Back to School is fun.  Reading is fun. Combine the two with the help of the following suggestions courtesy of Dr. Terrence Moore.

Incoming Kindergarteners

This should be a time of read alouds by adults to children. Picture books, fairy tales, Aesop’s Fables, and folk tales of any sort should be read aloud. If your child is already proficient in reading, have her read aloud to an adult, brother, or sister. Daily reading of at least 20 minutes and discussion about the story should be the goal. Practice with neat penmanship, including letters, numbers, and short words and phrases will also benefit children of this age over the summer. Watch for proper pencil grip and letter formation, and remember that practice does NOT make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect.

Incoming 1st Graders

Mother Goose and other traditional poems such as A Dillar, A Dollar; Baa, Baa, Black Sheep; Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling; Early to Bed; Georgie Porgie; Hey Diddle Diddle; Hickory Dickory Dock; Hot Cross Buns; Humpty Dumpty; It’s Raining, It’s Pouring; Jack and Jill; Jack Be Nimble; Jack Sprat; Little Bo Peep; Little Miss Muffet; London Bridge is Falling Down; Old King Cole; Simple Simon; Three Blind Mice; Assorted Aesop’s Fables

Incoming 2nd Graders

  • The Frog Prince
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin
  • Pinocchio
  • The Princess and the Pea
  • Puss-in-Boots
  • Rapunzel
  • Rumpelstiltskin
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Incoming 3rd Graders

  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Assorted Brother’s Grimm Fairy Tales
  • How the Camel Got His Hump by Rudyard Kipling
  • Assorted fables such as The Blind Men and the Elephant
  • Assorted fables such as The Magic Paintbrush, El Pajaro Cu, and The Tongue-Cut Sparrow
  • Stories from Greek Mythology including Pandora’s Box; Oedipus and the Sphinx; Theseus and the Minotaur; and Daedelus and Icarus

Incoming 4th Graders

  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (could use as a read aloud by an adult)
  • The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Tales from The Arabian Nights
  • Assorted poetry: Adventures of Isabel by Ogden Nash; By Myself by Eloise Greenfield; The Crocodile by Lewis Carroll

Incoming 5th Graders

  • Adapted version of Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Adapted version of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter
  • Adapted version of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Stories from the King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

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