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Summer Reading List

Lower School Summer Reading List



Dallas Academy lower school students do not have specific required summer reading however we do expect students to read over the summer. We offer a list of suggested books and hope you students will read at least three books from the list. Exposure to a variety of genres is an important component in the development of lifelong readers.


1st and 2nd grade

“The Fly Guy” series by Ted Arnold

“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” by Judi and Ron Barrett

“The Stories That Julian Tells” by Ann Cameron

“The Day the Crayons Quit” and series by Drew Daywalt & Olivia Jeffries

“I Don’t Want to Be a Frog” by Dev Petty

“Mercy Watson” series by Kate DiCamillo

“The Teeny Tiny Woman” by Paul Galdone

 “How Rocket Learned to Read” by Tad Hills

 “What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?” by Steve Jenkins

“Frog and Toad” by Arnold Lobel

“Three by the Sea” by Edward Marshall

“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr.

“Rescue on the Oregon Trail” by Kate Messner

“If You Give a Dog a Donut” by Laura Joffe Numeroff

 “What Color is Camouflage?” by Carolyn Otto

“Henry and Mudge” series by Barbara Park

“From Tadpoles to Frog” by Wendy Pfeffer

“The Paperboy” by Dav Pilkey

“Skippyjon Jones Class Action” by Judith Byron Schachner

“There’s a Wocket in My Pocket” by Dr. Seuss

 “Nate the Great” by Marjorie Sharmat

“The Listening Walk” by P. Showers

“Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein

“Dr. De Soto” by William Steig

“Cook-a-Doodle-Doo” by Janet Stevens

“Two Bad Ants” by Chris Van Allsburg

“Amanda the Pig on Her Own” by Jean Van Leeuwen

 “What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig” by Emma J. Virjan

“Scaredy Squirrel” by Melanie Watt

 “Chester” by Melanie Watt “Art & Max” by David Wiesner

 “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” by Mo Willems

“Knuffle Bunny” by Mo Willems

“How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends?” by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague


3rd and 4th grade

 “Ivy and Bean” series by Anne Barrows

“The Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist” series by Jim Benton

“The Bad Guys” by Aaron Blabey

“The Nasty, Stinky Sneakers” by Eve Bunting

“Muggle Maggie” by Beverly Clearly

“Ramona Quimby, Age 8” series by Beverly Clearly

“The School Story” by Andrew Clements

“Bud, Not Buddy” by Christopher Paul Curtis

“Fantastic Mr. Fox” by Roald Dahl

“Matilda” by Roald Dahl

“The Lemonade War” by Jacqueline Davies

 “Half Magic” by Edward Eager

“The Great Brain” by John D. Fitzgerald

“Igraine the Brave” by Cornelia Funke

“Ida B.” by Kathleen Hannigan

“The Year of Billy Miller” by Kevin Henkes

“Pioneer Cat” by William Hooks

“Little House on the Prairie” series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Boris Gets a Lizard” by Andrew Joyner

“Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle” by Betty MacDonald

“Stone Fox” by John Reynolds Gardiner

“Math Curse” by Jon Scieszka

“Nate the Great” by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

“The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do” by Ashley Spires

“Stuart Little” by E. B. White


5th and 6th grade

 “Fever” by Laurie Halse Anderson

“The Night Gardner” by Jonathan Auxier

“Crispin: The Cross of Lead” by Avi

“The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle” by Avi

“The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate

 “The One Hundred Year Old Secret” by Tracy Barrett

“The Thing About Jellyfish” by Ali Benjamin

“Miss Elliott’s School for the Magically Minded” by Sage Blackwood

“Because of Mr. Terupt” by Rob Buyea

“The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963” by Christopher Paul Curtis

“Fantastic Mr. Fox” by Roald Dahl

“The Magician’s Elephant” by Kate DiCamillo

“An Island Far From Home” by John Donahue

“The City of Ember” Book 1 or “The People of Sparks” Book 2 by Jeanne DuPrau

“Mockingbird” by Kathryn Erskine

“Spy School” by Stuart Gibbs

“Abner and Me” by Dan Gutman

“Chomp” by Carl Hiaasen

“Hoot” by Car Hiaasen

“The Fourteenth Goldfish” by Jennifer Holm

“The Neptune Project” by Polly Holyoke

 “Fish in a Tree” by Lynda Hunt

“The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster

“Ungifted” by Gordon Korman

“A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle

“Ben and Me” by Robert Lawson

“Mr. Revere and I” by Robert Lawson

“Rules” by Cynthia Lord

“Fish in a Tree” by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

“The Little Price” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Lee Stewart

“I Survived” series by Lauren Tarahie

“Three Times Lucky” by Sheila Turnage

“Bound for Oregon” by Jean Van Leeuwen

“Red Cap” by Clifton G. Wisler

“The Truth About Twinkie Pie” by Kat Yeh