3-5 Summer Reading List

GRADES 3-5

* A special note for 5th grade: Students MUST read Word of Mouse by James Patterson. Then students should choose at least 2 of the options from the 3-5 list and complete a project on one of these optional books.

The Mystery of the Graveyard of the Atlantic by Carole Marsh

I Survived Hurricane Katrina by Lauren Tarshis (or any I survived book)

The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne (any book from the series)

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

Joltin' Joe DiMaggio by Jonah Winter

Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobel

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Witches by Roald Dahl

Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar (or any book in the series)

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein (or any collection of Silverstein's poetry)

Heroes for All Times: A Nonfiction companion to Magic Tree House #51: High Time for Heroes by Mary Pope Osbourne and Natalie Pope Bryce

Anna, Banana and the Friendship Split by Anica Mrose Rissi

Elvis and the Underdogs by Jenny Lee

The Wildest Race Ever: The Story of the 1904 Olympic Marathon by Meghan McCarthy

Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs by Michaela Muntean

Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom by Joan Holub

Thomas Jefferson Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything by Maira Kalman

Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World by Steve Jenkins

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

George Washington’s Socks by Elvira Woodruff

St. Damian of Molokai: Hero of Hawaii by Virginia Richards and D. Thomas Halpin

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Holes by Louis Sachar

Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson

Moo by Sharon Creech

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

Frindle by Andrew Clements

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Untamed the Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey

Our Moon: New Discoveries About Earth's Closest Companion by Elaine Scott

Hurricane Force: In the Path of America's Deadliest Storms by Joseph B. Treaster

The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

Malcolm at Midnight by W.H. Beck

Companion by Elain Scott

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleishman

Around the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleishman

The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Wishtree by K/A. Applegate

The 13 Story Treehouse by Darienne Stewart (or any in the series)

Who Was Clara Barton? by Stephanie Spinner (or any Who Was...? book in the series)

Marathon by Meghan McCarthy

Holes by Louis Sachar