Grade Level Book Lists

Books are grouped by grade level. Consider helping your child select books from the grade level that he/she will be entering next year. Many of the books overlap and are appropriate and interesting selections for children across grade levels. Ideally, books selected for this summer reading list should:

Be ENJOYABLE! (This is the most critical requirement)

Encourage active, collaborative, and reflective thought and learning

Be problem-posing, leading to meaningful thought or investigation

Present alternative perspectives

Be situated in something children know, care about, or come to be interested in because the book has opened their eyes to new possibilities

Encourage dialogue and a spirit of inquiry

Not every book will meet all of these criteria, and that is okay. There are so many great books that meet some or all of these standards--it is an extraordinary time to be a reader!

Printable Book Lists (PDF) by Grade Level

1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade