Download: CCS Summer 2018 Reading Assignments and Recommended Reading Lists

Covenant Classical School Summer Reading Program, Summer 2018

Each summer students at CCS are required to participate in the summer reading program.  The purpose of the program is to augment the curriculum, expose students to quality literature, and cultivate a love of reading.  All students are required to complete their respective reading assignment. Reading assignments are listed below, including the ISBN of recommended editions.

Incoming 1st grade:              
We do not expect reading fluency at this point. Your young reader may require some assistance as they decode words, which is to be expected after the kindergarten year. Consider helping your child read through any number of books selected from the CCS Book Recommendations List while focusing particularly on his/her development of decoding skills.

Incoming 2nd grade:            
Read Beginner’s Bible published by Zondervan (ISBN: 0310709628).
Read Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile by DePaola (ISBN: 0698114019).
Also read one additional book selected from the CCS Book Recommendations List.

Incoming 3rdgrade:             
Read The Indian in the Cupboardby Lynne Banks (ISBN: 0380600129)
Read The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary (ISBN: 9780590687331)
Read Adventures of the Greek Heroes by Mollie McLean and Anne Wiseman (ISBN: 9780395137147)

Incoming 4thgrade:             
Read The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman.
Read The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White.
Read My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.

Incoming 5thgrade:             
Read The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare.
Read Sarah Bishopby Scott O’Dell.
Read Amos Fortune by Elizabeth Yates.

Incoming 6thgrade:             
Read White Fang by Jack London.
Read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.
Also read one additional book selected from the CCS Book Recommendations List.

Incoming 7thgrade:             
Read the books of Genesis and Exodus from the Bible.
Also read one additional book selected from the CCS Book Recommendations List.

Incoming 8th grade:             
Read Mythology by Edith Hamilton (ISBN: 978-0446574754).
Also read one additional book selected from the CCS Book Recommendations List.

Incoming 9thgrade:             
Read Beowulf translated by Seamus Heany (ISBN: 978-0393320978).
Also read one additional book selected from the CCS Book Recommendations List.

Incoming 10th grade:         
Read Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe (ISBN: 978-048628208).
Also read one additional book selected from the CCS Book Recommendations List.

Incoming 11th grade:           
Read 1984 by George Orwell (ISBN: 978-0451524935).
read one additional book selected from the CCS Book Recommendations List.

Incoming 12th grade:           
Read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (ISBN:978-0446310789).
From a compilation of Flannery O’Connor short stories titled The Complete Stories(ISBN:978-0374515362) read: A Good Man is Hard to Find, Good Country People, Revelation, Parker’s Back, as well as two other stories of your choosing.

Covenant Classical School Book Recommendations List, Summer 2018

For incoming Kindergarten students:
Penn, Audrey – The Kissing Hand (ISBN: 1933718102)
Wing, Natasha – The Night Before Kindergarten (ISBN: 0448425009)
McGhee, Alison – Countdown to Kindergarten (ISBN: 015205586X)
Carlson, Nancy – Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come (ISBN-10: 0140568387)
Graham, Oakley – I Can Tie My Own Shoelaces (ISBN: 1782448241)

For incoming 1st grade students:
We do not expect reading fluency at this point. Your young reader may require some assistance as they decode words, which is to be expected after the kindergarten year. Consider helping your child read through any number of books selected from the authors/series listed below while focusing particularly on his/her development of decoding skills. Choose books at your child’s reading level so they do not become discouraged. Higher-level books are great for parents or older siblings to read to your rising first grader.  Look for books on tape to switch things up! 

Advanced Level Bob Books
Green Light Readers
I Can Read Books
Puffin Easy-to-Read
Scholastic Readers
Step Into Reading
Dick and Jane Books
Dr. Seuss Early Readers
P.D. Eastman Early Readers
Read-It! Readers

For incoming 2nd grade students:
Lobel, Arnold – Days with Frog and Toad
Parish and Sweat – Amelia Bedelia
Byars, Betsy – The Golly Sisters
Levinson, Smiler – Snowshoe Thompson
Rylant, Cynthia – The High-Rise Private Eyes
Sharmat, Marjorie Weiman – Nate the Great
Stevens and Crummel – And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon
Dagleish, Alice – The Courage of Sarah Noble
McCloskey, Robert – Homer Price
Clearly, Beverly – Henry Huggins
Karon, Jan – Jeremy
American Girl Doll books by American Girl Collection
Jenny the Cat Club books by Esther Averill

For incoming 3rd grade students:
Bulla, Clyde R. – Riding the Pony Express
Bulla, Clyde R. – Shoeshine Girl
Clearly, Beverly – Henry Huggins (Series)
Clearly, Beverly – Ramona (Series)
Enright, Elizabeth – The Saturdays
Enright, Elizabeth – Thimble Summer
Estes, Eleanor – Ginger Pyle
Estes, Eleanor – The Moffats
Grahame, Kenneth – The Wind in the Willows
Haywood, Carolyn – B is for Betsy (Series)
Kipling, Rudyard – Just So Stories
Lenski, Lois – Strawberry Girl
Lovelace, Maude Hart – Betsy Trace
McCloskey, Robert – Homer Price
Sobol, Donald J. – Encyclopedia Brown (Series)
Warner, Gertrude Chandler – The Boxcar Children (Series)
Wilder, Laura Ingalls – Little House on the Prairie (Series)

For incoming 4th grade students:
Burnett, Frances Hodges – Little Lord Fauntleroy
Dixon, Franklin – The Hardy Boys (Series)
Jacques, Brian – Mossflower
Jacques, Brian – The Redwall (Series)
Keene, Carolyn – The Nancy Drew (Series)
Kipling, Rudyard – The Jungle Book
Little, Jean – Mine for Keeps
Lofling, Hugh – Dr. Doolittle (Series)
MacDonald, George – The Princess and the Goblin
Montgomery, L. M. – Anne of Green Gables
Nesbit, Edith – Five Children and It
Norton, Mary – The Borrowers
O’Brien, Robert C. – Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Porter, Eleanor – Just David
St. John, Patricia – Treasures in the Snow
Vernon, Louis – The Beggar’s Bible

For incoming 5th grade students:
Burnett, Frances Hodgson – The Little Princess
Burnett, Frances Hodgson – The Lost Prince
Fritz, Jean – Early Thunder
James, Will – Smoky the Cow Horse
Lowry, Lois – Number the Stars
MacDonald, George – At the Back of the North Wind
MacDonald, George – The Light Princess
O’Dell, Scott – Island of the Blue Dolphins
O’Dell, Scott – Streams to the River, River to the Sea
Porter, Eleanor H. – Pollyanna
Rawls, Wilson – Summer of the Monkeys
Spyri, Johanna – Heidi
Stevenson, Robert Louis – Kidnapped
Wyss, Johan – Swiss Family Robinson 

For incoming 6th grade students: 
Alcott, Louisa May – Little Women
Bunyan, John – The Pilgrim’s Progress
Christie, Agatha – And Then There Were None
Curtis, Christopher Paul – The Watson’s Go to Birmingham
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Hound of Baskervilles
Field, Rachel – Hitty
Finley, Martha – Life of Faith (Series)
Gilert, Henry – Robin Hood
Henty, G. A. – The Boy Knight; Among Malay Pirates; Freedom’s Cause; et. al.
Jackson, Liva Bitton – I Have Lived a Thousand Years
Kipling, Rudyard – The Jungle Book
L’Engle, Madeleine – A Wrinkle in Time
London, Jack – Call of the Wild
Montgomery, L.M. – Anne of Green Gables
O’Dell, Scott – The King’s Fifth
Paterson, Katherine – Bridge to Terabithia
Raskin, Ellen – The Westing Game
Rawls, Wilson – Where the Red Fern Grows
Stevenson, Robert Louis – Treasure Island
Swift, Jonathan – Gulliver’s Travels
Tolkien, J.R.R. – The Fellowship of the Ring
Twain, Mark – The Prince and the Pauper
Twain, Mark – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Vern, Jules – From Earth to Moon
Vern, Jules – Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Wyss, Johann – Swiss Family Robinson
Sutcliffe, Rosemary – Eagle of the Ninth

For incoming 7th through 8th grade students:
Adams, Richard – Watership Down
Armstrong, William – Sounder
Avi – The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Card, Orson Scott – Ender’s Game
Carroll, Lewis – Alicein Wonderland
Carroll, Lewis – Through the Looking Glass
Cather, Willa – O Pioneers!
Chesterton, G. K. – Father Brown, The Essential Tales
Christie, Agatha – Death on the Nile
Crane, Stephen – The Red Badge of Courage
Douglas, Lloyd C. – The Robe
Eliot, George – Middlemarch
Eliot, George– Silas Marner
Frank, Anne – Diary of a Young Girl
Goldman, William – The Princess Bride
Gunther, John – Death Be Not Proud
Henty, G. A. – Winning His Spurs
Herbert, Frank – Dune
Hurnard, Hannah – Hinds’ Feet on High Places
Juster, Norton – The Phantom Tollbooth
Lewis, C. S.  Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy)
Lewis, C. S.– Screwtape Letters
Kane, Ben – The Silver Eagle
Keyes, Daniel – Flowers for Algernon
Kipling, Rudyard – The Jungle Book
Kipling, Rudyard – Kim
Lowry, Lois – The Giver
Montgomery, L. M. –Anne of Green Gables
O’Dell, Scott – Island of the Blue Dolphins
Pyle, Howard – Otto of the Silver Hand
Sayers, Dorothy – Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey Series)
Stevenson, Robert Louis – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Stevenson, Robert Louis – Kidnapped
Sutcliff, Rosemary – Eagle of the Ninth
Ten Boom, Corrie – The Hiding Place
Twain, Mark – A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Twain, Mark – The Prince and the Pauper
Twain, Mark – Pudd’nhead Wilson
Tolkien, J. R. R.  Fellowship of the Ring
Tolkien, J. R. R.  The Two Towers
Tolkien, J. R. R.  The Return of the King
Verne, Jules – Around the World in Eighty Days
Verne, Jules – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Wodehouse P. G. – Carry On Jeeves
Wodehouse P. G. – The Inimitable Jeeves
Wodehouse P. G. – Very Good, Jeeves!
Wyss, Johann David– The Swiss Family Robinson

For incoming 9th through 12th grade students:
Abbott, Edwin – Flatland
Austen, Jane – Emma
Austen, Jane – Persuasion
Austen, Jane – Sense and Sensibility
Boccaccio – The Decameron
Bolt, Robert – A Man for All Seasons
Bradbury, Ray– Dandelion Wine
Bradbury, Ray– Fahrenheit 451
Brontë, Charlotte – Jane Eyre
Brontë, Emily – Wuthering Heights
Bunyan, John – Pilgrim’s Progress
Chesterton, G. K. – The Man Who Was Thursday
Clarke, Arthur C. – 2001: A Space Odyssey
Cooper, JamesFenimore – Last of the Mohicans
Dickens, Charles – Great Expectations
Dickens, Charles – Hard Times
Dickens, Charles – Oliver Twist
Dinesen, Isak – Out of Africa
Dostoevsky, Fyodor– The Brothers Karamazov
Dostoevsky, Fyodor– The Idiot
DumasAlexander – The Count of Monte Cristo
DumasAlexander – The Three Musketeers
Eliot, T. S. – Murder in the Cathedral 
Ellison, Ralph – The Invisible Man
Faulkner, William – Absalom Absalom!
Faulkner, William – The Sound and the Fury
Flaubert, Gustave – Madame Bovary
Forster, E. M. – A Passage to India
Gaarder, Jostein – Sophie’s World
Hardy, Thomas – Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Harris, Joel Chandler – The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus
Hemingway, Ernest – A Farewell to Arms
Hemingway, Ernest – For Whom the Bell Tolls
Hudson, W. H. – Green Mansions
Hugo, VictorThe Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hugo, VictorLes Misérables
James, Henry – The Portrait of a Lady
James, Henry – The Turn of the Screw
Knowles, John – A Separate Peace
Lewis, Sinclair – Babbitt
MacDonald, George – Phantastes
McPherson, James M. – Battle Cry Freedom
Melville, Herman – Billy Budd
Melville, Herman – Moby Dick
Mitchell, Margaret – GoneWith the Wind
More, Sir Thomas – Utopia
Orwell, George – Animal Farm
Orwell, George – Homage to Catalonia
Pasternak, Boris – Dr. Zhivago
Paton, Alan – Cry the Beloved Country
Porter, William Sidney – The Best Short Stories of O. Henry
Potok, Chaim – The Chosen
Rand, Ayn – We the Living
Shaara, Michael – The Killer Angels
Scott, Sir Walter – Ivanhoe
Shakespeare, William – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shakespeare, William – Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare, William – Twelfth Night
Shakespeare, William – Hamlet
Sinclair, Upton – The Jungle
Steinbeck, John – The Grapes of Wrath
Steinbeck, John – The Pearl
Stowe, Harriet Beecher – Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Swift, Jonathan – Gulliver’s Travels
Tan, Amy – The Joy Luck Club
Thoreau, Henry David– Walden
Thurber, James – The Thurber Carnival
Tolstoy, Leo – Anna Karenina
Tolstoy, Leo – The Death of Ivan Ilych
Tolstoy, Leo – War and Peace
Turgenev, Ivan – Sketches from a Hunter’s Album
Wells, H. G. – The Time Machine
Wilde, Oscar – The Picture of Dorian Gray
Woolf, Virginia – To the Lighthouse
Wright, Richard – Native Son