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2018 Summer Reading

+Dear Parents and Students,

Summer Reading 2018!

Ah! The warm sun, a refreshing beverage, time to relax, and a good book! That’s all it takes to make me happy in the good, old summertime! As a student in grade school, I enjoyed reading various books all summer long – from Nancy Drew to Little House on the Prairie, and eventually my all-time favorite, Gone with the Wind, which I think I read every summer for ten years in a row! I enjoy reading and for me it is an escape and a chance to learn about other places, times, and events.

I hope that you and your family will take time to read this summer – not only the required reading, but to read for enjoyment!

Along with the required summer reading books, two per grade, we list some other titles that the students might enjoy and are related to the grade.

The summer reading requirement is accompanied, in most grades, by a study sheet. The sheet is to help students remember the content of the books as they will be used during the first weeks of school for various activities. Actual grades for summer reading will come from the activities at the start of school.

I encourage you to make reading time a part of the day! Model reading for the students by reading the newspaper, magazines, or books. Talk with the children about the books they are reading and the books you are reading. Read to the little ones each day to give them a love for words and stories. With so many competing activities, make the time to read – it will help with comprehension and vocabulary development.

Might I suggest that you look for some of the lives of the saints or other selections of inspirational reading? There is something for everyone!

God love and bless you!

Sister Joan Felicia, IHM, Principal


First Grade

  • Required reading:
    • First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg 
  • Suggested reading:
    • Have You Filled a Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud
    • Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
    • Where are my Books by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Second Grade

  • Required reading:
    • Penny and the Marble by Kevin Henkes
    • Mapping Penny’s World by Loreen Leedy
  • Suggested reading:
    • Humphrey’s Tiny Tales by Betty Birney
    • Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp
    • Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

  • Suggested Reading
    • Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder
    • The War that Changed my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
    • Save me a Seat by Sarah Weeks

Sixth grade

Seventh Grade

Eighth Grade