Saint John Academy Summer Reading

For Rising 1st Graders

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Greetings, Parents and Students

Dear Parents,

The books, stories and poems have been carefully selected to foster an enjoyable and thoughtful reading experience. Enjoy this special time with your child. These assignments are meant to be enriching and meaningful.

Be sure to balance the assignments with lots of fun, enjoyable time outside with family and friends.

Best to you and your family,

Mrs. Karen Tessier

Assistant Headmaster

Saint John Academy

Core Elements of Summer Reading for Rising First Grade


  • Required readings include Quiet by Tomie dePaola. Please note that the book Quiet does not come out in print edition until October. You may find the digital version on Nook or Kindle, or you may wait until October to buy the print edition. The images for parts of the book may also be found online in various places. In addition, please choose three stories to read aloud to your child from Book of Bible Stories by Tomie dePaola or three parables from The Miracles of Jesus by Tomie dePaola.

  • From the reading list below, choose 5 books to be read silently or aloud with parents. Parents may choose to read some of the books to their child--at the parent's discretion.

Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland - Tomie dePaola

The Good Samaritan - Tomie dePaola

The Parables of Jesus - Tomie dePaola

My First Easter - Tomie dePaola

The Legend of the Poinsettia - Tomie dePaola

Mary, the Mother of Jesus - Tomie dePaola

Stone Soup - Marcia Brown

Beatrice’s Goat - Page McBrier

The Picnic - Ruth Brown

The Quiltmaker’s Gift - Jeff Brumbeau

Flower Garden - Eve Bunting

A House for Hermit Crab - Eric Carle

The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss

Too Much Noise - Ann McGovern

Snowmen at Night - Caralyn Buehner

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

Diary of a Worm - Doreen Cronin

Is Your Mama a Llama? - Deborah Guanino

Child’s Book of Prayers - Michael Hague

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - Bill Martin

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus - Mo Willem

A Walk Through Our Church - Gertrud Mueller Nelson

Where Does God Live? - Holly Bea

Corduroy - Don Freeman

The Lord’s Prayer - Lois Rock

Giraffes Can’t Dance - Giles Andreae

The Lion and the Mouse - Gail Herman

Love You Forever - Robert Munsch

Make Way for the Ducklings - Robert McCloskey

I Like Bugs - Margaret Wise Brown

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  • Read all three poems aloud.
  • Memorize at least one, reciting it at home (at the dinner table or some other spontaneous moment). This will also be recited at school.

"Now We Are Six" by A.A. Milne

"Rain" by Robert Louis Stevenson

"Fog" by Carl Sandburg

Aesop's Fables

  • Choose three Aesop's Fables to read.

The Fox and the Grapes
The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs
The Mice in Council
The Lion and the Mouse
The North Wind and the Sun
The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Boy and the Wolf
The Hare and the Tortoise
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
The Grasshopper and the Ants

We also recommend that you read (or retell) folktales to your child, such as Rumpelstiltskin by the Brothers Grimm and The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen.

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Be sure to read what is required but also read books that you love!

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