Saint John Academy Summer Reading

For Rising 3rd Graders

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 Head Master

Saint John Academy

Core Elements of Summer Reading for Rising 3rd Graders

  • You will need a writing journal (a nice leather journal that you can reuse).
  • Required reading includes Mary by Tomie DePaola and your choice of one of the following by Tomie DePaola; Francis; The Poor Man of Assisi, The Clown of God and Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland.
  • From the reading list below, choose 2 to read. For each book draw a picture of something interesting and write a 1 paragraph (3-5 sentences) describing the pictures inside of your journal (pictures may be drawn and placed inside journal if you would like).



Under the Lilacs- Louisa May Alcott

The King’s Chessboard- David Birch

Caddie Woodlawn- Carol Ryrie Brink

The Pied Piper of Hamelin- Robert Browning

The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Little Lame Prince- Dinah Craik

The Courage of Sarah Noble- Alice Dalgliesh

Black Gold- Marguerite Henry

Born to Trot- Marguerite Henry

Brighty of the Grand Canyon- Marguerite Henry

Justin Morgan Had a Horse- Marguerite Henry

King of the Wind- Marguerite Henry

Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West- Marguerite Henry

The Jungle Book- Rudyard Kipling

Pyramid- David Macaulay

Sarah, Plain and Tall- Patricia MacLachlan

The Borrowers- Mary Norton

Stuart Little- E.B. White

The Trumpet of the Swan- E.B. White

Little House in the Big Woods- Laura Ingalls Wilder

Farmer Boy- Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little House on the Prairie- Laura Ingalls Wilder

On the Banks of Plum Creek- Laura Ingalls Wilder

By the Shores of Silver Lake- Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Long Winter- Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little Town on the Prairie- Laura Ingalls Wilder

These Happy Golden Years- Laura Ingalls Wilder

Henry and Mudge series, Cynthia Rylant

Boxcar Children series, Gertrude Chandler Warner

Amelia Bedelia stories, Peggy Parish

Ramoni Quimby, Age 8, Beverly Cleary

Mr. Popper's Penguins, Richard Atwater

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective, Donald Sobol

Stuart Little, E.B. White

Charlotte's Web, E.B. White


  • Poems

Read all four recommended poems, copy one into your journal and memorize one and recite at home.

"Be Strong" by M.D. Babcock

"George Washington" by Stephen and Rosemary Benet

"Jim" by Hilaire Belloc

"The Arrow and the Song" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


  • Choose three Aesop's Fables to read, no writing required.


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



  • Spiritual: The Rosary, The Annunciation; Read Luke 1: 5-38


Imagine you are at the scene of the Annunciation- a bird, insect, friend quietly observing.

Describe the scene (please write about the scene), what do you hear, see, describe the Angel that appears, What was Mary thinking, what is different about the reactions to the wonderful messages by Zachary and Mary (no writing required for this part).View Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Great Annunciation paintings, view any other Great Annunciation paintings that you find.

Big picture

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