2020 Summer Reading List

The following was compiled using the Seventh Generation Classical Academy curriculum, which was designed by the Core Knowledge Foundation. The list recommends that your child read books and stories from prior grade levels in order to help him gain content from earlier in the curriculum. Yes, one could challenge himself to read the entire list; but that may not be the way to get the most out of summer reading. A different approach could be to select one or two items from the list at the recommended grade level, read, and write a summary about it. One could also download an audiobook version onto an iPod or mp3 player and read it while relaxing on the beach. At the younger age levels, it is very important that an adult read aloud often to the child. Whatever way is chosen, and even if it is a combination of these ways, summer reading is important and highly encouraged by the teachers of Seventh Generation Classical Academy. Of course, this list is far from comprehensive, as there are certainly other quality books and stories available.
Incoming Kindergarteners
This should be a time of read-alouds by adults to children. Picture books, fairy tales, Aesop’s Fables, and folk tales of any sort should be read aloud. If your child is already proficient in reading, have her read aloud to an adult, brother, or sister. Daily reading of at least 20 minutes and discussion about the story should be the goal. Practice with neat penmanship, including letters, numbers, and short words and phrases will also benefit children of this age over the summer. Watch for proper pencil grip and letter formation and remember that practice does NOT make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect.
Incoming 1st graders
Mother Goose and other traditional poems such as A Dillar, A Dollar; Baa, Baa, Black Sheep; Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling; Early to Bed; Georgie Porgie; Hey Diddle-Diddle; Hickory Dickory Dock; Hot Cross Buns; Humpty Dumpty; It’s Raining, It’s Pouring; Jack and Jill; Jack Be Nimble; Jack Sprat; Little Bo Peep; Little Miss Muffet; London Bridge is Falling Down; Old King Cole; Simple Simon; Three Blind Mice Assorted Aesop’s Fables
Incoming 2nd graders
  • The Frog Prince
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin
  • Pinocchio
  • The Princess and the Pea
  • Puss-in-Boots
  • Rapunzel
  • Rumpelstiltskin
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Incoming 3rd graders
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Assorted Brother’s Grimm Fairy Tales
  • How the Camel Got His Hump by Rudyard Kipling
  • Fables such as The Magic Paintbrush and El Pajaro Cu