HCE Summer Reading Program

"Dig" into some great books this summer! 


Please return the completed log to your HCE classroom teacher the first week of school (August 19-23.)  Books must be age and/or grade/reading level appropriate.  Non-readers may have books read to them. 

  • Read 5 or more books:  Receive an HCE spirit pin and attend our ice cream social and book swap in the fall.
  • Read 10 or more books:  Your name will be entered into grade-level drawings for gift cards. 

Click here for your: Summer Reading Log 2013

Suggested Reading List 2013


Entering 5th Grade:

  •  Ingrid Law Series
  • Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade, by Barthe DeClements
  • Hanging Off Jefferson's Nose: Growing Up On Mount Everest, by Tina Nichols Curry
  • The Camping Trip that Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir and Our National Parks, by Barbara Rosenstock
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, by Chris Grabenstein
  • The Books of Elsewhere Series, by Jacqueline West
  • The Wind and the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
  • The Janitors, by Tyler Whitesides

Entering 4th Grade:

  • Judy Blume Series 
  • Roald Dahl Books
  • The Humphrey Series, by Betty G. Birney
  • The Candymakers, by Wendy Mass
  • Shark Wars Series, by E.J. Altbacker
  • Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! and Boy, Were We Wrong About the Solar System! by Kathleen Kudlinski
  • Fake Mustache, or How Jodie O'Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind, by Tom Angleberger
  • A Dog's Tale, by Laurie Myers

Entering 3rd Grade:

  • Mirror, Mirror and Follow, Follow, by Marilyn Singer
  • Ellray Jakes Series, by Sally Warner
  • Dragonbreath Series by Ursula Vernon
  • Ivy and Bean Series by Annie Barrows
  • The Who Was? Series
  • The What Was? Series
  • One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • Waiting for Magic by Patricia Maclachlan
  • What I did on My Summer Vacation: Kids' Favorite Funny Summer Vacation Poems by Bruce Lansky


Entering 2nd Grade:

  • Gorillas by Patricia Brennan Demuth
  • Batman: Day of the Brave and the Bold: Day of the Dark Night!
  • Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
  • Summer by Alice Law
  • Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
  • Disney: The Never Girls: In a Blink
  • The Night Before Series by Judy Durrell
  • Nursery Rhyme Crimes Series by Priscilla Lamont


Entering 1st Grade: 

  • Turtle and Snake Go Camping by Kate Sophn
  • Spider's Lunch (All About Garden Spiders) by Joanna Cole
  • Tiny Goes to the Library by Cari Meister
  • Billy and Milly by Eve Feldman
  • Skippyjon Jones Series by Judy Schachner
  • The Night Before First Grade by Judy Durrell
  • National Geographic Readers: (i.e. Caterpillar to Butterfly)
  • The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck by Laura Murray


      Sunshine State Books 2013-14


 Elementary (Grades 3-5)


  • Angleberger, Tom. Fake mustache, or, How Jodie O'Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S.Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind. Amulet Books, 2012.
  • Applegate, Katherine. One and Only Ivan. Harper, 2012.
  • Breitrose, Prudence. Mousenet. Disney/Hyperion Books, 2011.
  • Carman, Patrick. Floors. Scholastic Press, 2011.
  • Cheng, Andrea. The Year of the Book. Houghton Mifflin, 2012.
  • Crum, Shutta. Thomas and the Dragon Queen. Random House/Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
  • Graff, Lisa. Double Dog Dare. Penguin/Philomel Books, 2012.
  • Kelly, Katie. Melonhead. Random House/Delacorte, 2009.
  • Lord, Cynthia. Touch Blue. Scholastic Press, 2010.
  • MacLachlan, Patricia. Waiting for the Magic. Simon and Schuster - Atheneum, 2011.
  • Mass, Wendy. The Candymakers. Little Brown, 2010.
  • Rocklin, Joanne. The Five Lives of our Cat Zook. Amulet Books, 2012.
  • Scattergood, Augusta. Glory Be. Scholastic, 2012.
  • Trivas, Tracey. Wish Stealers, The. Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, 2010.
  • Whitesides, Tyler. Janitors. Shadow Mountain, 2011.


Websites about Summer Reading Programs:    


Barnes and Noble Summer Reading--Get a Free Book

St. Johns County Library--Great programs and books

Scholastic Summer Challenge--Fun activities and help set a world record

Books-A-Million Summer Reading--Earn a backpack   


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PTO Contact Information
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School Year Calendar

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