Summer Reading List

Lake Tahoe SchoolDear Lake Tahoe School Families,

Lake Tahoe School students are readers. From the youngest, who struggle to sound out words in their first books, to middle school students immersed in fat historical novels who need to be reminded to move to the next class, our girls and boys love to read. Providing the skills and the time to use them, as well as evidencing our own passion for literature, are gifts we provide throughout the year. Reading should not stop on the last day of school!

They are also terrific math students. We spend a great deal of time helping LTS youngsters develop a sense of numeracy (the math equivalent of literacy). Working with numbers and mathematical concepts also should not stop on the last day of school.

Below you will find descriptions of and resources for our summer reading program. Our summer math and reading programs are not onerous. They are simply ways to practice the many skills children have acquired over this year and to promote confidence in their sense of themselves as students. You can expect all math teachers to communicate their expectations for individual students prior to the end of the academic year.

We also value our Parent Education series, which includes book group discussions with me. Below is a list of books that are both engaging and helpful in terms of navigating the parent journey. Not every one is pertinent for every level of child development/parenting, though each includes thoughtful insights into children and raising them. I hope that many of you will choose to participate. Frequently, it is the discussions themselves, which sometimes stray from the just-about-the-book path, that participants find most valuable. It can be very reassuring to hear parents of older children share perspectives gained from experience. This coming year, all of the books are repeats, because they are worth rereading.

  • How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, by Julie Lythcott-Haims ((Holt and Company)
  • The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development and What We Can Do About It, by Richard Weissbourd (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom, Ages 4-14, by Chip Wood (Northeast Foundation for Children)

Happy reading, and have a great summer.

Warm Regards,

Ruth Glass

Head of School


8th Grade

Dear Rising Eighth Grade Families,

We expect all rising 8th grade students to read the required books below and at least two books of their own preference. We ask only that students select books that (1) they have not read before; and (2) are written by different authors. We strongly encourage everyone to choose books from at least two different genres. Great recommendations for middle school books can be found on the Goodreads and American Library Association (ALA) websites, and there is a free app available from the Young Adult Library Services Association, YALSA’s Teen Book Finder, that provides ways to search booklists and award winning novels.

Required Reading:

The Distance Between Us Reyna Grande
The Bone Sparrow Zana Fraillon

6th & 7th Grades

Dear Rising Sixth and Seventh Grade Families,

We expect all rising 6th & 7th grade students to read the required books below and at least two books of their own preference. We ask only that students select books that (1) they have not read before; and (2) are written by different authors. We strongly encourage everyone to choose books from at least two different genres. Great recommendations for middle school books can be found on the Goodreads and American Library Association (ALA) websites, and there is a free app available from the Young Adult Library Services Association, YALSA’s Teen Book Finder, that provides ways to search booklists and award winning novels.

Required Reading:

Wolf Hollow Lauren Wolk
Counting by 7’s Holly Goldberg Sloan

5th Grade

Dear Rising Fifth Grade Families,

Happy summer, and happy summer reading! It’s always nice to have a bit of extra time to read on a summer road trip, on the beach, or in a favorite spot at home so I hope you enjoy the reading selections provided below. To prepare for fifth grade, each student needs to read at least two novels. However, the more reading done for fun, the better! At the start of the year, we will review the required reading as a group; in addition, each student will complete a creative project related to one of the books on the list of his/her choice. Enjoy! ~ Ms. Ari

Required Reading:

Maniac Magee Jerry Spinelli (820L)

Other Choices (Read at least one from the list below):

Pictures of Hollis Woods Patricia Reilly Giff (650L)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret Brian Selznick (820L)
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle (740L)
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple Karen Cushman (1030L)
The Mysterious Benedict Society Trenton Lee Stewart (900L)
Island of the Blue Dolphins Scott O’Dell (1000)
Chasing Vermeer Blue Balliet (770L)
The Red Pyramid (Kane Series) Rick Riordan (650L)

Topics of Interest (for other pleasure reading or potential museum visits while traveling):

U.S. Geography, Government Structure, Age of Exploration, American Revolution, Westward Migration

4th Grade

Dear Rising Fourth Grade Families,

Happy summer, 4th graders! I hope this list inspires you to read this summer. The required book for entering fourth graders to read over the summer is In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lora. We will start our literature discussion on the first day of school with this story. Each student should read at least one other book from the list below. Also, find our topics of study below; it might be fun to read a book on one of those if it sounds interesting to you. I can’t wait to see you all in August for the start of a great year! Happy reading! ~ Ms. Amory

Required Reading:

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson Bette Bao Lora

Other Choices (Read at least one from the list below):

Redwall (series) Brian Jacques (800L-1010L)
D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths I. & E. D’ Aulaire (1070L)
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz Frank L Baum (1020L)
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Grace Lin (810L)
The Warriors (series) Erin Hunter (740L-840L)
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster (1000L)
Peter and the Starcatchers Dave Barry (770L)
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Kate DiCamillo (700L)
The City of Ember (series) Jean DuPrau (680L-790L)

Topics of Interest: Native Americans, Nevada History, Gold Rush, Mining in Nevada

3rd Grade

Dear Rising Third Grade Families,

Welcome to third grade! I am looking forward to a wonderful year of learning and fun with you. My stack of books for summer reading is growing, and I can’t wait for the days to read for hours. Please read one required book (a book project will be completed on the book the first week of school). The required book can be any book from the series of Carol Marsh mystery books other than The Mystery on the Great Wall of China and The Mystery on the Great Barrier Reef because we will read these two in class. ~ Ms. Catherine

Good options for required reading include:

The Mystery of the Ancient Pyramid
The Mystery at Mt. Fuji
The Breathtaking Mystery on Mt. Everest
Other third grade favorites to consider reading:

The Magic Finger Roald Dahl (820L)
Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl (820L)
Henry Huggins Beverly Cleary (820L)
Ramona the Brave Beverly Cleary (820L)
Dream Thief Tony Abbott (500L)
Helen Keller: Courage in the Dark Johanna Hurwitz (520L)
Stuart Little E.B. White (820L)
Safe at Home Sharon Robinson (600L)

The three major social studies themes for third grade are China, Antarctica and Australia. If it interests you, read about these places and feel free to share your knowledge as we do in-depth studies of each place during the school year.

2nd Grade

Dear Rising Second Grade Families,

Welcome to the second grade! I hope you are enjoying your summer, and I look forward to a great year ahead! Please enjoy some reading time this summer. Reading alone, with mom or dad, with a friend or even to your dog is always a great way to spend time. I look forward to enjoying many books and stories together in Room 202! ~ Ms. Heidi

Fun Series’ for Summer Reading:

Bink and Gollie Kate DiCamillo (310L)
The Time Warp Trio Jon Scieszka (310L)
Frog and Toad (series) Arnold Lobel (300L-400L)
Nate the Great Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (130L)
Horrible Harry Suzy Kline (340L-610L)
Amelia Bedelia Herman Parish (220L-640L)
Keeker and the Sneaky Pony Hadley Higginson (740L)
Mr. Piggle-Wiggle Betty MacDonald (310L)

Ms. Heidi’s Math Favorites:

Pigs Will Be Pigs: Fun with Math and Money Amy Axelrod
Two of Everything Lily Toy Hong
The Best of Times Gregory Tang
Anno’s Hat Tricks Mitsumasa Anno
The Grapes of Math Gregory Tang
Math Curse Jon Scieszka
The King’s Commissioners Aileen Friedman
Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci Joseph D’Agnese
The Wishing Club: A Story About Fractions Donna Jo Napoli

Ms. Heidi’s Science Favorites:

Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes Nicola Davies
A First Book of Nature Nicola Davies
The Amazing A to Z Thing Bronwyn Bancroft
The Magic School Bus Series J. Cole

Recommended Authors: Cynthia Rylant, Kevin Henkes, Patricia MacLachlan, Kate DiCamillo, Jan Brett, Beverly Cleary, Judith Viorst, Diane Siebert, Dick King-Smith, Maurice Sendak, Greg Tang and Nicola Davies.

1st Grade

Dear Rising First Grade Families,

Happy summer! There is no required summer reading for first grade, but here are some suggestions for books you can read this summer. The list is divided into three sections: Picture Books (books to read with your child), Beginning Readers, and Advanced Readers. I have also included a list of some of my favorite authors, which I will feature during the year in First Grade. Have a great summer and have fun reading! ~ Ms. Edwards & Miss Diana

Picture Books:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Laura Numeroff
Caps for Sale Esphyr Slobodkina
Wemberly Worried Kevin Henkes
The Jolly Postman Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Freckleface Strawberry Julianne Moore
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Judith Viorst
Make Way for Ducklings Robert McCloskey
Miss. Rumphius Rosemary Cooney
Strega Nona Tomie DePaola

Beginning Readers:

Clifford (series) Norman Bridwell
Curious George (series) Margret and H.A. Rey
Sheep in a Jeep (series) Nancy Shaw
Henry and Mudge (series) Cynthia Rylant
Frog and Toad (series) Arnold Lobel

Advanced Readers

Nate the Great (series) Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Amelia Bedelia (series) Peggy Parish
Magic Tree House (series) Mary Pope Osborne
Cam Jansen (series) David A. Adler
Horrible Harry (series) Suzy Kline

Recommended Authors: Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, Kevin Henkes, Eric Carle, Tomie dePaola,
Mo Willems, Cynthia Rylant, Robert McClosky, Gail Gibbons

Dear Rising Kindergarten Families,

Below are some suggestions for summer reading. There is no required reading for kindergarten. This list is in no way comprehensive; please use it as a starting place for you and your child. Research has shown that the single greatest factor in reading
success is whether a child is read to when young. Here are some great titles to get you started! ~ Mrs. Holm

Alphabet Books:

Click Clack, Quackity Quack; An Alphabetical Adventure Doreen Cronin
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables A-Z Lois Ehlert
Alphabet Under Construction Denise Fleming
Max’s ABC Rosemary Wells

Books About Me:

The Mixed Up Chameleon Eric Carle
I Like to Be Little Charlotte Zolotow
It’s Hard to Be Five: Learning How to Work my Control Panel Jamie Lee Curtis
Incredible You! 10 Ways to Let Your Greatness Shine Through Dr. Wayne Dyer
When I Get Bigger Mercer Mayer
Leo the Late Bloomer Robert Kraus

Family Stories:

Just Me Books Mercer Mayer
Mama Do You Love Me Barbara M. Joosse
Are You my Mother? P.D. Eastman

Predictable Books:

Curious George H.A. Rey
Each Peach Pear Plum Janet and Allan Ahlberg
The Mitten Jan Brett
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown
Gregory the Terrible Eater Mitchell Sharmat
The Gingerbread Boy Paul Galdone
What’s in Fox’s Sack Paul Galdone
Millions of Cats Wanda Gag
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See Bill Mart

Beginning, Middle, and End Concepts:

The Runaway Bunny Margaret Wise Brown
Rosie’s Walk Pat Hutchins
Love You Forever Robert Munsch
Click Clack Moo: Cows the Type Doreen Cronin
A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee Chris Van Dusen

Color and Counting Books:

Fish Eyes Lois Ehlert
Painting a Rainbow Lois Ehlert
Inch by Inch Leo Lionni
A Color of His Own Leo Lionni
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle
26 Letters and 99 Cents Tana Hoban
Bunny Money Rosemary Wells
Ten Little Rabbits Virginia Grossman
Chicka, Chicka 1, 2, 3 Bill Martin

Nursery Rhymes:

James Marshall’s Mother Goose James Marshall
My Very First Mother Goose Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells
Tommie dePaola’s Favorite Nursery Tales Tommie dePaola
There Was an old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly Simms Taback

Caldecott Winners and Honor Books:

The Little House Virginia Lee Burton
Madeline Ludwig Bemelmans
Make Way for Ducklings Robert McCloskey
Stone Soup Marcia Brown
Swimmy Leo Lionni
Tops and Bottoms Janet Stevens

Folktales and Fairy Tales:

Chicken Little Steven Kellogg
Cinderella Marcia Brown
Henny Penny H. Werner Zimmerman
The Little Red Hen Margot Zemach
The Three Bears Paul Galdone
The Three Billy Goats Gruff Peter Christen Asbørnsen
The Three Little Pigs Rodney Peppe
The Ugly Duckling Hans Christian Andersen

Friendship Stories:

Who Will Be My Friends? Syd Hoff
We Are Best Friends Aliki
Benjamin and Tulip Rosemary Wells

Non-Fiction and Science Books:

My Five Senses Aliki
Cars and How They Go Joanna Cole
Eyewitness Juniors Amazing Frogs and Toads Barry Clake
Dogs (See also Cats, Bats, Penguins and more) Gail Gibbons
Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor Joanna Cole

Beginning Readers:

I Can Read! Book Series
Hello Reader! Book Series
Ready-to-Read Book Series
Step into Reading Book Series