Summer Reading Program Grades PreK-12th grade Double Points Reading List

2021 Summer Reading Program Reading List

All books from this list will be worth double-page points

To get double points you must check out the book from us. Come in and check out the book or check out virtually using your MLJ library card on Libby or OverDrive, read the book, write a few sentences in the BookPoints comment section about the book (no more than 3 please). Include did you like the book? Why or why not?

Example: “I didn’t like this book. It was too girly. It was about a girl who is part mermaid. Her name is Molly. Molly likes the boy from the ice cream store.”

P= Picture E=Easy   J=Juvenile   JNF=Juvenile Non-Fiction   TW=Tween   YA=Young Adult   F=Fiction (adult)

 PreK-K

1. Whose Mouse Are You?                                                                                                           E Kr

A lonely little mouse has to be resourceful in order to bring his family back together.

2. Just Like Always                                                                                                                      E Pe

A girl finds that most things in her life remain the same after her parents' divorce.

3. Double Header                                                                                                                         E He

Bob and Rob Headley, a two-headed monster, love doing everything together, especially playing catcher on a team in the Little Monster League.

4. Biscuit Loves the Library                                                                                                     E Ca

There is so much to do-and there are so many friends to see-at the library!

5. Dizzy Izzy (Trucktown)                                                                                                          E Sc

Izzy, the ice cream truck, tries to get himself dizzy.

6. Biscuit and the little pup                                                                                                      E Ca

Biscuit tries to coax a little puppy to come out and play.

7. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein                                                                                  E Si

The classic children's poet, Shel Silverstein, offers first graders some food for thought in his heart-wrenching story, The Giving Tree. The story follows a tree that cares so much for a boy that she is willing to give up anything to provide for him. This tale teaches strong character traits including love, giving, and sharing.

8. The Napping House by Audrey Wood                                                                               E Wo

 It's a rainy afternoon and Granny is snoring on the bed in a cozy room. A child crawls on top of her and dreams. Gradually, the pile increases with a dozing dog, a snoozing cat, a slumbering mouse, and finally, a wakeful flea who, by biting the mouse, sets off a chain of events that results in a broken pile and even a broken bed

9. Time for school Little Dinosaur                                                                                             E He

Though his friend Spikey teases him, Little Dinosaur is eager to be ready for his first day of school.

10. Puppy Mudge takes a bath                                                                                                  E Ry

When his puppy Mudge gets dirty, Henry has some trouble giving him a bath.

1st & 2nd GRADE READING LIST

1. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans                                                                                        E Be

Written in 1939 as the first book in a series of many, Madeline has become a popular classic for young readers. This Caldecott Medal winner revolves around one small, misfit girl who gets into all sorts of trouble; however, it's not Madeline's rebellious nature that makes her a marvelous protagonist for kids, but rather her bravery and kind heart that keeps us all returning to her adventurous tales.

2. Draw me a story                                                                                                                   E Du

As the only T. rex in her school, Penelope is often overlooked but when she loses her confidence after signing up for the school talent show, her father and some friends help her find her courage.

3. Miss Nelson Is Missing! By Harry G. Allard                                                                      E Al

First published in 1977, Miss Nelson Is Missing! is an award-winning tale about a classroom of students who have terrible behavior. Their fiery misbehavior leaves them with a new teacher, Miss Viola Swamp, whose frightening demeanor causes the students to regret their mistreatment of dear Miss Nelson. This choice is sure to win over your classroom.

4. A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon                                                                        E Sh

A Bad Case of Stripes, first published in 1998, presents Camilla Cream's dilemma between making friends and being herself. For most of us, this struggle continues daily throughout our lives, so it's important for young readers to understand the necessity of self-acceptance and the value of true friendship.

5. Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff                                                                                E Ho

In Danny and the Dinosaur, a delightful boy visits a museum to find his favorite creature, a dinosaur. From there begins a series of adventures that revolve around Danny and his new dinosaur pal. This story for beginning-level readers opens students' eyes to new situations and the characteristics of loyal friendship.

6. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein                                                                                  E Si

The classic children's poet, Shel Silverstein, offers first graders some food for thought in his heart-wrenching story, The Giving Tree. The story follows a tree who cares so much for a boy that she is willing to give up anything to provide for him. This tale teaches strong character traits including love, giving, and sharing.

7. Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne                                                               J Os

This fantastical tale is the first of many following two siblings, Jack and Annie, through their exciting adventures in the Magic Tree House. The treehouse is filled with endless books that when opened, sends the pair off to all sorts of magical places. Dinosaurs Before Dark not only transports young readers to marvelous new lands but also emphasizes the thrill of a good book.

8. Space Explorers by Eva Moore                                                                                          J Mo

As an elementary instructor, you have likely come across The Magic School Bus series in one way or another. Space Explorers is the fourth chapter book of endless stories that follow the adventurous Ms. Frizzle and her charismatic classroom of kids. Each story teaches a science lesson, and in this case, the class explores outer space.

 9. The Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler                                                       E Th

In this whimsical tale, a young boy drifts into a slumber on the first day of school and rushes headfirst into a nightmare. He dreams that Mrs. Green, his teacher is a terrible monster, but finally awakens to the happy sight of an ordinary woman. The Teacher from the Black Lagoon is a humorous tale illustrating that reality is often far less frightening than we imagine.

10. The Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De la Peña                                                        E De

 A lovely, warm picture book, with strong and commendable themes of intergenerational friendship, building community, and finding beauty in unlikely places. And other messages as well: the value of helping the less fortunate, how to grow up to be a good person (as guided by your Nana) This book won the 2016 Newbery Medal, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and a Caldecott Honor.                 

11. The Napping House by Audrey Wood                                                                               E Wo

 It's a rainy afternoon and Granny is snoring on the bed in a cozy room. A child crawls on top of her and dreams. Gradually, the pile increases with a dozing dog, a snoozing cat, a slumbering mouse, and finally, a wakeful flea who, by biting the mouse, sets off a chain of events that results in a broken pile and even a broken bed

 

3rd & 4th GRADE READING LIST

1. Falling Up by Shel Silverstein                                                                                        JNF 811.54

First published in 1996, Falling Up remains a popular choice for young readers. Composed of a series of short poems, this book offers whimsical tales that are delightfully humorous and cleverly written so that students can easily fall into the rhyming patterns.

2. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg                  J Ko

This award-winning tale, first published in 1967, tells the story of Claudia and her little brother, Jamie. The two decide to run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where their thrilling adventure begins.

3. Sarah plain and talk by Patricia MacLachlan                                                                    J Ma

Sarah, Plain and Tall is another award-winner just waiting to be picked up. This historical story follows Anne and Caleb, two children who have grown up without a mother until their father arranges for Sarah to fill that missing space.

4. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar                                              J Sach

Before Holes, Sachar graced us with the whimsical tales of Wayside School. This compilation of short stories is sure to have your third-grade students rolling in their seats, eager to read more and more.

5. Tales of a fourth grade nothing by Judy Blume                                                              J Blum

The novel takes a humorous but honest view of sibling rivalry, and the challenges of reasoning with an imaginative, stubborn 3-year-old. Fudge's antics annoy his brother and sometimes land him in precarious situations, but Fudge will amuse middle-grade readers.

6. Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak                                                                  E Se

This award-winning tale follows the story of a young boy as he finds an adventure in his own imaginative land. Explore the captivating illustrations and send your students off to romp with Max and the Wild Things.

7. The Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De la Peña                                                        E De

 A lovely, warm picture book, with strong and commendable themes of intergenerational friendship, building community, and finding beauty in unlikely places. And other messages as well: the value of helping the less fortunate, how to grow up to be a good person (as guided by your Nana) This book  won the 2016 Newbery Medal, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and a Caldecott Honor.

8. Matilda by Ronal Dahl                                                                                                        J Dahl

Matilda is a bright, caring little girl who is only a burden to her despicable parents. When she has a confrontation with the school principal, Miss Trunchbull, Matilda realizes how powerful she can actually be. This fantastical tale will leave your third-grade class feeling empowered and delighted by the whimsy of Dahl's childhood mastery.

9. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis                                                    J Le

This classic fantasy adventure tells the story of the four Pevensie children, who discover the magical world of Narnia behind the door of a seemingly ordinary wardrobe at their guardian's home. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy encounter a great leader, a lion named Aslan, and face off against an evil witch, known only as the White Witch, in a quest to stop eternal winter. This book was the first in the Chronicles of Narnia series to be published. Chronologically, however, according to the events featured in the series as a whole, this is the second story. Other books include, in order of publication: Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician's Nephew, and The Last Battle.

10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl                                                        J Da

This story tells the tale of young Charlie Bucket and his great luck in finding the fifth and final golden ticket, which grants him passage to Willie Wonka's chocolate factory. Living in poverty, Charlie's family cannot afford the luxury of chocolate, until one day, Charlie finds a crumpled dollar bill in the street, and he uses a portion of it to buy a Willie Wonka bar, which contains the special golden ticket. He, along with four other children and their parents, win the opportunity to tour the chocolate factory. During their tour, however, the children are picked off, one-by-one, in horrible ways, each befitting their personal character flaws. The story continues in a second book, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

11. A is for Apple by Tom Llewellyn                                                                                        E Ll

A is for apple unless you're being chased by a bloodsucking vampire, then A is for Aaaaaagghhh!!

12. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein                                                                                  E Si

The classic children's poet, Shel Silverstein, offers first graders some food for thought in his heart-wrenching story, The Giving Tree. The story follows a tree who cares so much for a boy that she is willing to give up anything to provide for him. This tale teaches strong character traits including love, giving, and sharing.

13. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume                                                         J Blum

Many fourth graders can relate to the narrator of this book, nine-year-old Peter whose young brother, Fudge is a two-year-old troublemaker. The story chronicles what life is like for Peter, who often feels overshadowed by his baby brother, and desperately seeks his parents' attention. Readers who enjoy this book can continue the series with Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Superfudge, Fudge-a-Mania, and Double Fudge.

14. Unicorn Diaries 1 - The Goblin Princess                                                                          E El

Greta the goblin princess is bored, but when unicorns Bo and Sunny try to cheer her up by using their powers to make her queen (for a day), they discover just how much trouble a bored -- and spoiled -- goblin princess can cause for everyone around her.

5th & 6th GRADE READING LIST

1. Matilda by Roald Dahl                                                                                                          J Dahl

A classic for decades, this book tells the story of Matilda, a genius five-and-a-half-year-old who never cracks under the pressure of her insufferable parents or the monster of a principal at her school. When her favorite teacher, Miss Honey, becomes the target of Principal Trunchbull, Matilda leads the charge against the principal and her bullying ways.

2. And then I turned into a Mermaid by Laura Kirkpatrick                                                  J Kirk

Molly Seabrook's dull seaside life is turned upside down when she turns 13 and is let in on the family secret: she's PART-MERMAID

3. Black Beauty by L. L. Owens                                                                                              J Ow

A house enjoys an idyllic existence on the countywide until he is unexpectedly sold into a completely different world of hardship in the city. A moving account from the horse’s point of view, this book inspired campaigns for improved animal welfare.

4. A Natural History of Fairies by Emily Hawkins                                                        JNF 398.21 Ha

A fun and gorgeous book about the natural history of fairies all over the world.

5. The Call of the Wild by Jack London                                                                             J Lond

This is the story of Buck, a half-St. Bernard/half-Shepard who ends up kidnapped and sold into dog-sledding in the Yukon Territory. Buck moves from owner to owner but never gives up hope as he moves away from his days in civilization and on to the harsh reality of the cold Alaskan wilderness.

6. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis                                                      J Lewis

The first chronological book in the Chronicles of Narnia follows four children who discover the magical world through a game of hide-and-seek.

7. The Giver by Lois Lowry                                                                                                     YA Lo

In an extremely vanilla and sterile society, one boy discovers incredible powers that allow him to see and hear things that the rest of the town cannot.

8. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain                                                      J Tw

The story of adventure and friendship that remains controversial to this day, Mark Twain's most well-known book will be a ripe piece for discussion after summer.

9. Mummies Exposed! By Kerrie Logan Hollihan                                                              J 393.3 Ho

Just when you think you know everything there is to know about mummies, new facts are unearthed. Mummies Exposed! goes beyond the familiar Egyptian mummies and uncovers the secrets of mummified bodies from around the globe.

10. Ghosts Unveiled By Kerrie Logan Hollihan                                                                    J 133.1 Ho

Do you believe in ghosts?  Whether you're a believer in things that go bump in the night or a firmly science-minded skeptic, there is compelling evidence to suggest that the veil between the living and the dead may be thinner than we think.

 11. Nobody's perfect. I'm as close as it gets by Jim Benton                                              J Bent

Middle-schooler Jamie Kelly finds out, for the first time, that she has a Permanent Record. Worried about her future prospects, she sets out to join as many extra-curricular activities as possible, spurred on by her friend Isabella who always has a scheme up her sleeve. Meanwhile, a mystery threatens the entire school - why do they serve the cafeteria meatloaf if it tastes so terrible?!

12. Nobody's Perfect                                                                                                                      J Ma

Megan, a popular and outgoing fourth-grader, is sure that the "perfect" new girl dislikes her because she is deaf, but persistence and a joint science fair project help Megan see that the two girls have something in common after all.

13. Some writer! : The story of E. B. White                                                                          JB White

"SOME PIG," Charlotte the spider's praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White's Charlotte's Web. In Some Writer!, the two-time Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet mixes White's personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985.

 

7th & 8th GRADE READING LIST

1. The Giver by Lois Lowry                                                                                                     YA Lo

In an extremely vanilla and sterile society, one boy discovers incredible powers that allow him to see and hear things that the rest of the town cannot.

2. Holes by Loui Sachar                                                                                                      TW Sach

In a juvenile delinquent camp, troubled boys dig holes as a form of punishment and reform, though the holes may serve an entirely different and strange purpose.

3. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstien                                       J Grab

Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative game maker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.

4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Tamara Shelline Castleman                                                     F Le

 A tragic event engulfs a Southern town in the moral dilemmas of post-slavery America, as narrated by an 8-year-old girl.

5. Animal Farm by George Orwell                                                                                          F Or

The classic satirical tale of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution with animals as the main characters.

6. Uglies by Scott Westerfield                                                                                              YA West

In a future world, all sixteen-year-olds undergo a procedure that makes them 'pretty'. Heroine Tally is forced to uncover the truth behind becoming 'pretty' when her friend disappears.

7. Black Beauty by L. L. Owens                                                                                              J Ow

A house enjoys an idyllic existence in the county side until he is unexpectedly sold into a completely different world of hardship in the city. A moving account from the horse’s point of view, this book inspired campaigns for improved animal welfare.

8. Where the Red Fern Grows: the story of two dogs and a boy by Wilson Rawls         J Ra

Billy and his two dogs ranged the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country. Old Dan has the brawn, Little Ann has the brains, and Billy has the will to make them into the finest hunting team in the valley. Glory and victory were coming to them, but sadness waited too. Soon their skills will be put to the test as they brave the dangers of the wilds for the ultimate glory.

9. Lord of the Flies by William Golding                                                                                  F Go

A group of boys marooned on an island are pitted against each other in a series of disturbing events.

10. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne                                                             YA Law

Berlin, 1942: Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

11. Savvy by Ingrid Law                                                                                                        TW Law

All members of the Beaumont family receive a special power at the age of thirteen, like controlling the elements. Mibs Beaumont is anxious to find out what her special ability is when she reaches thirteen, but days before she can, her father has an accident, and she abandons her house along with her family to attempt to rescue him.

 12.The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling                                                                                      TW Rowl

As the legend of the fearsome Ickabog spreads terror in the peaceful kingdom of Cornucopia, best friends Bert and Daisy set out to discover the truth and bring happiness back to the kingdom.

13. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card                                                                              ScF Card

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer-simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. As the result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.

14. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood                                                                            J Pyle

Recounts the legend of Robin Hood, who plundered the king's purse and poached his deer and whose generosity endeared him to the poor.

 HIGH SCHOOL READING LIST

1. The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne                                                                           F Ha

An adulterous Puritan woman refuses to name the father of her illegitimate child, even in the face of public shaming and the vengeful desires of her husband.

2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury                                                                              Staff Choice SP

Fahrenheit 451 offers readers a look at an alternate history of the United States where books are banned and any that are found are burned. The novel explores the effects this form of censorship has on civilization.

3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley                                                                                             YA Sh

Shelley created one of the most captivating horror stories of all time with Frankenstein. The novel explores the costs of a blind pursuit of knowledge, while also mining the depths of human emotion and thought.

4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin                                                                                   F Aust

Pride and Prejudice offer you a chance to delve into fiction from a different time period and explore social conventions you might not be used to. Austin's novel follows the life of Elizabeth Bennet as she tries to find her place in 19th century England.

5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding                                                                                  YA Go

This novel focuses on a group of children trapped on an otherwise uninhabited island and left to their own devices. Golding uses his book to examine human nature, often with horrifying results.

6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle                                                                           J Le

L'Engle's novel offers you an opportunity to read a classic science fiction tale full of space travel concepts. The novel dwells heavily on the themes of good vs. evil.

7. The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling                                                                                          TW Rowl

As the legend of the fearsome Ickabog spreads terror in the peaceful kingdom of Cornucopia, best friends Bert and Daisy set out to discover the truth and bring happiness back to the kingdom.

8. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne                                                              YA Bo

Berlin, 1942: Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

9. Stamped: racism, antiracism, and you                                                                  YA 305.8009 Re

This unapologetic telling of the history of racism in our nation is refreshingly simple and deeply profound

10. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood                                                                            J Pyle

Recounts the legend of Robin Hood, who plundered the king's purse and poached his deer and whose generosity endeared him to the poor.