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St. Catherine Summer Reading List

Entering Kindergarten

Brett, Jan - Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Carle, Eric - GrouchyLadybug

Cronin, Doreen - Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

Ehlert, Lois - Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z, Planting a Rainbow

Falconer, Ian - Oliva

Feiffer, Jules - Bark, George

Keats, Ezra - Peter's Chair

Kraus, Robert - Leo the Late Bloomer

Martin, Bill - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Martin, Bill & Archambault, John - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Numberoff, Laura - What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best

Peek, Merle - Mary Wore Her Red Dress

Pinkney, Sandra - A Rainbow All Around Me

Shannon, David - No David!

Simmons, Jane - Quack,Daisy, Quack!

Wood, Audrey - The Napping House


Allard, Harry - Miss Nelson Is Missing

Brenner, Barbara - Wagon Wheels

Bunting, Eve - Smoky Night

Byars, Betsy - The Golly Sisters Go West

Coerr, Eleanor - The Josefina Story Quilt

Cohen, Miriam - No Good in Art

Hoffman, Mary - Amazing Grace

Kellogg, Steven - Pinkerton, Behave

Kvasnosky, Laura - Zelda & Ivy

Levitin, Sonia - Nine for California

Lewis, Thomas - Hill of Fire

Marshall, James - Fox in Love
- Fox on Stage
- Fox out Foxed
- Fox all Week
- Fox on the Job
- Fox on Wheels
- Fox be Nimble

Meddaugh, Susan - Martha Speaks
- Martha & Skits
- Martha Walks the Dog
- Martha Blah Blah
- Martha Calling

Miller, Margaret - Can You Guess?

Minarik, Else Holmelund - Little Bear (Series)

Mosel, Arlene - Tikki Tikki Tembo 

Parish, Peggy - Amelia Bedelia (series)

Ross, Pat - M & M (series)

Rylant, Cynthia - Henry and Mudge

Seuss, Dr. - Cat in the Hat
- Fox in Sock
- Green Eggs and Ham

Sharmat, Marjorie - Nate the Great (series)

Stanley, Diane - Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter

Taback, Simms - There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Van Leeuwen, Jean - Oliver Pig at School
- Oliver & Albert, Friends Forever
- Amanda Pig and Her Best Friend Lollipop
- Amanda Pig, School Girl
- Oliver & Amanda and the Big snow
- Amanda Pig and Her Big Brother Oliver
- Tales of Amanda Pig
- More Tales of Amanda Pig
- Tales of Oliver Pig 
- More Tales of Oliver Pig
- Oliver & Amanda's Halloween
- Amanda Pig on Her Own
- Oliver & Amanda's Christmas
- Oliver, Amanda and Grandmother Pig 

Walsh, Ellen - Mouse Paint


Adler, David - Cam Jansen (series)

Allard, Harry - Miss Nelson Is Missing 

Auch, Mary Jane - I Was a Third Grad Science Project 

Auch, Mary Jane - The Princess and the Pizza

Blume, Judy - Freckle Juice

Cameron, Ann - The Stories Julian Tells

Conford, Ellen - Jenny Archer (series)

Edwards, Pamela - Livingstone Mouse

Fleischman, Sid - McBroom (series)

Gerstein, Mordicai - The Wild BoyGigantic Baby

Goembel, Ponder - Sailor Moo: Cow at Sea

Haseley, Dennis - A Story for Bear  

Henkes, Kevin - Lilly's Plastic Purse

Hoban, Russel - Bread and Jam for Frances

Howe, James - Pinky and Rex (series)

Hurwitz, Johanna - Busybody Nora

Kline, Suzy - Horrible Harry (series)

Lester, Helen - Tacky the Penguin 
                      - Three Cheers for Tacky 
                      -  Tackylocks and the Three Bears
                        Tacky and the Emperor
                        Tacky in Trouble

Lewis, Thomas - Hill of Fire

Meddaugh, Susan - Martha Speaks  

Numeroff, Laura - If you Give a Pig a Pancake

O'Neill, Alexia - The Recess Queen 

Park, Barbara - Junie B. Jones (series)

Pinkwater, Daniel - I Was a Second Grade Werewolf  

Polacco, Patricia - Keeping Quilt

Priceman, Marjorie - How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World 

Scieszka, Jon - The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Sharmat, Marjorie - The Great Genghis Khan Look-Alike Contest 

Soto, Gary - Chato's Kitchen  

Steig, William - Pete's a Pizza

Steig, William - When Everybody Wore a Hat  

Van Allsburg, Chris - The Z Was Zapped: A Play in Twenty-six Acts 


Snyder, Dianne - The Boy of the Three Year Nap

Hoban, Russell - Bread & Jam for Frances  

Fritz, Jean - Can't You Make Them Behave, King George? 

Williams, Vera - A Chair for My Mother

Noble, Trinka - The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash 

Ahlberg, Janet & Allan - The Jolly Postman (NOT IN COLLECTION)

Van Allsburg, Chris - Jumanji

De Paola, Tomie - The Legend of the Indian Paint Brush

Bjork, Christina - Linnea in Monet's Garden

Aesop - Lion and the Mouse  

Croll, Carolyn - The Little Snow Girl  

Aliki -The Many Lives of Benjamin Franklin 

Allard, Harry - Miss Nelson Is Missing

Kellogg, Steven - Paul Bunyan 

Polacco, Patricia - Rechenka's Eggs  

Fritz, Jean - Shh! We're Writing the Constitution 

Zolotow, Charlotte - Summer Night 

Kellogg, Steven - Tall Tales (not in catalog)

Mayer, Mercer - There Is a Nightmare in My Closet

Grifalconi, Ann - The Village of Round and Square Houses 

Baker, Olaf - Where the Buffaloes Begin


Avi - The Secret School  

Belton, Sandra - Ernestine & Amanda: Mysteries on Monroe Street  

Boston, Lucy M. - The Children of Green Knowe (series) 

Bunting, Eve - Dreaming of America: An Ellis Island Story 

Curtis, Christopher Paul - Bud, Not Buddy

Fletcher, Susan - Walk Across the Sea 

Fleischman, Sid - By the Great Horn Spoon 

                           Bandit's Moon 

Garland, Sherry - Voices of the Alamo (not in catalog)

Gregory, Kristiana - Legend of Jimmy Spoon 

Jimmy Spoon and the Pony Express 

Johnston, Tony - Any Small Goodness 

MacLachlan, Patricia - Sarah Plain and Tall 

McDermott, Gerald - Arrow to the Sun

Moss, Marissa - Rachel's Journal: The Story of a Pioneer Girl

Ryan, Pam Munoz - Riding Freedom 

Wilder, Laura Ingalls - The Little House Series

American Girl Series

Dear America Series

My America Series


Steig, William - Abel's Island 

Peck, Robert Newton - The Day No Pigs Would Die

Banks, Lynne Reid - The Indian in the Cupboard 

DeClements, Barthe - Nothings Fair in 5th Grade

Coerr, Eleanor - Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Heyer, Marilee - The Weaving of a Dream: A Chinese Folktale 

Cleary, Beverly - Dear Mr. Henshaw 

Greene, Bette - Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe 

Fleischman, Paul - Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices 

Spinelli, Jerri - Maniac Magee 

Levine, Gail Carson - Ella Enchanted 

Rockwell, Thomas - How to Eat Fried Worms 


This school year, we are asking that each incoming 6th grader read THREE books over the summer vacation.  It is our hope that this program will encourage reading for enjoyment as well as keeping their minds active.  Due to our demanding curriculum, we are also requesting that ALL incoming 6th graders read Hatchet the 1st book in the series by Gary Paulsen, as their first book selection.  Their second book should be from the non-fiction genre.  The remaining book can be any of the following books as long as they have not read the book before.  Please note, if you and your child decide to join the summer reading program at the local library, the student is still required to read Hatchet  Thank you for all your support on this matter and we look forward to a new and exciting school year.

Mrs. Buitron & Mrs. FitzPatrick



Summer of the Swan      Betsy Byars

Matilda       Roald Dahl

Down a Dark Hall     Lois Duncan

Redwall       Brian Jacques

Journey to the River Sea    Eva Ibbotson

Hush       Jacqueline Woodson

Gregor the Overlander     Suzanne Collins

Homecoming      Cynthia Voigt

A Long Way from Chicago    Richard Peck

Under the Blood Red Sun    Graham Salisbury

Tom's Midnight Garden     Philippa Pearce

Belle Prater's Boy     Ruth White (all branhes) 0374306680

Harry Potter (series)     JK Rowling

Lord of the Rings (series)    JRR Tolkien

Chronicles of Narnia (series)    CS Lewis

Eragon (series)      Christopher Paolini

Eldest       Christopher Paolini 

Ella Minnow Pea     Mark Dunn

My Side of the Mountain     Jean Craighead George

On the Far Side of the Mountain    Jean Craighead George 

Frightful's Mountain     Jean Craighead George

Hatchet (remaining books in the series)   Gary Paulsen

The River      Gary Paulsen

Brian's Winter      Gary Paulsen

Brian's Return      Gary Paulsen

Brian's Hunt      Gary Paulsen

The Circuit      Francisco Jimenez

Esperanza Rising     Pam Munoz Ryan

Danny, the Champion of the World   Roald Dahl

Star Wars (series)     George Lucas, Jonathan Hales

Jurassic Park (series)     Michael Crichton

Lost World      Michael Crichton

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (series) Philip Pullman

Subtle Knife      Philip Pullman

Amber Spyglass      Philip Pullman

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle   Avi


Jacque Cousteau
Mother Theresa

Rudyard Kipling




John Muir

Dalai Lama

NON FICTION: Students can read books on any of the following subjects:

Ancient cultures, with the exception of Egypt, due to the fact that we cover this subject intensely during
 the school year.




Seven Wonders of the World

Brick making/building of structures such as bridges or other forms of architecture.


Jones - Acorn People

Johnston - Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me 

Zindel - Begonia for Miss Applebaum  

Crew - Children of the River

Judson - Cold River

Paulsen - Crossing

Peck - The Day No Pigs Would Die

Duncan - Don't Look Behind You 

Alexander - El Dorado Adventure 

Philbrick - Freak the Mighty 

Eckert - Incident at Hawk's Hill 

Bunting - Jumping the Nail  

Brooks - Moves Make the Man  

Collier - My Brother Sam is Dead 

Greenberg - No Dragons to Slay 

Steinbeck - Pearl 

Danziger - Remember Me to Harold Square 

O'Dell - Sarah Bishop 

Avi - True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle 

Gordon - Waiting for the Rain 

Borland - When the Legends Die 

London - White Fang

Pfeffer - Year without Michael  

O'Brien - Z for Zachariah  

Hamilton - Zeely )

Marshall, Kirk - Hoops (series) No holdings

Freeman, Mark - Rookies (series) No holdings


Hollander - Amazing But True Sports Stories (no holdings in library)

Epstein - Born to Skate: Michelle Kwan Story (no holdings in library)

Coher - Gold Medal Glory: Story of America's 1996 Women's Gymnastics Team (no holdings in library)

Gutman - Great Moments in Baseball (no holdings in library)

Gutman - Great Moments in Pro-Football (no holdings in library)

Lewin - I Was a Teenage Professional Wrestler (no holdings in library)

Owens & Neimark - Jesse: Man Who Outran Hitler (no holdings in library)

Vinh-Ho - Martial Arts Almanac (no holdings in library)

Fagen - Nomo: Baseball's Hottest Sensation (no holdings in library)

Blat - Quest for the Gold: Dream Team III (no holdings in library)

Gutman - Shaquille O'Neal (no holdings in library)

Rivers - Those Who Love the Game 

NEWBERY AWARD WINNERS (all titles the Library owns are available from this link)

Gray - Adam of the Road

Speare - Bronze Bow

Sperry - Call it Courage

Coatsworth - Cat Who Went to Heaven

Voigt - Dicey's Song

Estes - Ginger Pye

Lowry - The Giver

McKinley - Hero and the Crown

Alexander - High King

Field - Hitty: Her First Hundred Years

De Trevino - I, Juan de Pareja

Forbes - Johnny Tremain

Fleischman - Joyful Noise

Henry - King of the Wind

Spinelli - Maniac Magee

Cushman - Midwife's Apprentice

Rylant - Missing May

Lawson - Rabbit Hill

Keith - Rifles for Watie

MacLachlan - Sarah, Plain and Tall

Wojclechowska - Shadow of a Bull

Fox - Slave Dancer

Lenski - Strawberry Girl

Byars - Summer of the Swans

Enright - Thimble Summer
Kelly - Trumpeter of Krakow

Dubois - Twenty-one Balloons

Creech - Walk Two Moons

Raskin - Westing Game

Speare - Witch of Blackbird Pond

L'Engle - Wrinkle in Time

Lewis - Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze


Klause - Alien Secrets

McKinley - Blue Sword

Yep - Dragon of the Lost Sea

Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451

Peck - Ghost Belonged to me 

Roberts - Girl with the Silver Eyes (no holdings in library)

Pullman - Golden Compass 

Asimov - I, Robot

Steele - Journey Outside (no holdings in library)

Service - Stinker from Space (no holdings in library)

Sleator - Strange Attractors (no holdings in library)

Bond - String in the Harp (no holdings in library)

Alexander - Westmark (no holdings in library)

Christopher - White Mountains