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Grades K - 2

Grades 3 - 5

Grades 6 - 8

Creating Adventures
Through Reading Summer Fiction

    Compiled by Lori Z. Ragsdale

When summer vacation starts, many children want to put away their books and engage in outdoor activities. While recreational activities are important for children, reading—even just a little each day—is equally important. This bibliography lists fiction books that have shown continuing appeal for recreational reading. It is arranged by reading grade level, that is, the developmental reading level of the child. "Audience" refers to the ages of children who are likely to be interested in the book, which is not always the same as reading level.

Grades K - 2

How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague
Audience: grades K-2
A young boy, Wallace, relates how he spent his summer vacation rustling cattle and riding horses after being captured by cowboys.

Daddies Are for Catching Fireflies by Harriet Ziefert
Audience: grades K-1
Daddies do so many things, but on a summer evening one of the most special things is to catch a firefly.

Henry and Mudge in Green Time by Cynthia Rylant
Audience: grades K-3
In this third book of their adventures, Henry and his 180-pound dog Mudge share summertime fun.

Summersaults by Douglas Florian
Audience: grades K-2
This companion volume to Florian's award-winning Winter Eyes celebrates summer in 48 short poems.

Grades 3 - 5

Me and Uncle Romie by Claire Hartfield
Audience: grades K-3
A boy from North Carolina spends his summer in Harlem where his uncle, collage artist Romare Bearden, grew up.

Lenny and Mel's Summer Vacation by Erik Craft
Audience: grades 3-6
Lenny and Mel's father find lots of activities for their sons to do during their summer vacation.

Arthur, For the Very First Time by Patricia MacLachlan
Audience: grades 3-6
When Arthur spends a summer with his unique aunt and uncle, he begins to look at himself and his family in a new and different way.

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
Audience: grades 3-7
This book contains a collection of letters written by Leigh Botts to his favorite author, Mr. Boyd Henshaw, over a period of four years.

Beany Goes to Camp by Susan Wojciechowski
Audience: grades 3-6
Bernice (Beany) is not excited about going away to camp, but she has a good time after all.

Grades 6 - 8

Letters to Camp from Camp by Kate Klise
Audience: grades 4-6
Sent to Camp Happy Harmony to learn to get along with each other, pairs of brothers and sisters discover that the camp is neither happy nor harmonious.

How I Survived My Summer Vacation and Lived to Write the Story by Robin Friedman
Audience: grades 5-8
Jackie, a 13-year-old boy, decides to spend his summer writing a "great American novel."

Dunk by David Lubar
Audience: grades 7-10
By taking a summer job as a dunk tank clown at the Jersey shore, 16-year-old Chad works out his frustrations and anger.

Last Summer with Maizon by Jacqueline Woodson
Audience: grades 4-6
Margaret is happy for Maizon when she gets a scholarship to go a private boarding school, but secretly she prays that Maizon will not be accepted.


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