Incoming Prep-1 Summer Reading 2017

Incoming Prep-1 Grade students are required to read 15 books. They do not have to read the books on their own—parents, older siblings, etc. can read to them! The following is a list of suggestions—there are no required titles for summer reading. Please remember that if you want to open a parent library card at Gilman, we are happy to do that!

Reading on Our Own
(many of the authors listed here have multiple books that would be appropriate!)

  • Adler, David A. Don’t Throw it to Mo! series.
  • Archer, Dosh. Urgency Emergency! series.
  • Bang-Campbell, Monika. Little Rat series.
  • Dean, James. Pete the Cat series.
  • Hoena, Blake. Monster Heroes: The Ghost Trap.
  • Joyner, Andrew. Boris series.
  • Rylant, Cynthia. Henry and Mudge, and Mr. Putter and Tabby series.
  • Sharmat, Marjorie. Nate the Great series.
  • Willems, Mo. Elephant and Piggie series.

Picture Books:

  • Andrews, Troy. Trombone Shorty.
  • Atkinson, Cale. Explorers of the Wild.
  • Carle, Eric. The Mixed-up Chameleon.
  • Luyken, Carla. The Book of Mistakes.
  • Kang, Anna. You Are (Not) Small.
  • Kraegel, Kenneth. Green Pants.
  • Nevuis, Carol. Building with Dad.
  • Pinkney, Jerry. Three Billy Goats Gruff.
  • Pizzoli, Greg. Good Night Owl.
  • Santat, Dan. Are We There Yet?


  • Arnosky, Jim. Shimmer and Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life.
  • Berne, Jennifer. Manfish: The Story of Jacques Cousteau.
  • Flemming, Candace. Giant Squid.
  • Pattison, Darcy. Burn: Michael Farraday’s Candle.
  • Winter, Jeanette. The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps.

Let’s Read Together/Books to Listen To:

  • Butterworth, Oliver. The Enormous Egg.
  • Cronin, Doreen. The Chicken Squad: the First Misadventure.
  • DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy Watson.
  • Donaldson, Julia. The Gruffalo.
  • Hale, Shannon. The Princess in Black.

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