Attached you will find a list of reading related activity suggestions that can be used with books of your and your son's choosing. Please note that this is entirely optional and the "Summer Reading Challenge" does not need to be completed in full. It is our hope that your son will choose a few of the activities from the list to complete during the summer months.
Here are some non required titles for reading and sharing suggested by Browning's librarians and teachers.
Baby Monkey, Private Eye
by Brian Selznick (Illustrator); David Serlin
Noodleheads See the Future
by Tedd Arnold (Illustrator); Martha Hamilton; Mitch Weiss
On a Magical Do-Nothing Day
by Beatrice Alemagna (Illustrator)
Charlie and Mouse
by Laurel Snyder; Emily Hughes (Illustrator)
Go, Otto, Go!
by David Milgrim (Illustrator)
Hank's Big Day
by Evan Kuhlman; Chuck Groenink (Illustrator)
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!
by Carmen Agra Deedy; Eugene Yelchin (Illustrator)
by Sophie Blackall
by Thyra Heder
The Good for Nothing Button!
by Mo Willems (Illustrator); Charise Mericle Harper (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2017-05-02
by Minh Lê; Dan Santat (Illustrator)
by Tedd Arnold (Illustrator)
Strictly No Elephants
by Lisa Mantchev; Taeeun Yoo (Illustrator)
Do Not Lick This Book
by Idan Ben-Barak; Julian Frost (Illustrator)
Snail and Worm
by Tina Kügler (Illustrator); Carson Kügler (Illustrator)
Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon
by Kate DiCamillo; Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
The Pros and Cons of Being a Frog
by Sue deGennaro
Get a Hit, Mo!
by David A. Adler
A Pig, a Fox, and a Box
by Jonathan Fenske
by Jef Czekaj
Blue Sky White Stars
by Sarvinder Naberhaus
by Gaia Cornwall
The Bear and the Piano
by David Litchfield
We Are Growing!
by Mo Willems (Illustrator); Laurie Keller (Illustrator)
Over the summer each incoming 2nd Grader should complete at least one book from the categories below. You may choose books from the recommended list, or from the vast array of available books for children. Keep a reading log!
A biography of someone you haven't heard about before
A book recommended by a family member or friend
A book with a main character from a culture, country, religion, or race different from your own
Recommended Reads for Grade 2
Here are some non required titles for reading and sharing suggested by Browning's librarians and teachers. Many of these might be good choices to fulfill your summer reading needs!
by Diane Stanley; Jessie Hartland (Illustrator)
BIography of the first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace.
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor
by Patricia Valdez; Felicita Sala (Illustrator)
Biography of Joan Procter who was a curator of reptiles at the British Natural History Museum
Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix
by by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee; Man One (illustrator)
Biography of Korean-American chef and purveyor of elevated street food, Roy Choi. Illustrated by graffiti artist, Man One.
by Evan Turk (Illustrator)
Storytelling from Morocco
Let the Children March
by Monica Clark-Robinson; Frank Morrison (Illustrator)
Nonfiction picture book about the civil rights movement and fight against segregation.
by Abby Hanlon
The latest in the Dory Fantasmagory series which features a plucky heroine, lots of laughs and just the right amount of pages for a newly independent reader.
The Boy and the Whale
by Mordicai Gerstein (Illustrator)
Inspired by a real-life story of a whale's rescue
Peanut Butter and Jelly
by Ben Clanton
Malala's Magic Pencil
by Malala Yousafzai; Kerascoët (Illustrator)
This beautifully illustrated volume tells Malala Yousafzai's story for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed Malala to hold on to hope even in the most difficult of times.
Step Right Up
by Donna Janell Bowman; Daniel Minter (Illustrator)
A profile of William "Doc" Key and his relationship with animals, specifically his skilled horse Jim. Key was born a slave in Shelbyville, TN, in the 1830s.
Preaching to the Chickens
by Jabari Asim; E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
Civil rights leader and Georgia Congressman John Lewis grew up in rural Alabama. Emulating preachers at church, young John literally fed and ministered to his farmyard congregation of chickens.
A Voyage in the Clouds
by Matthew Olshan; Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
Based on the first hot air balloon trip from England to France, this is the funny and wise account of two adventurous men who must work together to avoid disaster.
by Jonah Winter; Edel Rodriguez (Illustrator); Argentina Palacios Ziegler (Translator)
Sisters and Champions
by Howard Bryant; Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
by Nicola Davies
Follow the Moon Home
by Philippe Cousteau
by Susan Hood; Sally Wern Comport (Illustrator)
An inspiring true story of the famous Recyled Orchestra in Paraguay. Wonderful illustrations.
by Derrick Barnes; Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
A trip to the barbershop is explored in this book which received both Newbery and Caldecott Honors.
Each boy should choose 3 books off of the attached list. In addition, they should choose a book of their choice, not necessarily from the list.
For those looking for more good books, here are some non required titles for reading and sharing suggested by Browning's librarians and teachers.
All That Trash!
by Meghan McCarthy (Illustrator)
by Katherine Applegate
Stella Diaz Has Something to Say
by Angela Dominguez
The Turtle of Oman
by Naomi Shihab Nye
Flying Frogs and Walking Fish
by Steve Jenkins; Robin Page
You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?!
by Jonah Winter; Barry Blitt (Illustrator)
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Alamo All Stars
by Nathan Hale
The Terrible Two Get Worse
by Mac Barnett; Jory John; Kevin Cornell (Illustrator)
by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews; Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
Forest of Wonders
by Linda Sue Park
Publication Date: 2017-02-07
by William Joyce
When the Sea Turned to Silver
by Grace Lin
by Aaron Reynolds
Solving the Puzzle under the Sea
by Robert Burleigh;
The Wright Brothers
by Ben Thompson; Erik Slader; Tim Foley (Illustrator)
The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine
by Mark Twain; Philip C. Stead; Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
Kindness and friendship guide an unfortunate boy through adventures, expanding a long-forgotten Mark Twain manuscript. Exquisite illustrations and very imaginative.
Sled Dog School
by Terry Lynn Johnson
Over the summer all incoming 4th grade boys should read at least one book in each of the following categories:
A Book with a Female Main Character
A Book Recommended by a Parent
The books in the recommended list (below) fulfill some of these categories, but you should feel free to pick titles that are not listed here. For every book read, students will be required to make 3 journal entries in their reading notebooks
Recommended reads for Grade 4
Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall
by Anita Silvey
Boy - Tales of Childhood
by Roald Dahl
Alice Paul and the Fight for Women's Rights
by Deborah Kops
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team
by Steve Sheinkin
Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson
by Kieran Larwood; David Wyatt (Illustrator)
Young rabbit heroes pitted against zombie-like robot rabbits. Exciting storytelling.
by Susan Goldman Rubin
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is one of the most famous pieces of civic architecture in the world. But most people are not as familiar with the reserved college student who entered and won the design competition to build it. This accessible biography tells the story of Maya Lin.
by Wendy Mass; Rebecca Stead
Fred Korematsu Speaks Up
by Laura Atkins; Stan Yogi
Korematsu fought against discrimination and sought justice for himself and other Japanese Americans who were sent to internment camps during World War II. Biography told in verse.
The Someday Birds
by Sally J. Pla
Equal parts road trip, coming-of-age story for an autistic boy who feels he doesn’t understand the world, and an uplifting portrait of a family overcoming a crisis.
The Last Musketeer
by Stuart Gibbs
Historical fiction; adventure
The War That Saved My Life
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Historical fiction; female protagonist
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
by Gary D. Schmidt
The Inquisitor's Tale
by Adam Gidwitz; Hatem Aly (Illustrator)