Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

You can choose any books to read for fun and pleasure this summer. 

Read stories together and don’t forget to read stories from the bible!

AR360 will be open this summer for reading and taking quizzes. 

I will monitor your progress. Use to find your book on AR360.

Preschool: Introducing the Bible


Kindergarten: The Cradle of Civilization Year


First Grade: The Greek Year


Second Grade: The Roman Year

Literature Related Thematically Books with Classical Themes

  • St. George and the Dragon Margaret Hodges
  • The Wicked Prince Hans Christian Anderson
  • The Clown of God, Tomie de Paolo Books


Fairy and Folk Tales, Rhymes, and Verse English Fairy Tales

  • Flora Ann Steel Little Dermot and the Thirsty Stones, and Other Irish Folk Talks, Richard Bennet
  • The King's Drum and Other Stories, Harold Courlander (African)
  • The Blue Fairy Book, The Orange Fairy Book, The Green Fairy Book, Andrew Lang
  • The Story of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
  • Mother Goose Rhymes,
  • Traditional Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne
  • The Wheel on the School, Meindert De Jong
  • Far Out the Long Canal, Meindert De Jong
  • The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams
  • The Mousehole Cat, Antonia Barber,
  • Time of Wonder, Robert McCloskey,
  • The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
  • Frog and Toad (series), Arnold Lobel
  • The Empty Pot, Demi Pinnochio, Carlo Collodi


Picture Books - This is a non-exhaustive list of good picture books that will lead students to an appreciation of art, history, geography, nature, human relationships, and writing.

  • The Story About Ping, Marjorie Fleck and Kurt Wiese 
  • A Pair of Red Clogs, Masako Matsuno 
  • The Story of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
  • Lentil, Robert McCloskey
  • Ludwig Bemelmans Cranberry Thanksgiving, Wende and Harry Devlin,
  • Papa Piccolo, Carol Talley,
  • Storm in the Night, Mary Stolz,
  • Mirette on the High Wire, Emily Arnold McCully
  • The Story of Ferdinand, Munro Leaf
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson
  • Owl Moon, Jane Yolen
  • Wee Gillis, Munro Leaf
  • Andy and the Circus, James Daugherty
  • The Five Chinese Brothers, Claire Huchet Bishop and Kurt Wiese
  • Blueberries for Sal, Robert McClosky
  • Make Way for Ducklings, Robert McClosky

Third Grade: The Medieval Year


Literature Related to History

  • King Arthur & His Knights of the Round Table, Roger Lancelyn
  • Green The Hidden Treasure of Glaston, Jewett & Chapman
  • Son of Charlemagne, Barbara Willard
  • St. Benedict, Hero of the Hills, Mary Fabyan Windeatt,
  • Holy Twins, Tomie de Paolo
  • Making of a Knight: How Sir James Earned His Armor, Patrick O’Brien
  • The Big Book of Nobles, Knights & Knaves, Chretien de Troyes (includes abridged versions of Robin Hood & Song of Roland)
  • St. Dominic & the Rosary, Catherine Beebe Clare & Francis,
  • Saints of Assisi, Helen Walker Homan
  • The Weight of A Mass, Josephine Nobisso
  • Angels in Iron, Nicholas Prata
  • Blood Red Crescent, Henry Garnett
  • St. George and the Dragon, Margaret Hodges St. Joan,
  • The Girl Soldier, Louis De Wohl
  • A Door in the Wall, Marguerite De Angeli


Fourth Grade: The Modern Year


Literature Related to History

  • St. Isaac & the Indians Milton Lomask
  • St. Rose of Lima, Mary  Fabyan Windeatt
  • Treasure Island, Robert Louis  Stevens
  • Tales from Shakespeare, Charles and Mary Lamb
  • Poetry: Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe, Robert Southwell, Edmund Spenser
  • St. Francis of the 7 Seas, Albert Nevins
  • St. Thomas More of London, Elizabeth Ince
  • St. Teresa of Avila,  Joyful in the Lord, Susan Helen Wallace
  • St Philip of the Joyous Heart, Francis St. Ignatius Loyola
  • In God’s Service, Peggy SklarIn
  • Reign of Terror: Adventures of a Westminster
  • A Stepping Stone Book, Monica Culling, Victor Hugo
  • By Conduct & Courage, A Story of the Days of Nelson, G.A. Henty
  • The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling
  • Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling
  • The Hungry Coat, A Tale from Turkey, Demi“
  • In Flanders Fields, Lt. Col. John McCrae
  • Hero Over Here, Katherine Kudlinski
  • Number the Stars, Lois Lowry


Fifth Grade: The American Year


Literature Related to History

  • An American Book of Golden Deeds, James Baldwin
  • Kateri Tekakwitha, Evelyn Brown
  • Fr. Marquette & the Great River ,August Derlith Juanita;
  • Pedro; Song of the Swallows, Leo Politi
  • Story of Junipero Serra, Florence White
  • King George, What Was His Problem?, Steve Sheinkin
  • Johnny Tremain, Esther Forbes
  • Meet George Washington (Landmark Books)
  • Meet Thomas Jefferson (Landmark Books)
  • Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia (Landmark Books)
  • Harriet Tubman & The Underground Railroad, Michael Martin
  •  Meet Abraham Lincoln, Barbara Cary
  • Frederick Douglas Fights for Freedom, Adler & Byrd
  • Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • A Penny’s Worth of Character, Jesse Stuart
  • Paul Bunyan and other Tall Tales, Jane B. Mason John Henry, Julius Lester
  • Johnny Appleseed, Stephen Kellogg
  • The Wright Brothers, Quentin Reynolds
  • The Story of Thomas Alva Edison, Margaret Cousins;
  • Lewis & Clark in their own words, George Sullivan
  • Mother Seton & the Sisters of Charity, Alma Power Waters
  • Mother Cabrini, Francis Parkinson Keyes
  • Saint Katherine Drexel, Friend of the Oppressed, Ellen Terry
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, Jean Lee Latham


Sixth Grade: The Ancient Year


Literature Related to History

  • God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah, Joanne Williamson
  • Victory on the Walls: A Story of Nehemiah, Frieda Clark
  • Hyman Tales of Ancient Egypt, Roger Green
  • The Golden Goblet, Eloise McGraw Mara,
  • Daughter of the Nile, Eloise McGraw
  • Julius Caesar, Shakespeare Augustus Caesar’s World, Genevieve Foster
  • Detectives in Togas, Henry Winterfield
  • Roman Mystery Series, Caroline Lawrence
  • Galen and the Gateway to Medicine, Jeanne Bendick
  • The Spear: A Novel of the Crucifixion, Louis De Wohl
  • The Living Wood, Louis de Wohl


Seventh/Eighth: The Christendom Year


Literature Related to History

  • Saint Benedict: The Story of the Father of the Western Monks, Mary Fabian Windeatt
  • The Life of St. Patrick: Enlightener of the Irish, Zachary Lynch
  • Augustine Came to Kent, Barbara Willard
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, trans. by J.R.R. Tolkein
  • King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Roger Lancelyn
  • Green Charlemagne and the Twelve Peers of France, Alfred J. Church
  • Son of Charlemagne, Barbara Willard Magna Charta, James Daugherty
  • The King’s Shadow, Elizabeth Alder
  • The Boy Knight: A Tale of the Crusades, G.A. Henty
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Howard Pyle
  • Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, Mark Twain
  • Saint Joan: The Girl Soldier, Louis de Wohl
  • The Last Crusader, Louis de Wohl
  • Tales from Shakespeare, Charles and Mary Lamb
  • St. Thomas More of London, Elizabeth Ince
  • A Man For All Seasons, Robert Bolt (also a movie)
  • Saint John Fisher, Michael Davies Edmund
  • Campion: Hero of God’s Underground, Harold Gardiner