Summer Reading Lists
Natasha Karan

One of the best things about summer is having longer days and more time to do the things we often feel we don’t have time for during the school year. A favourite pastime for many is reading for pleasure! There’s nothing like getting lost in a great book on a blanket outside under the hot sun (after applying sunscreen of course!).

We asked some of our Junior School teachers and their students for some summer reading recommendations:

MS. KOONER AND HER CLASS PICKS  FOR KINDERGARTEN/GRADE 1 STUDENTS: 

  • Plants vs. Zombies Series by Paul Tobin 
  • Knuffle Bunny, The Pigeon Books, Piggy and Gerald by Mo Willems
  • Little Critter Series by Mercer Mayer
  • Rainbow Magic Series by Daisy Meadows
  • Mercy Watson Series by Kate DiCamillo

MS. YAMAGISHI AND HER CLASS PICKS FOR GRADE 2/3 STUDENTS: 

  • Dog Man Series (speci´Čücally Fetch 22) by Dave Pilkey 
  • Princess in Black Series (specifically The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde) by Shannon and Dean Hale 
  • "Who was" Series (specifically Who is Malala Yousafzai? by Dinah Brown) by various authors
  • The Kingdom of Fantasy Series (specifically The Hour of Magic)  by Geronimo Stilton

MR. PERRY AND HIS CLASS PICKS FOR GRADE 4/5 STUDENTS:

  • Percy Jackson: Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  • Keeper of the Lost Cities Series by Shannon Messenger Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland
  • The Baby-Sitters Club Series by Ann M. Martin

MS. MCNEIL AND HER CLASS PICKS FOR GRADE 6/7 STUDENTS: 

  • Song of the Lioness Series by Tamora Pierce
  • Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure Through Time and Space Series by D.J. MacHale
  • Young Bond Series by Charlie Higson
  • The Rule of Three Series by Eric Walters

Here are our Senior School Teacher-Librarian, Ms. Moser's summer picks for Grades 8-12 students:

  • Becoming (adapted for young readers) by Michelle Obama In the Shadow of the Moon: America, Russia, and the hidden history of the space race by Amy Cherrix
  • The Bridge by Bill Konigsberg 
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett 
  • American Betiya by Anuradha D. Rajurkar 
  • Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley 
  • All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson
  • Muted by Tami Charles 
  • Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi
  • The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa

Originally published in Spirit Magazine - Summer 2021