Bear Summer Reading List

Recommended for summer reading by Bear teachers, L. Harrison, Literacy Coach, & L. Houlditch, Librarian


Kindergarten (rising 1st grade)

READ TO:                                                                                  INDEPENDENT READING:

Gregory, The Terrible Eater              M. Sharmat                 Most STEP into Reading #1 or #2 books      

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie           L. Numeroff                Biscuit (dog) series/Panda Kisses: A. Capucilli

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse                 K. Henkes                   And I Mean It, Stanley           C. Bonsall

Miss Spider’s Tea Party                      D. Kirk                        Addition Annie                       D. Gisler

Spooky Old Tree                                 Berenstain                   Aggie & Will                           L. D. Brimner

Very Hungry Caterpillar, The            E. Carle                       Best Pet Ever, The                  V. Roberts

Where The Wild Things Are               M. Sendak                   Fancy Nancy Series                J. O’Connor   

Henry and Mudge Puppy series          C. Rylant                     Pete the Cat                            J. Dean

Froggy books                                      J. London                    Splat the Cat                           R. Scotton      

Harold and the Purple Crayon                        C. Johnson                  AUTHORS             Berenstein       D. McKee

Frog and Toad series                           A. Lobel                      P.D. Eastman  A.J. Hayes       M. Hillert

Arthur books                                       M. Brown                    S. Hoff                        S. Lucas          G. Maccarone

                                                                                                M. Mayer        E. Minarik       H. Wilhelm                 

First Grade (rising 2nd grade)                                               

Clifford series                                     N. Bridwell                 Mr. Putter & Tabby books      C. Rylant

Henry and Mudge series                     C. Rylant                     Flat Stanley books                  J. Brown

Junie B. Jones series                            B. Park                        Box Car Children series          G.C. Warner

Fancy Nancy series                             J. O’Connor                Porcupine’s PJ Party               T.W. Harshman

Scooby-Doo series                              G. Herman                  Amelia Bedelia series              P. Parish

Black Lagoon series                            M. Thaler                     Arthur series                            L. Hoban

Captain Underpants                            D. Pilkey                                                                                            

Magic Tree House Books                    M. P. Osborne             Nate the Great series               M.W. Sharmat

Get Ready for 2nd grade Amber B.     P. Danziger                 Horrible Harry series               S. Kline


Second Grade (rising 3rd grade)                         
Judy Moody series                              M. McDonald

Katie Kazoo series                  N. Krulik                     Perfectly Princess series                      A. Crowne

Bailey School Kid, Jr.series    D. Dadey                    Calendar Club series                           N. Star

Jigsaw Jones series                  J. Preller                      Marvin Redpost/Wayside series         L. Sachar

Ready, Freddy!                       A. Klein                      Fish Face                                             P.R. Giff

Franklin series                         P. Bourgeois                Geronimo Stilton series                       E. Piemme

Cam Jansen series                   D. Adler                      American Girl series (different authors) V. Tripp, Fletcher

Pinkalicious series                   V. Kann                      A to Z Mysteries series                       R. Roy


Third Grade (rising 4th grade)                               Fourth grade (rising 5th)

Ramona/ Henry and Ribsy series        B. Cleary                     39 Clues Maze of Clues #1     R. Riordan

Hank the Cow Dog series                   J. Erickson                   (subsequent books written by different authors)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series              J. Kinney                     Little House on the Prairie      L.I.Wilder

Nancy Drew series                              C. Keene                     Allie Finkle’s Rules                 M. Cabot

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective D J. Sobol                   Maniac Magee                         J. Spinelli

Through Grandpa’s Eyes                    P. MacLachlan            Heat/Comeback Kids             M. Lupica

New Kid on the Block                                    J. Prelutsky                  My Father’s Dragon(trilogy)   R.S. Gannett

The Lemonade Wars   (series)             J. Davies                      A Week in the Woods            A. Clements

Stink series                                          M. Mcdonald              Chronicles of Narnia               C.S. Lewis

Frannie K Stein series                         J. Benton                     In the Year of the Boar and Jackie R.  B.B. Lord

Madison Finn series                            L. Dower                     Harry Potter series                  J.R. Rowling

Bunnicula                                            J. Howe                       Rush Revere series                  R. Limbaugh

The Boy Who Saved Baseball            J. Ritter                       Theodore Boone series            J. Grisham

Wonder                                               R.J. Palacio                 Seven Wonders                       P. Lerangis

I survived (series)                                L. Tarshis                    Chasing Redbird/Ruby Hollar            S. Creech




Books are rated with the following system by Renaissance Learning

  • Interest Levels on books according to Accelerated Reader are as follows:
    • LG  Lower Grades                   content appropriate for K-5grades
    • MG Middle Grades                  content appropriate for 4-6 grades
    • MG+ Middle Grades Plus        content appropriate for 6-8 grades
    • UG Upper Grade                     content appropriate for 9-12  grades
  • Bear Exploration Center Library does not house books or AR tests rated UG





Overdrive is an app available free for download.  It enables the reader to check out digital or audio books from the local library~free of charge.  Montgomery Public Library participates in this program.



  1. Current library card – every child of school age should own  a personal library card
  2. Pin number (create a four digit number for sign in—Must go to library to get this pin number validated)
  3. Log into overdrive using your library card number as user name
  4. Enter the four digit pin number
  5. Browse and download books, audio, etc.




  • Books available from anywhere you have an internet connection-even when the library is closed
  • Saves gas and time traveling to various libraries
  • Easier access promotes more reading
  • Books leave your app at the end of the 14 day checkout time period


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Scholastic SUMMER READING CHALLENGE 2017- Your child has additional information on this summer reading program in his/her report card along with a user name and password. The child’s name is NOT the user name or password. See report card packet for details.

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