18 Books for Elementary Students

Catch a Page Artwork by Henry Cole
Catch a Page
Artwork by Henry Cole

Can you believe it? Summer is almost here! Time for Vacation! Time for Relaxation! Time for READING! Not sure what books might be right for your child? We’re here to help! The following books are a few favorites recommended by our very own Lower School Librarian, Mrs. Judy Houser:

Kindergarten – 3rd Grade
1. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Slate
2. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
3. Surfer Chick by Kristy Dempsey, Henry Cole
4. A Sick Day for Amos McGhee by Erin E. Stead
5. Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary
6. The Sword in the Tree by Clyde Robert Bulla
7. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
8. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
9. You’ll Grow Soon, Alex by Andrea Shavick

4th Grade – 6th Grade
10. A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole
11. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
12. The Secret Garden by Frances H. Burnett
13. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
14. Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
15. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
16. The 100 Year Old Secret by Tracy Barrett
17. NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society by Michael Buckley
18. D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths by Ingrid and Edgar D’Aulaire

If you’re looking for a couple books yourself, Mrs. Houser recommends the following two books for Parents:
How to Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esme Codjell
The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

*Calling all HTEA Families: The HTEA Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Book Fair will be Thursday, May 8 from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm. The HTEA K-6th Grade Summer Reading List will be available at the event and a percentage of proceeds will benefit our school (HTEA customer number is 11336757 and can be used both in store and online). There will be story readers, cupcakes to decorate, a fun photo stand, and more! Don’t miss it!

3 thoughts on “18 Books for Elementary Students”

  1. What a wonderful summer reading list for children of all ages! “The Wind in the Willows” is one of the first books that my parents read to me. “Where the Wild Things Are” is certainly a classic that needs to be re-visited from time to time. I remember Beverly Cleary for the Ramona series (which didn’t begin until after I was married). “Where the Sidewalk Ends” was Shel Silverstein’s first poetry collection (mid ’70’s). Few people know that he wrote Johnny Cash’s hit “A Boy Named Sue”! “A Nest for Celeste” is probably the most recent book on your list, written and illustrated by Henry Cole. And there you have it — from the 1900’s to the 21st century — a hit parade of children’s literature favorited by our very special Mrs. Houser.

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