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Summer Reading Lists

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."
      ~ Emilie Buchwald
The following lists for 1st through 5th grade are recommended by Park students for Park students. Please keep in mind that reading levels vary by student in each grade and some books may prove too difficult or too easy for your student. To check reading levels go to:  Book Wizard by Scholastic
For more information, including suggested reading levels, parent book recommendations and reviews, go to:  Common Sense Media
Student-Suggested Books for 5th Grade
  • The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
  • Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry - suggested by Mia M. & Carter N.
  • Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling - suggested by Giselle P.
  • Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings - suggested by Bryan H.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (series) by Lemony Snicket - Suggested by Paloma R.
  • A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Student-Suggested Books for 4th Grade
  • The Apprentice's Quest (Warriors: A Vision of Shadows #1) by Erin Hunter - suggested by Evie P.
  • Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis - suggested by Bryn A.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series) by Jeff Kinney
  • Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling - suggested by Elias J.
  • How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor - suggested by Ana V.
  • I Totally Funniest by James Patterson - suggested by Ella F.
  • King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
  • Land of Stories (series) by Chris Colfer - suggested by Bryn A.
  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse - suggested by Bryn A.
  • Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
  • Spy Ski School by Stuart Gibbs
  • Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes - suggested by Bryn A.
  • Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm - suggested by Ella F.
  • Wings of Fire (series) by Tui Sutherland - suggested by Layla S. & Thalia M.
Student-Suggested Books for 3rd Grade
(The following books were suggested by Angelina M., Landin P., and Ellie S. Sorry kids, I forgot to click on save whey I added your books to this page and didn't realize it until after I recycled the lists you gave me! This was all done from memory - I'm sure I missed some titles - and I don't remember who recommended each book so I thought I would just mention all of you at the beginning. Thank you for contributing!)
  • Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series) by Jeff Kinney
  • Ellie's Story by W. Bruce Cameron
  • Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
  • Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
  • Land of Stories (series) by Chris Colfer
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia series) by C.S. Lewis
  • The Littles (series) by John Peterson
  • Magic Tree House (series) by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Mr. Lemoncello's Library (series) by Chris Grabenstein
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • The Tail Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
  • Thea Stilton (series) by Thea Stilton
Student-Suggested Books for 2nd Grade
  • Always in Trouble by Corinne Demas
  • Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
  • Can I play, too? by Mo Willems - suggested by Jackson F.
  • The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt - suggested by Ashleigh H. & Linnea D.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series) by Jeff Kinney - suggested by Carter K. & Cooper W.
  • Dolphin Tale by Gabrielle Reyes
  • Encyclopedia of Animals
  • Junie B., First Grader: One Man Band by Barbara Park
  • Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos - suggested by Alexis R.
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate 
  • The Pigeon Wants a Hot Dog by Mo Willems
  • Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall
  • Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night by Refe Tuma
Student-Suggested Books for 1st Grade
  • Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
  • Bad Dog, Marley by John Grogan
  • A Big Guy Took My Ball (Elephant and Piggie series) by Mo Willems
  • The Book with no Pictures by B.J. Novak
  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (and other pigeon books) by Mo Willems
  • Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
  • Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos
  • No, David! by David Shannon
  • Olivia by Ian Falconer
  • Pete the Cat by James Dean
  • Skippyjon Jones by Judith Byron Schachner
  • Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehener
  • Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • This is not My Hat by J. Klassen
Online Summer Reading
Epic! Summer Reading Online  (This is special offer - 3 months for $1.00. Offer expires 6/12)
Epic! - Online reading for children from preschool to age 12.
Durango Public Library