2019 Redwood Day Summer Reading

To choose our pleasure reading each summer, the library relies on the wisdom of our young readers. We aim to support the love of reading this summer—and always—by giving students something fun: books that are treasured by kids just like them. No matter what genre you’re looking for, Redwood Day students have excellent recommendations. (And your library teachers may have thrown in a few titles for good measure, too!)

Please note: Middle School teachers will supply a separate required summer reading list for students entering grades 6-8.

Student Recommendations

Books By Grade

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  • Kindergarten-2nd Grade

    Picture Books
    That Is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems
    Sleeping Beauty by Mahlon Craft
    Emi’s Curly, Coily, Cotton Candy Hair by Tina Olajide
    Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner
    The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
    Where's Waldo by Martin Handford
    Hello, Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
    Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
    A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
    Thank You, Omu! By Oge Mora
    The Family Book by Todd Parr
    Ganesha's Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel
    Islandborn by Junot Díaz
    Pink Is for Boys by Robb Pearlman
    Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick

    Early Readers
    Miami Jackson series by Patricia McKissack
    Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo
    Star Wars: The Clone Wars by Simon Beecrof
    My Little Pony series by G.M. Berrow
    Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
    Ling and Ting series by Grace Lin
    Sugarplum Ballerinas by Whoopi Goldberg

    Chapter Books
    Zoey and Sassafrass by Asia Citro
    Sofia Martinez series by Jacqueline Jules
    The Carver Chronicles by Karen English
    Bad Kitty series by Nick Bruel
    Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
    Clubhouse Mysteries by Sharon Draper
    Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne
    Secrets of Droon series by Tony Abbott
    Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
    Donavan's Word Jar by Monalisa DeGross
    Jasmine Toguchi series by Debbi Michiko Florence

    Hey, Water by Antoinette Portis
    The Elephant by Jenni Desmond
    Encantado: Pink Dolphin of the Amazon by Sy Montgomery
    I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Made Her Mark by Debbie Levy
    Diving Dolphin by Karen Wallace
    Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
    Dinosaurs Life Size by Darren Naish

    Graphics Novels
    Little Robot by Ben Hatke
    Dogman by Dav Pilkey
    Benny and Penny series by Geoffrey Hayes
    Otto's Orange Day by Jay Lynch
    Hilda and the Troll by Luke Pearson
    Luz Makes a Splash by Claudia Davila
  • 3rd-5th Grade

    Picture Books and Graphic Novels
    Emmanuel’s Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson
    Alice in Wonderland (graphic novel) by Alessandro Ferrari
    Princeless by Jeremy Whitley
    Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag
    Hippopotamister by John Patrick Green
    Ghosts and other titles by Raina Telgemeier
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
    A Is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
    El Deafo by Cece Bell (nonfiction)
    Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
    Firebird by Misty Copeland

    Chapter Book Fiction
    The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
    The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon
    The Birchbark House series by Louise Erdrich
    The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
    George by Alex Gino
    Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
    Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt
    The Unwanteds series by Lisa McMann
    Mercy Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
    Clayton Bird Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
    Keeper of the Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger
    The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy
    Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages
    The Giver by Lois Lowry
    Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harperr
    Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
    The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
    Apprentice Witch by James Nicol
    I, Freddy by Dietlof Reische
    No Talking by Andrew Clements
    Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series by Chris Grabenstein
    Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
    Weird but True! by National Geographic
    Two Brothers, Four Hands by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan
    Guinness Book of World Records 2019
    Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports by Gregory Zuckerman
    I Am Malala (Young Readers Edition) by Malala Yousafzai
    Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle
    Who Is series by various authors
    Human Body Theater: A Non-fiction Revue by Maris Wicks
  • Middle School

    Chapter Books
    Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
    Legend by Marie Lu
    Cyclone by Doreen Cronin
    Scythe by Neal Shusterman
    Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
    Akata Witch by Nnedi Okotafor
    If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth
    1984 by George Orwell
    Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
    The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
    The Running Dream by Wendolin VanDraanen
    First Rule of Punk by Celia Pérez
    The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Kahn
    Ghost by Jason Reynolds
    Rebound by Kwame Alexander
    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai
    Brown Girl Dreaming by Thanhha Lai
    Graphic Novels & Magazines
    The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
    Phoebe and her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
    Books by Doug Tennappel
    Books by Gene Luen Yang
    Mad Magazine, Thrasher Magazine, The Week
    Biddy Mason Speaks Up by Arisa White and Laura Atkins
    It's Trevor Noah (Adapted for Young Readers) by Trevor Noah
    The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
    Tomboy by Liz Prince (graphic novel)
    Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale
    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Young Readers Edition) by William Kamkwamba
    The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Rivalry, Adventure, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements (Young Readers Edition) by Sam Kean

Favorite Authors

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  • Early Elementary

    Kadir Nelson, Mo Willems, Mary Pope Osborne, Arnold Lobel, Lenore Look, Mac Barnett, Shel Silverstein, Grace Lin
  • Middle Grades

    Raina Telgemeier, Roald Dahl, Kate DiCamillo, Grace Lin, Kwame Alexander, Rick Riordan, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Rita Williams-Garcia, Katherine Applegate, Jen Wang
  • Young Adult

    Jason Reynolds, Neal Shusterman, Marie Lu, Scott Westerfeld, Kwame Alexander, John Green, Angie Thomas

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