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3rd-5th Grade Suggested Summer Reading List
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Friday, May 18, 2018
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3-5th Suggested Reading List

Adapted from the America for Library Services to Children’s summer list

Ape and the Armidilla take over the World by James Sturm

Ape and Armadillo learn that achieving world domination is a lot less fun without your best friend at your side.

Almost Paradise by CorabelShofner
A (stolen) pet pig, an ornery nun, and a feisty 12-year-old runaway from an unusual family in this lively debut novel.

Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder,
Charming short stories follow the exploits of two brothers as they organize a neighborhood party, earn ice cream money and invent the “bedtime banana”. First in a series.

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
When his beloved grandfather, the blues man Cool Papa Byrd, dies suddenly, Clayton's anger and misplaced alliances get him into trouble. This story of family grief, reconciliation, and the power of music is set in New York City.

Cucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom by Gigi D.G.

A brother and sister duo take on a mission to stop the maniacal "Queen" Cordelia and her henchman, The Nightmare Knight. First in new series.

Flying Lessons & Other Stories
Edited by Ellen Oh

Ten authors celebrate diversity through tales of Bigfoot, basketball, girl pirates and more in a highly readable, relatable short story collection.

Grand Canyon by Jason Chin
As a father and daughter hike up and out of the canyon,
Chin introduces readers to this National Park's unique geology, plants and animals.

Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible (Hamster Princess #1)
by Ursula Vernon,

Princess Harriet is not your typical princess, what with all the ogre- slaying, cliff-diving, and battle quail-riding. But she knows that the curse that is destined to befall her on her 12th birthday must also keep her alive until then - making her invincible!

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

The lives of Virgil, Kaori, Gen and Valencia are woven together in unexpected ways when a disaster brings them together to perform

a rescue in this story of bravery and friendship.

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers,
A moving and conversational description of the history of the Statue of Liberty and how some of the smallest details contribute to her symbolism as a welcoming beacon to the world.

Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina,

A little girl growing up on Bogota is determined to learn English before her trip to the U.S. and her visit to Spaceland.

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Eleven-year-old Corinne must call on her courage and an ancient magic to stop an evil spirit and save her island home.

Just Dance by Patricia MacLachlan

Years ago, Sylvie's mother was a famous opera singer, but she gave it all up to marry Sylvie's father and move to small town Wyoming. Sylvie can't help but wonder - does her mother ever miss her glamorous former life? And is she ever tempted to go back to it?

Lemons by Melissa Savage

When Lemonade Liberty Witt moves in with her grandfather, the last thing she expects is to join the Bigfoot Detective Inc. Are they on track to discover sasquatch or something more?

Lights, Camera, Middle School! (Babymouse Tales from the Locker #1) by Jennifer L. Holm

Babymouse is in Middle School! She is ready to stand out! She is ready to direct an epic movie! She is ready to learn about the necessity of cooperation and friendship!? Typical.

Lola Levine is Not Mean! by Monica Brown

Sports-loving Lola accidentally injures a classmate during
a recess soccer game and resolves to win back her spot on the field – and her friends – by demonstrating what good sportsmanship is all about.

Makoons by Louise Erdrich

Twin brothers Makoons and Chickadee travel across the plains in search of buffalo with their family in the 1860’s.

Me & Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King
While picking up trash from Devlin Creek, Obe discovers a most extraordinary animal that may be the answer to the pollution.

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke
In this sequel to Mighty Jack, Jack and Lilly travel through a portal to a bridge between worlds where they encounter grave dangers and receive help from unexpected sources.

Older than Dirt: A Wild But True History of Earth by Don Brown
A groundhog and a worm narrate this irreverent yet fact-filled graphic novel look at the violent forces that created our planet and continue to shape it today.

Out of Wonder by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth
The authors pay tribute to twenty famed poets from around the world with imaginative verse and gorgeous illustrations.


Rafi and Rosi: Pirates! by Lulu Delacre

Adventure-seeking frogs swashbuckle their way through Puerto Rico’s historic El Morro fort in three brightly illustrated short stories.

Real Friends by Shannon Hale
Shannon is learning how to navigate the turbulent waters of childhood. Handling bullies, dealing with cliques, and finding out who your true friends really are.

Secret Coders (Secret Coders #1) by Gene Luen Yang

New girl Hopper discovers some very strange goings-on at Stately Academy. Do she and her new friend Eni have what it takes to outwit the school's founder and solve the mysteries? Readers are invited to code along!

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Every May, neighbors tie their wishes to the old red oak tree. This year, with the threat of
being taking down looming, Red knows it must help its neighbors, both human and animal, as they confront the hatred and prejudice being directed at the new family in the little blue house.


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