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Grades K-3 

. Ocean Hide and Seek, Jennifer Evans Kramer

. Sort it Out!, Barbara Mariconda

. Henry the Impatient Heron, Donna Love

. Where Should Turtle Be?, Susan Ring

. Little Skink’s Tail, Janet Halfmann

. The Earth and I, Frank Asch

. Buffy the Burrowing Owl, Betty Gilbert

. ‘Twas the Day Before Zoo Day, Catherine Ipcizade

. Deep in the Swamp, Donna Bateman

. Dino-Dinners, Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom

. The Perfect Nest, Catherine Friend

. Polar Slumber, Dennis Rockhill

. River Beds: Sleeping in the World’s Rivers, Gail Langer Karwoski

. The Adventures of Max and Pinky, Best Buds, Maxwell Eaton

. Hot City, Barbara Joosse

. Leaf Jumpers, Carole Gerber

. Buster, Denise Fleming

. Actual Size, Steve Jenkins

. Daddy & I, Eloise Greenfield

. No, David!, David Shannon

. A Day in the Life of Murphy, Alice Provensen

. My Name is Yoon, Helen Recorvits

. Diary of a Worm, Doreen Cronin

. The Everything Book, Denise Fleming

. Wemberly Worried, Kevin Henkes

. Aunt Flossie’s Hats, Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard

. Miss Nelson Is Missing!, Harry Allard

. You Can’t Get into More Trouble than Gator Pervis!, Sarah Owens Hammock

. When Donkeys Fly, Ginger Hodge

. Mommy, There’s a Giraffe in my Room, Angela Lane


Grades 4-5 

Animals in the House: A History of Pets and People, Sheila Keenan

The Book Club Kit, Patti Kelley Criswell

Crazy Cars, Matt Doeden

Dare to Dream!, Carl Sommer

Riddle-iculous Math, Joan Holub

Do Not Open: An Encyclopedia of the World’s Best-Kept Secrets, John Farndon

Turtle Summer: A Journal for My Daughter, Mary Alice Monroe

Every Minute on Earth: Fun Facts That Happen Every 60 Seconds, Steve Murrie and Matthew Murrie

Extreme Pets!, Jane Harrington

See What You Can Be: Explore Careers That Could Be for You!, Diane Heiman and Liz Suneby

Because of Winn Dixie, Kate DiCamillo

The Courage of Sarah Noble, Alice Dalgliesh

Crossing Jordan, Adrian Fogelin

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Judy Blume

Sarah, Plain and Tall, Patricia MacLachlan

Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the WOOF Society, Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myers 

Space Race, Sylvia Waugh

Life Under Ice, Mary M. Cerullo

Bud, Not Buddy, Christopher Paul Curtis

Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O’Dell

Shiloh, Phyllis Naylor


Grades 6-8 

50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Recycle, Earthworks group

John James Audubon: The Making of an American, Richard Rhodes

Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation, Tammy Horn

The Life Cycle of Everyday Stuff, Mike Reeske and Shirley Watt Ireton

Planet Earth, Kathleen Reilly

Earth-Friendly Crafts for Kids: 50 Awesome Things to Make with Recycled

Stuff, Heather Smith

Forever Forest, Kristin Joy-Pratt Serafini

Wangari’s Tree of Peace, Jeanette Winter

A Life in the Wild: George Schaller’s Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts, Pamela S. Turner

When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature’s Balance in Yellowstone, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

The Trumpet of the Swan, E.B. White

Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson

Old Yeller, Fred Gipson

Hoot, Carl Hiaasen

Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson

Esperanza Rising, Pam Munoz Ryan

Hattie, Big Sky, Kirby Larson

The Young Man and the Sea, Rodman Philbrick

Peter and the Starcatchers, Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

Artemis Fowl: the Arctic Incident, Eoin Colfer

Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi

The Wright Sister: Katharine Wright and Her Famous Brothers, Richard Maurer

Carver, a Life in Poems, Marilyn Nelson

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever,

Epidemic of 1793, Jim Murphy

 Magnificent Voyage: An American Adventurer on Captain James Cook’s

Final Expedition, Laurie Lawlor

 The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11

Astronaut Michael Collins, Bea Uusma Schyffert

Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammed Ali, Charles R. Smith

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village, Laura Amy Schlitz

The Wednesday Wars, Gary D. Schmidt

The Anybodies, N.E. Bode

The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan

Fire From the Rock, Sharon Draper

Diamonds in the Shadow, Carolyn Cooney

Separate Fountains, Patti Wilson Byars

The Surrender Tree: Poem’s of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom, Margarita Engle

The Graveyard Book, Dave McKean

Savvy, Ingrid Law

Newt's World: Beginnings, Susan Womble


Grades 9-12

The Real Question, Adrian Fogelin

The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise, Michael Grunwald

Solomon, Marilyn B. Shaw

Losing It All to Sprawl, Bill Belleville

The Yearling, Marjorie K. Rawlings

We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success, Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, and Sharon Draper

The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros

Money Hungry, Sharon Flake

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft, Thor Heyerdahl

Monster, Walter Dean Myers

Taken, Edward Bloor

Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S, Cynthia Barnett

Florida Then & Now, Bruce Hunt

Southern Comforts: Rooted in a Florida Place, Sudye Cauthen

Looking for the New Deal, Elna C. Green

Breaking Point, Alex Flinn

Flush, Carl Hiaasen

Night, Elie Wiesel

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

A Separate Peace, John Knowles

Separate Fountains, Patti Wilson Byars

Whispers from the Bay, John Tkac

Everglades: an Ecosystem Facing Choices and Challenges, Anne Ake

Imaginary Enemy, Julie Gonzalez

The First Hollywood Florida and the Golden Age of Silent Filmmaking, Shawn Bean

The New Deal in South Florida, John Stuart and John Stack, Eds.

Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators: More Stories about Real Florida, Jeff Klinkenberg

Silent Spring, Rachel Carson

The Everglades, River of Grass, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas

A Land Remembered, Patrick D. Smith


You may also find more selections for High School readers at www.justreadflorida.com under the Student Section – For Teens, by Teens recommended reading.

Authors and their Summer Reading Lists

Summer Reading Book Titles

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