Summer Reading Resources

Summer Activities (Elementary)

  • If you are looking for simple ideas to make learning a part of your child's summer, the FL Department of Education has compiled 5 weeks of activities just for you!  You can visit the list here. 

Summer Reading Lists

  • We recommend checking your school's website for any school-specific directions or asssignments for summer reading.  The lists below are general in nature and provided for families looking for appropriate books to read over the summer. 


    Ready for PreK

    To Read Together:

    Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band by Kwame Alexander

    Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

    Frog Trouble by Sandra Boyton

    Rain, Rain, Go Away! by Caroline Church

    Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig

    Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

    I’ve Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison

    The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk by Surishtha Sehgal

    If You’re Happy and You Know It: Jungle Edition by James Warhola

    Happy by Pharrell Williams


    Ready for Kindergarten

    To Read Together

    Philadelphia Chickens by Sandra Boyton

    Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig

    This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt

    Punk Farm by Jarrett Krosoczka

    Squeak, Rumble, Whomp!, Whomp! Whomp by Wynton Marsalis

    What a Wonderful World by Bob Thiele

    Suki’s Kimono by Chieri Uegaki

    Oscar and the Bat: A Book About Sound by Geoff Waring

    Hilda Must be Dancing by Karma Wilson

    Monster Mash by David Catrow


    Ready for 1st Grade

    We’re Reading Together

    A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston 

    Tito Puente, Mambo King by Monica Brown

    Violet’s Music by Angela Johnson 

    If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t! by Elise Parsley 

    Max Found Two Sticks by Brian Pinkney 

    The Nosy Paint Box by Barba Rosenstock 


    I’m Learning to Read

    Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold 

    Biscuit series by Alyssa Capucilli 

    Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems 

    Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon 


    Ready for 2nd Grade

    To Read Together

    Drum Dream Girl: How One Girls Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle 

    Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood 

    Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russel-Brown 


    I’m Learning to Read

    You Can Read by Helaine Becker

    We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio 

    Splat the Cat and the Duck with no Quack by Rob Scotton 

    Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa series by Erica Silverman 


    I’m Reading on My Own

    Triangle by Mac Barnett 

    Pete the Cat series by James Dean 

    Pony Scouts series by Cathy Hapka 


    Ready for 3rd Grade

    To Read Together

    Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews 

    Firebird by Misty Copeland

    When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill 


    I’m Learning to Read

    Bad Kitty: Camp Daze by Nick Bruel 

    Rappy series by Dan Gutman 


    I’m Reading on My Own

    Music Everywhere by Maya Ajmera

    Wallace and Grace and the Cupcake Caper by Heather Alexander 2.7

    Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova 2.8

    Babymouse series by Jennifer Holm 2.3

    If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t! by Elise Parsley 2.9

    National Geographic Reader: Rocks and Minerals by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld 3.6


    Ready for 4th Grade

    To Read Together

    We Rock! (Music Lab) by Jason Hanley


    I’m Reading on My Own

    Giants Beware by Jorge Aguirre 

    El Deafo by Cece Bell 

    Princess in Black by Sharon Creech 

    Owl Diaries series by Rebecca Elliott 

    Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar 


    I Can Read Anything

    Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes 

    Captain Awesome series by Stan Kirby 

    Muddy : the story of blues legend Muddy Waters by Michael James Mahin 

    I am Jim Henson by Brad Meltzer 

    Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce


    Ready for 5th Grade

    To Read Together

    Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson's super-soaking stream of inventions by Chris Barton 


    I’m Reading on My Own

    All About Sound by Angela Royston 

    Lighter than Air, Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot By Matthew Clark Smith 


    I Can Read Anything

    Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson 

    Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker 

    The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill 

    Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo 

    The Lizard War by Jack Patton 

    Small Steps by Louis Sachar 

    A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban 

    Nikki & Deja series by Karen English 


    Ready for 6th Grade

    Recommended Reading

    The Underneath by Kate Appelt

    The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

    Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

    Hiding out in the Pancake Palace by Nan Marino

    Dinosaur Boy by Cory Putman Oakes

    What is Rock and Roll? By Jim O’Connor

    First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez

    Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

    The Way to Stay in Destiny by Augusta Scattergood

    Lulu and the Brontosaurusby Judith Viorst 


    Ready for 7-8th Grade

    Recommended Reading

    Solo by Kwame Alexander

    Fever 1793 by Laurie Anderson 

    Life in Motion by Misty Copeland

    See you in the Cosmos by Jack Chen

    Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle

    Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen

    Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jon Sonnenblick

    P.S. I Like You by Kasie West 

    Behind the Song edited by KM Walton

    Scott Pilgrim series by Bryan O’Malley


    9-12th Grade

    Recommended Reading

    The House on Mango Streetby Sandra Cisneros 

    Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn

    Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

    The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming

    Hoot by Carl Hiaasen 

    The Giver by Lois Lowry 

    Kill the Boy Band by Gold by Modavsky

    Monster by Walter Dean Myers 

    Hatchet by Gary Paulsen 

    Holes by Louis Sachar

    Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson

    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak