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Assigned Reading - Summer 2020

Students entering grades 3 or above must complete the following reading assignments before the first day of the 2020-2021 school year.

  • 2nd Grade:  My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
  • 3rd/4th Grade:  The Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • 5th/6th Grade:  The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  • 7th/8th Grade:  The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
  • 9th-12th Grade: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Suggested Titles by Grade

Students of all grades are encouraged to read high-quality fiction and nonfiction daily during the summer. The following lists contain suggestions for short stories, novels, and poetry that your children may enjoy.

Primary (K-2): To Read Aloud

The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter
A Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Blue Fairy Book
by Andrew Lang and others in this series
by A. A. Milne
The House at Pooh Corner
by A. A. Milne
Favorite Poems Old and New
by Helen Ferris Tibbets
Fairy Tales
by Hans Christian Andersen
The Real Mother Goose

Grimms' Fairy Tales
The Aesop for Children
by Milo Winter
Just So Stories
by Rudyard Kipling     *
by Carlo Collodi
Favorite Uncle Remus Stories
by Joel Chandler Harris
Thornton Burgess Animal Stories series
favorite picture books

* N.B.: The story “How the Leopard Got His Spots” contains a racial epithet that was common at the time the story was written but is considered offensive today. Some parents may wish to skip the story for that reason.

Grammar (3-6): Independent Reading

The Story of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting and others in this series
The Courage of Sarah Noble
by Alice Dalgliesh
Sarah, Plain and Tall
by Patricia MacLachlan
Mr. Popper's Penguins
by Richard and Florence Atwater
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
by Edgar and Ingri D'Aulaire
Caddie Woodlawn
by Carol Ryrie Brink
by Maud Hart Lovelace and others in this series
The Indian in the Cupboard
by Lynne Reid Banks and others in this series
The Jungle Books
by Rudyard Kipling
The Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis
Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
National Velvet
by Enid Bagnold
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Arabian Nights
edited by Andrew Lang
by Johanna Spyri
Peter Pan
by J. M. Barrie
Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame
The Swiss Family Robinson
by Johann Wyss
Tanglewood Tales
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
St. Benedict: Hero of the Hills
by Mary Fabyan Windeatt and others by this author
Vision Book series from Ignatius Press (Catholic biography)
The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Little Princess
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Black Beauty
by Anna Sewell
The Cat of Bubastes
by G. A. Henty
Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott and others in this series
Anne of Green Gables
by L. M. Montgomery and others in this series
The Adventures of Robin Hood
by Howard Pyle
Otto of the Silver Hand
by Howard Pyle

Upper School Juniors (7-9)

Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
Around the World in 80 Days
by Jules Verne
by Robert Lois Stevenson
The Prince and the Pauper
by Mark Twain
Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe
Call of the Wild
by Jack London
Journey to the Center of the Earth
by Jules Verne
Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates
by Mary Mapes Dodge
Tarzan of the Apes
by Edgar Rice Burroughs and others in this series
The Young Carthaginian
by G. A. Henty
For the Temple
by G. A. Henty
Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
The Hound of the Baskervilles
by Sir Arthur Doyle
The White Company by Sir Arthur Doyle
The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Best of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

Upper School Seniors (10-12)

The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas
Oliver Twist
by Charles Dickens
Cricket on the Hearth
by Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë
by Jane Austen and others by this author
The Last of the Mohicans
by James Fenimore Cooper
The Spear: A Novel of the Crucifixion
by Louis De Wohl and others by this author
Come Rack! Come Rope!
by Robert Hugh Benson
by Sir Walter Scott
Rob Roy
by Sir Walter Scott
Mr. Midshipman Easy
by Frederick Marryat
Quo Vadis
by Henryk Sienkiewicz
King Solomon's Mines
by H. Rider Haggard
by Lew Wallace
Right Ho, Jeeves
by P. G. Wodehouse and others by this author
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
by C. S. Forester and others in this series
In This House of Brede
by Rumer Godden
by George Eliot