Suggested Reading

RAA 2017 Summer Reading

Students are expected to read during the summer for pleasure.  In grades 1st-6th students should submit one book report ( forms under “Parents” tab on this site) based on a book read this summer.  In addition to summer reading for pleasure, students in 7th and 8th grades should read Padraic Colum’s, The Children’s Homer, and submit a book report (form on this site under “Parents” tab) upon return to school.

RAA Suggested Reading List

Drafted by Elizabeth-Jane McGuire, Ph.D

Pre-K and Kindergarten:  The Kindergarten Cannon

Grades 1-3

Swallows and Amazons, by Arthur Ransome

Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink ($ K)

On the Banks of Plum Creek, by Laura Ingalls Wilder ($)

The Little White Horse, by Elizabeth Goudge ($)

The Saturdays, by Elizabeth Enright

King of the Wind, by Marguerite Henry

The Wheel on the School, by Meindert De Jong ($)

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain, by Alice Dalgliesh

The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes

Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace

Billy and Blaze books, by C. W. Anderson

Impunity Jane, by Rumer Godden

Holly and Ivy (a Christmas book), by Rumer Godden

Fairchild Family series (Happy Little Family), by Rebecca Caudill

The Enormous Egg, by Oliver Butterworth

The Matchlock Gun, by Walter D. Edmonds

The Courage of Sarah Noble, by Alice Dalgliesh

Sarah Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan

The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen, by Lloyd Alexander

Twenty and Ten, by Claire Huchet Bishop

Rabbit Hill, by Robert Lawson

The Twenty-One Balloons, by William Pene du Bois

My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Grades 4-5

The Railway Children, by Edith Nesbit

Bambi, by Felix Salten

Lassie Come Home, by Eric Knight

Gentle Ben, by Walt Morey

Gone Away Lake series, by Elizabeth Enright

By the Shores of Silver Lake, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Peterkin Papers, by Lucretia Hale

Calico Captive or The Sign of the Beaver, by Elizabeth George Speare

Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes

Tree of Freedom, by Rebecca Caudill

The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum

Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry

Amos Fortune, Free Man, by Elizabeth Yates

The Reb and the Redcoats, by Constance Savery

Justin Morgan Had a Horse, by Marguerite Henry

The Good Master, The White Stag, The Singing Tree and others by Kate Seredy

Homer Price, by Robert McCloskey

The Great Brain, by John D. Fitzgerald

Noel Streatfeild books (Ballet Shoes, Skating Shoes, Dancing Shoes, etc)

An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott

The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit

The Apple and the Arrow by Mary and Conrad Buff

Farmer Giles of Ham by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Graham

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

Lad: A Dog series, by Albert Payson Terhune

The Treasure Seekers, by Edith Nesbit

The Wouldbegoods, by Edith Nesbit

The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

These Happy Golden Years, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The First Four Years, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, by Kate Douglas Wiggin

Goodbye Mr. Chips, by James Hilton

Grades 6-8

Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor

The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth Speare

The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare

The Bridge to Terebithia, by Katherine Paterson

Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery

The Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann Wyss

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

Jack and Jill, by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Men, by Louisa May Alcott

The Cricket on the Hearth, by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Wells

Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbit

Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes

A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

The Pearl, by John Steinbeck

The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia, by Esther Hautzig

The Winged Watchman, by Hilda Van Stockum

Blue Willow, by Doris Gates

MIracles on Maple Hill, by Virginia Sorensen

Letters from Rifka, by Karen Hesse

Jungle Pilot: The Life and Witness of Nate Saint, Martyred Missionary to Ecuador, by Russel T. Hitt

The Von Trapp Family Singers, by Maria Von Trapp

Snow Treasure, by Marie McSwigan

The Chestry Oak by Kate Seredy

Penrod, by Booth Tarkington

God’s Smuggler, by Brother Andrew and John Sherrill

Ben Hur, by Lew Wallace

I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevinio

Across Five Aprils Irene Hunt