GREATER BATON ROUGE HOPE ACADEMY
SUMMER 2014 READING LISTS — MANDATORY

Submit book reports on the First Day of School or when otherwise specified

Limited Enrollment Class

Parents are encouraged to read aloud daily to their child.  It is a great idea to read pattern/predictable books to help develop language.  I encourage you to read the same books multiple times and allow your child to assist you in reading to help increase language.  For example, start reading a sentence and let your child complete the sentence and help fill in the next words.  Remember – research has shown that the single greatest factor in predicting reading success is whether a child is read to when young.  The following is a list of suggested books, but feel free to select other books that you feel are appropriate for your child.

  • The Gingerbread Man – Paul Galdone
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear – Eric Carle
  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear – Eric Carle
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
  • Just Me books – Mercer Mayer
  • Mama Do You Love Me? – Barbara M. Joose
  • Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Three Bears – Paul Galdone
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff – Peter Christen Asbjornsen
  • The Runaway Bunny – Margaret Wise Brown
  • Inch by Inch – Leo Lionni
  • Fish Eyes:  A Book You Can Count On – Lois Ehlert
  • Max and Ruby books – Rosemary Wells
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie – Laura Numeroff
  • If You Give a Moose a Muffin – Laura Numeroff

 

 Middle multi-level A:

  • Harry Allard                        Miss Nelson books
  • Byrd Baylor                         I’m In Charge of the Celebrations
  • Ludwig Bemelmans         Madeline
  • Marc Brown                       Arthur books
  • Mary Calhoun                    Hot Air Henry (and others in series)
  • Joanna Cole                        Magic School Bus books
  • Pam Conrad                       The Tub People
  • Barbara Cooney                Miss Rumphius
  • Lois Ehlert                           Feathers For Lunch
  • Russell Hoban                    Bread and Jam for Frances (and others in series)
  • Shirley Hughes                  Alfie books
  • Steven Kellogg                  Pinkerton books
  • Leo Lionni                            Swimmy
  • Jonathan London             Froggy series
  • James Marshall               George and Martha books
  • Patricia McKissack            Flossie and the Fox
  • Susan Meddaugh             Martha Speaks
  • Esphyr Slobodkina           Caps for Sale

Middle multi-level B:

Students should choose two books from the lists below to read and from which create reports that are appropriate to their respective reading level.

First Grade:

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • The Bears Picnic by Stan Berenstein and Jan Berenstein
  • Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  by Bill Martin
  • Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkin
  • Franklin Rides a Bike by Paulette Bourgeios
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
  • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

 

Second Grade:

  • Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin
  • Best Best Friend by Margaret C. Irvine
  • Owney, the Mail Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby
  • First the Egg by Laura V. Seeger
  • Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer by Meg McDonald
  • Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Summer According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
  • Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
  • Third Grade:
  • Tua and the Elephant by R.P. Harris
  • Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
  • Superfudge by Judy Blume
  • The Lighthouse Mystery by Warner G. Changler
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
  • How to Eat Fried Worms by Rockwell
  • Stuart Little by E.B. White
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Upper Multi-Level & Transition class:

Our students have worked very hard all year and your child is leaving school this year as a better reader and writer. As you know, good readers and writers read and write DAILY. Research shows us that practice is necessary in order to master strategies that are critical to the success of the reading and writing process. The more students read, the more proficient they become at reading and writing. Summer is a great time to read to your children! It is also a wonderful time of year for students to read books for pleasure and to nurture a love for reading.

The attached suggested summer reading lists are merely suggestions and examples of books for your child to read/listen to. Support your child in choosing books that interest him/her that may or may not be included on a summer reading list. Also, providing your child with opportunities to read while in the community (i.e. street signs, billboards, newspaper articles, restaurant menus, brochures, shopping ads, etc.), is highly beneficial and will enhance reading and life skills.

Happy reading!

Upper Multi-Level & Transition students should choose two books from the lists below to read and from which create reports that are appropriate to their respective reading level.

 Kindergarten:

  • Nicholas Cricket by Joyce Maxner
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni
  • Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
  • Little Rabbit’s Loose Tooth by Lucy Bate
  • Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Color Zoo by Louis Ehlert
  • What is a  Community by Caroline Arnold
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? By Bill Martin, Jr.
  • St. George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges
  • Stagestruck by Tommy DePaola
  • Rainbow Fish Stories by Pfister
  • David Goes to School by David Shannon

First Grade:

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • The Bears Picnic by Stan and Jan Berenstein
  • Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? By Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkin
  • Franklin Rides a Bike by Paulette Bourgeois
  • Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
  • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Second Grade:

  •  The Amelia Bedelia series by Peggy Parish
  • June B. Jones series by Barbara Park
  • The Frog and Toad books by A. Lobel
  • The Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Young Cam Jansen Series by Adler
  • Amber Brown Series by Danziger
  • Henry and Mudge Books by Rylant
  • Nate the Great Series by Sharmat
  • Arthur Books by Brown/Krensky
  • Horrible Harry books by Kline

Entering Third Grade:

  • Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
  • Superfudge by Judy Blume
  • The Lighthouse Mystery by Warner G. Changler
  • James and the Giant Peach by Ronald Dahl
  • Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
  • How to Eat Fried Worms by Rockwell
  • Stuart Little by E.B. White
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Entering Fourth or Fifth Grade:

  • The Trouble With Chickens by Doreen Cronin
  • Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Lunch Money by Andrew Clements
  • Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith
  • Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford
  • Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

 

Entering Sixth, Seventh, or Eighth Grades:

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  • The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • The Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings
  • Legend by SooJung Woo
  • The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  • The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

 Entering Kindergarten:

Parents are encouraged to read aloud daily to their children.  Select one book from the list below and have your child illustrate events in the story.

  • The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
  •  The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens
  • My Very First Mother Goose by Lona Opie and Rosemary Wells
  • Henny Penny by H. Werner Zimmermann
  •  The Little Red Hen by Margot Zemach
  •  The Three Bears by Paul Galdone
  •  The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Peter Christen Asbjornsen
  •  Three Little Pigs by James Marshall
  •  The Three Little Pigs by         Rodney            Peppé
  •  The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
  •  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

 

Entering First Grade:

Select two books from the following list. Prepare a neat, one page book report to submit the first week of school. It should include characters, setting and main events of the story. Please complete the project with an illustrated cover sheet with the title, author and your name.

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • The Bears Picnic by Stan and Jan Berenstein
  • Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? By Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkin
  • Franklin Rides a Bike by Paulette Bourgeois
  • Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
  • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

 

Entering Second Grade:

Select two books from the following list. Prepare a neat, one page, book report to submit the first week of school. It should include characters, setting and main events of the story. Please complete the project with an illustrated cover sheet with the title, author and your name.

  •  The Amelia Bedelia series by Peggy Parish
  • June B. Jones series by Barbara Park
  • The Frog and Toad books by A. Lobel
  • The Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Young Cam Jansen Series by Adler
  • Amber Brown Series by Danziger
  • Henry and Mudge Books by Rylant
  • Nate the Great Series by Sharmat
  • Arthur Books by Brown/Krensky
  • Horrible Harry books by Kline

 

Entering Third Grade:

Select two books from the following list. Prepare a neat, one page, book report to submit the first week of school. It should include characters, setting and main events of the story. Please complete the project with an illustrated cover sheet with the title, author and your name.

(Please choose books according to your child’s reading level)

Level K (Early 2nd grade)

  • Nate the Great (series) by Marjoree Sharmat
  • Frog and Toad (series) by Arnold Lobel

Level L (Early 2nd grade)

  • Amelia Bedelia (series) by Peggy Parish
  • Cam Jansen (series) by David Adler

Level M (Mid 2nd grade)

  • Magic Treehouse (series) by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Junie B. Jones (series) by Barbara Park

Level N (Mid 2nd grade)

  • Amber Brown (series) by Paula Danziger
  • Encyclopedia Brown (series) by David Sobel

Level O (Late 2nd grade)

  • Ramona (series) by Beverly Cleary
  • Aldo Applesauce (series) by Johanna Hurvitz

Level P (Late 2nd grade)

  • Magic School Bus (series) by Joanna Cole
  • Bunnicula  (series) by James Howe

 Entering Fourth Grade:

Select two books from the following list. Prepare a neat, one page, book report to submit the first week of school. It should include characters, setting and main events of the story. Please complete the project with an illustrated cover sheet with the title, author and your name.  

LEVEL M Late 2nd grade level

  • Magic Treehouse (series) Osborne, Mary Pope
  • Junie B Jones (series) Park, Barbara

LEVEL N  Early 3rd grade level

  • Amber Brown (series) Danziger, Paula
  • Encyclopedia Brown (series) Sobel, David
  •  Herbie Jones (series) Kline, Suzy

       LEVEL O  Mid 3rd grade level

  • Babysitters Club (series) Martin, Ann M
  • The Boxcar Children (series)   Warner, Gertrude C.
  • Aldo Applesauce (series)     Hurwitz, Johanna
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle (series) Cleary, Beverly
  • Pippi Longstocking (series) Lindgren, Astrid
  • Ramona (series) Cleary, Beverly

LEVEL P  Late 3rd grade level

  • Hank the Cowdog (series) Erickson, John
  • Magic School Bus (series) Joanna Cole
  • Time Warp Trio (series)  Scieszka, Jon
  • Wayside School (series)  Sachar, Louis
  • Flat Stanley (series) Brown, Jeff
  • Skinnybones (series) Park, Barbara

Entering Fifth Grade:

Select one book from the following list. Prepare a neat, one page, book report to submit the first week of school. It should include characters, setting and main events of the story. Please complete the project with an illustrated cover sheet with the title, author and your name.

  • The Trouble With Chickens by Doreen Cronin.
  • Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan.
  • Lunch Money by Andrew Clements.
  • Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith.
  • Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford
  • Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

 

Entering Sixth, Seventh, or Eighth Grades:

Choose two books from the following list that you have NOT read before and write a two-page book report about each.  Submit to your English teacher on or before Monday, August 11.  Include your opinion of the books:

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowery
  • The Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings
  • Legend by SooJung Woo
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

 

 

Entering Grades Nine, Ten, Eleven, or Twelve:

Choose two books from the following list and write a one-page book report about each.  Include your opinion of the books:

  • Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years by Sarah L. Delany, Elizabeth Delany, and Amy Hill Hearth
  • Brian’s Song by William Blinn
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • That Was Then; This is Now by S. E. Hinton
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Wings by Aprilynne Pike
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

 

 

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