

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Here are some guidelines from the Middlebrook Team on selecting titles:

If you like sports fiction, then try….

If you like realistic fiction, then try...

If you like humorous stories, then try...

  • Mike Lupica
  • Matt Christopher
  • Tim Green
  • Kwame Alexander
  • John Feinstein

  • Wendy Mass
  • Sarah Weeks
  • Joan Bauer
  • Jerry Spinelli
  • Sharon Draper
  • Chris Crutcher
  • Nicola Yoon
  • James Patterson
  • Gordon Korman
  • Lincoln Peirce
  • Jess Keating
  • David Lubar

If you like historical fiction, then try...

If you like mysteries, then try...

If you like nonfiction, then try...

  • Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Karen Hesse
  • Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Linda Sue Park
  • John Boyne
  • Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Shelley Pearsall
  • Walter Dean Myers

  • Caroline Cooney
  • Harlan Coben
  • Margaret P. Haddix
  • John Grisham
  • James Patterson
  • Wendelin Van Draanen
  • Ally Carter
  • Agatha Christie

  • Jim Murphy
  • Steve Sheinkin
  • Phillip M. Hoose
  • James L. Swanson
  • Catherine Thimmesh
  • Cynthia Levinson
  • Stephen Ambrose
  • James Bradley

If you like action and adventure stories, then try...

If you like fantasy/science fiction, then try...

2017-2018 6th-8th grade student recommendations

  • Gary Paulsen
  • Margaret P. Haddix
  • Roland Smith
  • Anthony Horowitz
  • Jean Craighead George  
  • Jennifer Nielsen
  • Dan Gemeinhart
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Scott Westerfeld
  • Rick Riordan
  • Christopher Paolini
  • Erin Hunter
  • Suzanne Collins
  • Shannon Hale
  • John Flanagan
  • Cassandra Clare
  • Marissa Meyer
  • Marie Lu
  • Lisa McMann
  • Eoin Colfer
  • Adam Gidwitz
  • Avi
  • J.A. White
  • Michael Northrop
  • Lisa McMann
  • S.A. Bodeen
  • Jordan Sonnenblick 

If you like graphic novels, then try...

If you like classics, then try...

If you like poetry, then try...

  • Marjane Satrapi
  • Art Spiegelman
  • Raina Telgemeier
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • George Orwell
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Karen Hesse
  • Jacqueline Woodson

Wilton High School Suggestions: 


If you have already finished your required summer reading and are looking for recommendations of some great reads, Ms. Lyons and Ms. Whiting, the WHS Library Media Specialists, highly recommend the following titles.


Hope Nation edited by Rose Brock

Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

Killers of the Flower Moon:  The Osage murders and the birth of the FBI by David Grann


Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Artemis by Andy Weir

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Ms. Lauricella in Teen Services, Wilton Public Library Recommends:

by M. T. Anderson (Author)