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Summer reading list for kids

Trustworthiness

K-2

  • The Empty Pot by Demi
  • The Honest-to-Goodness Truth by Patricia McKissack
  • Liar, Liar Pants on Fire by Diane deGroat
  • A Day’s Work by Eve Bunting

3-5

  • Sun and Spoon by Kevin Henkes
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Ricky Sticky Fingers by Julia Cook
  • Winners Take All by Fred Bowen

Respect

K-2

  • Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen
  • Through Grandpa’s Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan
  • The Bicycle Man by Allen Say
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

3-5

  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

Responsibility

K-2

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
  • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
  • The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey

3-5

  • Seedfolk by Paul Fleischman
  • Rocky Road by Rose Kent
  • Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
  • See You In the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

Fairness

K-2

  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Dawalt
  • New Shoes by Susan Lynn Meyer
  • One Grain of Rice by Demi
  • Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

3-5

  • Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez
  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Curtis
  • Baseball Saved Us by Kevin Mochizuki
  • Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh

Caring

K-2

  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip CV.
  • Stead I Walk with Vanessa by Kerascoët
  • Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler by Margery Cuyler
  • The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth

3-5

  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Citizenship

K-2

  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
  • Lailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi
  • Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson
  • Is There Really a Human Race? by Jamie Lee Curtis

3-5

  • Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams
  • Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
  • When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson
  • What’s the Big Deal About Freedom by Ruby Shamir

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Summer Reading List (K-5)
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