This booklist has a variety of SUGGESTED reading for your student. These titles connect to the summer reading theme or are recent new popular titles. Your child can choose from this list, but they are not required to do so. They are encouraged to read any book that interests them.
Fun New Titles
Pete the Cat: Sir Pete the Brave by James Dean (Illustrator)New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean brings readers a new story about the most gallant cat around--Pete! This time Pete is a knight on an adventure to save a pal in Pete the Cat: Sir Pete the Brave. When Lady Callie, the most awesome harpist in all the land, goes missing, it's up to Sir Pete to save her. But when he ends up trapped in a dragon's lair, Lady Callie might have to do the saving. Pete the Cat: Sir Pete the Brave is a My First I Can Read book, which means it's perfect for shared reading with a child.
Publication Date: 2016-06-28
Come in, Zip! by David Milgrim (Illustrator)Zip the unlucky magician is the star of another hilarious story in the third book in the Adventures of Zip Read-to-Go! series from author-illustrator David Milgrim, two-time Theodor Seuss Geisel Honoree! It's time for Zip to come in after a long day of playing. But Zip doesn't want to give up his fun yet and has a few tricks up his sleeve to stay outside! Perfect for kids at the beginning of their reading journeys, Come In, Zip! was written for children who have learned the alphabet and are ready to start reading! And what better way to get kids excited than with a hilarious, out-of-this world story with words they can actually read and the relatable dilemma of not wanting to stop the day's playtime? Each Ready-to-Go! Ready-to-Read includes a note to parents explaining what their child can expect, a guide at the beginning for readers to become familiar with the words they will encounter in the story, and reading comprehension questions at the end. Each Ready-to-Go! story contains no more than 100 words and features sight words, rhyming words, and repetition to help children reinforce their new reading skills. In this book, readers will learn twenty-four sight words and nine words from three word families. So come on and get reading with Zip!
Publication Date: 2020-05-12
Fox the Tiger by Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)Winner of the 2019 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Fun-loving, mischievous Fox wishes he were a tiger. Tigers are big and fast and sneaky. So he decides to become one! Soon Turtle and Rabbit are joining in the fun. But will Fox want to be a tiger forever? In Fox the Tiger, this winning trickster character and his animal friends learn that the best thing to be is yourself. Fox the Tiger is a My First I Can Read book, which means it's perfect for shared reading with a child. Other Fox books include: Fox Is Late, Fox and the Jumping Contest, and Fox and the Bike Ride.
Publication Date: 2018-08-14
Fox and Chick by Sergio RuzzierA 2019 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award Honoree NPR Best Books of the Year,New York Times Notable Children's Book,Boston Globe Best Book of the Year Join the dynamic, yet opposite duo as they learn to appreciate differences among friends: Fox and Chick don't always agree, but Fox and Chick are always friends. With sly humor and companionable warmth, Sergio Ruzzier deftly captures the adventures of these seemingly opposite friends. With spare text and airy images, this early chapter book is also accessible to a picture book audience. * Book teaches a lesson about accepting and cherishing our differences through sweet and funny characters as they embark on silly adventures * Luminous watercolor images showcased in comic-book panel form will entice emerging readers, keeping them engaged and wanting more * Sergio Ruzzier is a Sendak Fellow whose work has been lauded by the Society of Illustrators,Communication Arts, and the Society of Publication Designers "A subtle lesson, couched in humor: We can be friends with people who aren't just like us."-- The New York Times * Great family and classroom read-aloud book * Books for kids ages 5-8 * Books for early and emergent readers
Publication Date: 2018-04-17
A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate Dicamillo; Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)The instant New York Times bestseller! Every porcine wonder was once a piglet! Celebrate the joy of a new arrival with this endearing picture-book prequel to the New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson series. Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes their lives feel a bit too ordinary. Sometimes they wish something different would happen. And one day it does, when someone unpredictable finds her way to their front door. In a delightful origin story for the star of the Mercy Watson series, a tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive -- and the Watsons' lives will never be the same.
Publication Date: 2019-04-02
The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli (Illustrator)The Book Hog loves books - the way they look, the way they feel, the way they smell - and he'll grab whatever he can find. There's only one problem: he can't read! But when a kind librarian invites him to join for storytime, this literature-loving pig discovers the treasure that books really are. Geisel Medalist Greg Pizzoli presents a new character who is sure to steal your heart in this picturebook full of humorous charm and vivid illustrations.
Publication Date: 2019-03-26
Narwhal's Otter Friend (a Narwhal and Jelly Book #4) by Ben Clanton"Hilarious and charming. The most lovable duo since Frog and Toad." --NYT-bestselling creator of the Dog Man and Captain Underpants series, Dav Pilkey Narwhal and Jelly . . . and Otty?! Exuberant Narwhal and skeptical Jelly test the waters of adding a new friend to their pod when they meet Otty the super-adventurous otter in the fourth book of this blockbuster early graphic novel series! Dive into three new stories about the joy of adventure and the power of friendship! In the first story, Otty the otter makes her debut splash; while Narwhal greets her with immediate enthusiasm, Jelly's not so sure about her...mostly because he worries she'll take his place as Narwhal's best friend. Readers will easily see why Narwhal's so excited to meet Otty, a boisterous explorer who even has an aunt who's a real live sea captain! But readers will also relate to Jelly's uneasiness seeing his best friend making a new pal. Jelly tries to work out his jealousy in story two, and in story three, the new trio say "Ahoy, adventure!" and discover they all have more in common than they thought . . . including a love of waffles! Jelly also takes over the "Super Waffle and Strawberry Sidekick" comic providing a sidekick's-eye-view of defeating the dreaded dEVILed egg!
Publication Date: 2020-01-07
Myths, Legends & Fairy Tales
DK Readers L3: Greek Myths by Deborah LockAdvanced young readers will delight in this book that contains beloved stories from Greek mythology. From Pandora's Box to the Labors of Heracles, these thrilling tales are sure to enrapture your child's imagination. Meet Greek gods and goddesses, and revel in the cautionary tales that are a vital part of Greece's ancient history. Stunning photographs combine with lively illustrations and engaging, age-appropriate stories in DK Readers, a multilevel reading program guaranteed to capture children's interest while developing their reading skills and general knowledge. With DK Readers, children will learn to read--then read to learn!
Publication Date: 2008-09-29
The Magic Mirror by Anna Staniszewski; Macky Pamintuan (Illustrator)Magic, friendship, and adventure are the perfect ingredients for a new twisted fairy tales Branches series from Anna Staniszewski! Pick a book. Grow a Reader! This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! The Enchanted Kingdom is in a heat wave until the Ice Princess uses her magic mirror to make winter come -- no wonder Kara and Zed are too hot. But the magic mirror is broken! And no one else wants to help the princess. Can Kara and Zed find out how to fix the mirror and bring back winter? Or will it be summer forever? Macky Pamintuan's illustrations are on every page, welcoming readers into the adorably silly world of the Once Upon a Fairy Tale series.
Publication Date: 2019-09-03
Alexander Hamilton by Monica KullingFans of the Broadway musical Hamilton and American history lovers will want to share this illustrated biography of Alexander Hamilton with their young readers. Did you know that one of our Founding Fathers was not born in America? An orphan from the West Indies, Alexander Hamilton came to the colonies and played an important role in the Revolutionary War, rising to become General George Washington's right-hand man. But his accomplishments don't stop there! He helped obtain the ratification of the Constitution; he was America's first secretary of the treasury; and he established the first national bank and the U.S. Mint. A man of ambition, loyalty, and principle, he is now being celebrated as the prominent patriot he was. Step 3 Readers feature engaging characters in easy-to-follow plots about popular topics--for children who are ready to read on their own.
Publication Date: 2017-02-07
Duke Kahanamoku by Laurie Calkhoven; Stevie Lewis (Illustrator)Get to know the father of modern surfing in this fascinating, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series of biographies about people "you should meet." Meet Duke Kahanamoku, three-time Olympic gold medalist and the father of modern surfing. Duke gained international fame for participating in four Olympics and won five medals in total. Fans began calling Duke "the human fish." Wherever he went, Duke would demonstrate his surfing skills and in 1915, Duke introduced board surfing to Australia. Ten years later, he found another use for a surfboard--as a lifesaving device--using it to save eight people from a capsized boat in California! A special section at the back of the book includes extras like how to speak Hawaiian and a brief history of Hawaii and its culture. With the You Should Meet series, learning about historical figures has never been so fascinating!
Publication Date: 2017-05-16
Kids Who Are Changing the World by Sheila Sweeny Higginson; Alyssa Petersen (Illustrator)Meet the inventive kids who are coming up with ways to save the world in this fascinating, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series of biographies about people "you should meet!" Have you ever wondered what you could do to change the world? Find out how kids are helping the environment, inventing incredible medical devices, aiding the homeless, designing apps so other kids won't ever have to eat alone in the cafeteria, and more! Learn all about what they've come up with and how their ideas are changing lives in this story of four amazing kids everyone should meet! A special section at the back of the book includes extras such as biographies of famous young inventors and contemporary activists plus interesting ideas for other ways that kids can change the world. With the You Should Meet series, learning about amazing people has never been so much fun!
Publication Date: 2019-02-12
Kids Who Are Saving the Planet by Laurie Calkhoven; Monique Dong (Illustrator)Meet the environmentally-minded kids who are coming up with ways to save the planet in this fascinating nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series of biographies about people "you should meet!" Have you ever wondered what you could do to help the planet? Find out how kids are helping the environment by selling lemonade to save the honeybees, starting a petition to bring attention to climate change, raising awareness through an original comic book hero, and more! Learn all about how their ideas are preserving the environment in this story of five amazing kids everyone should meet! A special section at the back of the book includes extras such as biographies of famous young environmental activists plus interesting ideas for other ways that kids can save the environment. With the You Should Meet series, learning about amazing people has never been so much fun!
Publication Date: 2020-03-03
Lin-Manuel Miranda by Laurie Calkhoven; Alyssa Petersen (Illustrator)Get to know Lin-Manuel Miranda, the award-winning creator of Hamilton: An American Musical, in this fascinating nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series of biographies about people "you should meet!" Meet Lin-Manuel Miranda! Lin-Manuel is a writer, singer, actor, songwriter, and rapper who created the hit Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton: An American Musical. He was also the cocomposer of Disney's Moana and is the star of the upcoming film, Mary Poppins Returns, with Emily Blunt. His creativity appeals to children and adults alike and he has already won a Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and a Pulitzer Prize for his work. Learn all about how he grew up and the things he's accomplished so far in this Level 3 Ready-to-Read that's perfect for beginning readers. A special section at the back of the book includes extras like the history of Puerto Rico and how to write a play. With the You Should Meet series, learning about historical figures has never been so much fun!
Publication Date: 2018-08-28
Misty Copeland by Laurie Calkhoven; Monique Dong (Illustrator)Pirouette across the stage and get to know Misty Copeland--the first African-American woman to become a principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theater--in this fascinating, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series of biographies about people "you should meet." Misty Copeland had always dreamed of becoming a dancer, but she had many obstacles to overcome before she could reach her dream. Although she was always challenged by the things that set her apart from other dancers, with a lot of hard work, dedication, and exceptional talent, Misty has become one of the most well-known dancers in America. On June 30, 2015 Misty stepped on stage as the first female African-American principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater and made history! A special section at the back of the book includes extras on subjects like history and math, plus a fun timeline filled with interesting trivia facts about dance. With the You Should Meet series, learning about historical figures has never been so fascinating!
Publication Date: 2016-12-27
A Parrot in the Painting by Thea Feldman; Rachel Sanson (Illustrator)Dip a toe, paw, or fin into history with this fact-tastic Level 2 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series all about pets and the people who owned them! The legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo had many pets. Among them was a little parrot by the name of Bonito, the Spanish word for "beautiful." Frida painted her monkeys, her dogs, and her deer, but when would she be ready to paint Bonito? Discover the story of Bonito and Frida Kahlo in this fact-filled Level 2 Ready-to-Read.
Publication Date: 2018-07-03
Susan B. Anthony: Her Fight for Equal Rights by Monica Kulling; Maike Plenzke (Illustrator)"It's not fair."Susan B. Anthony was very concerned about fairness and equality for women and girls in America. She knew it wasn't fair to pay a woman less than a man for the same job. She knew it wasn't fair not to allow women to vote in elections. In fact, it was illegalfor women to vote. But she felt so strongly, she voted in an election--and was arrested--anyway. Young readers will learn about young Susan B. Anthony and how she grew up to become a suffragette--a fighter for women's equality. She joined forces with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others and gave speeches around the country to gain support for women's right to vote. She fought her whole life, and believed that "failure is impossible." She was right; her work made the 19th Amendment to the Constitution possible! Step 3 Readers feature engaging characters in easy-to-follow plots about popular topics--for children who are ready to read on their own.
Publication Date: 2020-02-04
Bo's Magical New Friend by Rebecca Elliott (Illustrator)Meet Rainbow Tinseltail and the unicorns of Sparklegrove Forest, in this magical series from the creator of the bestselling Owl Diaries series! Pick a book. Grow a Reader! This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! Bo Tinseltail loves going to Sparklegrove School with the other unicorns. Every unicorn has a magical power. Bo is a Wish Unicorn with the power to grant wishes. Bo has lots of friends, but one thing Bo wants more than anything is a best friend. When a new unicorn named Sunny Huckleberry pops into the forest, will Bo's big wish finally come true? And what will Sunny's Unicorn Power be? Discover this TWINKLE-TASTIC, full-color series from Rebecca Elliott, creator of the USA Today bestselling Owl Diaries series!
Publication Date: 2019-12-26
Game over, Super Rabbit Boy! a Branches Book (Press Start! #1) by Thomas Flintham (Illustrator)Super Rabbit Boy is the strongest, bravest, fastest animal in all the land. . .and he's also the star in a video game! Pick a book. Grow a Reader! This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! Uh-oh, Animal Town is in trouble! Meanie King Viking has created a dreaded robot army to spread No Fun across the land. On top of that, he has stolen the happiest and most fun animal ever, Singing Dog. There is only one person who can save the day -- Super Rabbit Boy! Super Rabbit Boy is super fast and super brave, but he's also a video game character living in a video game world. What will happen when Sunny, the boy playing the game, loses each level? Will it be game over for Super Rabbit Boy and all his friends? With full-color art by Thomas Flintham!
Publication Date: 2016-12-27
Hero Dog! by Hilde Lysiak; Matthew Lysiak; Joanne Lew-Vriethoff (Illustrator)Real-life super-sleuth and media sensation Hilde Lysiak's reporting skills are put to the test in this fun early chapter book mystery series! Pick a book. Grow a Reader! This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! Nine-year-old crime reporter Hilde Lysiak is starring in her very own early chapter book series -- inspired by news stories Hilde wrote in real life! In this first book, there's been a break-in on Orange Street! Cupcakes have been stolen, and soon a pie goes missing, too. Hilde and her sister/photographer, Izzy, must interview witnesses and follow the clues. Can Hilde crack the case in time to post her news story online? Joanne Lew-Vriethoff's personality-filled illustrations appear on every page, bringing Hilde's adventures to life for young readers!
Publication Date: 2017-09-12
Iggy Peck and the Mysterious Mansion by Andrea Beaty; David Roberts (Illustrator)Iggy Peck is an architect at his very core: When he's not making houses out of food, his head is up in the clouds, dreaming of design. So he's totally blown away when Ada Twist's Aunt Bernice inherits an old house from ice-cream mogul Herbert Sherbert that is filled with countless rooms from all his favorite architectural periods. But something's not quite right . . . Everyone says the house is haunted, and it seems that a number of priceless antiques--which were supposed to help Aunt Bernice pay for the house's upkeep--have gone missing. If they can't find those antiques, Aunt Bernice might lose the house forever. It will take all of Iggy's knowledge of architecture and the help of the other Questioneers--Rosie Revere, Ada Twist, and Sofia Valdez--to solve the mystery and find the treasure!
Publication Date: 2020-05-12
Rise of the Balloon Goons by Troy Cummings (Illustrator)Monsters + Humor + Fun = THE NOTEBOOK OF DOOM! This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! Alexander has just moved to a new town where he is about to uncover all sorts of monsters! He finds an old notebook with the word "DOOM" inscribed on the front cover. The Notebook of Doom, which Alexander now holds, contains top secret information about monsters! In this first book, Alexander goes up against spooky balloon goons--unique and twisted arm-waving balloon guys! This book is full of humor, engaging black-and-white illlustrations, and of course . . . monsters!
Publication Date: 2013-06-25
Biscuit in the Garden by Alyssa Satin Capucilli; Pat Schories (Illustrator)For fans of Clifford and Spot, welcome everybody's favorite little yellow puppy, Biscuit, in an I Can Read adventure! Biscuit is excited to explore the garden. From the prettiest flowers to the smallest bugs, there's so much to see. And the little puppy even finds his own special way to add to the garden's bounty! Biscuit in the Garden, a My First I Can Read book, is carefully crafted using basic language, word repetition, sight words, and sweet illustrations--which means it's perfect for shared reading with emergent readers.
Publication Date: 2013-02-19
Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne; Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system! Where did the tree house come from? Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark...or will they become a dinosaur's dinner? Did you know that there's a Magic Tree House book for every kid? Magic Tree House: Adventures with Jack and Annie, perfect for readers who are just beginning chapter books Merlin Missions: More challenging adventures for the experienced reader Super Edition: A longer and more dangerous adventure Fact Trackers: Nonfiction companions to your favorite Magic Tree House adventures Have more fun with Jack and Annie at MagicTreeHouse.com!
Publication Date: 1992-07-28
Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)Celebrate the power of friendship in these five adventurous stories starring Frog and Toad--a Caldecott Honor Book! This classic I Can Read story is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It's a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children. From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other--just as best friends should be. Frog and Toad Are Friends is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help. The classic Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel have won numerous awards and honors, including a Newbery Honor (Frog and Toad Together), a Caldecott Honor (Frog and Toad are Friends), ALA Notable Children's Book, Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book), School Library Journal Best Children's Book, and Library of Congress Children's Book.
Publication Date: 1970-08-26
Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant; Suçie Stevenson (Illustrator); Suçie Stevenson (Illustrator)The first book in the acclaimed Ready-to-Read series from Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant featuring Henry and his lovable 180-pound dog, Mudge. Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge.
Publication Date: 1996-06-01
Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat; Marc Simont (Illustrator)Join the world's greatest detective, Nate the Great, as he solves the mystery of the lost picture! Perfect for beginning readers and the Common Core, this long-running chapter book series will encourage children to problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries! CAN NATE SOLVE THE CASE FOR HIS FRIEND ANNIE? Nate the Great has a new case! His friend Annie has lost a picture. She wants Nate to help her find it. Nate the Great must get all the facts, ask the right questions, and narrow the list of suspects so he can solve the mystery. Visit Nate the Great and Sludge! NatetheGreatBooks.com Praise for the Nate the Great Series ★ "Kids will like Nate the Great." --School Library Journal, Starred "A consistently entertaining series." --Booklist "Loose, humorous chalk and watercolor spots help turn this beginning reader into a page-turner." --Publishers Weekly "Nate, Sludge, and all their friends have been delighting beginning readers for years." --Kirkus Reviews "They don't come any cooler than Nate the Great." --The Huffington Post