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Cranston Public Schools: Elementary Summer Reading Suggestions

Summer Reading Theme

 

Cranston Public Schools Summer Reading Suggestions

For Elementary Students

Presented by the Cranston Public School Libraries

in conjunction with The Cranston Public Library

 

Award Winners

2022 Kids Read Across RI 

How to Win a Slime War   

by Mae Respicio 

Kids Reading Across Rhode Island (KRARI), Rhode Island's One Book, One State community read program for kids, is offered by OLIS in partnership with the Rhode Island Center for the Book (RICB). The book is selected to appeal to kids in grades 4-6 and that contains themes aligned with the Summer Reading Program theme.

   RI Children’s Book Award

Every year Rhode Island students in grades 3-5 vote on a favorite book from a pre-selected list of twenty books.  Young readers will surely enjoy any past RICBA winner or current nominee.  Students who read three or more of the nominees will be eligible to vote for the next winner.  The 2023 Nominees list is available at this link or at the Cranston Public Library.

ALA Award Winners

Every year the American Library Association presents several awards for outstanding fiction and nonfiction books for young readers.  Any winner, past or present, is highly recommended.

 

 

 

Caldecott MedalThe Best Picture Books

Theodore Seuss Geisel AwardThe Best Early Readers

John Newbery MedalThe Best American Literature for Children

Coretta Scott King Award:  The Best African-American Book

Pura Belpré AwardThe Best Latino Author

Sibert Informational Medal: The Best Informational Book

ALA Notable BooksThe most notable books of the year.

Graphic Novels

Graphic Novel Series for the Primary Grades

Graphic novels combine text and pictures in a comic format to tell a story.  This genre offers appealing reading options to reluctant and advanced readers alike.

ALA Graphic Novel Grades K-2 Recommended Reading List 

Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm

Bean Dog and Nugget by Charise Mericle Harper

Benny & Penny by Geoffrey Hayes

Benjamin Bear by Philippe Coudray

Binky Adventures by Ashley Spires

The Flying Beaver Brothers by Maxwell Eaton III

Pet Shop Private Eye by Colleen A.F. Venable

     Squish by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

Graphic Novel Series for the Intermediate Grades

Graphic novels combine text and pictures in a comic format to tell a story.  This genre offers appealing reading options to reluctant and advanced readers alike.

ALA Graphic Novel Grade 3-5 Recommended Reading List 

Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

Bigfoot Boy by J. Torres

Bird & Squirrel by James Burks

Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack

Lunch Lady by Jarrett Krosoczka

Max and MidKnights by Lincoln Pierce

The Olympians by George O’Connor

Sardine in Outer Space by Emmanuel Guibert

      Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke   

Nonfiction

Nonfiction for the Primary Grades

Award winning nonfiction books are available at this link:  Sibert Informational Medal.

Books by these nonfiction authors provide excellent, kid-friendly readings of informational text:  

 

 

Jim Arnosky (Science)

Don Brown (Biographies)

Jason Chin (Science: Biology)

Maxwell Eaton (Science: Animals)

Tracey Fern (Biographies)

Gail Gibbons (Variety of subjects)

Steve Jenkins & Robin Page (Science: Animals)

Nonfiction for the Intermediate Grades

Award winning nonfiction books are available at this link:  Sibert Informational Medal.

Books by these nonfiction authors provide excellent, kid-friendly readings of informational text:  

 

 

Series: 

Scientists in the Field

Who was...?  Who is...?  What was ...?  

Authors:  

Chris Barton (Biographies)

Nic Bishop  (Science: Animals) 

Jason Chin (Science: Biology)

Jessie Hartland (Biographies)

Deborah Hopkinson (Social Studies)

Kathleen Krull (Biographies)

David Macauley (Science)

Megan McCarthy (Science & Social Studies: Inventions, Biographies)

Mary Pope Osborne (Social Studies: Magic Treehouse nonfiction companions)

Doreen Rappaport (Biographies)

Seymour Simon (Science: Space, Animals, Weather, Earth)

Diane Stanley (Biographies) 

 

Spectacular Series

Series for the Primary Grades

Reading multiple books in a series provides students with a sense of accomplishment and the momentum to read more.  The familiarity of characters and plot reinforces reading skills and comprehension.

 

Andy Shane by Jennifer Jacobson

Dragon Masters by Tracey West

Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems

Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

Fox and Chick by Sergio Ruzzier

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton

Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry

Iris and Walter by Elissa Guest

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

King and Kayla by Dori Butler 

The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne

Minnie and Moo by Denys Cazet

My First Fox by Corey Tabor

Nate the Great by Marjorie Sharmat

Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliott

Penny by Kevin Henkes

Ready, Freddy! by Abby Klein

Series for the Intermediate Grades

Reading multiple books in a series provides students with a sense of accomplishment and the momentum to read more.  The familiarity of characters and plot reinforces reading skills and comprehension.

 

The 39 Clues by Various Authors

A – Z Mysteries by Ron Roy

Clementine by Sarah Pennypacker

Dear America by Various Authors

Diamond Brothers Mysteries by Anthony Horowitz

Goddess Girls and Heroes in Training by Joan Holub

I Survived ... by Lauren Tarshis

Judy Moody or Stink by Megan McDonald

Just Grace by Charise Harper

My Name is America by Various Authors

N.E.R.D.S. by Michael Buckley

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi

Spirit Animals by Various Authors

The Treehouse Series by Andy Griffiths

The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins

Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland

 

Awesome Authors

Authors for the Primary Grades

From time-honored classics to current day sensations, books written by these authors entice children into the world of reading.

 

Mac Barnett                Lois Ehlert                  Christopher Raschka

Jan Brett                     Ian Falconer               Cynthia Ryalant

Monica Brown             Denise Fleming          David Shannon

Peter Brown                Kevin Henkes             Bob Shea

Eve Bunting                 Ezra Jack Keats         Chris Van Allsburg

Eric Carle                     Grace Lin                    David Wiesner

Lauren Child                 Leo Lionni                   Mo Willems

Doreen Cronin              Patricia McKissack

Tomie DePaola             Robert Munsch

Ame Dyckman              Jerry Pinkney

Authors for the Intermediate Grades

From time-honored classics to current day sensations, books written by these authors entice children into the world of reading.

 

William Alexander        Patricia Riley Giff             Kate Messner

Avi                                Lisa Graff                         Rick Riordan

John Bellairs                Tim Green                        Emily Rodda 

Holly Black                   Dan Gutman                    Pam Munoz Ryan

Judy Blume                  Mary Downing Hahn        Louis Sachar

Ancrew Clements        Carl Hiaasen                    Jerry Spinelli

Audrey Couloumbis     Kate Klise                         Eileen Spinelli

Sharon Creech            Gordon Kormon                Rebecca Stead

Kate DiCamillo             Gail Carson Levine           Tui Sutherland

Jack Gantos                Mike Lupica                       Janet Tashjian

                                                                              Deborah Wiles

                                                                              Wendelin Van Draanen

More Reading Lists

Peruse these lists prepared by other reputable organizations: 

Cranston Public Library Youth Book Lists

ALA Graphic Novels for Younger Readers

Credits and Comments

All annotations courtesy of Follett. 

The statewide Rhode Island Summer Reading Program, Read Beyond the Beaten Path, is supported by the RI Office of Library and Information Services, with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Rhode Island Children's Book Award titles are chosen by a statewide committee of teachers and librarians.  Please note that not all books are suitable for all readers; parents should assist in choosing age appropriate content for their child.