Summer Reading Lists

Our research with 116 first, second, and third graders in a school in a middle class neighborhood found that the decoding skills of nearly 45% of the participants and the fluency skills of 25% declined between May and September. Lower achieving students exhibited a sharper decline than higher achieving students.

AGES 0-2 (BY TITLE, AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR)

  • Baby Shark: Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo — Nathan Neary (Author) & John John Bajet (Illustrator)
  • Grow on STEAM: This Bug Needs a Boat — Melanie Worth (Author) & Wook Jin Jung (Illustrator)
  • You Are My Magical Unicorn — Joyce Wan (Author & Illustrator)
  • Will Giraffe Laugh? — Hilary Leung
  • Scholastic Early Learners: Look Who’s Mooing

AGES 3-5 (BY TITLE, AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR)

  • Elephant & Piggie: Should I Share My Ice Cream? — Mo Willems (Author & Illustrator)
  • The Little Red Fort — Brenda Maier (Author) & Sonia Sanchez (Illustrator)
  • Grow Up, David! — David Shannon (Author & Illustrator)
  • We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands — Rafael López (Author & Illustrator)
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog: It’s Pool Time! — Meredith Rusu (Author) & Remy Simard (Illustrator)

AGES 6-8 (BY TITLE, AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR)

  • Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild (#6) — Dav Pilkey (Author & Illustrator)
  • Mac B. Kid Spy: Mac Undercover (#1) — Mac Barnett (Author) & Mike Lowery (Illustrator)
  • Owl Diaries: Eva and Baby Mo (#10) — Rebecca Elliott (Author & Illustrator)
  • Ranger in Time: Disaster on the Titanic (#9) — Kate Messner (Author) & Kelley McMorris (Illustrator)
  • The Sun Is Kind of a Big Deal — Nick Seluk (Author & Illustrator)

AGES 9-11 (BY TITLE, AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR)

  • The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Big Day (#6) — Ann M. Martin (Author) & Gale Galligan (Illustrator)
  • Because of the Rabbit — Cynthia Lord (Author)
  • DC Comics Secret Hero Society: Science Fair Crisis (#4) — Derek Fridolfs (Author) & Pamela Lovas (Illustrator)
  • A Dog’s Porpoise –M.C. Ross (Author)
  • A Drop of Hope — Keith Calabrese (Author)

AGES 12-14 (BY TITLE, AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR)

  • Betty Before X — Ilyasah Shabazz & Renée Watson (Authors)
  • Breakout — Kate Messner (Author)
  • The Darkdeep — Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs (Authors)
  • Gamer Army — Trent Reedy (Author)
  • Grenade — Alan Gratz (Author)

YOUNG ADULT (BY TITLE, AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR)

  • The Music of What Happens — Bill Konigsberg (Author)
  • Dry — Neal and Jarrod Shusterman (Authors)
  • Hey, Kiddo — Jarrett J. Kroscozka (Author & Illustrator)
  • Jarrett J. Kroscozka — Angle Thomas (Author)
  • Shout — Laurie Halse Anderson (Author)

For a complete list of all books on the Scholastic Summer Reading List 2019, click HERE.

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