Holy Cross Summer Reading

Going into PreK

  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
  • Fill a Bucket: A Young Child's Guide to Happiness by Carol McCloud & Katherine Martin

Going into Kindergarten

  • There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books! by Lucille Colandro
  • National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly by Laura Marsh

Going into First Grade

  • Have you Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
  • What If You Had Animal Feet? by Sandra Markle

Going into Second Grade

  • George Washington and the General's Dog by Frank Murphy
  • Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
  • Mr. Putter and Tabby Drop the Ball by Cynthia Rylant

Going into Third Grade

  • Sky High: George Ferris's Big Wheel by Monica Kulling
  • The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

Going into Fourth Grade

  • The Lemonade Crime by Jacqueline Davies
  • The Secret of the Shamrock by Lisa M. Hendley

Going into Fifth Grade

  • No Talking by Andrew Clements
  • The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson
  • Smart About the Fifty States by Jon Buller

Going into Sixth Grade

  • Savvy by Ingrid Law (OR Word of Mouse)
  • Word of Mouse by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein (OR Savvy)
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

Going into Seventh Grade

  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Heaven is for Read: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven & Back by Todd Burpo & Lynn Vincent

Going into Eighth Grade

  • Chasing Lincoln's KIller: The Search for John Wilkes Booth by James L. Swanson
  • Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams

 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Chicka Chicka Book, A) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689835681
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Published: Beach Lane Books - August 1st, 2000

In this lively alphabet rhyme, the letters of the alphabet race up the cocunut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no - Chicka Chicka Boom! Boom!

A told B, and B told C, I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.

In this lively alphabet rhyme, all the letters of the alphabet race each other up the cocunut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no - Chicka Chicka Boom! Boom!


Fill a Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Young Children Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9780996099974
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Published: Bucket Fillers - September 1st, 2017

"Here's a delightful little book to warm the hearts of young children and teach them how to experience the joy of giving and receiving. Just think of all the little buckets this book will fill with love and encouragement." —Dr. Kevin Leman, author of Have a New Kid by Friday

The day you were born was a very happy day. You are a special gift.


There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books! Cover Image
By Lucille Colandro, Jared Lee (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545402873
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Published: Cartwheel Books - July 1st, 2012

There was an old lady who's ready for school!

That lovely old lady has returned just in time for the first day of school. Now she's swallowing items to make the very best of her first day back. And just in time for the bus...


National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9781426309205
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Published: National Geographic Kids - April 10th, 2012

Butterflies are all around us. It's hard to believe these majestic insects with impressive wingspans and beautifully colored and patterned wings were once creepy crawly caterpillars. How in the world does this transformation happen? This Level 1 Reader gives kids an up-close look at exactly how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly.


Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids Cover Image
By Carol McCloud, David Messing (Illustrator)
$9.95
ISBN: 9780996099936
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Published: Bucket Fillers - October 1st, 2015

"Children are not the only ones that need to learn how to be truly happy. It’s all in the bucket, that invisible bucket that follows you everywhere... teaches young readers valuable lessons about giving, sharing, and caring. This guide to daily happiness, though, is not just for kids. We all need reminders of the benefits of positive thinking and positive behavior.


What If You Had Animal Feet? Cover Image
By Sandra Markle, Howard McWilliam (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780545733120
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Published: Scholastic Paperback Nonfiction - February 24th, 2015

If you could have any animal's feet, whose would you choose?


George Washington and the General's Dog (Step into Reading) Cover Image
By Frank Murphy, Richard Walz (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780375810152
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - December 24th, 2002

Children will delight at this little-known-story about our nation's first president, George Washington, that makes for perfect President's Day readers!


Library Lion Cover Image
By Michelle Knudsen, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763637842
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Published: Candlewick - June 25th, 2009

"A reminder that sometimes, there is a good reason to break the rules. . . .This winsome pairing of text and illustration is a natural for storytime." — School Library Journal (starred review)


Mr. Putter & Tabby Drop the Ball Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant, Arthur Howard (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780544341159
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - November 18th, 2014

Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby, love to take naps — too many naps. What they need is a sport! Luckily Mrs.Teaberry and her good dog, Zeke, know of a baseball team they can join. It's not long before Mr. Putter is ready to play ball, but will his creaky knees cooperate? And can Zeke avoid wreaking havoc on the field?


Sky High: George Ferris's Big Wheel (Step into Reading) Cover Image
By Monica Kulling, Gene Barretta (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781101934524
Availability: Hard to Find - Not Available for Web Order
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 11th, 2016

This fascinating Step 3 History Reader describes the invention of the first Ferris wheel—an engineering marvel. The 1893 World’s Fair organizers wanted something big to draw people to Chicago . . . something that would rival the Eiffel Tower. George Ferris, an American engineer, had the idea for an observation wheel that passengers could ride on. People laughed at his idea.


The Year of Billy Miller Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062268143
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 26th, 2015

Newbery Honor Book and New York Times Bestseller!

Award-winning, nationally bestselling author Kevin Henkes introduces second-grader Billy Miller in this fast-paced and funny story about friendship, sibling rivalry, and elementary school.


The Lemonade Crime (The Lemonade War Series #2) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780547722375
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 3rd, 2012

Following the laws of our legal system, Evan and Jessie’s fourth grade class concocts a courtroom on the playground, putting Scott Spencer, alleged thief, on trial. They create a legitimate courtroom—with a judge, witnesses, a jury of their peers—and surprising consequences.


The Secret of the Shamrock, Volume 1 (Chime Travelers #1) Cover Image
By Lisa M. Hendey, Jenn Bower (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781616368470
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Published: Franciscan Media - July 21st, 2015

When Patrick has to work on his church's cleaning team on a Saturday, he thinks his weekend fun is ruined. But when the old church bells start chiming, Patrick and his pet frog, Francis, are suddenly taken back through time to ancient Ireland. Will the strange shepherd he meets be able to help him get home, or will Patrick be stuck taking care of sheep in the rain and mud forever?


No Talking Cover Image
By Andrew Clements, Mark Elliott (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781416909842
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 23rd, 2009

It’s boys vs. girls when the noisiest, most talkative, and most competitive fifth graders in history challenge one another to see who can go longer without talking. Teachers and school administrators are in an uproar, until an innovative teacher sees how the kids’ experiment can provide a terrific and unique lesson in communication.


The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545804523
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - August 29th, 2017

Based on the true story of a boy in Brooklyn who became neighbors and friends with his hero, Jackie Robinson.


Smart About the Fifty States: A Class Report (Smart About History) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780448431314
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - May 12th, 2003

The kids in Ms. Brandt's class create a special report on the United States of America, with each child doing research on ten states. There's a double-spread map of the whole U.S. and a page for every state jam-packed with trivia, interesting facts, handwritten captions, and jokes.


Savvy Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142414330
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Published: Puffin Books - March 23rd, 2010

A Newbery Honor Book


Word of Mouse Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316414012
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Published: jimmy patterson - March 27th, 2018

A very special mouse escapes from a lab to find his missing family in this charming story of survival, determination, and the power of friendship.


Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780307931474
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Published: Yearling - June 24th, 2014

Can you find your way out of what James Patterson calls the “coolest library in the world”? Join gamer-fan Kyle Keeley as he competes in the escape game of a lifetime!
 


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Fever 1793 Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689848919
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2002

An epidemic of fever sweeps through the streets of 1793 Philadelphia in this novel from Laurie Halse Anderson where "the plot rages like the epidemic itself" (The New York Times Book Review).

During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather.


Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780849946158
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Published: Thomas Nelson - October 31st, 2010

#1 New York Times best-seller with more than 11 million copies sold and Amazon's #17 best-selling book of all time. Heaven Is for Real was the best-selling non-fiction book of 2011 as reported by Nielsen's Bookscan, and was developed as a major motion picture by Sony in 2014.


Chasing Lincoln's Killer: The Search For John Wilkes Booth Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780439903547
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 1st, 2009

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author James Swanson delivers a riveting account of the chase for Abraham Lincoln's assassin.


Down the Rabbit Hole (Echo Falls Mystery #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780060737030
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Published: HarperCollins - April 25th, 2006

"My all-time favorite. Astonishing." (Stephen King)

Down the Rabbit Hole is the first book in the Echo Falls mystery series by bestselling crime novelist Peter Abrahams. Perfect for middle school readers looking for a good mystery.