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  • 2012 Summertime Reading List


Recommended for K-3, either for reading by children or for reading to them.

Aardema, Verna Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale
Aesop Aesop’s Fables
Allard, Harry Miss Nelson Is Missing!
Atwater, Richard Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Barrows, Annie Ivy + Bean series
Becker, Bonny A Visitor for Bear
Bemelmans, Ludwig Madeline
Blume, Judy Freckle Juice
Brown, Marcia Stone Soup
Brunhoff, Jean de The Story of Babar, The Little Elephant
Burton, Virginia Lee Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Cameron, Ann The Stories Julian Tells
Cleary, Beverly The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Cronin, Doreen Diary of a Worm
DePaola, Tomie Strega Nona
Dorros, Arthur Abuela
Duvoisin, Roger Petunia
Estes, Eleanor The Hundred Dresses
Freeman, Don Corduroy
Gag, Wanda Millions of Cats
Gannett, Ruth Stiles My Father’s Dragon
Garza, Carmen Lomas In My Family / En Mi Familia
Grahame, Kenneth The Reluctant Dragon ; illusstrated by Michael Hague
Grimes, Nikki A Pocketful of Poems
Guest, Elissa Haden Iris and Walter
Hamilton, Virginia The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales
Harper, Charise Mericle Just Grace
Henkes, Kevin Chrysanthemum
Hoban, Russell Bedtime for Frances
Hodges, Margaret Saint George and the Dragon
Hoff, Syd Danny and the Dinosaur
Hoffman, Mary Amazing Grace
Howe, James Houndsley and Catina
Johnson, Crockett Harold and the Purple Crayon
Keats, Ezra Jack The Snowy Day
Kraus, Robert Leo the Late Bloomer
Krauss, Ruth The Carrot Seed
Kvasnosky, Laura McGee Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways
Le Guin, Ursula K. Catwings
Leaf, Munro The Story of Ferdinand
Lear, Edward A Book of Nonsense
Lin, Grace The Year of the Dog
Lionni, Leo Frederick
Lobel, Arnold Frog and Toad are Friends
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth Paul Revere’s Ride
Lopshire, Robert Put Me in the Zoo
Marshall, James George and Martha
McDermott, Gerald Anansi the Spider
Milne, A.A. Winnie-the-Pooh
Minarik, Else Holmelund Little Bear series
Munsch, Robert The Paper Bag Princess
Myers, Christopher Wings
Noble, Trinka Hakes The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash
Numeroff, Laura Joffe If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Parish, Peggy Amelia Bedelia series
Pennypacker, Sara Clementine
Piper, Watty The Little Engine that Could
Portis, Antoinette Not a Box
Potter, Beatrix The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Prelutsky, Jack Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young
Rey, H.A. Curious George series
Ringgold, Faith Tar Beach
Rylant, Cynthia Henry and Mudge series
Say, Allen Grandfather’s Journey
Scieszka, Jon The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Sendak, Maurice Where the Wild Things Are
Seuss, Dr. Green Eggs and Ham series
Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman Nate the Great
Silverman, Erica Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa
Silverstein, Shel Where the Sidewalk Ends
Slobodkina, Esphyr Caps for Sale
Smith, Jeff Little Mouse Gets Ready
Steig, William Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Steptoe, John Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
Stevenson, Robert Louis A Child’s Garden of Verses
Thurber, James Many Moons
Udry, Janice May A Tree is Nice
Ungerer, Tomi Crictor
Van Allsburg, Chris The Garden of Abdul Gasazi
Viorst, Judith Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web
Willems, Mo There is a Bird on Your Head!
Wood, Audrey and Don The Napping House
Yashima, Taro Crow Boy
Yee, Wong Herbert Mouse and Mole: A Winter Wonderland
Zion, Gene Harry the Dirty Dog
Zolotow, Charlotte William’s Doll


Alexander, Lloyd Prydain Chronicles
Andersen, Hans Christian Fairy Tales
Avi and Brian Floca Poppy
Babbitt, Natalie Tuck Everlasting
Baum, L. Frank The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Birdsall, Jeanne The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
Boston, L.M. The Children of Green Knowe
Brooks, Gwendoly Bronzeville Boys and Girls
Burnett, Frances Hodgson The Secret Garden
Byars, Betsy The Summer of the Swans
Carroll, Lewis Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Clements, Andrew Frindle
Collins, Suzanne Gregor the Overlander
Collodi, Carlo The Adventures of Pinocchio
Cooper, Susan The Dark is Rising
Creech, Sharon Bloomability
Curtis, Christopher Paul Bud, Not Buddy
D’Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths
Dahl, Roald Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
DiCamillo, Kate Because of Winn-Dixie
Dowd, Siobhan The London Eye Mystery
DuPrau, Jeanne The City of Ember
Eager, Edward Half Magic
Erdrich, Louise The Birchbark House
Estes, Eleanor The Moffats
Farley, Walter The Black Stallion
Fitzhugh, Louise Harriet the Spy
Freedman, Russell Lincoln, A Photobiography
Gaiman, Neil Coraline
Gantos, Jack Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
George, Jean Craighead My Side of the Mountain
Grahame, Kenneth The Wind in the Willows
Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Henry, Marguerite Misty of Chincoteague
Hiaasen, Carl Hoot
Hoberman, Mary Ann Strawberry Hill
Howe, Deborah Bunnicula
Hughes, Langston The Dream Keeper and Other Poems
Ibbotson, Eva Secret of Platform 13
Irving, Washington Rip Van Winkle
Jansson, Tove Moominland Midwinter
Juster, Norton The Phantom Tollbooth
Kipling, Rudyard The Jungle Book
Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Lamb, Charles and Mary Tales from Shakespeare
Lawson, Robert Ben and Me
Lenski, Lois Strawberry Girl
Lewis, C.S. The Chronicles of Narnia
Lin, Grace Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Lindgren, Astrid Pippi Longstocking
Lofting, Hugh Doctor Dolittle
Lovelace, Maud Hart Betsy-Tacy
Lowry, Lois Number the Stars
Macaulay, David Castle
MacLachlan, Patricia Sarah, Plain and Tall
Mathis, Sharon Bell The Hundred Penny Box
McCloskey, Robert Homer Price
Merrill, Jean The Pushcart War
Montgomery, L.M. Anne of Green Gables
Murphy, Jim The Great Fire
Nesbit, E. The Railway Children
North, Sterling Rascal
Norton, Mary The Borrowers
O’Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Park, Linda Sue When My Name was Keoko
Paterson, Katherine Bridge to Terabithia
Pearce, Philippa Tom’s Midnight Garden
Perrault, Charles The Complete Fairy Tales
Reiss, Johanna The Upstairs Room
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Ryan, Pam Munoz Esperanza Rising
Sachar, Louis Holes
Selznick, Brian The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sewell, Anna Black Beauty
Sharp, Margery The Rescuers
Sperry, Armstrong Call It Courage
Spyri, Johanna Heidi
Stewart, Trenton Lee The Mysterious Benedict Society
Sutcliff, Rosemary The Wanderings of Odysseus
Taylor, Sydney All-of-a-Kind Family
Travers, P.L. Mary Poppins
Wilder, Laura Ingalls Little House on the Prairie
Woodson, Jacqueline Locomotion
Wyss, Johann Swiss Family Robinson