Summer Reading 2016

Below are the summer reading assignments for the English department. Please talk with your future English teacher if you have any questions about any assignments.

English I and Honors English I Summer Reading

CP English I

  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Honors English I

  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

English II and Honors English II Summer Reading

Your summer reading assignment(s) are listed below. You are to read these books over the summer. We will have a reading check quiz and test over these literary works during the first week of class. The quiz and test will cover the literary works in their entirety.

CP English II

  • The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

Honors English II

  • The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

English III and AP Language and Composition Summer Reading

Your summer reading assignments are listed below. You are to read these books over the summer, paying close attention to character development, themes, tone, and style. You will have a reading check quiz over these works on Monday, August 8. This will be a comprehensive reading check which will cover both works in their entirety. If you have any questions, please contact me at kramer@usjbruins.org.

CP English III

  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

AP Language and Composition

  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

English IV & AP Literature and Composition Summer Reading

CP English IV

Part I: Read or reread the 2 books you have chosen to use as your primary sources for your novel study. (You will need hard copies of the books for this assignment and for the writing of your novel study.) As you read, highlight quotes/passages that pertain to your topic of study. This assignment is very important to you; you will use these quotes/passages as you write your paper next year.

Part II: For each book, write a citation (MLA) followed by a minimum of 25 of the highlighted quotes/passages with the page numbers on which they are found. You will turn in 2 documents, each with a citation and at least 25 quotes with page numbers.

Part III: Turn in a hard copy of this assignment at the beginning of class on 8 August 2016. Twenty points will be deducted for each day that the document is not turned in after August 8. If you will be returning to school after the due date, email the document to me before or on the due date.

I hope you have a great summer and look forward to seeing you in August. If you have questions about the assignment or with regard to your book title selection for the topic you have chosen, please contact me at bclark@usjbruins.org

AP Literature and Composition

You will have a reading check quiz on the following titles on Monday, August 8. I will expect you to have working knowledge of conflicts, attitudes of authors and characters, themes, plots, literary devices, and narrative styles for all of the books. If you have questions, please contact me at bclark@usjbruins.org.

  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  • Grendel by John Gardner
  • Idylls of the King by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Rising Eighth Grade

  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • The Giver by Lois Lowery
  • Honors Only The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Rising Seventh Grade

  • Paperboy by Vince Vawter
  • Honors Only Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli

Rising Sixth Grade

  • The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Rising Fifth Grade

  • Who Was Christopher Columbus? by Bonnie Bader
  • Hachiko Waits by Leslea Newman

Rising Fourth Grade

  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Rising Third Grade

Choose one of the following four books …

  • Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli
  • Third Grade is Terrible by Barbara Baker
  • I Was a Third Grade Spy by Mary Jane Auch

Rising Second grade

Second graders are to read these books before school begins and bring them to class on the first day of school.

  • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard


Cubs through First Grade do not have books they must read over the summer. Instead, you'll find some suggested titles to share with your child. The books can be read independently or together. Please encourage your child to read on a regular basis over the summer. If your child is not yet reading, take time to read with your child on a regular basis. The most important part of summer reading is to share books and time with your child.

First Grade

Listed below are suggested books to share with your child over the summer.

  • Any Clifford book by Norman Bridwell
  • Any Henry and Mudge books by Cynthia Rylant
  • Any Nate the Great books by Marjorie Weiman Sharmat
  • Any Amelia Bedelia books By Peggy and Books from the Herman Parish
  • Biscuit collection

Kindergarten

Listed below are some suggested types of books to share with your child this summer.

  • Picture Books by authors such as Aliki, Jan Brett, Marc Brown, Tomie DePaola, Kevin Henkes, Syd Hoff, Steven Kellogg, David Kirk, Leo Lionni, Bill Martin, Jr., Laura Numeroff, Dr. Seuss, Rosemary Wells, and Audrey Wood.
  • Fairy and Folk Tales
  • Poetry
  • Biographies and Non-Fiction
  • A great book for all parents: The Read-Aloud Handbook, by Jim Trelease

Junior Kindergarten

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
  • A Color of My Own and Inch By Inch by Leo Lionni
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Green Eggs and Ham and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (series) by Laura Numeroff
  • Poetry and Nursery Rhymes (Mother Goose, Poems by Shel Silverstein)
  • Classic Books (The Kissing Hand, The Little Engine That Could, The Little Red Hen, etc.)
  • Traditional Fairy Tales (The Ugly Duckling, Thumbelina, etc.)

Cubs and Junior Cubs

Please read to your child on a regular basis to help him or her become comfortable around books and to help your child develop his or her vocabulary. Young children love the sounds of rhythms and rhymes. Also, read to them books that interest them along with alphabet and number books. Combine all these with engaging illustrations and your child will enjoy hearing and seeing these books again and again!

Here are some suggestions:

  • The Frog Wore Red Suspenders by Jack Prelutsky
  • My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Knuffle Bunny by Mo Williams
  • Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  • Any books by Eric Carl