My Summer Reading List for Grades 3-6

Published June 8, 2016

Niece Kelly, the first three are good read-alouds for your gang of little boys. Even they would find these books interesting. Lila would love the Penderwicks. Jane E., I’ve starred the books that have boy protagonists—shared with a girl sometimes. Hope your grandson finds some good reading from this list.

Note from Mary Ann: When I finished the list, I never realized how many of these books were Newberry books. Guess there’s a reason my students wore these books out when self-selecting books from the classroom bookshelf for literature circle reading or for independent reading. I had to laugh at how dog-eared these old books are. Of course, please read my book, Mary Ann’s Mountain, if you haven’t. This book would be of interest to girls and boys alike. Watch for Beaver Creek Blues coming out in 2017. A ragtag group of boys work through problems while bonding over baseball at Beaver Creek Bottom. (This book put my baseball knowledge to a test!)

WHAT THESE BOOKS HAVE IN COMMON: DESPITE PERSONAL PROBLEMS AND SOMETIMES INSURMOUNTALBE ODDS, THE MAIN CHARACTERS PROVE THAT THE HUMAN SPIRIT IS A WONDER!

BOOKS TRIED AND TRUE—Books that my students wore out in the classroom library.

  • *Nothing Wrong with a Three-Legged Dog by Graham McNamee
  • *A Dog Called Kitty by Bill Wallace
  • *Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gariner
  • *The Door in the Wall by Marguerite deAngeli (Newberry Award Winner)
  • The Cay by Theodore Taylor, (my favorite through the years)
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Newberry Medal Book)
  • *Belle Prater’s Boy by Ruth White (Newberry Honor Book)
  • Where I’d Like to Be and Dovey Coe by Frances O’Roark Dowell
  • Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (Newberry Medal Winner)
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (Newberry Award Book)
  • *Sounder by William H. Armstrong
  • *Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Newberry Medal Winner)
  • *Old Yeller by Fred Gipson (Newberry Honor Book)
  • *Preacher’s Boy by Katherine Paterson
  • *Holes by Louis Sachar
  • *Hoot by Carl Hiassen (Newberry Honor Book)
  • *The Wish Giver by Bill Britain
  • *Shiloh and the series by Phyllis Naylor Reynolds (Newberry Medal Book)
  • *The Winter Room by Gary Paulsen (Newberry Honor Book)
  • *It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Cheney Neville (Newberry Medal Book)
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (Nobel Prize in Literature, 1907)

NEW READS

  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  • Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
  • The Underneath by Kathi Appelt (Newberry Honor Book)
  • *The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer
  • *Stake Out, Island Sting and Tangled Lines by Bonnie J. Doerr (a fellow author friend)
  • *Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer series by John Grisham
  • *A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (Newberry Award Medal) This is an old favorite but has just been made into a movie. Also, by Park, The Kite Fighters and Seesaw Girl.
  • *Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (Be ready for the unexpected!)
  • The Underneath by Kathi Appelt (warm story with the unexpected! Newberry Honor Book and for the very mature sixth grader)
  • Graceful of the Willow Falls Series by Wendy Mass. (Be ready for the unexpected!)
  • The Penderwicks, a series, by Jeanne Birdsall (National Book Award)

POETRY FOR ALL AGES

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (Hilarious poetry)
  • Celebrate Through Heartsongs by Mattie J.T. Stepanek (delightful, soulful poems done when he was in fifth grade before his death at age 19 from Muscular Dystrophy)