Upper Elementary/10 – 12 YEARS
Check off all the books you have already read by yourself. You are required to read at least six books during the
summer. Keep a record of the books you read. Write a two page report on five of the books. Give the author,
title, setting, main characters, and a brief summary of the plot. Hand in the reports on the first day of school in
September. Any other titles by the authors below are also acceptable. You may substitute any age-appropriate,
parent-approved book for any on the list below.
Allen, Clive
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell
Berry, James
Brimmer, Larry
Bryant, Jen
Christopher, Matt
Coren, Michael
Coville, Bruce
Dahl, Roald
D’Aulaire, Ingrid & Edgar
Freedman, Russell
Fritz, Jean
Gherman, Beverly
Goodall, Jane
Heard, Georgia
Henrickson, John
Hollyer, Belinda
Johmann, Carol
Krull, Kathleen
Lansky, Bruce
Lerangis, Peter
MacDonald, Fiona
McCutcheon, Marc
Marciano, John
McCully, Emily
Montgomery, Sy
Muhlberger, Richard
Neuschwander, Cindi
O’Connor, Jane
Pitkanen, Matti
Robinson, Sharon
Rylant, Cynthia
Shulevitz, Uri
Siy, Alexandra
Tayac, Gabrielle
Trumble, Kelly
Wishinsky, Frieda
Zullo, Allan
1 of 2
George Washington: Spymaster
Growing Up in Coal Country (PA Coalmining)
Around the World in 80 Poems (Poetry)
Valleys and Canyons
The Trial (Historical Novel)
On the Court with Venus and Serena Williams
JRR Tolkien: The Man Who Created ‘Lord of…’
12th Night (William Shakespeare’s child’s version)
Dirty Beasts (Poetry) / Going Solo (Autobio)
Book of Greek Myths
Out of Darkness: Story of Louis Braille
Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt / China’s Long March
Norman Rockwell: Storyteller With a Brush
My Life with the Chimpanzees
This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort (Poetry)
Rachel Carson: The Environmental Movement
She’s All That: Poems About Girls
The Lewis & Clark Expedition
Leonardo da Vinci
Kids Pick the Funniest Poems
Antarctica: Journey to the Pole
Cleopatra, Queen of Kings
The Kid Who Named Pluto
Bemelmans, Life & Art of Madeline’s Creator
Marvelous Mattee: How Margaret E. Knight Became An Inventor
Quest for the Tree Kangaroos: Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea
What Makes a Bruegel (any from Met series)
Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone (Math)
The Emperor’s Silent Army: Terracotta Warriors of Ancient China
The Children of Nepal
Jackie’s Nine: Jackie Robinson’s Values to Live By
The Journey: Stories of Migration
The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela
Footprints on the Moon
Meet Naiche: A Native Boy from the Chesapeake Bay Area
The Library of Congress
Albert Einstein
Survivors: True Stories of the Children of the Holocaust
Upper Elementary/10 – 12 YEARS
Alexander, Lloyd
Arkin, Alan
Armstrong, Alan
Balliet, Blue
Banks, Lynne Reed
Birney, Betty G.
Blackwood, Gary
Birdsall, Jeane
Boston, L.M.
Choldenko, Gennifer
Clements, Andrew
Creech, Sharon
Dicamillo, Kate
DuBois, William
Estes, Eleanor
Farley, Walter
Farmer, Nancy
Field, Rachel
Fitzgerald, John
George, Jean Craighead
Giff, Patricia Reilly
Grahame, Kenneth
Grindley, Sally
Hale, Shannon
Hamilton, Virginia
Henry, Marguerite
Herriot, James
Hess, Karen
Hirsch, Odo
Hobbs, Will
Hoeye, Michael
Ibbotson, Eva
Janssom, Tove
Kadohata, Cynthia
Morpurgo, Michael
Nesbit, E.
Nimmo, Jenny
Park, Linda Sue
Patterson, Katherine
Paulsen, Gary
Pyle, Howard
Riordan, Rick
Sachar, Louis
Selznick, Brian
Strealfield, Noel
Taylor, Theodore
Travers, P.L.
Whelan, Gloria
Wiles, Deborah
2 of 2
The Town Cats and Other Tales
The Lemming Condition
Midnight Magic
The Wright 3
The Indian and the Cupboard
The 7 Wonders of Sassafras Springs
The Shakespeare Stealer (or any in series)
The Penderwicks, A summer Tale of 4 Sisters…
The Children of Green Knowe
Al Capone Does My Shirts
Things Not Seen
The Wanderer
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Twenty-One Balloons
Jimmy McGee
The Black Stallion
Do You Know Me
Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
The Great Brain (or any in series)
Charlie’s Raven
A House of Tailors
The Wind in the Willows
Spilled Water
Princess Academy
The People Could Fly: American Black Folk Tales
Misty of Chincoteague
All Creatures Great and Small
Out of the Dust
Bartlett and the Ice Voyage
Jackie and the Wild Seattle
Time Stops for No Mouse: A Hermux Tantamoq Adventure
The Haunting of Granite Falls
Finn Family Moomintroll
The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
Story of the Treasure Seekers
Charlie Bone and the Beast (#6) (or any in series)
When My Name Was Keoko
Kings Equal
Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered
The Garden Behind the Moon
The Lightning Thief
Small Steps
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Ballad Shoes (reprinted from 1937)
The Maldonado Miracle / The Cay
Mary Poppins (The real McCoy!)
Listening to Lions
Each Little Bird That Sings