Button’s going into 3rd grade and Siah’s going into 1st grade. I want to keep them engaged this summer, particularly with reading. Both of them are advanced readers, and they like to read. But that doesn’t mean I want them reading just anything. I want their minds to be challenged, their imagination to be sparked, and their understanding of the world to be deepened.

So we’re taking a special trip to the library this week to get our books for the summer. I’ve prepared a reading list for each of them, too. They can pick whatever books they want from this list, but at least 5 have to be classic fiction books (that they haven’t already read) and 5 have to be non-fiction.

In the event that it’s useful, here are the reading lists:

BUTTON’S READING OPTIONS (pick 15 for the summer)


CLASSIC FICTION (pick at least 5)
•Trailblazer Books, various authors, published by Bethany House Publishers
•A Wrinkle in Time •Stuart Little, E. B. White
•Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Raold Dahl
•The BFG, Roald Dahl
•Matilda, Roald Dahl
•Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret, Judy Blume
•Wizard of Oz, Frank L. Baum
•The Voyages of Dr. Doolittle, N. H. Kleinbaum
•The Indian in the Cupboard series, Lynne Reid Banks
•Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
•Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder
•The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien
•The Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O’Dell
•Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery
•The Secret Garden, FH Burnett
•The Shakespeare Stealer, Gary Blackwood
•Virginia Bound, Amy Butler
•A Christmas Story, Charles Dickens
NON-FICTION (pick at least 5)
•Story of My Life, Helen Keller
•Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution, Jean Fritz
•Mummies, Tombs, and Treasure, Lila Perl
•George Washington Carver, Tonya Bolden
•Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village, Laura Amy Schlitz
Working with Fractions, David Adler
•Kids Draw Animals, Christopher Hart
•Arithme-Tickle, J. Patrick Lewis
•All Stations! Distress!: April 15, 1912, the Day the Titanic Sank, Don Brown
•You are in Ancient Egypt, Ivan Minnis
•Celebrate the 50 States!, Loreen Leedy
•The Terrible Tudors, Terry Deary
•The Awesome Egyptians, Terry Deary
•The Vile Victorians, Terry Deary
•The Rotten Romans, Terry Deary
•The Gifted Kids Survival Guide (For Ages 10 and Under)Judy Galbraith
•A book about King Arthur
•A book about earth worms
•Undying Glory, Clinton Cox
•Amelia Lost, Candace Fleming
•Freedom Walkers, Russell Freedman
•Show Me the Money, Alvin Hall
•Hand in Hand: An American History Through Poetry
•Lives: Poems about Famous Americans, Lee Bennett Hopkins
•My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States, Lee Bennett Hopkins
•A non-fiction book of your choice
FICTION
•Star Wars Junior Jedi Knights series,  Nancy Ann Richardson.
•Time Cat, Lloyd AlexanderTime travel
•A Wind in the Door, Madeleine L’Engle
•A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Madeleine L’Engle
•The Trumpet of the Swan, E. B. White
•The Great Glass Elevator, Raold Dahl
•James and the Giant Peach, Raold Dahl
•Danny the Champion of the World, Raold Dahl
 •Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugha
•Anastasia Krupnik, Lois Lowry
•Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great, Judy Blume
•Babe The Gallant Pig
•Henry and Beezus, Beverly Cleary
•The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Beverly Cleary
•There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, Louis Sacher
•The Forgotten Door, Alexander Key
•My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead George
•Hardy Boys series, Franklin W. Dixon
•The Great Gilly Hopkins, Katherine Paterson
•An American Girl book
•Dear  America (series)
•Math Curse, Jon Scieszka
•Where the Red Fern Grows


SIAH’S READING OPTIONS (pick 15 for the summer)


CLASSIC FICTION (pick at least 5)
•Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss
•Horton Hatches an Egg, Dr. Seuss
•How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss
•The Lorax, Dr. Seuss
•Yertle the Turtle, Dr. Seuss
•Archibald Frisby, Who Was As Crazy for Science As Any Kid Could Be, Michael Chesworth
•Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson
•Ten in a Bed, Allan Ahlberg
•The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
•Days with Frog and Toad, Arnold Lobel
NON-FICTION (pick at least 5)
The Man Who Walked Between Two Towers,Mordicai Gerstein
 My Brother Martin by Christine King
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
•I Can Count Money, Rebecca Wingard-Nelson
 •A Second is a Hiccup: A Child’s Book of Time, HJ Hutchins
•If You Decide to Go to the Moon, Faith McNulty
•Amazing Snakes!, Sarah Thomson
•Wiggling Worms at Work, Wendy Pfeffer
•Cool Robots, Sean Kenney
•How a Seed Grows into a Sunflower, David Stewart
•Ice Cream: The Full Scoop, Gail Gibbonx
•Capital!: Washington DC from A to Z, Laura Krauss Melmed
•Helen Keller, David Adler
•Thurgood Marshall, Christine Taylor-Butler
FICTION
•Jolly Postman series, Janet Ahlberg
•My Father’s Dragon, Ruth Stiles Gannett
•Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, Eleanor Cameron
•Return to the Mushroom Planet, Eleanor Cameron
•Blue Moose, Daniel M. Pinkwater
•The Borrowers, Mary Norton
•Einstein Anderson series, S. D. Schindler
•Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
 •Aldo Applesauce, Johanna Hurwitz
•Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren
•Fudge, Judy Blume
•Knights of the Kitchen Table, Jon Scieszka
•Nate the Great series, Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
•Amelia Bedilia, Peggy Paris