Summer Reading List

Carden Academy has established a mandatory Summer Reading Program. Each grade level will be assigned a list of books that must be read before the opening day of school. Your child should read books selected from the grade level they will be entering in the Fall.

These are required assignments. If these are not turned in by the late submission date, the student will be required to meet with an administrator to make arrangements to fulfill the assignments.

  • Students entering Kindergarten do not require book reports. The books you read may be those of your choice. We recommend that you read to your child on a regular basis.
  • Students entering grade level 1-8 are required to write 2 book reports.
  • Students entering grades 6-8 will choose which book report will be graded and averaged in with other grades pertaining to the first trimester. All book reports must be turned in to the Literature teacher.

Below are the various templates for book reports:

1st Grade – Incoming
1st Grade – Ice Cream Cone
1st Grade – Happy Hang-Ups
2nd – 4th Grade – Book Report Form
2nd – 4th Grade – Poster Power
2nd – 4th Grade – Story Map Poster
5th – 8th Grade – Book Report Form


The Kissing Hand – Audrey Penn

Pete the Cat Series – Eric Litwin & James Dean

Elephant & Piggie Series – Mo Williems

Madeline Series – Ludwig Bemelmans

Make Way for Ducklings – Robert McCloskey

Blueberries for Sal – Robert McCloskey

Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble – William Steig

A Child’s Garden of Verses – Robert Louis Stevenson

1st Grade

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

The Empty Pot – Demi

Owl Babies – Martin Waddell

The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners – Stan and Jan Berenstain

Fireflies! – Julie Brinckloe

Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! – Marilyn Burns

Patrick’s Dinosaurs – Carol Carick

Sammy the Seal – Syd Hoff

Fancy Nancy – Jane O’Connor

May I Bring a Friend? – Beatrice Schenk De Regniers

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs – Mo Willems

2nd Grade

Keena Ford & the Second Grade Mix-Up – Melissa Thomson

A Bad Case of the Stripes – David Shannon

Could You? Would You – Trudy White

Cam Jansen and the First Day of School Mystery – David A. Adler

Ivy and Bean – Annie Barrows

Arthur Makes the Team – Marc Brown

Horrible Harry’s Secret – Suzy Kline

Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth – Jane O’Connor

Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia – Peggy Parish

A to Z Mysteries: The Talking T. Rex – Ron Roy

Nate the Great – Marjorie Sharmat

3rd Grade

The Lemonade War – Jacqueline Davies

Because of Winn-Dixie – Kate DiCamillo

Ivy and Bean Series – Annie Barrows

Nancy Drew Notebooks – Carolyn Keene

Matt Christopher Sports Series – Matt Christopher

The Zack Files Series – Dan Greenburg

Alvin Ho Series – Lenore Look

Clementine Series – Sara Pennypacker

Geronimo Stilton Series – Geronimo Stilton

Amber Brown Series – Peggy Parish

Encyclopedia Brown Series – Donald J. Sobol

Bunnicula – James Howe

Beverly Cleary Books – Beverly Cleary

Magic Tree House – Mary Pope Osborne

4th Grade

I Survived Series – Laurn Tarshis

The Fudge Series by Judy Blume

Wayside School Series – Louis Sachar

Save Me A Seat – Sara Weeks

The Secrets of Droon (Series) – Tony Abbott

Go Long – Ronde and Tiki Barber

The Magical Ms. Plum – Bonny Becker

Lunch Money – Andrew Clements

Danny, Champion of the World – Roald Dahl

By the Great Horn Spoon – Sid Fleischman

Stone Fox – John Reynolds Gardiner

Sophie Hartley, On Strike – Stephanie Greene

Flight of the Phoenix – R.L. Le Fevers

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh – Robert C. O’Brien

Island of the Blue Dolphin – Scott O’Dell

Chase Against Time – Steve Reifman

5th Grade

Hatchet – Gary Paulsen

Flight of the Phoenix – Elleston Trevor

The Princess Diaries – Meg Cabot

Theodore Boone Series – John Grisham

The Penderwicks – Jeanne Birdsall

Adam of the Road – Elizabeth Janet Gray

Ida B – Katherine Hannigan

Hoot – Carl Hiaasan

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

Esperanza Rising – Pam Munoz Ryan

Holes – Louis Sachar

Maniac Magee – Jerry Spinelli

The Egypt Game – Zilpha K. Snyder

The Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Stewart

6th Grade

The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

The Land of Stories Series – Chris Colfers

Harry Potter Books 4-7 – J.K. Rowling

Peter and the Starcatchers – Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

The Teacher’s Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts – Richard Peck

A Long Way From Chicago – Richard Peck

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam – Quang Nhuong HuynhThe Kite Rider –

Geraldine McCaughrean

Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls

7th Grade

Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy – Rae Carson

The Hunger Game Series – Suzanne Collins

A Long Walk to Water – Linda Sue Park

Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt

The War Within: A Novel of the Civil War – Carol Matas

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town – Kimberly Willis Holt

Small Steps – Louis Sachar

The Seer of Shadows – Avi

A Year Down Yonder – Richard Peck

8th Grade

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

The Properties of Water – Hannah Roberts McKinnon

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Daniel’s Story – Carol Matas

Sherlock Holmes Series – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) – Michael Scott

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