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Suggested Reading Lists

By Grade Level
K / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Some of our teachers (and their students!) have suggested the following Summer Reading Lists:
Check back through the end of the school year as more classes and staff members share with us their favorite books.

Our Kindergarten students like to read:
  • Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni
  • My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems
  • Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber
  • The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein
  • Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein
  • Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems
  • Mercer Mayer books
  • Eric Carle books
  • Leo Lionni books

Second grade has signed up their classes for "The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge" for the summer of 2014. Login information has been sent home.

Mrs. Youmans makes the following suggestions:

  • Liberty reads a bookRising 4th and 5th graders can begin reading from the Battle of the Books list.  As soon as we have a list, we'll post it on our website.
  • Other good books for 2-3 grades are Judith Viorst books---Earrings!, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, Rosie and Michael, Alexander Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday, The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, My Mama Says There Aren't Any Zombies Ghosts, Vampires, Creatures, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins, or Things
  • Laura Numeroff books: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
  • Mary Pope Osbourne book series: Magic Tree House
  • and for 2-4 grades, Max Lucado: You Are Special, Best of All, Most Marvelous Gift
  • For 4-5 graders: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi, Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls, and Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech

Parsley Staff Members Share Their Favorite Book(s)!
Mrs. Tobin
  • One of my favorite books is Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. I love the adventure and possibility of living forever!
Mrs. Rizzo
  • As a child, I loved Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and the Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene.
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, When Marnie was There by Joan G Robinson, and Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell were also favorites of mine.
  • As a mom I really enjoyed reading the Harry Potter series and talking about it with my son.
  • I also love the original Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne.
Mrs. Hall
  • A few of my favorites from childhood:  The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, any Nancy Drew story by Carolyne Keene and any Berenstain Bears book. 
  • Books I like to share with others are:  The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, The Jolly Mon by Jimmy and Savannah Jane Buffett and Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery.

Mrs. Postemski
  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech is one of my favorites!!
Mrs. VanNote
  • Pinkalicious
  • Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy
  • Hooway for Wodney Wat
Ms. VanZandt
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  • Room
  • The Incredible Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • Cutting for Stone
  • The Kite Runner
  • Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt
  • Little Bee
  • Sarah's Key
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns
Parsley has e-books!  E-books are viewable on desktop computers, laptops, iPads and other WiFi-enabled tablets, and even SmartPhones (iPhones, Android, etc.).  Students may read these books by logging into Destiny.  To learn more, visit the Media Center Book Search page.

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Read any good books lately? Looking for your next good read? Check out Parsley's new student generated book review blog at! A link to the blog can also be found on the Media Center's web page...

On the site, students can see what other Parsley readers recommend or submit a review of their own. To submit a review, students can simply click on the menu icon (three small horizontal lines), then choose "Submit Your Book Review." Reviews automatically come to Ms. Wilcox for approval before posting, and no last names are ever published. To see what other students recommend, students can browse (magnifying glass icon) the reviews by scrolling or they can search for reviews by author, title, keyword, or even genre.

We look forward to seeing what our fantastic students are reading!

by Grade Level
Clicks on the links below to view suggestions for great books to read by grade level

1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade

Award Winners

Miscellaneous Book Lists for All Ages
Story Place & Book Hive from Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (online stories and activities)
FYI for Kids - from TextProject - a collection of engaging and high-quality magazine articles in a variety of reading levels
If you liked _________, then try reading ___________.
Below are links to lists of books similar to one you may have already enjoyed.
 The Book Seer
Type in the book title and author and this website
will recommend other books you may like.

Links to Children's Stories You Can Read Online!
Story PlaceStory Place

Summer Reading Programs

Online Reading Motivational Programs

Book Adventure - Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success.

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