1st & 2nd Grade Read 1 Book


  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Arthur’s Eyes by Marc Brown


  • Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
  • Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

3rd-8th Read 2 Books (Assignment Below)


  • Muggie Maggie by Beverly Cleary
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sacher
  • Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton
  • Cam Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery by David A. Adler


  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
  • Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar
  • Cricket in Times Square by George Selden


  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
  • Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft


  • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
  • Alex Rider Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea


  • The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
  • Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
  • Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
  • Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger


  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Shooting Kabul by N. H. Senzai
  • Red Queen by Victoria Averyard

Summer reading writing assignment: Critique the novel (one) of your choice.

You are asked to analyze and to evaluate the quality of the literary piece.  Do understand that you are NOT asked to summarize the novel but to discuss whether the novel is worth reading and why.  Your writing should include the following: 1.  the book’s main point 2. the book’s style and 3.  your comments or arguments whether this novel is worth reading.

Introduction:  Include basic information of the book: title, author’s name, topic, key ideas of the novel.  Additionally, include the purpose (reason) of the essay and your reaction to the novel.  It is perfectly fine if the novel did NOT appeal to you; thus, you may write that the novel is not worth reading and then present your evidence in the body.  Certainly, if the novel is to your liking, then you will discuss the pros in the body.

Body: (three paragraphs) –  In each paragraph of the body, you will need to discuss a weakness or a strength of the novel and provide evidence to support your argument.  In other words, did the novel interest you?  Why or why not?  Additionally, you may offer some improvements for the novel, or how the novel could have been written differently.

Conclusion: This is where you will be asked to briefly summarize the literary piece as well as offer your recommendations on the book.  Do you agree with the novel’s contents? What is your overall opinion of the novel?  Do you recommend it?

FORMAT:  between a page and a page and a half, twelve-size font, five paragraphs (indent each), typed double-spaced