Entering Grade Five

Hampden Meadows Summer Reading List



Floors series by Patrick Carman

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Spirit Animals series: Wild Born by Brandon Mull

The Golden Door trilogy by Emily Rodda

Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series by Brandon Sanderson

Odessa Again by Dana Reinhardt

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Goblins by Philip Reeve

Alchemyst series by Michael Scott

Warriors series by Erin Hunter

Realistic Fiction

The Year of the Baby by Andrea Cheng

Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

Elvis and the Underdogs by Jenny Lee

The 14 Fibs of Gregory K by Gregory Pincus

The Second Life of Abigail Walker by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Hoot by Carl Hiassen

Historical Fiction

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

My Name is Sally Little Song by Brenda Woods

Sports Fiction

Unstoppable by Tim Green

The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman

On the Line by Jake Maddox


The Genius Files series by Dan Gutman

What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World by Henry Clark

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud


Smells Like Dog series by Suzanne Selfors

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage

Who Could It Be at This Hour? By Lemony Snicket

Tower of the Five Orders by Devon Hicks

Graphic Novels

Olympians series by George O’Connor

Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi

Explorer by Kazu Kibuishi

Big Nate graphic novel series by Lincoln Peirce

Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Percy Jackson and the Olympians graphic novel series by Robert Venditti


Poems to Learn by Heart by Caroline Kennedy

The Tree that Time Built by Mary Ann Hoberman

Outside the Box by Karma Wilson



Dinosaurs in Your Backyard by Hugh Brewster

Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison

Make it Wild! 101 Things to Make and Do Outdoors by Jo Schofield

Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin

DK Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook by Nicola Graimes

The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest– and Most Surprising– Animals on Earth by Steve Jenkins

So You Want to Catch a Bigfoot? By Jamie Michalak

Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth by Nicola Davies

Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Patricia Newman

Inkblot: Drip, Splat, and Squish Your Way to Creativity by Margaret Peot

Shapes in Math, Science and Nature: Squares, Triangles and Circles by Catherine Sheldrick Ross


Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka

Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson

Lives of the Scientists by Kathleen Krull

Benjamin Franklin by Kathleen Krull

Summer Challenges


This site gives you the opportunity to learn something new each day. Why not take five minutes to read some nonfiction and dazzle your family at the dinner table with your knowledge?


This site is a place where you can keep track of books you read, learn about books you want to read, and blog about books. It's a Goodreads for kids. It might be a fun place to connect with others who love reading too!

2015 RI Children's Book Award Nominees

This Barrington Public Library site brings you to the list of the 2015 RI Children's Book Award nominees. It's no coincidence that many of the titles are on the summer reading lists. Why not challenge yourself to read all 20 by the time you vote in February?

John Newbery Award Winning Books

This site lets you take a quiz to see how many Newbery award winning books you've read. Why not challenge yourself to read as many as you can this summer? They became Newbery winners because a panel of readers thought they were the very best of their year.

Scholastic Summer Reading Program

This site lets you sign up for a summer reading program though Scholastic. If you're reading anyway, why not log the books in here?

Review a Book

This site was designed by a librarian who wanted readers to be able to review books and read the reviews of others. She invites students to write a review for her site. If you like writing, here's your chance to get a world-wide audience!

Form a Book Club

Talk to a few of your friends about reading the same title and having a book club. Books are so much more fun when you have people to talk to about them!

Genre Challenge

There are 8 weeks of summer. Why not challenge yourself to stretch outside your comfort zone and read a book from every genre? It's a great way to find a new type of book you may not have considered before. It's summer time- time to get a little wild!

Join the Barrington Public Library Summer Reading Program

You have a phenomenal public library in town. And the best part of public libraries is that if you request a book title that is currently unavailable, they can get it from any of the other public libraries in our state. What an awesome deal!

Learn About Money

This site will help you learn more about how to save money and how to become financially responsible. You're at a great age to start thinking about this. Before you know it you'll have a part time job and you'll be planning for the future.