Summer Reading List

Students entering 1st Grade:

Due to the fact that students are emerging readers and are at various reading levels, please have your child read 10 to 20 minutes daily.  Please continue to practice phonograms at least three times a week.

Bob Books and Dr. Suess Books

Frog and Toad Books

Little Bear Books

Magic Tree House Books


Students entering 2nd Grade:

Due to the fact that students are emerging readers and are at various reading levels, please have your child read 10 to 20 minutes daily.  Please continue to practice phonograms.  The first book is required and may be read to your student.

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Magic Tree House books

American Girl Books

Anything by Kate DiCamillo


Students entering 3rd Grade:

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Magicians Nephew by C.S. Lewis


Students entering 4th Grade:

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks


Students entering 5th Grade:

Greek Myths by Olivia Coolidge

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson


D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Mythology


Students entering 6th Grade:

The Canterbury Tales (Puffin Classic) retold by Geraldine McCaughrean

Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray


The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls


Students entering 7th Grade:

The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly

Around The World In 80 Days by Jules Verne


The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall


Students entering 8th Grade:

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin


Students entering 9th through 12th Grade: TCA High School Summer Reading Assignment

Assignment: Choose two novels from the list below and write an essay which explores the Good, the Beautiful and the True in each of the novels.  Students may focus on language, characters, theme, etc.  Both books must be discussed in the essay. 750 word minimum. Due Friday, August 16th.

1. Austen, Jane Sense and Sensibility

2. Austen, Jane Persuasion

3. Bronte, Charlotte  Jane Eyre

4. Brookhiser, Richard Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington

5. Bunyan, John Pilgrim’s Progress

6. Conrad, Joseph Heart of Darkness

7. Cooper, James Fenimore The Last of the Mohicans

8. Crane, Stephen The Red Badge of Courage

9. Dante Inferno

10. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Crime and Punishment

11. Douglass, Frederick Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

12. Dumas, Alexandre The Three Musketeers

13. Eliot, George Silas Marner

14. Ellison, Ralph Invisible Man

15. Faulkner, William The Sound and the Fury

16. Fischer, David Hackett Paul Revere’s Ride

17. Hardy, Thomas Far From the Maddening Crowd

18. Hardy, Thomas Tess of the d’Urbervilles

19. Heller, Joseph Catch 22

20. Hemingway, Ernest A Farewell to Arms

21. Hugo, Victor The Hunchback of Notre Dame

22. Jefferson, Thomas Notes on the State of Virginia

23. Kafka, Franz The Metamorphosis

24. Melville, Herman Moby Dick

25. Mitchell, Margaret Gone With the Wind

26. Pasternak, Boris Doctor Zhivago

27. Remarque, Erich Maria All Quiet on the Western Front

28. Rostand, Edmond Cyrano de Bergerac

29. Scott, Sir Walter Ivanhoe

30. Shaw, George Bernard Pygmalion

31. Steinbeck, John The Grapes of Wrath

32. Stowe, Harriet Beecher Uncle Tom’s Cabin

33. Swift, Jonathan Gulliver’s Travels

34. Thoreau, Henry David Walden

35. Tolstoy, Leo Anna Karenina

36. Twain, Mark A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

37. Wallace, Lew Ben Hur

38. Williams, Tennessee The Glass Menagerie

39. Wister, Owen The Virginian