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

    Nonfiction
     
    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 Books
    Realistic 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
     
    The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
     
    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
    Nonfiction
     
    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
    Nonfiction
     
    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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