Helpful Summer Reading Lists

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“Kids who don’t have educationally rich summers will be nearly three years behind their peers by the time they reach the end of the fifth grade… Much like we would expect an athlete or a musician’s performance to suffer if they didn’t practice regularly, the same thing is true for young people when it comes to reading performance.”
— Ron Fairchild, Founding CEO, National Summer Learning Association

When visiting a library or bookstore this summer, I hope you find the following lists helpful. – Ms. Pretz ASIJ ES Librarian

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Our summer reading theme this year is “Every Hero Has A Story”.  There are Many summer reading programs in the United States are also using this theme.

K – Grade 2      Grades 3-4     Grades 5-6

Read Aloud America 

2015 Recommended Read Aloud List

Fans of Diary of A Wimpy Kid

Ten Funny Books

Books for Harry Potter Lovers

Watch this video about books for Harry Potter lovers to find out why Elizabeth Bird of the NYPL recommends these middle grade books.

  1. The Dragon’s Tooth by N.D. Wilson
  2. The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier
  3. Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
  4. Small Persons With Wings by Ellen Booraem
  5. The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson

A few NEW library titles coming this August for fans of Harry Potter:   Story Thieves by Riley James, Alistair Grim’s Odditorium by Gregory Funaro, The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler, The Book of Storm by Ruth Hatfield, Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks, Gabriel Finley & and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen

OUTSTANDING SUMMER READING LISTS  – Professional Organizations

American Library Association

Notable Children’s Books 2015

Association for Library Service to Children 

KG-Grade 2     Grades 3-5

Bank Street Books – Best of  the Year

Under 5     Ages 5-9     Ages 9-12

Horn Book Summer Reading Recommendations 

Grades K-2     Grades 3-5

International Reading Association

Teachers’ Choices 2015

Kirkus Review

Best Books of 2014     Best Book Nominees for 2015


HAISLN Summer Reading Lists 2015

Preschool – K Reading List     Grades 1 & 2 Reading List

Grades 3 & 4 Reading List     Grade 5 Reading List

Boston Public Schools

Book List Grades K – 2 (PDF)      Book List Grades 3 – 5  (PDF)


“Read More” by under creative commons license.

“Every Child A Hero” lists compiled for the Connecticut Department of Education by Linda Williams.

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