New Canaan Public SchoolsNew Canaan, Connecticut Summer Reading(For reading aloud or independent reading)2018 Children Entering Third GradeFor dog lovers:The Dog Diaries Seriesby Kate KlimoWord of Mouseby James Patterson“ a long tradition of clever mice whoaccomplish great things.”Websites for more -choices-reading-list-2018.pdfThe Children’s and Teen Book Awards are the only national book awards chosen by kidsand A retired librarian’s excellent children’s book ading/2018-summer-reading-list/#Publications about books for children and young adultsRevised by Joanne Shulman, Language Arts Coordinatorjoanne.firstname.lastname@example.org
Classic Tales Tales from the Odyssey, Part I and Part II by Mary Pope OsborneThis series provides an excellent introduction to the classic Greek myths.Not difficult to read, but makes a fine read-aloud as well. Fairy Tales by Hans Christian AndersenGrimm’s Fairy TalesFairy tales make excellent read-alouds and are an important part of a child’sliterary background. Choose the tales you read with care. You know your childbest, and you’ll want to fit the tales to the listener. In the Grimm’s tales,especially, the bad characters get punished severely. This can be very satisfying toreaders, but also scary to some. Get the versions of the tales that suit you andyour child best. Aesop’s FablesThere are so many versions of these fables that I would choose based on theillustrations and the readability.There are many spinoffs of these classic stories that are very funny (like The TrueStory of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka.) The humor in satire is based on theassumption that the original story is known, so it’s very important that childrenknow the original stories and don’t mistake the “fractured fairy tales” for the realthing. They will enjoy the funny versions more if they know where they camefrom!
FASCINATING NONFICTIONI Survived Series by Lauren TarshisThis very popular series is published by Scholastic. They also have an I Survived website:http://www.scholastic.com/Isurvived/Many children will want to find out more about these true life adventures!Who Was? series (different authors)Biographies of famous peopleWhat Was? seriesHistorical events (like the battle of Gettysburg and the Boston Tea Party) in a kid-friendlyformatWhere Is? seriesPlaces (like Mount Rushmore and the Great Wall of China)Learn more at http://www.whowasbookseries.com/Dirtmeister's Nitty Gritty Planet Earth: All About Rocks, Minerals, Fossils, Earthquakes,Volcanoes, & Even Dirt! (National Geographic Kids)by Steve TomecekGerms: Fact and Fiction; Friends and Foesby Lesa Cline-RansomeMade for Each Other: Why Dogs and People arePerfect Partners by Dorothy Hinshaw PatentThe History of Fun Stuff Series by various authors is terrific nonfiction. Some examples: The Sweet Story of Hot The Explosive Story of FireworksChocolate The Stellar Story of Space Travel The Deep Dish on Pizza The Scoop on Ice CreaThese books are easy and fun for independent reading!
SERIES BOOKS THAT THIRD GRADERS LOVE(For reading aloud and/or independent reading)Tony AbbottSecrets of DroonDavid AdlerCam Jansen mysteriesDavid AdlerPicture book biography seriesJeanne BetancourtPony PalsAndrew ClementsJake Drake seriesPaula DansigerAmber Brown storiesJudy DeltonPee Wee ScoutsKathleen DueyUnicorn’s Secret seriesJ.C. GreenburgAndrew Lost seriesKristiana GregoryCabin Creek mystery seriesJames HowePinkie and RexSuzy KleinHorrible Harry and friendsSong Lee booksGail Carson LevinePrincess TalesJ.B. Mason & S. H. StevensPrincess SchoolMary Pope OsborneMagic Tree HouseHarper ParisGreetings from Somewhere (mystery series)Ron RoyA to Z MysteriesCynthia RylantPoppleton booksGooseberry Park seriesCobblestreet Cousins seriesGeorge E. StanleyThird Grade Detectives series
POETRY COLLECTIONSKwame AlexanderAnimal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry andPicturesTimothy BushFerocious Girls, Steamroller BoysDoug FlorianLaugh-eteriaZoo’s WhoSummersaultsLizards, Frogs, and PolliwogsKristine GeorgeFold Me a PoemToasting Marshmallows: Poems about CampingMichael HagueThe Book of Fairy PoetryChris HarrisI’m Just No Good at Rhyming: and Other Nonsense forMischievous Kids and Immature Grown-UpsPaul JaneczkoA Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic FormsAlan KatzTake Me Out of the BathtubI’m Still Here in the BathtubPatrick LewisKeep a Pocket in Your PoemCarol MurrayCricket in the Thicket: Poems about BugsJack PrelutskyMy Dog May Be a GeniusShel SilversteinWhere the Sidewalk EndsThe Light in the AtticFalling UpDon’t Bump the Gump and Other FantasiesMarilyn SingerFeel the Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to SwingAmy Ludwig VanderwaterRead! Read! Read!Judith ViorstIf I Were in Charge of the WorldSad UnderwearRemember that children love, love, love poetry!Reading poems over and over develops reading fluency and a love for lyrical language.Amaze friends and relatives by memorizing favorite poems to share at summer gatherings!
EARLY CHAPTER BOOKS(These are more advanced than easy readers, but not too long or difficult.)HOPSCOTCH HILL SCHOOL SERIES by Valerie TrippBright, Shiny SkylarHallie’s Horrible HandwritingThank You, Logan!Good Sport, GwenTeasing TroubleARTHUR CHAPTER BOOKS by Stephen KrenskyFRANKLIN SCHOOL FRIENDS by Claudia Mills (e.g., Kelsey Green, Reading Queen)JIGSAW JONES MYSTERIES by James PrellerJUNIE B. JONES SERIES by Barbara ParkMARVIN REDPOST SERIES by Louis SacharKIDS OF THE POLK STREET SCHOOL SERIES by Patricia Reilly GiffNANCY DREW NOTEBOOKS series by Carolyn KeeneNATE THE GREAT SERIES by Marjorie Weinman SharmatPUPPY ACADEMY SERIES by Gill Lewis (Scout and the Sausage Thief)STINK series by Megan McDonaldSOCCER ‘CATS series by Matt ChristopherZACK FILES SERIES by Dan GreenburgTHE ADVENTURES OF THE BAILEY SCHOOL KIDSby Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton JonesBEST ENEMIES and BEST ENEMIES AGAIN by Kathleen LeverichSTEPPING STONES books published by Random HouseLITTLE HOUSE CHAPTER BOOKS adapted fromLaura Ingalls WilderWEIRD SCHOOL series by Dan GutmanMiss Small is off the Wall!Mr. Hynde is out of his Mind!MERCY WATSON series by Kate DiCamilloRead on to see the nominees for the Elementary (Grades 2-4) 2019 Nutmeg Award!
SPUNKY GIRLS!There are many gutsy girl characters are out there. These books are a ton of fun for girls(and boys, too!)Sara Pennypacker: Clementine The Talented ClementineClementine’s LetterClementine, Friend ofthe Week Clementine and theFamily MeetingClementine and theSpring Tripwww.sarapennypacker.comLois Lowry: Gooney Bird Greene Gooney Bird Greene and the Room MotherGooney the Fabulous Gooney Bird and theRoom MotherGooney Bird on the MapGooney Bird and All HerCharmsMegan McDonald’s Judy Moody series . . . also a movie two summers ago!www.judymoody.comKatie Kazoo books by Nancy E. KrulikJasmine Toguchi Series by Debbi Michiko Florence (e.g., Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth)Beatrice Zinker Series by Shelley Johannes
BOOKS FOR GREAT GUYS! These are guaranteed to captivate guys (and girls as well!) Jake Drake series by Andrew ClementsBenjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School series by Andrew Clements www.andrewclements.comThe Bad Guys series by Aaron BlabeyStink series by Megan es/stink The Zach Files series and The Secrets of Dripping Fang seriesby Dan Greenburg Jake Maddox Sports Series by Jake MaddoxMarvin Redpost series by Louis Sacharhttp://www.louissachar.com/Marvin.htmHank Zipzer series by Henry Winklerwww.hankzipzer.comThe Masterpiece Adventures series by Elise BroachDog Man series by Dav PilkeyThese are in cartoon form, boys enjoy them and they are appealing toreluctant readers.Also:KAT KONG and DOGZILLA by Dav Pilkey (These are hilarious picture books!)Dav Pilkey has a website that boys will love! (Warning—he wrote CaptainUnderpants.) www.pilkey.comThere are lots of cartoons and games as well as information about the author.For more ideas, go to www.guysread.comThe following pages explain the characteristics of the reading levels that we find work well withsecond/third graders for independent reading. . .
NARRATIVE NONFICTION/PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHIESWhoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris BartonI Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her MarkOrdinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen by Deborah HopkinsonJoan Proctor, Dragon Doctor by Patricia ValdezShark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most FearlessScientist by Jess KeatingThe Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia FinleyMoscaThe Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen BryantDumpling Dreams: How Joyce Chen Brought the Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge byCarrie ClickardThe Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, the First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon by FrancesPolettiSchomburg - The Man Who Built a Library by Carol Boston WeatherfordVincent Can’t Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky by Barb Rosenstock
Our current thinking about levels: The leveling system was intended for teachers to use to guide theirinstruction. It isn’t a number or letter to compare one student to another, and it should never be a labelused to define your child’s reading identity. The leveling system is not an exact science. Levels are about a setof book characteristics and a text’s complexity. Levels can never capture the unique experiences and abilitiesthat each reader brings to a book. Refer to levels for guidance, but also, please consider your child’sinterests, background knowledge, and motivation when selecting books for pleasure.When your child is reading at a K/L level:Characteristics of Level K/L books:o Books are chapter-like, have long periods of text without pictureso Pictures are available, but they are used to support the text (children cannot rely onthe pictures for clues)o Text has many different events that occur at different times, however those eventsare all related to the overall “plot” of the storyo Vocabulary is challengingo Text often needs to be read over a period of timeImportant behaviors to notice and support with your child:o Able to stop reading a text, and then later continue reading without forgetting storyo Can figure out unknown vocabulary by using a variety of strategies (re-reading,sounding out, recognizing word patterns, etc)o Understand complex ideaso Able to read a variety of genres (Fiction, non-fiction, etc)o Able to retell the text with specific detailso Reading fluently (without frequent stops and with expression)Some examples of K/L level books:o If You Give a Pig A Party by Laura Numeroffo Arthur books by Marc Browno Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronino Alexander & the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorsto Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parisho Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobelo Nate the Great by Marjorie Sharmat(These titles can be used as a point of reference when looking for books at these levels.)
When your child is reading at an M/N level:Characteristics of Level M/N books:o Books are lengthy, often chapter bookso Smaller printo Sophisticated vocabularyo Child must use what they already know to understand/interpret more abstractconceptso Story plot is complexImportant behaviors to notice and support with your child:o Uses decoding strategies and background knowledge to decode unknown wordso Reading in a fluent manner, as if talking, over longer stretches of texto Reading silentlyo Able to remember plots and characters over several dayso Demonstrates ability to understand/interpret different characters or plotso Able to search for and find information in textsHere are some examples of M/N level books:ooooooooThe Teacher From the Black Lagoon by Mike ThalerMagic Tree House books by Mary Pope OsborneCloudy With A Chance of Meatballs by Judi BarrettJudy Moody Around the World in 8 ½ Days by Megan McDonaldJunie B. Jones books by Barbara ParkJigsaw Jones books by James PrellerSylvester and the Magic Pebble by William SteigFlat Stanley by Jeff Brown(These titles can be used as a point of reference when looking for books at these levels.)
When your child is reading at an O/P level:Characteristics of Level O/P books:o Books are lengthy, often chapter bookso Smaller print, less pictures to support texto Sophisticated vocabularyo Child must use what they already know to understand/interpret more abstractconceptso Story plot is complexImportant behaviors to notice and support with your child:o Uses decoding strategies and background knowledge to decode unknown wordso Reading in a fluent manner, as if talking, over longer stretches of texto Reading silentlyo Able to remember plots and characters over several dayso Demonstrates ability to understand/interpret different characters or plotso Able to search for and find information in textsSome examples of O/P level books:ooooooooooSocks by Beverly ClearyCaptain Underpants by Dave PilkeyThe Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly ClearyMrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betsy MacDonaldEncyclopedia Brown books by Donald J. SobolBabysitter’s Club books by Ann MartinBoxcar Children books by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Haunting of Grade Three by Grace MaccaronePony Pals books by Jeanne BetancourtRamona Books by Beverly Cleary(These titles can be used as a point of reference when looking for books at these levels.)
The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, the First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon by Frances Poletti Schomburg - The Man Who Built a Library by Carol Boston Weatherford . o Arthur books by Marc Brown o Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin o Alexander & the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst o Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish