Lower School Summer Reading Challenge

We highly recommended that parents and lower school children read aloud on a regular basis. Enjoy a daily selection from a devotional, such as Devotions for Kids. We also recommend that students read any nonfiction title about a subject of personal interest to them.

Below are recommended selections for the grade levels listed.

Third Grade

  • Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Camillo
  • Beware the Mare by Jessie Haas
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  • Clementine by Sara Pennypacker         
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
  • Doll People by Ann Martin
  • Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  • My Father's Dragon by Ruth S. Gannett
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLauchlan
  • Sing a Song of Popcorm: Every Child's Book of Poems selected by Beatrice de Regniers and others
  • The Storm by Cynthia Ryland
  • Tornado by Betsy Byers
  • White Water by J. P. Peterson
  • Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs by Betsy Hearne

Any Title from:

  • The American Girl Collection (Example: Meet Felicity)
  • The Imagination Station series by Marianne Hering and Paul Cuske (Example:Voyage of the Vikings)
  • Three Cousins Detective Club series by Elspeth Campbell Murphy (Example: The Mystery of the White Elephant)
  • A Young Mandie Mystery series by Lois Gladys Leppard (Example: The Mystery at Miss Abigail’s)

Enjoy one selection from a devotional, such as Big Truths for Little Kids, with your family every day.

Fourth Grade   

  • The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson
  • A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (any version)
  • The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  • Earthquake Terror by Peg Kehret
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • Honus and Me by Dan Gutman
  • I, Freddy by Dietlof Reiche
  • Kavik: the Wolf Dog by Walt Morey
  • Masterpiece by Elise Broach
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  • Poppy by AVI
  • Ramona's World by Beverly Cleary
  • Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate D. Camillo
  • The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White

Any Title from:

  • Classic Starts series of abridged classics (Example: Oliver Twist)
  • The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogel series by Bill Myers (Example: My Life as a Smashed Burrito)
  • The Mandie series by Lois Gladys Leppard (Example: The Secret Tunnel)
  • Sports Mystery series by Sigmund Brouwer (Example: Maverick Mania)

Enjoy one selection from a devotional, such as Devotions for Kids, every day with your family.

Fifth Grade

  • The Ark, the Reed, & the Fire Cloud by Jenny L. Cote
  • The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
  • The Door in the Wall by Marguerite DeAngeli
  • Faraway Summer by Johanna Hurwitz
  • Flight of the Eagles by Gilbert L. Morris
  • Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O’Dell
  • Maniac McGee by Jerry Spinelli
  • Mrs. Fisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
  • The Night Flyers by Elizabeth McDavid Jones
  • Paint the Wind by Pam Muroz Ryan
  • The Random House Book of Poetry for Children selected by Jack Prelutsky
  • Spirit Horse by Ned Ackerman
  • Urchin of the Riding Star by M.I. McAllister
  • A View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
  • A Way Through the Sea by Robert Elmer
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawla
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Any Title from:

  • The Kingdom series by Chuck Black (Example: Kingdom’s Dawn)
  • The Enchanted Attic series by L.L. Sampson (Example: Wrestling with Tom Sawyer)