Oak Hall School


Oak Hall Summer Reading Lists - Gr. 2-5

Rising 2nd Grade Students:

Students should read at least one chapter book and at least five picture books on their AR level. Two of the picture books should be nonfiction. Here are some suggestions for chapter books to read over the summer.

At least one chapter book

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle

Freckle Juice

The Littles series

Magic Tree House series

Calendar Mysteries series

Nate the Great series

Henry and Mudge series

Rainbow Magic series

Arthur series

Rising 3rd Grade Students:




AR Level and Points:

The Tale of Despereaux

by Kate DiCamillo

Level 4.7 – Points 5

The One and Only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate

Level 3.6 – Points 4

Aesop’s Fables

by Gerald McDermott


The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail

by Richard Peck

Level 5.0 – Points 4

Eric Carle's treasury of classic stories for children by Aesop, Hans Christian Andersen, and the Brothers Grimm



Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales (Unabridged)

by H.C. Andersen

Level 8.1 – Points 7

The Hundred Dresses

by Eleanor Estes

Level 5.4 – Points 1

The Indian in the Cupboard

by Lynne Reid Banks

Level 4.6 – Points 6


by Chris Van Allsburg

Level 3.9 – Points 0.5

The Little Red Hen

by Jerry Pinkney

Level 3.1 – Points 0.5

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

by Betty MacDonald

Level 5.2 – Points 3

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

by Richard Atwater

Level 5.6 – Points 3

Stuart Little

by E.B. White

Level 6.0 – Points 3

Tikki Tikki Tembo

by Arlene Mosel

Level 4.2 – Points 0.5

The Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Become Real

by Margery Williams

Level 4.9 – Points 1

Hank the Cowdog: The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog

by John R. Erickson

Level 4.5 – Points 3

Invisible Stanley

by Jeff Brown

Level 3.3 – Points 1

Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic

by Emily Jenkins

Level 4. 0 – Points 2


Realistic Fiction

Caddie Woodlawn

by Carol Ryrie Brink

Level 6. 0 – Points 8

Because of Winn-Dixie

by Kate DiCamillo

Level 3.9 – Points 3

Strawberry Girl

by Lois Lenski

Level 4.8 – Points 6

The Seven Treasure Hunts

by Betsy Byars

Level 2.7 – Points 1

The Anybodies

by N.E. Bode

Level 4.6 – Points 7


by Sara Pennypacker

Level 4.5 – Points 2

The Coming Storm

by Rob Kidd

Level 5.1 – Points 2

Homework Hassles

by Abby Klein

Level 3.4 – Points 1


by David Lubar

Level 3.6 – Points 1

Ramona Quimby, Age 8

by Beverly Cleary

Level 5.6 – Points 3

Historical Fiction

Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express

by Eleanor Coerr

Level 2.7 – Points 0.5

Chang’s Paper Pony

by Eleanor Coerr

Level 2.8 – Points 0.5

The Courage of Sarah Noble

by Alice Dagliesh

Level 3.9 – Points 1

The Drinking Gourd

by F.N. Monjo

Level 3.0 – Points 0.5

The Glorious Flight

by Alice Provensen

Level 2.6 – Points 0.5

George Washington’s Teeth

by Deborah Chandra

Level 2.6 – Points 0.5

Henry’s Freedom Box

by Ellen Levine

Level 3.0 – Points 0.5

The Josefina Story Quilt

by Eleanor Coerr

Level 2.7 – Points 0.5

Molly’s Pilgrim

by Barbara Cohen

Level 3.0 – Points 0.5

Nora’s Ark

by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

Level 3.8 – Points 0.5

Terrible Storm

by Carol Otis Hurst



by Robert Newton Peck

Level 4.4 – Points 2

I survived series

The Nazi Invasion, 1944

The Japanese Tsunami, 2011

The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

The Attack of September 11, 2001

The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912

The Shark Attacks of 1916

Hurricane Katrina, 2005

The bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941

The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906


by Lauren Tarshis


Level 5.1 – Points 2

Level 4.6 – Points 2

Level 4.6 – Points 2

Level 4.5 – Points 1

Level 3.9 – Points 1

Level 3.9 – Points 1

Level 4.0 – Points 2

Level 4.3 – Points 2

Level 3.8 – Points 1




AR Level and Points:


Abe Lincoln’s Hat

by Martha Brenner

Level 2.6 – Points 0.5

The Ballot Box Battle

by Emily Arnold McCully

Level 3.7 – Points 0.5

Ben Franklin and His First Kite

by Stephen Krensky

Level 2.5 – Points 0.5

Finding Providence

by Avi

Level 3.3 – Points 0.5

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie

by Peter Roop

Level 2.2 – Points 0.5

More Than Anything Else

by Marie Bradby

Level 3.3 – Points 0.5

A Picture Book of Dwight David Eisenhower

by David Adler

Level 5.2 – Points 0.5

A Picture Book of George Washington

by David Adler

Level 4.1 – Points 0.5

A Picture Book of Rosa Parks

by David Adler

Level 5.1 – Points 0.5

Remember Betsy Floss: and Other Colonial American Riddles

by David Adler


What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?

by Jean Fritz

Level 5.5 – Points 1

Wild Bill Hickok and other Old West riddles

by David Adler


You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton?

by Jean Fritz

Level 6.4 – Points 3

Who Was Series ( a selection are below)

Who Was Albert Einstein?

Who Was Annie Oakley?

Who Was Ben Franklin?

Who Was Sacagawea?

Who Is Maria Tallchief?

Who Was Harry Houdini?

Who Was Amelia Earhart?

Who Was Harriet Tubman?

Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?

Who Was Thomas Jefferson?

Who Was Helen Keller?

Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt?

Who Was Mark Twain?

Who Was Ferdinand Magellan?

Who Was John F. Kennedy?

Who Was Louis Armstrong?

Who Was Ronald Reagan?

Who Was Charles Darwin?

Who Was Johnny Appleseed?

Who Was Leonardo da Vinci?

Who Was Thomas Alva Edison?

Who Were the Beatles?

Who Was King Tut?

Who Was Daniel Boone?

Who Was William Shakespeare?

Who Was Anne Frank?

Who Was Marco Polo?

Who Was Elvis Presley?

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Who Was Queen Elizabeth?

Who Was Neil Armstrong?

Who Was Abraham Lincoln?

Who Was George Washington?



Level 5.8 - Points 1

Level 5.8 - Points 1

Level 4.4 - Points 1

Level 4.4 - Points 1

Level 5.1 - Points 1

Level 5.8 - Points 2

Level 4.3 - Points 1

Level 4.6 - Points 1

Level 5.3 - Points 1

Level 5.3 - Points 1

Level 4.1 - Points 1

Level 4.5 - Points 1

Level 6.1 - Points 1

Level 4.9 - Points 1

Level 5.8 - Points 1

Level 5.2 - Points 1

Level 5.4 - Points 1

Level 5.1 - Points 1

Level 5.1 - Points 1

Level 4.7 - Points 1

Level 5.3 - Points 1

Level 4.5 - Points 1

Level 4.9 - Points 1

Level 4.5 - Points 1

Level 4.8 - Points 1

Level 4.6 - Points 1

Level 5.2 - Points 1

Level 4.2 - Points 1

Level 5.2 - Points 1

Level 5.3 - Points 1

Level 5.4 - Points 1

Level 5.5 - Points 1

Level 5.0 - Points 1


Rising 4th Grade Students:

Please pick two novels to read this summer and write book reports on using the template that was sent home at the end of the school year. The book reports must be completed in cursive. Your child must complete the reports using novels from the summer reading list only. If you have any questions, please contact your child's third grade teacher. 
Rising 5th Grade Students:

In preparation for fifth grade, students should read and prepare to discuss two books.

The first book is a required reading: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. This book was first published in 1943 and may be found in many forms in bookstores and online. However, I would like each student to obtain his/her own copy and bring it to class.The book has some complex themes, and we will work through some of these through class discussion. Students should read the book and familiarize themselves with the story in order to track/participate during discussion. In addition, students should read at least one book from the attached list of Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books.

Lights, Camera, Cook! By Charise Mericle Harper 
A zesty series for fans of MasterChef Jr. and Kids Cook-off! In episode one, four talented tween chefs step into the spotlight to prove that they have what it takes to become the Next Best Junior Chef.  Who will have the grits to get through week one of the competition?  
Overboard! by Terry Lynn Johnson 
Eleven-year-old Travis and his family are on a whale watch off the coast of Washington when dis-aster strikes. The boat capsizes, throwing everyone into the ice-cold chaotic waves. Separated from their families and struggling to stay afloat, Travis and twelve-year-old Marina must use all of their grit and knowledge to survive.  
Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood 
In a classic fantasy world of anthropomorphic rabbits, three young siblings are on the run from the vil-lainous Gorm tribe who have killed and enslaved their clan. Podkin, once destined to be clan leader, has always been spoiled, but now he must act bravely as he, his older sister, and baby brother flee for their lives. Facing pursuit and treachery, the three collect allies in their search for refuge, until at last they are ready to fight back against the Gorm and attempt to rid the land of an evil scourge. 
Spirit Week Showdown by Crystal Allen 
Nine-year-old Mya Tibbs is boot-scootin’ excited for the best week of the whole school year—SPIRIT WEEK! She and her megapopular best friend, Naomi Jackson, even made a pinky promise to be Spirit Week partners so they can win the big prize: special VIP tickets to the Fall Festival! But when the partner picking goes horribly wrong, Mya gets paired with Mean Connie Tate—the biggest bully in school. And she can’t get out of it. Now Naomi is friend-ending mad at Mya for breaking a promise—even though Mya couldn’t help it—and everyone at school is calling Mya names. Can Mya work with Mean Connie to win the VIP tickets and get her best friend back? 
The Sweetest Sound by Sherri Winston 
For ten-year-old Cadence Jolly, birthdays are a constant reminder of all that has changed since her mother skipped town with dreams of becoming a star. Cadence inherited that musical soul, she can’t deny it, but oth-erwise she couldn’t be more different – she’s shy as can be. She did make a promise last year that she would try to break out of her shell, just a little. And she prayed that she’d get the courage to do it.  When a secret recording of her singing leaks and catches the attention of her whole church, she needs to decide what’s bet-ter: deceiving everyone by pretending it belongs to someone else, or finally stepping into the spotlight. 
A True Home by Kallie George 
When Mona the Mouse stumbles across the wondrous world of the Heartwood Hotel in the middle of a storm, she desperately hopes they’ll let her stay. As it turns out, Mona is precisely the maid they need at 
the grandest hotel in Fernwood Forest, where animals come from far and wide for safety, luxury, and com-fort. But the Heartwood Hotel is not all acorn soufflé and soft moss-lined beds. Danger lurks, and as it ap-proaches, Mona finds that this hotel is more than a warm place to spend the night. It might also be a home. 
Ugly Cat & Pablo by Isabel Quintero  
Ugly Cat is dying for a paleta, or ice pop, and his mouse friend Pablo is determined to help him get one by scaring a little girl who is enjoying a coconut pop in the park. But things go horribly wrong when, instead of being scared, the little girl picks Pablo up and declares that he would make a great snack for her pet snake. In all of the commotion and confusion, Ugly Cat wonders if he might have accidentally swallowed Pablo himself!  
Wish  by Barbara O’Connor 
Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is, until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.  
The Ark Plan by Laura Martin 
Five years ago, Sky Mundy’s father vanished from North Compound without a trace. Now she has just stumbled on a clue that not only suggests his disappearance is just the tip of an even larger mystery, but also points directly to the surface. To find her dad—and possibly even save the world—Sky and her best friend, Shawn, must break out of their underground home and venture topside to a land reclaimed by nature and ruled by dinosaurs. 
The Doublecross: (And Other Skills I Learned as a Superspy) by Jackson Pearce 
Everyone in twelve-year-old Hale's family is a spy going way back. They've all worked for the 
Sub Rosa Society, an elite organization that's so top secret that new agents aren't recruited; they're born. His parents may be the ultimate spy team at SRS, but Hale isn't your typical 
stealthy spy--he is, as his mother puts it, "big-boned," and as some of his classmates put it, "fat." Still, he's convinced he will someday be a great field agent. After all, it's his legacy.  
Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro 
Zoey discovers a glowing photo and learns an amazing secret. Injured magical animals come to their backyard barn for help! When a sick baby dragon appears, it’s up to Zoey and Sassafras to figure out what’s wrong. Will they be able to help little Marshmallow before it’s too late? 
The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff 
Winnie’s last day of fourth grade ended with a pretty life-changing surprise. That was the day Winnie’s parents got divorced and decided that Winnie would live three days a week with each of them and spend Wednesdays by herself in a treehouse between their houses, to divide her time perfectly evenly. It was the day Winnie’s seed of frustration with her parents was planted, a seed that grew until it felt like it was as big as a tree itself. 
Home Sweet Motel by Chris Grabenstein 
Eleven-year-old P. T. Wilkie may be the greatest storyteller alive. But he knows one thing for a fact: the Wonderland Motel is the best place a kid could ever live! There’s only one thing the Wonderland doesn’t have, though—customers. And if the Wonderland doesn’t get them soon, P.T. and his friend Gloria may have to say goodbye to their beloved motel forever. They need to think BIG. They need to think BOLD. They need an OUTRAGEOUS plan. 
I Love You, Michael Collins  by Lauren Baratz-Logsted 
It’s 1969 and the country is gearing up for what looks to be the most exciting moment in U.S. history: men landing on 
the moon. Ten-year-old Mamie’s class is given an assignment to write letters to the astronauts. Only Mamie writes to Michael Collins, the astronaut who will come so close but never achieve everyone else's dream of walking on the 
moon, because he is the one who must stay with the ship. After school ends, Mamie keeps writing to Michael Collins, taking comfort in telling someone about what's going on with her family, one by one, they leave the house thinking that someone else is taking care of her—until she is all alone except for her cat and her best friend, Buster. And as the date of the launch nears, Mamie can't help but wonder: Does no one stay with the ship anymore?  
Lemons by Melissa Savage 
Lemonade Liberty Witt’s mama always told her: When life gives you lemons, make lemon-ade. But Lem can’t possibly make lemonade out of her new life in Willow Creek, California—
the Bigfoot Capital of the World—where she’s forced to live with a grandfather she’s never 
met after her mother passes away. 
For questions about Middle and Upper School Summer Reading, please contact Lindsay DiBernardo or David Jackson.


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