Great Summer Reads For Elementary Students

CCRCE News: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A couple of weeks ago we presented a list of books that make great summer reading material for junior and high school students. 

This week we turn our attention to fantastic summer reads for elementary school students. We’ve included some classics and newer material. Hopefully they become part of an enjoyable summer for our elementary students!

Frog and Toad Are Friends

Author: Arnold Lobel 

Synopsis: This classic features the escapades of Frog and Toad, an adorable amphibious duo who are the best of friends. It’s a story about friendship and adventures. It’s a great book for helping young kids understand the benefits of having a truly great friend.

Clara and the Bookwagon

Author: Nancy Smiler Levinson

Synopsis: The year is 1905 and young Clara would like nothing more than to go to school with the other kids. However, life on the farm takes a lot of work and she is needed to help out with chores and her younger siblings. The new town librarian has devised a way of using a wagon to bring books to the farmers and their families who can’t get to the library. Can Clara and the librarian persuade her father to let her learn to read? Based on a true story and a great book for Kids who like historical fiction.

Charlotte’s Webb

Author: E.B. White

Synopsis: An all-time classic, it tells the story of a spider named Charlotte and her feelings for a special pig named Wilbur. This beloved novel is also about the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt of his litter. Above all else, this is a tender novel of friendship, love and life that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. 

The Name Jar

Author: Yangsook Choi

Synopsis: Unhei has just started a new school after moving to America from Korea. She is nervous that her new classmates won’t be able to pronounce her name so she tells them she will choose a new name by the second week of school. Will she find a new name that suits her, or will she discover that her real name has special meaning?

Elijah of Buxton 

Author: Christopher Paul Curtis

Synopsis: This award-winning children's novel tells the story an eleven-year-old boy, Elijah Freeman, who is the first free-born child in his settlement. He has only heard of slavery, having never lived under it. A moving novel that has become a staple of discussion groups in schools and libraries across Canada, it address important historical issues and events while also serving as a fun read.