Summer Reading

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

Kindergarten Suggestions

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

Entering 1st Grade - choose 2

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

Entering 2nd Grade - choose 2

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

Entering 3rd Grade - choose 2

These are series and any title may be chosen:

The Buddy Flies Series – Dori Hillestad Butler

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


Individual Book Choices:

How to Eat Fried Worms – Thomas Rockwell

Please Write in This Book – Mary Amato

Waiting For the Magic – Patricia MacLachian

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie – Julie Sternberg

Stuart Little – E.B. White

Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Richard and Florence Atwater

Entering 4th Grade - choose 2

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

The Lemonade War – Jacqueline Davies

Because of Winn-Dixie – Kate DiCamillo

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

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective – Donald J. Sobol

Entering 5th Grade - choose 2

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

Entering 6th Grade - choose 2

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 Huynh

The Kite Rider – Geraldine McCaughrean

Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls

Entering 7th Grade - choose 2

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

Entering 8th Grade- choose 2

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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