Saint John Academy Summer Reading

For Rising 1st 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, see you in August.


Mrs. Karen Tessier

Assistant Head Master

Saint John Academy

Core Elements of Summer Reading for Rising First Grade


  • From the reading list below, choose 7 books to be read out loud or with parents. Parents may choose to read to their child or have their child read to them. Students (along with parents) are required to read Quiet by Tomie DePaola, and 3 stories from The Book of Bible Stories by Tomie DePaola or 3 stories from The Miracles of Jesus by Tomie DePaola.


The Miracles of Jesus by Tomie DePaola

Quiet by Tomi DePaola

Book of Bible Stories by Tomi DePaola

Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomi DePaola

The Good Samaritan by Tomi DePaola

The Parables of Jesus by Tomi DePaola

My First Easter by Tomi DePaola

The Legend of the Poinsetta by Tomi DePaola

Mary, the Mother of Jesus by Tomi DePaola

Stone Soup- Marcia Brown

Beatrice’s Goat- Page McBrier

Jumping Bean- Edna Miller

Mousekin’s Christmas Eve- Edna Miller

Mousekin’s Frosty Friend- Edna Miller

Mousekin’s Golden House- Edna Miller

Mousekin’s Thanksgiving- Edna Miller

Mousekin’s Woodland Sleepers- Edna Miller

Patches Finds a New Home- Edna Miller

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 by: Dr. Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham by: Dr. Seuss

(any of Dr. Seuss’ books are tons of fun!)

Too Much Noise by: Ann McGovern

Snowmen at Night by: Caralyn Buehner

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by: Eric Carl

Diary of a Worm by: Doreen Cronin

Is Your Mama a Llama? by: Deborah Guanino

Child’s Book of Prayers by: Michael Hague

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Did You See? by: Bill Martin

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by: Mo Willem

(any Mo Willem’s books are great to read!)

A Walk Through Our Church by: Gertrud Mueller Nelson

Where Does God Live? by: Holly Bea

Corduroy by: Don Freeman

The Lord’s Prayer by: Lois Rock

Giraffes Can’t Dance by: Giles Andreae

The Lion and the Mouse by: Gail Herman

Love You Forever by: Robert Munsch

Make Way for the Ducklings by: Robert McCloskey

I Like Bugs by: Margaret Wise Brown



  • Read the following three poems, your child should memorize one of them and recite to you and your family. Students should also be prepared to recite to the class as well.


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

"Rain" by Robert Louis Stevenson

"Fog" by Carl Sandburg



  • 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 with your child, Beauty and the Beast by Charles Perrault and The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen.

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

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