Summer Reading Suggestions

Book on a sandy beach

Below are suggestions for summer reading. These books are by no means required. The goal is to read—whatever you have available to you is good enough.

–Mrs. Upton, Tower School Librarian

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Book Cover: Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea

Pre-K to Grade 2

Book Cover: Saturday, A highlight for Pre-K-2 Suggested Reading List

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Camp Tiger  by Susan Choi, Illus. by John Rocco

When Aidan Became a Brother  by Kyle Lukoff, Illus. by Kaylani Juanita

Saturday  by Oge Mora, (Author, Illustrator)

Giraffe Problems  by Jory John, Illus. by Lane Smith

All Are Welcome  by Alexandra Penfold, Illus. by Suzanne Kaufman

The Rabbit Listened  by Cori Doerrfeld

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family
by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali, illus. by Hatem Aly

My Papi Has a Motorcycle
by Isabel Quintero, illus. by Zeke Peña 

Another
by Christian Robinson, (Author, Illustrator)

The Little Guys
by Vera Brosgol, (Author, Illustrator)

A Stone Sat Still
by Brendan Wenzel, (Author, Illustrator)

Hey, Water!
by Antoinette Portis, illus. by Antoinette Portis 

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!
by Mo Willems, (Author, Illustrator)

Who is the Mystery Reader?
by Mo Willems, (Author, Illustrator)

Jabari Jumps
Cornwall, Gaia 

Fox the Tiger
By Corey R.Tabor

Dragon Masters (series)
By Tracey West

We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
by Mo Willems  (Author, Illustrator)

Duck! Rabbit!
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld 

I Can Only Draw Worms 
by Will Mabbitt

The Princess in Black (series)
By Shannon & Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (illus.)

Magic Treehouse (series)
By Mary Pope Osborne

Ricky Ricotta’s Might Robot (series)
By Dav Pilkey & Dan Santat

Ivy & Bean (series)
By Annie Barrows & Sophie Blackall

Zoey and Sassafras (series)
By Asia Citro

Mercy Watson (series)
By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (ill)

The Bad Guys (series)
By Aaron Blabey

 

Grade 3

Book Cover: Honeybee


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Ranger in Time (series)
By Kate Messner

Frank Einstein (series) 
By Jon Scieszka

I survived (series)
By Lauren Tarshis

The Chicken Squad (series)
By Doreen Cronin

The Last Firehawk (series)
By Katrina Charman

Unicorn Rescue Society
By Adam Gidwitz

Be You!
By Peter Reynolds

Honeybee: The busy life of Apis Mellifera
By Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

Eerie Elementary (series)
By Jack Chabert

The 13-Story Treehouse (series) 
By Andy Griffiths

Wayside School (series)
By Louis Sachar

Bad Kitty (series) 
By Nick Bruel

Lunch Lady (series)
By Jarrett Krosoczka

The Terrible Two (series) by Jory John & Mac Barnett

Kid Spy (series)
By Mac Barnett

My Weird School (series)
By Dan Gutman

Judy Moody (series)
By Megan McDonald

Stink (series)
By Megan McDonald

Alvin Ho (series)
By Lenore Look

The Miniature World (series)
By Elise Broach

Toys Go Out (series)
By Emily Jenkins

The Doll People (series)
By Ann M. Martin

The Fantastic Mr Fox
By Roald Dahl

Flora & Ulysses
By Kate DiCamillo

The Tales from Deckawoo Drive (series)
By Kate DiCamilo

Sisters 
by Raina Telgemeir

A Boy Called Bat
By Ellen Arnold

The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown
By Mac Barnett

The Wild Robot
By Peter Brown
 

Grade 4

Book Cover: The Wild Robot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front Desk, By Kelly Yang

Solving for M, By Jennifer Swender

The Land of Stories, By Chris Colfer

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, By Chris Grabenstein

Amulet (series), By Kazu Kibuishi

The Lightning Thief, By Rick Riordan

Restart, By Gordon Korman

Fortunately, The Milk, By Neil Gaiman

Space Case, By Stuart Gibbs

The Last Last Day of Summer, By Lamar Giles

A Wolf Called Wander, By Rosanne Parry

The Lemonade War, By Jacqueline Davis

Bunnicula, By Deborah and James Howe

Raymie Nightingale, by Kate DiCamillo

A Tale Dark & Grimm, By Adam Gidwitz

Guts, By Raina Telgemeier

The Lost Girl, By Anne Ursu

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky,
By Kwame Mbalia

Continued

Grade 4 (continued)

Fish in a Tree
By Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The One and Only Ivan
By Katherine Applegate

The Crossover
By Kwame Alexander

Swindle
By Gordon Korman

Harry Potter
By J.K. Rowling

Save Me a Seat
By Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
By Kate DiCamillo

11 Birthdays
By Wendy Mass

Hoot
By Carl Hiassen

Because of Winn-Dixie
By Kate DiCamillo

The One and Only Bob
By Katherine Applegate

The Wild Robot
By Peter Brown

Stanley Will Probably Be Fine
By Sally J. Pla

The List of Things That Will Not Change
By Rebecca Stead

Rocket to the Moon!  Big Ideas that Changed the World
By Don Brown
 

Grade 5

Book Cover: Percy Jackson


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Merci Suarez Changes Gears
B
y Med Medina

Pay Attention Carter Jones
By Gary Schmidt

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
By Dan Gemeinhart

Songs for a Whale
By Lynne Kelly

Front Desk 
By Kelly Yang

Other Words for Home
By Jasmine Warga

To Night Owl from Dogfish
By Holly Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
By Kwame Mbalia

Guts
By Raina Telgemeier

Lalani of the Distant Sea
By Erin Entrada Kelly

The Lost Girl
By Anne Ursu

The War the Saved my Life
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Solving for M
By Jennifer Swender

The Lightning Thief 
By Rick Riordan

The One and Only Bob
By Katherine Applegate

The Season of Styx Malone
By Kekia Magoon

Raymie Nightingale (series)
By Kate DiCamillo

Fish in a Tree
By Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Knights vs. DInosaurs
By Matt Phelan

The Book of Boy
By Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Rain Reign
By Ann M. Martin

Mañanaland
By Pam Muñoz Ryan

Sweeping Up The Heart
By Kevin Henkes

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
By Jonathan Auxier


 

Grade 6

Book Cover: Crossover


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bridge Home
By Padma Venkatraman

Look Both Ways
By Jason Reynold

New Kid
By Jerry Craft

Pay Attention Carter Jones 
By Gary Schmidt

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
By Dan Gemeinhart

Songs for a Whale
By Lynne Kelly

The Night Diary 
By Veera Hiranandani

Keeper of the Lost Cities
By Shannon Messenger

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
By Kelly Barnhill

Scar Island
By Dan Gemeinhart

Storm Breaker (Alex Rider series)
By Anthony Horowitz

The Inquisitor’s Tale
By Adam Gidwitz

Allies
By Alan Gratz

Ghost (Track series)
By Jason Reynold

Out of my Mind
By Sharon Draper

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Tapper Twins Go to War (with each other)
By Geoff Rodkey

Middle School, the WORST Years of My Life
By James Patterson

Be Prepared 
By Vera Brosgol

Guts
By Raina Telegemeir

The Lumberjanes (series)
By Noelle Stevenson

Holes
By Louis Sachar

When you Reach Me
By Rebecca Stead

Counting by 7’s
By Holly Goldberg Sloan

The LIghtning Thief (Percy Jackson series)
By Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid (series)
By Rick Riordan

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
By Kwame Mbalia

Refugee
By Alan Gratz

Bridge to Terebithia
By Katherine Patterson

The Giver (series)
By Lois Lowry

A Long Walk to Water
By Linda Sue Park

The Hunger Games
By Suzanne Collins

March (series)
By John Lewis


 

Grade 7

Book Cover: Amal Unbound



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Bridge Home
By Padma Venkatraman

The Book Thief
By Markus Zusak

New Kid
By Jerry Craft

Amal Unbound
Aisha Saeed

They Called Us Enemy
By George Takei

Wolf Hollow
By Lauren Wolk

Echo
Pam Munoz Ryan

Star Girl
Jerry Spinelli

Ranger’s Apprentice
By John Flanagan

Loot: How to Steal a Fortune
By Jude Watson

Harbor Me
By Jaqueline Woodson

The Inquisitor’s Tale
By Adam Gidwitz

Allies
By Alan Gratz

Ghost (Track series)
By Jason Reynold

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
By Dan Gemeinhart

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Line Tender
By Kate Allen

White Bird: A Wonder Story
By R.J. Palacio

Be Prepared 
By Vera Brosgol

Guts
By Raina Telegemeir

The Lumberjanes (series)
By Noelle Stevenson

Holes
By Louis Sachar

When you Reach Me
By Rebecca Stead

Counting by 7’s
By Holly Goldberg Sloan

The LIghtning Thief (Percy Jackson series)
By Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid (series)
By Rick Riordan

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
By Kwame Mbalia

Refugee
By Alan Gratz

Bridge to Terebithia
By Katherine Patterson

The Giver (series)
By Lois Lowry

A Long Walk to Water
By Linda Sue Park

The Hunger Games
By Suzanne Collins

March (series)
By John Lewis

 

 

Grade 8

Book Cover: One of Us is Lying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime
By Trevor Noah

Speak
By Laurie Halse Andersen

We are Displaced
By Malala Yousafazai

Children of Blood and Bone
Aisha Saeed

They Called Us Enemy
By George Takei

PET
By Akwaeke Emezi

Echo
Pam Munoz Ryan

Ready Player One
BY Ernest Cline

Scythe (The Arc of Scythe)
By Neal Shusterman

One of Us is Lying (series)
By Karen McManus

Harbor Me
By Jaqueline Woodson

Renegades
By Marissa Meyer

Long Way Down
By Jason Reynolds

Turtles All The Way Down
By John Green

The Hate U Give
By Angie Thomas

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Line Tender
By Kate Allen

White Bird: A Wonder Story
By R.J. Palacio

A Night Divided
By Jennifer Nielsen

The Book Thief 
By Markus Zusak

Between Shades of Gray
By Ruta Sepetys

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
By Jenny Han

Warcross
By Marie Lu

Divergent (series)
By Veronica Roth

The LIghtning Thief (Percy Jackson series)
By Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid (series)
By Rick Riordan

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
By Kwame Mbalia

Refugee
By Alan Gratz

Bridge to Terebithia
By Katherine Patterson

The Giver (series)
By Lois Lowry

A Long Walk to Water
By Linda Sue Park

The Hunger Games
By Suzanne Collins

March (series)
By John Lewis

 

A link: Tower Turret, 2019-2020

The Tower Turret is a literary publication, written, illustrated, edited and produced by students. The Turret features the creative work of students in grades Pre-K through 8.

Read the 2019-2020 Tower Turret