Dear Students and Parents,The Fulton County School System strongly believes in developing readers whoread both for information and for pleasure. Books on the Summer Reading Listvary in subject matter and level of difficulty. Our intent is to provide students andtheir parents with a wide range of authors and styles of writing in both fiction andnon-fiction, and to allow students to select reading materials that match theirinterests.Lexile levels are indicated for most books, and they address vocabulary andsentence structure. When vocabulary is repeated often and sentences are moresimply written, a text has a lower Lexile scores. Texts with less frequently-usedvocabulary and with complex sentence structures have higher Lexile scores.However, Lexile levels do not address subject matter. While a text may have alower Lexile number, the contents could be more mature. Parents should beactively involved in assisting with their children’s reading choices. The shortdescriptions with each book title should assist you in your selections.Enjoy your summer reading.Fulton County Schools English/Language Arts DepartmentFulton County Schools Media Services Department
2nd - 3rd Grade Fiction Chapter BooksColeman, Evelyn The Cameo Necklace: A Cecile Mystery (American Girl MysterySeries) (2012) Lexile N/AEleven year old Cecile Ray searches through many corners of 1854 New Orleans seekinga necklace borrowed from her Tante Tay that disappeared as she was exiting a crowdedshowboat. Includes facts about the 1850s.Cronin, Doreen The Trouble With Chickens (2011) Lexile 570A hard bitten former search and rescue dog helps solve a complicated missing chickencase.Draper, Sharon Sassy, Dazzle Disaster Dinner Party (2010) Lexile 530Sassy’s fancy dinner turns into a disaster, but with the help of the items in her handy sackand a little ingenuity, Sassy manages to make the meal memorable.Gutman, Dan Mr. Burke is Berserk (2012) Lexile N/AAfter budget cuts threaten the art and music programs at Ella Mentry School, as well assome services, groundskeeper Burke finds gold and “gilver” on the playground, causing amodern day gold rush.Jenkins, Emily Toys Come Home (2011) Lexile 680When a little girl gets a plush stingray for her birthday, it makes friends with some of herother toys as they all try to navigate in the world of real people.Klise, Kate 43 Cemetery Road: Till Death Due us Bark (2011)Lexile 710In this story, told mostly through letters, Noah Breth’s feuding children come to Ghastly,Illinois, to follow a trail of limericks to their inheritance, while Seymour tries to convinceIggy and Olive to let him keep Mr. Breth’s dog.Lin, Grace Dumpling Days (2012) Lexile N/APacy and her family go to Taiwan to celebrate Grandma’s sixtieth birthday, and Pacy isexcited when her parents sign her up for a Chinese painting class,, but she cannot speakthe language and struggles to make friends and understand the teacher’s instructions.McDonald, Megan Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk (2012) Lexile N/AStink and his friends try to earn money to buy the latest book in the Nightmare onZombie Street series and go to the book release party.Osborne, Mary Pope Abe Lincoln At Last (Magic Tree House Series) (2011) Lexile470The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie to Washington D.C. in the 1860’s wherethey meet Abraham Lincoln and collect a feather that will help break a magic spell.Pennypacker, Sara Clementine and the Family Meeting (2011) Lexile 630Third-grader Clementine tries to adjust to the news that her perfect family of four isadding a new brother or sister..
2nd-3rd Grade Non-Fiction BookEngle, Margarita Summer Birds : the butterflies of Mara Merian (2010) Lexile N/AA young girl goes against medieval beliefs that insects are evil and secretly observescaterpillars as they form cocoons and are reborn as butterflies and moths.Gourley, Robbin First Garden: The white house garden and how it grew (2011)Lexile 1070The current White House garden provides vegetables for the First Family and theirguests. But it wasn’t the first garden planted there.Hartland, Jessie How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum (2011) Lexile N/ADescribes how the bones of a diplodocus ended up in the Smithsonian Institution, fromtheir discovery in Utah in 1923 to their assembly.Offill, Jenny 11 Experiments that Failed (2011) Lexile N/ATeaches readers how to conduct science experiments through step-by-step instructions foreleven failed inquiries designed to test such hypotheses as whether it is possible to washdishes in a washing machine, and if it is possible to live through the winter eating nothingbut ketchup-covered snowballs.Pinkney, Andrea David Sojourner Truth’s Step, Stomp, Stride (2009) Lexile 650Text and illustrations tell the life story and describe the work of African-Americanabolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth.Ramsey, Calvin Belle, the last mule at Gee’s Bend: A Civil Rights Story (2011)Lexile 710In Gee’s Bend, Alabama, Miz Pettway tells young Alex about the historic role her muleplayed in the struggle for civil rights led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Includes factualinformation about the community of Gee;s Bend and Martin Luther King, Jr.Simon, Seymour Butterflies (2011) Lexile N/AProvides information about the physical characteristics and behaviors of butterflies.Sweet, Melissa Balloons Over Broadway (2011) Lexile 1000Tells the story of puppeteer Tony Sarg, the man who first invented the helium balloonsthat have become the trademark of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.Thimmesh, Catherine Friends: The true story of animal Friendships (2011) LexileN/ARecounts the true stories of unlikely friendships between different animals.Winter, Jonah Born and Bred in the Great Depression (2011) Lexile N/AA boy remembers his father’s stories about life in East Texas during the GreatDepression.
2nd – 3rd Grade Stories to Share TogetherArnold, Tedd Manners Mash Up :A Goofy Guide to Good Behavior (2011) Lexile390Simple text and color illustrations introduce young readers to proper etiquette, depictingvarious setting sin which children often find themselves, and highlighting appropriatebehaviors in these settings.Bridges, Shirin Yirn The Umbrella Queen (2008) Lexile N/AIn a village in Thailand where everyone makes umbrellas, young Noot dreams of paintingthe most beautiful one and leading the annual parade as Umbrella Queen, but herunconventional designs displease her parents.Hall, Michael The Perfect Square (2011) Lexile 470A perfect square that is perfectly happy is torn into pieces, punched with holes, crumpledand otherwise changed but finds in each transformation that it can be something new, andjust as happy.Johnson, Angela Lily Brown’s Painting (2007) Lexile N/AWhen Lily Brown paints, she imagines all sorts of fantastic things in the scenes that shesees everyday.Joy, N. The Secret Olivia Told Me (2007) Lexile 350Two friends learn an important lesson about telling and keeping secrets.McDonnell, Patrick Me – Jane (2011) Lexile 740Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzanbooks and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals. Includes biographicalinformation on the prominent zoologist.Rocco, John Blackout (2011) Lexile N/ANeighbors gather on the roof after the power goes out on a hot night in the city and starthaving so much fun not everyone is happy when the lights go back on.Smith, Lane Grandpa Green (2011) Lexile 360A child explores the ordinary life of his extraordinary great-grandfather, as expressed inhis topiary garden.Vamos, Samantha The Cazuela that the farm maiden stirred (2011) Lexile N/AA cumulative tale of a farm maiden who, aided by a group of animals, prepares “Arrozcon Leche,” or rice pudding. Includes recipe and glossary of the Spanish words that arewoven throughout the text.Wardlaw, Lee Won-Ton—A Cat Tale Told in Haiku (2011) Lexile N/A A cat arrivesat a shelter, arranges to go home with a good family, and settles in with them, all thewhile letting them know who is boss and, finally, sharing his real name.