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Torrance Unified School District

Elementary School Suggested Summer Reading List

 

Incoming Fifth Grade Reading List

  • The Search for WondLa by Toni Di Terlizzi
  • The Unicorn Rescue Society series by Adam Gidwitz
  • Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh
  • Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine
  • Locomotive by Brian Floca, 2014 Newbery Medal
  • Lincoln and His Boys by Rosemary Wells (biography)
  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker
  • Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries by Elizabeth MacLeod (science)
  • The Name of this Book is a Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch (fantasy)
  • We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson, Sibert Medal Winner 2009
  • A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd (fantasy)
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi (fantasy series)
  • Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O’Brien (classic)
  • A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet (informational)
  • Books of your choice!

 

These books have been recommended by the School Library Journal. You can read their reviews and those by the American Library Association on amazon.com. Most books or authors published before 2004 can also be found on the California Department of Education site Recommended Literature for Kindergarten Through Grade 12— http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/rl/.

Torrance Unified School District

Elementary School Suggested Summer Reading List

 

 

Incoming Fourth Grade Reading List

 

  • Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm
  • Lost and Found by Andrew Clements (fiction)
  • Cool World Cooking: Fun and Tasty Recipes for Kids by Lisa Wagner
  • Henry Aaron’s Dream by Mark Tavares 2012 (biography)
  • Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South by Robert San Souci
  • Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo (fantasy)
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (classic)
  • Face Bug by J. Patrick Lewis (science poetry)
  • Fable Comics edited by Chris Duffy
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • Bandit’s Moon by Sid Fleischman (historical fiction)
  • Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, 2003 (Biography)
  • Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (fiction)
  • One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson, (fiction)
  • Books of your choice!

 

These books have been recommended by the School Library Journal. You can read their reviews and those by the American Library Association on amazon.com. Most books or authors published before 2004 can also be found on the California Department of Education site Recommended Literature for Kindergarten Through Grade 12— http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/rl/.

 

 

Torrance Unified School District

Elementary School Suggested Summer Reading List

 

Incoming Third Grade Reading List

 

  • De Soto by William Steig (fantasy)
  • The Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang
  • A Taste of Colored Water by Matt Faulkner
  • The Water Dragon: A Chinese Legend by: Li Jian
  • Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill (historical)
  • Secrets of Droon- Knights Of The Ruby Wand by Tony Abbott (series)
  • Just So Stories; The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (classic)
  • Katie Kazoo Switcheroo by Nancy Krulik (series)
  • Summer Reading is Killing Me! by Jon Scieszka (fantasy)
  • The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant (realistic fiction)
  • Lola Levine is Not Mean! by Monica Brown
  • A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet
  • Uncle Jed’s Barbershop by Margaret Mitchell (realistic fiction)
  • One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo and David Small
  • The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes (realistic fiction)
  • A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Maria Frazee (fiction)
  • Books of your choice!

 

These books have been recommended by the School Library Journal. You can read their reviews and those by the American Library Association on amazon.com. Most books or authors published before 2004 can also be found on the California Department of Education site Recommended Literature for Kindergarten Through Grade 12— http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/rl/.

 

 

Torrance Unified School District

Elementary School Suggested Summer Reading List

 

Incoming Second Grade Reading List

 

  • The Rabbit and the Turtle by Eric Carle, 2008
  • Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
  • Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía Una Llamita by Angela Dominguez
  • Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre (science)
  • Green by Laura Vaaccaro Seeger, Caldecott Honor 2013
  • Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein and Ed Young, 2009
  • Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems by Kate Coombs 2012
  • Nacho and Lolita by Pam Munoz Ryan, 2005
  • How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz, 2008
  • The Wolves Are Back by Jean Craighead George, 2008
  • High Tide by Nikki McClure
  • I, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger, (series)
  • Fandango Stew by David Davis (fiction)
  • Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo (series)
  • Books of your choice!

 

These books have been recommended by the School Library Journal. You can read their reviews and those by the American Library Association on amazon.com. Most books or authors published before 2004 can also be found on the California Department of Education site Recommended Literature for Kindergarten Through Grade 12— http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/rl/.

 

 

 

Torrance Unified School District

Elementary School Suggested Summer Reading List

 

Incoming First Grade Reading List

 

  • Eggs by Marilyn Singer
  • Tortoise and the Hare by Pinkney
  • Charley’s First Night by Amy Hest and Helen Oxenbury
  • Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson
  • Henry and Mudge: The First Book of Their Adventures by Cynthia Rylant
  • The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice Harrington
  • Even More Parts: Idioms from Head to Toe by Tedd Arnold
  • Little Pig Saves the Ship by David Hyde Castello
  • All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee
  • Nate the Great (series) by Marjorie Sharmat
  • Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev
  • My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza
  • You Can Read by Helaine Becker
  • Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose by Leo and Diane Dillon
  • Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima
  • Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Williams
  • Books of your choice!

 

These books have been recommended by the School Library Journal. You can read their reviews and those by the American Library Association on amazon.com. Most books or authors published before 2004 can also be found on the California Department of Education site Recommended Literature for Kindergarten Through Grade 12— http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/rl/.

Torrance Unified School District

Elementary School Suggested Summer Reading List

Incoming Kindergarten Reading List

 

  • Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Numberlys by William Joyce
  • A Sick Day For Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, 2011 Caldecott Medal
  • After the Fall by Dan Santat
  • From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems (Delombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano) by Francisco X. Alarcon
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jan Brett
  • The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
  • Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose by Tomie dePaola
  • The Hat trilogy by Jon Klassen
  • Little Dog Poems by Kristine O’Connell George
  • Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
  • The Watermeon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
  • Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig
  • Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
  • Books of your choice!

These books have been recommended by the School Library Journal. You can read their reviews and those by the American Library Association on amazon.com. Most books or authors published before 2004 can also be found on the California Department of Education site Recommended Literature for Kindergarten Through Grade 12— http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/rl/.