Updated: May 2021

Required Summer Reading for Grades 3-8

Students entering grades 3-8 will read 2 books over the summer to complete their Summer Reading requirements.  Each grade level has specific guidelines and required books which are listed below.  Amazon lists are available to help you easily find the correct books, but you do NOT need to purchase your books from Amazon.  Click on the book image for the link to the Amazon list for that grade level. 

3rd Grade

All incoming 3rd graders need to read The Littles by John Peterson.

This is a beginner chapter book. If The Littles is above the child’s reading level, a parent can read the book to the child. The teachers have created a read-aloud of each chapter (links below). Students are encouraged to follow along in the book as they listen to the read-aloud. There will be classroom activities based on the book during the first weeks of school.

You can find it on Amazon: https://bit.ly/Read-3-2020 

Students should also read an additional book of their choice that matches their reading level. When students return to school they will do a book report on what they read.

The Littles – read alouds

 

MATH FACT PRACTICE
Students should practice their math facts for addition and subtraction over the summer.  During the first few weeks of 3rd grade, students will be tested for mastery of addition/subtraction facts up to 20.

4th Grade

Choose two books to read over the summer. One book must be from the list below and another book of the student’s choice. (or read 2 from the list) When students return in the fall, they should bring the books to school with them.

  • Allie’s Bayou Rescue – Missy Robertson
  • Chocolate Fever – Robert Kimmel Smith
  • Hello Stars (Faithgirlz / Lena in the Spotlight) – Alena Pitts & Wynter Pitts
  • Prince Martin Wins His Sword – Brandon Hale
  • Secret of the Hidden Scrolls (series, pick 1) – M.J. Thomas
  • Shiloh – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Ten Boys Who Used Their Talents – Irene Howat
  • Ten Girls Who Used Their Talents – Irene Howat
  • The Dead Sea Squirrels: Squirreled Away – Mike Nawrocki
  • Defender of Faith, Revised Edition: The Mike Fisher Story – Kim Washburn
  • The One and Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate
  • The Whipping Boy – Sid Fleischman & Peter Sis

Link to the book list on Amazon: https://bit.ly/Read-4-2020

MATH FACT PRACTICE
Students should practice their math facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division over the summer.  During the first few weeks of 4th grade, students will be tested for master of addition/subtraction facts up to 20 and multiplication facts up to 10.

5th Grade

Choose two books to read over the summer. One book must be from the list below and another book of the student’s choice. (or read 2 from the list) When students return in the fall, they should bring the books to school with them. During the first days of school, there will be writing activities covering the books that students read.

  • Defending the Line: The David Luiz Story – Alex Carpenter
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library – Chris Grabenstein
  • Heart of a Champion: The Dominique Dawes Story – Kim Washburn
  • Little House on the Prairie (pick one from the series that you have not already read) – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • London Art Chase (Faithgirlz) – Natalie Grant
  • The Door Within (trilogy – read one) – Wayne Thomas Batson
  • The Feather Chase – Shannon L. Brown
  • The Middle of Somewhere – J.B. Cheaney
  • The Mother-Daughter Book Club – Heather Vogel Fredrick
  • The Wild Robot – Peter Brown
  • Treasure Hunters – James Patterson

Link to the book list on Amazon: https://bit.ly/Read-5-2020

MATH FACT PRACTICE
Students should practice their math facts for multiplication and division over the summer.  During the first few weeks of 5th grade, students will be tested for master of multiplication and division facts

6th Grade

All students must read Out Of My Mind by Sharon Draper and select one additional book from the following list as their second summer reading book.

When the school year begins, students will engage in writing activities and literary discussions about Out Of My Mind, and participate in a book talk with their teacher about the second book that they chose to read. Families will need to purchase a copy of Out of My Mind so that students can take notes in the book. Students must bring their copy of the book to class for assignments during the beginning of the school year.

  • A Long Walk to Water – Linda Sue Park
  • Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
  • Girl Power (Faithgirlz) – Melody Carlson
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’Dell
  • Maniac Magee – Jerry Spinelli
  • On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (The Wingfeather Saga) – Andrew Peterson
  • Soul Surfer – Bethany Hamilton, Rick Bundschuh, Sheryl Berk
  • The Great Wall of Lucy Wu – Wendy Wan-Long Shang
  • The Hero Two Doors Down – Sharon Robinson
  • The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer – John Grisham

Link to the book list on Amazon: https://bit.ly/Read-6-2020

Bible Reading Assignment
Students need to read the book of Matthew over the summer to help them prepare for their Bible class which covers the Gospels.

7th Grade

All students must read Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan.

All students must also choose one additional book from the following list as their second summer reading book.

Students should be prepared to engage in activities and assignments related to both of their summer reading books. If you purchased the book, it will be helpful for your child to bring it to school for the discussions and other activities.

  • Code of Silence: Living a Lie Comes with a Price – Tim Shoemaker
  • Eight Cousins – Louisa May Alcott
  • Homecoming – Cynthia Voigt
  • Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion, and Purpose – Sadie Robertson
  • Rules – Cynthia Lord
  • The Magician’s Nephew (or another book from the Chronicles of Narnia series that you have not yet read) – C.S. Lewis
  • The Prince Warriors- Pricilla Shirer
  • The Ruins of Gorlan (The Ranger’s Apprentice Book 1) – John Flanagan

Link to the book list on Amazon: https://bit.ly/Read-7-2020

Bible Reading Assignment
During the summer, students complete a Bible reading plan and study covering 1st and 2nd Peter. Packets will be given to students and available by emailing Mrs. McInerney. dmcinerney@ncalife.org

8th Grade

All students must read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.

All students must also choose one additional book from the following list as their second summer reading book.

Students should be prepared to engage in activities and assignments related to both of their summer reading books. If you purchased the book, it will be helpful for your child to bring it to school for the discussions and other activities.

  • A Season of Miracles: A Novel – Rusty Whitener
  • Blitz Your Life – Tim Shaw
  • Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  • Fever 1793 – Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Four Perfect Pebbles: A True Story of the Holocaust – Lila Perl & Marion Blumenthal Lazan
  • Porch Swing Girl – Taylor Bennett
  • Rasco and the Rats of NIMH – Jane Leslie Conly
  • Through Gates of Splendor – Elizabeth Elliott
  • Unbroken (Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive – Laura Hillenbrand

Link to the book list on Amazon: https://bit.ly/Read-8-2020 

Bible Reading Assignment
During the summer, students complete a Bible reading plan and study covering 1st and 2nd Peter. Packets will be given to students and available by emailing Mrs. McInerney. dmcinerney@ncalife.org