Horace W. Porter


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This list can be used as a resource throughout the school year.             

                                                              Reading Rocks   


     Dear Students and Parents,

            Each year the governor of Connecticut challenges students to read over the summer. You can find summer reading materials and book suggestions at the CT Reads 2018 website: https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/CTRead/Connecticut-Reads

            Also, the Columbia Public Library, (Saxton B. Little Free Library) has an exciting summer reading program planned for everyone! The program begins on June 25th and runs through August 17th. Register now to receive a reading log and schedule of events.  http://www.columbiactlibrary.org/

The American Library Association selects what they believe are the best books in children’s literature, the link to their website is:   http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb

Barnes & Noble also has a summer reading program, visit their website at:


            I have put together a list of books that I recommend; each list has a wide variety of books and reading levels. Read books that interest YOU, even if they are not on the list!

            Hand in the list of the books you read over the summer to me, by Monday, Sept. 17th, 2018.


                                                                                    Ms. MacMullen

         Library Media Specialist

Reading list for students entering Kindergarten

Alphabet Parade                                                                                    Charles Ghigna

 A Chicken Followed Me Home                                                              Robin Page

 Bear’s Day Out                                                                                      Michael Rosen

 Bear’s Year                                                                                            Kathy Duval

 Big Bear, Little Chair                                                                              Lizi Boyd

 Calling All Cows                                                                                     Sue Fliess

 Cub’s Big World                                                                                     Sarah L. Thomson

 Duck and Goose Go the Beach                                                             Tad Hills

 Ducks Away                                                                                           Mem Fox

 Egg                                                                                                        Kevin Henkes

 Ernest the Moose Who Doesn’t Fit                                                        Catherine Rayner

 Good Day, Good Night                                                                          Margaret Wise Brown

 Goodnight Numbers                                                                               Danica McKellar

 If Animals Kissed Goodnight                                                                  Ann Whitford Paul

 If You Were a Panda Bear                                                                     W. & F. Minor

 I’m Smart                                                                                                Kate & Jim McMullan

 It’s An Orange Aardvark                                                                         Michael Hall

 Journey Home                                                                                        Emma Levey

 Last Stop on Market Street                                                                     Matt de la Pena

 Leap, Frog, Leap                                                                                     Douglas Florian

 Little Fire Truck                                                                                        Margery Cuyler

 Mama, Why?                                                                                           Karma Wilson

 Max the Brave                                                                                         Ed Vere

 Mommy’s Little Star                                                                                Janet Bingham

 Nest                                                                                                        Joyce Hurley

 Noisy Frog                                                                                              John Himmelman

 Octopus Escapes Again                                                                         Laurie Ellen Angus

 One Big Pair of Underwear                                                                     Laura Gehl

 Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes                                                Kimberly & James Dean

 Pizza Day                                                                                               Melissa Iwai

 Polar Bear’s Underwear                                                                         Tupera Tupera

 Rain Fish                                                                                                Lois Ehlert

 Watch Me Throw the Ball                                                                       Mo Willems

 Water Can Be                                                                                        Laura Purdis

 We Are All Wonders                                                                              R.J. Palacio

 What Does the Bee See?                                                                      Soo-hyeon Kim

 Woodpecker Wants a Waffle                                                                 Steve Breen

Summer Reading List for Students entering Grade  1 -  Fall 2018


1 Big Salad                                                                              Juana Medina

1 Cookie, 2 Chairs, 3 Pears                                                    Jane Brockett

A Chicken Followed Me Home                                               Jonathan Fenske

Baby Animals Playing                                                             Suzi Esterhas

Baby Giraffes                                                                          Megan Borgert-Spaniol

Beautiful Bananas                                                                   Elizabeth Laird

Can I Play Too?                                                                       Mo Willems

Can One Balloon Make an Elephant Fly?                               Dan Richards

Cookie Fiasco                                                                          Dan Santat

Dog-Gone School                                                                    Amy Schmidt

Dragon Loves Tacos                                                                Adam Rubin

Frog on  a Log                                                                          Kes Gray

Good Night Bat, Good Morning Squirrel                                  Paul Meisel

Good Night Owl                                                                       Greg Pizzoli

Goodnight Lab                                                                         Chris Ferrie

Hooray for Hat                                                                         Brian Won

I Don’t Want to be a Frog                                                        D. Petty

It’s a Good Thing There are Bees                                           Lisa M. Herrington

Lion Lessons                                                                           Jon Agee

Little Fox in the Forest                                                             Stephanie Graegin

Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His…                  Patrick McDonnell

Love                                                                                         Matt de la Pena

Maybe Something Beautiful                                                     F. Isabel Campoy

My Brother is a Runner                                                            Jin-ha Gong

Never Take a Shark to the Dentist                                          Judi Barrett

Nonsense Show                                                                      Eric Carle

Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run                                                      Mike Twohy

Over and Under the Pond                                                        Kate Messner

Peterrific                                                                                  Victoria Kann

Pirate Jamboree                                                                      Mark Teague

Pocket Full of Colors                                                               Amy Guglielmo

Quickest Kid in Clarksville                                                       Pat Zietlow Miller

Signs of Autumn                                                                      Victoria Kann

Some Bugs                                                                               Philip C. Stead

Swallow the Leader                                                                  Danna Smith

Thank You Book                                                                       Mo Willems

Tooth by Tooth                                                                          Sara Levine

Tree                                                                                           Britta Teckentrup

Watch Me Throw the Ball                                                          Mo Willems

Water Can Be                                                                          Laura Purdie Salas

We Are All Wonders                                                                R.J. Palaccio

Weeds Find a Way                                                                  Cindy Jensen Elliot

Wolf in the Snow                                                                      Matthew Cordell

Woodpecker Wham                                                                  April Pulley Sayre

You Get What You Get                                                            Julie Gassman


Summer Reading List for Students entering Grade 2 - Fall 2018

 Adopted by an Owl                                                                             R. van Frankenhuyzen

 After the Fall                                                                                        Dan Santat

 Are We There Yet?                                                                              Dan Santat

 Bear and the Piano                                                                             David Litchfield

 Bizzy Mizz Lizzie                                                                                   David Shannon

 Bloom                                                                                                    Doreen Cronin

 Butterfly’s Treasure                                                                            Schim Schimmel

 Dear Hot Dog                                                                                       Mordicai Gerstein

 Did You Take the B From My _ook?                                                 Becki & Matt Stanton

 Do Trees Get Hungry?                                                                        Martha Rustad

 Dog-Gone School                                                                                 Amy Schmidt

 Du Iz Tak?                                                                                              Carson Ellis

 Eight Great Planets                                                                              Laurie Purdie Salas

 Emma and the Whale                                                                          Julie Case

 Emu                                                                                                        Claire Saxby

 Finding Wild                                                                                          Megan W. Lloyd

 From Cocoa Beans to Chocolate                                                       Bridget Heos

 From Wax to Crayon                                                                            Michael Forman

 From Wax to Crayon                                                                            Robin Nelson

 German Shepherds                                                                              Jinny Johnson

 Golden Retrievers                                                                                Jinny Johnson

 Great Spruce                                                                                         John Duvall

 Hello! Hello!                                                                                          Matthew Cordell

 How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum                                            Jessie Hartland

 I Need My Monster                                                                              Amanda Noll

 In a Village by the Sea                                                                         Muon Van

 It’s Only Stanley                                                                                    Jon Agee

 Jabari Jumps                                                                                          Gaia Cornwell

 John Deere’s Powerful Idea                                                                Terry Collins

 Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast                                                   Josh Funk

 Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors                                                         Adam Rex

 Life on Mars                                                                                           Jon Agee

 Mango Trees                                                                                          Tae-Yeon Kim

 My Brother is a Runner                                                                        Jin-ha Gong

My Secret Bully                                                                                      Trudy Ludwig

 Nantucket Monster                                                                              Darcy Pattison

 Night World                                                                                           Mordicai Gerstein

 On Our Way to Oyster Bay                                                                 Monica Culling

 Pond                                                                                                        Jim LaMarche

 Professional Crocodile                                                                         Giovanna Zoboli

 School’s First Day of School                                                                Adam Rex

 Scientist, Scientist, What Do You See                                               Chris Ferrie

 Sebastian and the Balloon                                                                  Philip C. Stead

 Shark vs. Train                                                                                      Chris Barton

 Sky Turns Up Trouble                                                                           Belinda Jensen

 Skydiving Beavers                                                                                 Susan Wood

 Take Me Out to the Yakyu                                                                  Aaron Meshon

 There Goes the Water                                                                         Laura Purdie Salas

 Toad Weather                                                                                       Sandra Markle

 Tugg & Teeny                                                                                         J. Patrick Lewis

Way Downtown                                                                                     Inna Gertsbery

 Word After Word After Word                                                            Patricia MacLachlan

Summer Reading List for Students entering Grade 3 -  Fall 2018


Adopted by an Owl                                                                             R. van Frankenhuyzen

Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch                                                       Chris Barton

Before She Was Harriet                                                                     Lesa Cline Ransome

Build, Beaver, Build                                                                            Sandra Markle

Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra                                                        Marc Tyler Nobleman

Dazzle Ships                                                                                       Chris Barton

Different Pond                                                                                     Bao Phi

Dr. Seuss: the Great Doodler                                                              Kate Klimo

Eight Great Planets                                                                             Laura Purdie Salas

Emma’s Poem                                                                                     Linda Glaser

Emmanuel’s Dream                                                                             Laurie Ann Thompson

Enormous Smallness                                                                           Matthew Burgess

Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy                                              Richard Michelson

Finding Wild                                                                                          Megan W. Lloyd

Firefly Hollow                                                                                        Alison McGhee

Flying Frog and Walking Fish                                                               Steve Jenkins

Friends                                                                                                  Catherine Thimmesh

Galaxies, Galaxies (2018 edition)                                                         Gail Gibbons

Grandfather Gandhi                                                                               Arun Gandhi

Henry Aaron’s Dream                                                                            Matt Tavares

How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum                                                  Jessie Hartland

I Fly: The Buzz About Flies                                                                   Bridget Heos

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsberg                                                            Debbie Levy

If You Were a Kid On the Oregon Trail                                                Josh Gregory

Invertebrates                                                                                         Angela Royston

Journey Around Our National Parks                                                     Martha Day Zschock

Living With Wolves: National Geographic                                            Jim & Jamie Dutcher

Malala’s Magic Pencil                                                                           Malala Yousafzai

Man Who Named the Clouds                                                               Hannah and Holub

Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth                                                    Nicola Davies

Mr. Cleghorn’s Seal                                                                             Judith Kerr

Nantucket Monster                                                                              Darcy Pattison

On Our Way to Oyster Bay                                                                  Monica Culling

Poet’s Dog                                                                                           Patricia MacLachlan

Polar Bear                                                                                           Jenni Desmond

Rabbit & Robot and Ribbit                                                                  Cece Bell

Rivers of Sunlight                                                                                Molly Bang

Sand Swimmers                                                                                  Narelle Oliver

Secrets at Sea                                                                                    Richard Peck

Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of …                                           Patricia McCormick

Seven and Half Tons of Steel                                                             Janet Nolan

Snowman: The True Story of a Champion                                         Catherine Hapka

Step Right Up: How Doc and Jimmy Key…                                       Donna J. Bowman

Uncorker of Ocean Bottles                                                                 Michelle Cuevas

Walk in London                                                                                  Salvatore Rubbino

Word After Word After Word                                                              Patricia MacLachlan                          

Word of Mouse                                                                                  James Patterson


Summer Reading List for Students entering Grade 4 - Fall 2018


Ada’s Violin                                                                                          Susan Hood

Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch                                                         Chris Barton

Animal Lives: Elephants                                                                       Sally Morgan

Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story                                       Arun Gandhi

Beyond the Bright Sea                                                                          Lauren Wolk

Book Scavenger                                                                                   Jennifer Bertman

Boundless                                                                                             Kenneth Oppel

Circles                                                                                                   David Adler

Coral Reefs Matter                                                                               Julie Murphy

Dazzle Ships                                                                                        Chris Barton

Drones: A True Book                                                                            Kate Marsico

Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile                               Marcia Wells

Emma’s Poem                                                                                      Linda Glaser

Enormous Smallness                                                                           Matthew Burgess

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library                                                Chris Grabenstein

Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle                                                    George Hagen

Henry Aaron’s Dream                                                                          Matt Tavares

How Do Water and Wind Change Rock                                               Ellen Lawrence

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsberg                                                           Debbie Leavy

If You Were a Kid on the Oregon Trail                                                 Josh Gregory

Journey Around our National Parks                                                     Martha Day Zschock

Kinda Like Brothers                                                                               Coe Booth

Living With Wolves                                                                               Jim & Jamie Dutcher

Poet’s Dog                                                                                            Patricia MacLachlan

Ratscalibur                                                                                            Josh Lieb

Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky                                                   Sandra Dallas

Sergeant Reckless                                                                                Patricia McCormick

Silent Days, Silent Dreams                                                                   Allen Say

Snowman: The True Story of a Champion                                           Catherine Hapka

Some Writer: The Story of E.B. White                                                  Melissa Sweet

Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key…                                              Donna Bowman

Tapper Twins Go to War (and others in this series)                            Geoff Rodkey

Tucky Jo and Little Heart                                                                     Patricai Polacco

Walk in London                                                                                    Salvatore Rubbino

Water Rescue Dogs                                                                             Sara Green

Word of Mouse                                                                                    James Patterson

Grade 4, also take a look at the Intermediate Nutmeg Nominees for Intermediate readers.


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