Faustina Academy Summer Reading

For 2nd – 6th: Each student is encouraged to select two books from his respective grade level. After reading his/her chosen two books, each student must write a brief essay about ONE of the books.
Second and third graders will write a simple overview of the book. At this age, you may choose to have your student tell you about the book, and you write down what he/she says. He/She should then copy their “narration” in their own writing. Alternatively, your student may prefer to write the entire essay on their own.

Fourth through sixth graders should write an essay that demonstrates knowledge of the story. Students should describe the book’s main characters, setting, plot, and lessons or themes. Essays will be graded on proper spelling, punctuation, and style according to their respective grade levels. Essays will count toward first quarter English grades.


Entering 2nd Grade

  • Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
  • Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate Di Camillo
  • Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky
  • The Making of a Knight by Patrick O’Brien
  • King’s Stilts by Dr Seuss
  • Velveteen Rabbit, or, How Toys Became Real by Margery Williams
  • New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert and Anita Lobel

Entering 3rd Grade

  • Apple and the Arrow by Mary and Conrad Buff
  • Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz
  • Light Princess by George MacDonald
  • Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • Cricket in Times Square by Garth Williams

Entering 4th Grade

  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt by Jean Fritz
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • Scout: Secret of the Swamp by Piet Prins
  • Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

Entering 5th Grade

  • Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
  • Adventures of Robinhood by Roger Lancelyn Green
  • Redwall by Brian Jacques
  • Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigs
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • Tanglewoods Secret by Patricia St John

Entering 6th Grade

  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
  • Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty
  • Carry On, Mr Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
  • The Wresting Game by Ellen Raskin
  • The Staircase by Ann Rinaldi


  • 7th/8th GradeThe Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare


  • 9th Grade  – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • 10th Grade – The Winter’s Tale by Shakespeare
  • 11th Grade – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • 12th Grade – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen