The summer reading program at St. Michael’s offers students background reading for the curriculum that will be introduced when school starts; provides students an opportunity to share a common discussion of literature; and offers students good choices for summer reading.

The summer reading  incorporates developmentally appropriate reading lists and assignments.  Students entering kindergarten through second grade are encouraged to read, read, read and may participate in a reading challenge such as “Be a Winner: Read!” For the older students, entering grades three through eight, the summer reading list is tailored to the appropriate grade level.


Books are available from the following resources:

Amazon (Be sure to use your “SMCDS Smile Account!”)
Barnes and Noble
Ocean States Library Rhode Island
(check to see what your local public library has available in print or online)

Entering 3rd graders must read a total of 3 books for summer reading (2 required and 1 free choice)

Required Reading Books

1. My Father’s Dragon

You will need to have your own copy, so you should write notes and highlight important parts while you are reading.  We will start the year discussing this book and will complete a project in class; please be prepared when school starts.

2. Select one of the following biographies to read.

Write down five interesting facts that you learned about the person whose life you read.

  • Who was George Washington Carver?
  • Who was Rosa Parks?
  • Who was Louis Armstrong?
  • Who was Sally Ride?
  • Who was Frida Kahlo?
  • Who was Madame Curie?
  • Who was Nelson Mandala?
  • Who was Roberto Clemente?
  • Who was Sojourner of Truth?
  • Who was Jesse Owens?
  • Who was Frederick Douglass?
  • Who is Malala Yousafzai?

Select One additional book from the list below OR One free choice book of comparable literary merit.

2030 : A Day in the Life of Tomorrow’s Kids by Amy Zuckerman, James Daly, and John Manders
By examining present-day trends and technology, this book speculates on how life will be for kids in the future through a review of the way the world will operate, new inventions, and the environmental changes that may take place.

Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith.
Babe, a piglet destined for eventual butchering arrives at Hogget’s farm, is adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success.

Bobby the Brave (Sometimes) by Lisa Yee.
Bobby Ellis-Chan is ready to fight his fears (maybe?).

Any of the Carver Chronicles series by Karen English. Third-grade life at Carver Elementary School.

Celia’s Robot by Margaret Chang.
Ten-year-old Celia is messy and disorganized, so her father builds her a robot to turn her life around. High-tech Robot is part nanny, part housekeeper, and all friend, but Celia worries that Dad build Robot because he and Mom are too busy to take care of her. Then Robot goes missing, and Celia wonders if she’s lost her father’s love as well.
The Dog that Stole Football Plays by Matt Christopher. Trouble and struggle erupt on Mike’s football team when Harry, his telepathic dog, is forced to remain home, unable to give the team his supernatural advice.

Nikki and Deja: Election Madness by Karen English.
When the students in Nikki and Deja’s class find out that their school is going to hold its first-ever election for student body president, some kids are more excited than others. But none is as excited as Deja, who figures she’s a shoo-in for the third grade nomination. Deja decides that Nikki will be her campaign manager, of course, and puts her to work right away. But will Deja’s tendency to rush into things and boss people around alienate her best friend when she needs her most, and spoil her chances of becoming president of Carver Elementary? Or any of the Nikki and Deja books.

How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay by Julia Alvarez.
When ten-year-old Miguel’s aunt comes to live with him, his mother, and his sister,he is embarrassed by her language and clothes. However, his friends help him realize what a wonderful person she is.

Required: My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett.
(Newbery Honor Book)

A young boy runs away from home to rescue an abused baby dragon held captive to serve as a free twenty-four hour, seven-days-a-week ferry for the lazy wild animals living on Wild Island.

The Trail of Tears by Joseph Bruchac.
Recounts how the Cherokees, after fighting to keep their land in the nineteenth century, were forced to leave and travel 1200 miles to a new settlement in Oklahoma, a terrible journey known as the Trail of Tears.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin.
(Newbery Honor Book)
Accompanied by a dragon, Minli sets off on a journey to ask the Old Man of the Moon how to change her family’s fortune.

If you have any questions about summer reading for entering 3rd grade, contact teacher Mrs. Loughborough, the 3rd grade teacher, at

Descriptions of books are edited from a variety of sources such as Amazon, Baker and Taylor online, previous summer reading lists, and individual cataloging records.

Happy reading!