K-8 Suggested Summer Reading List

Read Beyond the Beaten Path!

 Choose to read some great books this summer and let your imagination soar!

Our suggested list includes a variety of titles for students. 

See below for details on how to access e-books and library cards.  Don’t forget to log your reading and bring your log back to school in September!


~Ms. Bridget Vaughan, QPS Coordinator of ELA and Literacy 


Grades K-2  Up-and-Coming Readers

  • Sakamoto’s Swim Club~Julie Abery
  •  Anita and the Dragons~Hannah Carmona
  • King of Ragtime:  The Story of Scott Joplin~Stephen Costanza
  • My Two Border Towns~David Bowles
  • Fatima’s Great Outdoors~Ambreen Tariq
  • When Lola Visits~Michelle Sterling
  • Watercress~Andrea Wang
  • Grandpa Across the Ocean~Hyewon Yum
  • Up In the Air~Zoe Armstrong
  • Ambitious Girl~Meena Harris
  • Can Bears Ski?~Raymond Antrobus

Grades 3-5: Growing Readers

  • Sisters of the Neversea~Cynthia Leitich Smith
  •  We are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know~Traci Sorell
  • Fast Pitch~Nic Stone
  • The Magical Reality of Nadia~Bassem Youssef and Catherine Daly
  • The Sea in Winter~Christine Day
  • Playing to Win~Karen Deans
  • The Best of Iggy~ Annie Barrows
  • Maya and the Robot~Eve Ewing
  • How to Win a Slime War~Mae Respicio
  • Latinitas:  Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers~Juliet Menendez


Grades 6-8: Sophisticated Readers


  • Miles Morales:  Shock Waves~Justin Reynolds
  •  The Power of Style:  How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures~Christian Allaire
  • The Beatryce Prophecy~Kate DiCamillo
  • African Icons:  Ten People Who Shaped History~Tracey Baptiste
  • Unsettled~Reem Faruqi
  • Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year~Nina Hamza
  • The Last Cuentista~Donna Barba Higuera
  • Red, White, and Whole~Rajani Larocca
  • Last Gate of the Emperor~Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel Makonnen
  • Camp~Kayla Miller

Click here to visit the Thomas Crane Public Library and sign up for “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” summer activities and Beanstack reading program. 

Click here to register for a free library eCard.