Hartford Public Library and Hartford Public Schools work collaboratively to serve the library and intervention needs of Hartford students and families through a coherent system of relevant resources, programming, and services. The library provides access to summer enrichment programs as well as access to academic resources. These reading lists were created for the partnership to guide learning throughout the summer months.

Reading and engaging in learning opportunities prevents summer slide during the long school break, meaning young people go back to school ready to perform at grade-level.


  Barrett & Pham, All Fall Down

  Church, I Will Love You Forever

  Dewdney, Llama Llama Red Pajama

  Leigh & Gall, Ninjabread Man

  McNeil & Doerrfeld, Sleepy Toes

  Cabrera, There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

  Sayres & Slade, Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night?

  Rinker & Lichtenheld, Steam Train, Dream Train 1-2-3

  Marshal, Five Little Ducks

  Wan, You Are My Cupcake

First Grade

  Cooney, Miss Rumphius

  Engle, Drum Dream Girl

  Paul, One Plastic Bag

  Van Allsburg, Just a Dream

  Rabinowitz, Boy and a Jaguar

  Beaty & Roberts, Ada Twist, Scientist

  McDonald, Judy Moody and the Bucket List

  Hopkins, The Tree Lady

  Kostecki-Shaw, Luna and Me

  Osborne, Magic Tree House: Stage Fright on a Summer Night

Third Grade

  Aston, Dream Something Big

  Bildner, Marvelous Cornelius

  Davies, Manatee Rescue

  Krishnaswami, Book Uncle and Me

  MacLachlan, Waiting for the Magic

  Pinborough, Miss Moore Thought Otherwise

  Hood, Ada's Violin

  Maxwell, Fur, Fins, and Feathers

  Reynolds, Sydney & Simon Go Green!

  Rosenstock, The Camping Trip That Changed America

Fifth Grade

  Buyea, Because of Mr. Terupt

  Cervantes, Gaby, Lost and Found

  Fleischman, Seedfolks

  Hiaasen, Hoot

  French, Operation Redwood

  Silvey, Untamed

  Beil, Fire in Their Eyes

  Weatherford, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

  Farrell, Fannie Never Flinched

  Tonatiuh, Separate is Never Equal

Ninth + Tenth Grade

  Otto, Eight Girls Taking Pictures

  Padian, Out of Nowhere

  Zusak & Aydin, I am the Messenger

  Lewis, March: Book One

  Anderson, Symphony for the City of the Dead

  Thompson, Smarter Than You Think

  Stevenson, Just Mercy

  Kidder, Mountains Beyond Mountains

  Sharenow, The Berlin Boxing Club

Seventh Grade

  Halpin, It's Your World--If You Don't Like It, Change It

  Kamkwamba & Mealer, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

  Hunt, One for the Murphys

  Pearsall, All of the Above

  Reynolds, Ghost

  Rusch, The Next Wave

  Hyde, Pay It Forward

  Sandler, How the Beatles Changed the World

  Shrefer, Endangered

  Swaby, Trailblazers


  Rinker & Lichtenheld, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

  Nikamon, Highway, & Rombough, Caribou Song

  DiOrio & Jorisch, What Does it Mean to Be Kind?

  de la Peña, Last Stop on Market Street

  Sutton, Construction

  Hale, Up: A Celebration of Building

  McAnulty & Lew-Vriethoff, Beautiful

  Ancona, Can We Help?

  Rinker & Lichtenheld, Mighty, Mighty Construction Site

  Campoy & Howell, Maybe Something Beautiful

Second Grade

  Bean, Building Our House

  Cousteau & Hopkinson, Follow the Moon Home

  Fan, The Night Gardener

  Verde, The Water Princess

  Woodson, The Other Side

  Brown, The Curious Garden

  Eaton, The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan

  Roberts, The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade

  Stone, That House that Jane Built

  Wiesner, The Three Pigs

Fourth Grade

  Branford, Violet Mackerel's Pocket Protest

  Fern, Buffalo Music

  London, The Wild Ones

  Smith, Brick by Brick

  McKay, Lulu and the Dog from the Sea

  Bailey Beard, Annie Glover is Not a Tree Lover

  Muntean, Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs

  Drummond, Energy Island

  Krull, A Boy Named FDR

  O'Brien, The Legend of Hong Kil Dong

Sixth Grade

  Cavanaugh, The Journal Belongs to Ratchet

  Rhodes, Bayou Magic

  Tyre, Last In a Long Line of Rebels

  Winick, Saving the Whole Wide World

  Mongomery, Cheetahs

  Montgomery, Temple Grandin

  Freedman, We Will Not Be Silent

  Goodman, The First Step

  Rohmer, Heroes of the Environment

  Rubin, Stand There! She Shouted

Eleventh + Twelfth Grade

  Crowder, Audacity

  St. John Mandel, Station Eleven

  Zusak & Aydin, I am the Messenger

  Lewis, March: Book One

  Schreiber, Con Academy

  Alexander, The Crossover

  Fleischman, Eyes Wide Open

  Kristof, Half the Sky

  Shetterly, Hidden Figures

  Yousafzai, I am Malala

Eighth Grade

  Ottaviani & Wicks, Primates

  Shetterly, Hidden Figures

  Lucier, A Death-Struck Year

  Kanefield, The Girl from the Tar Paper School

  Hoose, The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

  Hoose, Claudette Colvin

  Draper, Stella by Starlight

  Sonnenblick, Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie

  Halpin, It's Your World--If You Don't Like It, Change It

  Marrin, A Volcano Beneath the Snow

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