Summer Reading

The following was compiled using the American Classical Charter Academy curriculum. This summer reading list provides suggested resources for your child to enjoy prior to attending their first school year at ACCA. Included are books and stories from prior grade levels in order to help him gain content from earlier in the curriculum. Yes, one could challenge himself to read the entire list; but that may not be the way to get the most out of summer reading. A different approach could be to select one or two items from the list at the recommended grade level, read, and write a summary about it. One could also download an audiobook version onto an iPod or mp3 player, and read it while relaxing on the beach. At the younger age levels, it is very important that an adult read aloud often to the child. Whatever way is chosen, and even if it is a combination of these ways, summer reading is important and highly encouraged by the teachers of American Classical Charter Academy. Of course this list is far from comprehensive, as there are certainly other quality books and stories available. 

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Incoming Kindergarteners

This should be a time of read-aloud 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 to the child for at least 20 minutes and discussion about the story should be the goal. 

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
  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • 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

  • The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
  • 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 Robin Hood retold by Walker McSpadden* 
  • Adapted version of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe*
  • Adapted version of 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*

*All adapted versions can be purchased from the Core Knowledge Foundation.

Incoming 6th Graders

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  • The Gettysburg Address (speech) by Abraham Lincoln
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett