FLY – Summer Reading and Math Resources
Please find a listing of helpful resources your children can use this summer to earn their hours for FLY! You will find books, websites, and other resources organized by grade level. Our wonderful Sharon Teachers and parents have helped compile these listings. While it’s always fun to look ahead to the upcoming grade, you can always encourage your children to refresh the skills they learned this past year in the grade completed. Remember these are only suggestions! Enjoy a summer of fun and education!
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Summer reading lists
Fly Guy and the Frankenfly Arnold
Buzz has a nightmare that his best friend Fly Guy has created a gigantic Frankenfly monster.
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild Brown
Bored with city life and the proper behavior it requires, Mr. Tiger has a wild idea that leads him to discover his true nature.
The Great Panda Tale Buller
Readers who can read alone will be introduced to facts about pandas, including what they eat and how they grow, and follows Louise and the rest of the zoo crew as they eagerly await the arrival of a new baby panda.
The Tiny Seed Carle
Dazzlingly colorful collage illustrations and a simple but dramatic text tell the fascinating story of the life cycle of a flower in terms of the adventures of a tiny seed.
Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas Coudray
Benjamin Bear walks on water, rides a square-wheeled bicycle, and wears a fishbowl helmet under the sea. Told in the form of one-page comic strips, each of Benjamin’s adventures is a hilarious gag, a puzzle, a mini physics lesson, or sometimes all three.
Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type Cronin
Farmer Brown thinks it’s odd when he hears the sounds of typing coming from the barn, but his troubles really begin when his cows start leaving him notes. First they demand better working conditions, then they stage a strike!
The Day the Crayons Quit Daywalt
When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them. Kids can imagine their own conversations with crayons with this picture book.
Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach Dean
Visiting the beach with his family, groovy Pete enjoys collecting shells and building a sand castle but resists going into the water or accepting a surfing lesson from Bob, despite the hot weather.
Bink and Gollie DiCamillo
Two roller-skating best friends–one tiny, one tall–share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.
Charlie the Ranch Dog: Where’s the Bacon? Drummond
This ‘I Can Read’ book follows the efforts of the ranch basset hound to teach rules to a new puppy who sleeps in Charlie’s bed, drinks his water, and eats his bacon.
The Camping Trip Hapka
In the tenth book in the Pony Scouts I Can Read series, when Meg goes camping with the Pony Scouts, she finds herself unprepared for bugs, long walks to the bathroom and spooky stories.
Benny and Penny in the Toy Breaker Hayes
When their cousin Bo comes to visit, Benny and Penny hide their toys and try to go on a treasure hunt without him, but Bo will not stop pestering them.
Penny and Her Marble Henkes
Penny feels guilty after taking a beautiful blue marble that she sees in Mrs. Goodwin’s grass, but gets a pleasant surprise when she goes to return it the next day.
My First Day Jenkins
Introduces children to a collection of wild animals, and, through detailed illustrations, shows how and why slithering, hopping, and crawling creatures move as they do.
I Want My Hat Back Klassen
The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Told completely in dialogue, this delicious take on the classic repetitive tale plays out in sly illustrations laced with visual humor.
Up, Tall, and High Long
Through illustrations and simple text, birds demonstrate the meanings of the words up, tall, and high.
Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals. Includes biographical information on the prominent zoologist.
Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth McGhee
A first grader is frightened on her first day of school after hearing a rumor that her teacher is a 300-year-old alien with a purple tongue who steals baby teeth from her students.
I Am Amelia Earhart Meltzer
Presents the life of the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and who mysteriously disappeared in 1937 while attempting to fly around the world.
Just My Luck O’Connor
When Nancy learns there is a whole list of what’s lucky and what isn’t, she tries to sort out what she really believes.
Officer Buckle and Gloria Rathmann
The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle’s safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches.
Creepy Carrots Reynolds
The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.
When a busy family’s activities come to a halt because of a blackout, they find they enjoy spending time together and not being too busy for once.
Duck! Rabbit! Rosenthal
Two unseen characters argue about whether the creature they are looking at is a rabbit or a duck.
Grandfather’s Journey Say
A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather’s journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.
Doctor De Soto Steig
Dr. De Soto, a mouse dentist, copes with the toothaches of various animals except those with a taste for mice until the day a fox comes to him in great pain.
Interrupting Chicken Stein
Little Red Chicken wants Papa to read her a bedtime story, but interrupts him almost as soon as he begins each tale.
Jumanji Van Allsburg
Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible , No Good, Very Bad Day Viorst
On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.
Are Your Ready to Play Outside? Willems
Friends Elephant and Piggie are playing outside when it starts to rain, and then they must decide what to do.
Summer Reading Lists
Tiny Titans: Growing Up Tiny! Baltazar
A new volume of the Eisner Award-winning series, including lots o’ Crocs, a super-speedster race, young Bizarros in love and the Crossing Patrol Boys of Doom!
Ivy and Bean Barrows
When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected. (First in the series)
On a Beam of Light Berne
Follows the life of Albert Einstein, the famous physicist.
Freckle Juice Blume
Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon’s freckle recipe for fifty cents.
A turtle with a garden on her shell is taken to a museum when a young girl helps to get the sad turtle home.
Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash Brown
A unique, spunky, multiracial, bilingual girl plans a one-of-a-kind birthday party and hopes her abuelita (grandma) will be able to come from Peru to join the festivities.
Romona Quimby, age 8 Cleary
Ramona’s determined to enjoy the third grade, despite the trials and tribulations of being in the Quimby family.
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush De Paola
Little Gopher follows his destiny to become an artist for his tribe.
Mercy Watson to the Rescue DiCamillo
Mercy is not just a pig, but a part of the Watson family and after a mishap; she (hopefully) will help her family. (First in the series)
This striking book discusses America’s early transcontinental railroads and experiences of early travelers. The pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives of the 19th century.
Shark Reef Foreman
Readers who can read alone will enjoy reading and discovering the fascinating features of a variety of sharks and what they really think about divers.
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers Gerstein
In 1974, Philippe Petit walked between the World Trade Center towers on a tightrope.
Framed in France Greenhut
Stanley must help go to the Louvre museum to help catch an art thief. (Entry in the Flat Stanley’s World Adventures series)
Welcome to the Tribe! Grimaldi
Outsider Tib befriends a big, red dinosaur named Tumtum that nobody else believes in. (First in the series)
Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship Hatkoff
An orphaned hippo is befriended by a 130-year-old giant tortoise.
Dave the Potter: Artists, Poet, Slave Hill
This nonfiction title is a beautiful and inspiring biography of a slave who lived in South Carolina in the 1800s and his extraordinary talent for pottery.
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? Jenkins
Presents all the things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails.
Johnny Boo: The Best Little Ghost in the World Kochalka
Johnny Boo and his pet ghost, Squiggle, are in for a prize when Ice Cream Monster comes into their lives. (First in the series)
Stink and the Shark Sleepover McDonald
When Stink’s parents win an aquarium sleepover, he and his two friends enjoy a scavenger hunt before trying to fall asleep while worrying about the frankensquid on the loose.
Tikki Tikki Tembo Mosel
Tikki tikki tembo (which means “the most wonderful thing in the whole wide world”) and his brother Chang (which means “little or nothing”) get into trouble with a well, are saved by the Old Man with the Ladder, and change history while they’re at it.
Zen Shorts Muth
Stillwater the panda bear shares stories with three siblings to help them open their minds. (First in the series) 2nd Grade www.cmlibrary.org/children www.cms.k12.nc.us
Amelia Bedelia, Cub Reporter Parish
After an incident involving a windowpane, a paperboy, and a duck, Amelia Bedelia finds herself reporting for the local school newspaper. No story is too small for Amelia Bedelia, and she reminds everyone exactly why she’s so sensational!
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters for Hire Saunders
This level 2 reader explores the mysterious and dangerous world of bounty hunters while sharing the story of the nefarious Boba Fett.
A Pond Full of Ink Schmidt
Fun adventures come to life through poems in this hilarious collection.
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs Scieszka
The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.
The Houdini Box Selznick
A boy is given a mysterious box by famed magician, Harry Houdini, which could lead to the greatest magic trick ever performed.
Abe Lincoln’s Dream Smith
A girl finds the ghost of Abraham Lincoln while touring the White House.
Hamster and Cheese Venable
A guinea pig and hamster become private investigators and solve mysteries. (First in the Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye series)
Mr. Wuffles Wiesner
Mr. Wuffles ignores all his cat toys but one, which turns out to be a spaceship piloted by small green aliens.
Each Kindness Woodson
When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya’s shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.
Summer Reading List
Weird but True
A series by National Geographic that offers a collection of true facts about such topics as animals, food, science, outer space, geography, and weather.
Enjoy a tour of the planets, moons, asteroids, comets and other rocks that orbit the sun.
Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.
Bad Kitty for President Bruel
Kitty decides to run for President of the Neighborhood Cat Coalition.
Clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.
The Trouble with Chickens Cronin
J. J. Tully, a former search and rescue dog, is supposed to be enjoying retirement until a mama hen comes to him for help finding two of her lost babies.
The Lemonade War Davies
Evan and his sister Jesse battle out their differences as they each operate lemonade stands.
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest DeLint
Twelve-year-old Lillian, an orphan who loves roaming the woods looking for fairies, is bitten by a deadly snake and saved through the magical forest creatures.
Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel Grimes
Spunky third-grader Dyamonde Daniel misses her old neighborhood, but when she befriends a boy named Free, another new student at school, she finally starts to feel at home.
A Story, A Story: An African Tale Haley
Recounts how most African folk tales came to be called “Spider Stories.” 3rd Grade www.cmlibrary.org/children www.cms.k12.nc.us
Just Grace Harper
Misnamed by her teacher, seven-year-old Just Grace prides herself on being empathetic, but when she tries to help a neighbor feel better, her good intentions backfire.
Monster on the Hill Harrell
In a fantastical England where each small town has a monster, the people of Stoker-on-Avon have to help their own, a depressed creature named Rayburn, become the monster he was born to be.
Zita the Spacegirl Hatke
Young Zita discovers a device that opens a portal to another place and her best friend is abducted, forcing her to set out on a journey from star to star to get back home.
Amazing Grace Hoffman
Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Kamkwamba
The true story of how young William Kamkwamba brought electricity to his village by creating a windmill from junk.
The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub: poems about the presidents Katz
A collection of humorous poems of various forms, including concrete, rhyming, and free verse, about each of the U.S. Presidents.
The Pig on the Hill Kelly
Pig enjoys his quiet life on the hill until Duck moves in next door and ruins his lovely view by building a big house and swimming pool.
Anyone But Me Krulik
Katie Carew, nicknamed Katie Kazoo by the class bully, wishes that she could be anyone but herself, but when her wish comes true and she turns into a hamster, she has to figure out what to do. First in a series.
After having their brains zapped by a robot, two friends must solve a series of math challenges in order to get their math skills back.
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 Markle
An illustrated account of immigrant Clara Lemlich’s pivotal role in organizing a massive walkout to protest the unfair working conditions in New York’s garment district.
A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray Martin
The story of Squirrel, a stray puppy making her way 3rd Grade www.cmlibrary.org/children www.cms.k12.nc.us
A Street Through Time Noon
Take a breathtaking journey through time as a street evolves from a camp of nomadic hunter-gatherers to the present day.
Road Trip Paulsen
A father and son embark on a road trip to a distant animal shelter to save a homeless border collie puppy.
Clementine is just a girl, but she has so many issues…from trouble with her friend Margaret to pigeons run amok, but Clementine handles it all with a bit of humor. First in a series.
Sit In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down Pinkney
A celebration of the Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-in that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing Civil Rights Movement.
The Blessing Cup Polacco
A single china cup from a tea set left behind when Jews were forced to leave Russia helps hold a family together through generations of living in America, reminding them of the most important things in life.
Calvin Coconut Salisbury
A humorous series about a boy that lives with his mother and sister near the beach in Hawaii.
Battle Bunny Scieszka
Alex hijacks a story about Birthday Bunny and turns it into a battle between a super villain and his enemies in the forest–who, in the original story, are simply planning a surprise party.
Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie Sternberg
After growing up with Bibi, her babysitter, Eleanor must learn how to cope with a new babysitter. First in a series.
Each Kindness Woodson
When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya’s shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.
Summer Reading List
History: Year by Year Chrisp
Chronologically traces all aspects of human history from prehistoric times to the present day.
Lunch Money Clements
Twelve-year-old Greg, who loves earning money, finds himself teamed up with his lifelong rival, Maura, to create a series of comic books to sell at school.
The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns Colfer
A pair of twins travel to the Land of Stories to save their mother and the fairy tale world from the evil Enchantress. Second in the series.
Matilda uses her magnificent mental powers to save the school and teacher from the terrible headmistress, Miss Trunchbull.
Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms Evans
Stuart Horten beings a magical quest to find his great-uncle Tony, a famous magician who has hidden his secret workshop. First in the series.
Barnum’s Bones Fern
A twentieth-century paleontologist, Barnum Brown, discovers the first ever Tyrannosaurus Rex and other species.
A Tale Dark and Grimm Gidwitz
Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more Grimm’s fairy tales.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Grabenstein
To escape the new town library, built by the famous gamemaker, Mr. Lemoncello, a twelve-year-old boy must work together with his friends.
Sardine in Outer Space Guibert
Sardine and her uncle sail a ship across the universe, making friends with aliens and the like in order to confront the evil Supermuscleman. First in the series
Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy Hale
Chronicles the story of the author’s namesake, America’s first spy during the Revolutionary War. First in the series.
Turtle in Paradise Holm
During the Great Depression, eleven-year old Turtle is sent to Key West, Florida to stay with relatives she doesn’t know when her mother gets a job in a place that doesn’t allow children.
Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World Jenkins
Describes and illustrates the uniquely adapted eyes of a series of animals.
Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper Kibuishi
Two siblings go on a quest to find their missing mother in a land full of evil creatures, robots, and talking animals. First in the series.
Explorer: The Mystery Boxes edited by Kibuishi
A collection of short graphic stories based on a mysterious box and all the things that could be inside. First in the series.
Everest: The Contest Korman
A group of teens compete for a chance to be the youngest person to climb Mount Everest.
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute Krosoczka
The school lunch lady secretly fights crime and uncovers a plot to replace the teachers with evil robots. First in the series.
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos LaFevers
Theo is able to sense curses, which comes in handy when her archaeologist mother brings the Heart of Egypt amulet home to the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London that is run by her father. First in the series.
Not for Parents: Rome Lamprell
Introduces amusing interesting facts about Rome, Italy. First in the series.
Mal and Chad: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever McCranie
A genius boy and his dog travel through time, while facing the normal challenges of everyday life. First in the series.
The Tapir Scientist: Saving South America’s Largest Mammal Montgomery
Pati Medici and fellow scientists work to study Brazil’s lowland tapir and protect it from extinction.
More Bones: Scary Stories From Around the World Olson
Short, scary stories from around the world are shared.
Martin and Mahalia: His Words, Her Song Pinkney
Explores the intersecting lives of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson at the historic moment when their joined voices inspired landmark changes.
Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World Rusch
An introduction to the life of Nikola Tesla and his inventions and his work in the alternating current.
Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories Scieszka
of Growing Up Scieszka
Author and illustrator Jon Scieszka describes his childhood as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner.
Mirror, Mirror Singer
A collection of fairy tale poems; when reversed they give new perspectives on the same story.
File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents Snicket
A young Lemony Snicket collects clues and asks questions to try and solve 13 suspicious cases.
When You Reach Me Stead
A twelve-year old New York City girl tries to untangle the mystery behind the series of notes she has received by an anonymous source during the 1980s.
In a story inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s Snow Queen, Hazel must go into the enchanted woods in hopes of saving her best friend Jack from an evil ice queen.
Summer Reading List
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda Angleberger
Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their classmate Dwight.
Loki’s Wolves Armstrong
Matt Thorsen, a direct descendent of the order-keeping god Thor, and his classmates Fen and Laurie, must fight monsters to stop the end of the world.
The Red Blazer Girls Beil
Three Catholic-schooled seventh-graders team up to help an elderly neighbor solve a puzzle her father left for her twenty years ago.
America is Under Attack: September 11, 2001 Brown
Narrates the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, from the plane hijackings to the collapse of the World Trade Center.
No Passengers Beyond This Point Choldenko
Three children must move in with relatives in Colorado when they lose their home, but strange things begin to happen when they reach their destinations.
Chuck Close: Face Book Close
An autobiography of the artist’s life, describing the creative processes he uses in the studio and his struggles with his disabilities.
House of Secrets Columbus
Cordelia, Brendan, and Eleanor Walker, aged fifteen to eight, must rely on a mysterious book to face the Wind Witch and her father, the Storm King, who have kidnapped Dr. and Mrs. Walker and brought them to a strange world of magic.
Deadly! The Truth About the Most Dangerous Creatures on Earth Davies
Introduces some of the most dangerous animals in the world, including cheetahs, sharks, owls, bears, and jellyfish.
The Search for Wondla DiTerlizzi
Living in isolation with a robot on what appears to be an alien world populated with bizarre life forms, a twelve-year-old human girl called Eva Nine sets out on a journey to find others like her.
City of Ember DuPrau
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.
Belly Up Gibbs
Twelve-year-old Teddy investigates when a popular Texas zoo’s star attraction–Henry the hippopotamus–is murdered.
Technology: A Byte-Size World! Green
Learn about all the gadgets and gizmos that you like to play with and use every day.
The Donner Dinner Party Hale
The Reed family struggles to survive the wagon train journey from Illinois to California as members of the ill-fated Donner Party.
Handbook for Dragon Slayers Haskell
Thirteen-year-old Princess Matilda joins her servant Judith and an old friend, Parz, in hunting dragons.
Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf Holm
Told through notes, grocery receipts, and a vast array of other items, this story follows Ginny as she accidentally dyes her hair pink, throws live frogs in class, and loses the lead role in ballet to her ex-best friend.
Titanic: Voices from the Disaster Hopkinson
Tells the tale of the sinking of the Titanic using the narratives of the witnesses and survivors to the disaster.
Due to an administrative mix-up at his school, Donovan, the school prankster is transferred to an academy for gifted and talented students.
Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the Krull
President (and the Country)
A unique look at Abraham Lincoln’s sense of humor and how it helped him through difficult times.
A Wrinkle in Time L’Engle
Thirteen-year-old Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin are guided by unearthly strangers as they go on a journey through space and time to search for Meg’s and Charles’ scientist father.
Lions of Little Rock Levine
Follows the friendship of two girls during the integration of schools in Little Rock during 1958. 5th Grade www.cmlibrary.org/children www.cms.k12.nc.us
Touch Blue Lord
Eleven-year old Tess may have to change schools and move from the only home she has known if things on the island where she lives don’t go according to plan.
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Nelson
Discusses the history of African Americans, from colonial days through the civil rights movement.
A Long Walk to Water Park
Two eleven-year old children, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985, struggle in different ways to survive in Sudan.
Bluffton: My Summers With Buster Phelan
In the summer of 1908, Henry encounters a vaudeville troupe and a boy his own age named Buster Keaton who has rare slapstick talents.
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—The World’s Sheinkin
Most Dangerous Weapon
Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.
Bone: Out from Boneville Smith
In the first volume of a graphic novel series, Fone Bone and his cousins must save their homeland from odd and evil characters.
When You Reach Me Stead
Miranda begins to receive notes with messages that detail things no one should know; now the messages make her think that she can prevent a tragic death if she is not too late.
An autobiography in graphic novel format describes how the author lost two of her front teeth in an accident when she was twelve and the subsequent struggles to obtain a perfect smile.
Scaly, Spotted, Feathered, Frilled: How Do We Know What Thimmesh
The Dinosaurs Really Looked Like?
Through illustrated full-color images, unravels the mystery of how we bring to life creatures that no one has ever seen before.
100 Cupboards Wilson
After his parents are kidnapped, twelve-year-old Henry York moves to small-town Kansas, where he and his cousin discover hidden doors in his attic room that seem to open onto other worlds.