Summer Reading 2020

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-10: 0310709628).

Read Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile by Tomie DePaola (ISBN-10: 0698114019).

Read one additional book selected from the CCS Book Recommendations List.

Incoming 3rd grade:

Read Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (ISBN-10: 0064400557).

Read Adventures of the Greek Heroes by Anne M. Wiseman & Mollie McLean (ISBN-10: 0395137144).

Read one additional book selected from the CCS Book Recommendations List.

Incoming 4th grade:

Read The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman (ISBN-10: 9780060521226).

Read The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White (ISBN-10: 0064410943).

Read one additional book selected from the CCS Book Recommendations List.

Incoming 5th grade:

Read The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare (ISBN-10: 9780547577111).

Read Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis (ISBN-10: 0064471055).

Read one additional book selected from the CCS Book Recommendations List.

Incoming 6th grade:

Read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (ISBN-10: 0486400778).

Read Colloquium Personarum, Chapters 1-8 by Hans H. Orberg (ISBN-10: 158510938X).* Please click here for a message from Mr. Foster regarding the new summer Latin reading requirement.

Read one additional book selected from the CCS Book Recommendations List.

Incoming 7th grade:

Read the books of Genesis and Exodus from the Bible (ESV translation preferred). 

Read Colloquium Personarum, Chapters 9-16 by Hans H. Orberg (ISBN-10: 158510938X).*Please click here for a message from Mr. Foster regarding the new summer Latin reading requirement.

Read one additional book selected from the CCS Book Recommendations List.

Incoming 8th grade:

Purchase and Read Mythology by Edith Hamilton (ISBN-10: 0446574759).**

Read Colloquium Personarum, Chapters 17-24 by Hans H. Orberg (ISBN-10: 158510938X).* Please click here for a message from Mr. Foster regarding the new summer Latin reading requirement.

Read one additional book selected from the CCS Book Recommendations List.

Incoming 9th grade:

Read Beowulf translated by Seamus Heany (ISBN: 978-0393320978).

Read one additional book selected from the CCS Book Recommendations List.

Incoming 10th grade:

Read Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe (ISBN: 978-048628208).

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).

Read the selected short stories from The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor (ISBN: 978-0374515362): “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” “Good Country People,” “Revelation, “Parker’s Back” as well as two other short stories of your choosing in the compilation.

*Colloquium Personarum is a new assignment for 6th-8th grade students. The assigned reading should only take 5-10 minutes per week. This is only a reading, not a translation activity. 

**Mythology will be referenced all year in 8th grade Literature class. Students will benefit from purchasing a copy to keep.

Covenant Classical School Book Recommendations List, 2020

For incoming Kindergarten students:

Family read aloud book recommendations:

Carlson, Nancy – Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come (ISBN-10: 0140568387)

Graham, Oakley – I Can Tie My Own Shoelaces (ISBN-10: 1782448241)

McGhee, Alison – Countdown to Kindergarten (ISBN-10: 015205586X)

Penn, Audrey – The Kissing Hand (ISBN-10: 1933718102)

Wing, Natasha – The Night Before Kindergarten (ISBN-10: 0448425009)

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.

Advanced Level Bob Books

Green Light Readers

I Can Read Books

Puffin Easy-to-Read

Step into Reading

Dick and Jane Books

Dr. Seuss Early Readers

P.D. Eastman Early Readers

Munro Leaf Classics

Read-It! Readers

Hoban, Russell – Frances (Series)

Lobel, Arnold – Frog and Toad (Series)

Minarik, Else Holmelund – Little Bear (Series)

Rylant, Cynthia – Mr. Putter and Tabby (Series)

Rylant, Cynthia – Henry and Mudge (Series)

Family read aloud book recommendations:

Leithart, Peter J. – Wise Words: Family Stories that Bring Proverbs to Life (ISBN-10: 1591280141)

Offen, Hilda – A Treasury of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes (ISBN-10: 0671501186)

Online resource for phonetic readers:

https://portal.flyleafpublishing.com

For incoming 2nd grade students:

Averill, Esther – Jenny the Cat Club (Series)

Byars, Betsy – The Golly Sisters (Series)

Clearly, Beverly – Henry Huggins (Series)

Dagleish, Alice – The Courage of Sarah Noble

Levinson, Smiler – Snowshoe Thompson

Lobel, Arnold – Days with Frog and Toad (Series)

Karon, Jan – Jeremy: The Tale of an Honest Bunny

McCloskey, Robert – Homer Price (Series)

Parish, Peggy – Amelia Bedelia (Series)

Rylant, Cynthia – The High-Rise Private Eyes (Series)

Sharmat, Marjorie Weiman – Nate the Great (Series)

Stevens, Janet and Susan Stevens Crummel – And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon

Online resource for phonetic readers:

https://portal.flyleafpublishing.com

For incoming 3rd grade students:

Banks, Lynne – The Indian in the Cupboard 

Bulla, Clyde R. – Riding the Pony Express

Bulla, Clyde R. – Shoeshine Girl

Cleary, Beverly – The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Cleary, Beverly – Henry Huggins (Series)

Cleary, Beverly – Ramona (Series)

Enright, Elizabeth – The Saturdays

Enright, Elizabeth – Thimble Summer

Estes, Eleanor – Ginger Pye

Estes, Eleanor – The Moffats

Grahame, Kenneth – The Wind in the Willows

Haywood, Carolyn – B is for Betsy (Series)

Henry, Marguerite – Misty of Chincoteague (Series)

Kipling, Rudyard – Just So Stories

Lenski, Lois – Strawberry Girl

Lovelace, Maude Hart – Betsy Tacy (Series)

McCloskey, Robert – Homer Price (Series)

Silverstein, Shel – Where the Sidewalk Ends

Sobol, Donald J. – Encyclopedia Brown (Series)

Stewart, Trenton Lee – Mysterious Benedict Society (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)

George, Jean Craighead – My Side of the Mountain

Jacques, Brian – Redwall (Series)

Keene, Carolyn – The Nancy Drew Mystery Stories (Series)

Kipling, Rudyard – The Jungle Book

Lewis, C.S. – A Horse and His Boy

Little, Jean – Mine for Keeps

Lofting, Hugh – Dr. Doolittle (Series)

MacDonald, George – The Princess and the Goblin

Montgomery, L. M. – Anne of Green Gables (Series) 

Nesbit, Edith – Five Children and It

Norton, Mary – The Borrowers (Series)

Porter, Eleanor – Just David

St. John, Patricia – Treasures of the Snow

Vernon, Louise – The Beggar’s Bible

For incoming 5th grade students:

Anderson, Laurie Halse – The Seeds of America Trilogy (Chains; Forge; or Ashes)

Benge, Janet and Geoff – Christian Heroes: Then and Now (George Washington, Benjamin Franklin or John Adams)

Burnett, Frances Hodgson – The Little Princess

Burnett, Frances Hodgson – The Lost Prince

MacDonald, George – The Light Princess

O’Dell, Scott – Island of the Blue Dolphins

O’Dell, Scott – Sarah Bishop

Porter, Eleanor H. – Pollyanna

Rawls, Wilson – Summer of the Monkeys

Spyri, Johanna – Heidi

Stevenson, Robert Louis – Kidnapped

Wyss, Johan – Swiss Family Robinson

Yates, Elizabeth – Amos Fortune

For incoming 6th grade students:

Alcott, Louisa May – Little Women

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)

Gilbert, Henry – Robin Hood

Henty, G. A. – The Boy Knight; Among Malay Pirates; Freedom’s Cause; et. al.

Bitton-Jackson, Livia – I Have Lived a Thousand Years

Kipling, Rudyard – The Jungle Book

Lewis, C.S. – The Silver Chair

Lewis, C.S. – The Last Battle

London, Jack – Call of the Wild

London, Jack – White Fang

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

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

Verne, Jules – Around the World in Eighty Days

Verne, Jules – From Earth to Moon

Verne, 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 – Alice in 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

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, James Fenimore – 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

Dumas, Alexander – The Count of Monte Cristo

Dumas, Alexander – The Three Musketeers

Eliot, T. S. – Murder in the Cathedral

Ellison, Ralph – The Invisible Man

Faulkner, William – The Reivers

Faulkner, William – The Unvanquished

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, Victor – The Hunchback of Notre Dame 

Hugo, Victor – Les 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 – Gone with 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

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