Summer Reading for Grades 3-5 from the Association for Library Service to Children

NPL has books recommended by the Association for Library Service to Children for grades 3-5.

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is a division of the American Library Association. Their summer reading booklist for grades 3-5 is created by a committee of library professionals with input from elementary school readers. The descriptive information below is provided by ALSC.

The Cardboard Kingdom / Chad Sell. A diverse group of kids create their own world of play and safe self-expression using a little cardboard and a lot of imagination.

Clayton Byrd goes underground / Rita Williams-Garcia. When his beloved grandfather, the blues man Cool Papa Byrd, dies suddenly, Clayton’s anger and misplaced alliances get him into trouble. This story of family, grief, reconciliation, and the power of music is set in New York City. (Audio book).

Drawn together / written by Minh Lê; illustrations by Dan Santat. When lack of a shared verbal language threatens to ruin a visit between a boy and his grandfather, the power of art is just the thing to bridge their differences.

Flying lessons & other stories / edited by Ellen Oh. Ten authors celebrate diversity through tales of Bigfoot, basketball, girl pirates, and more in a highly readable, relatable short-story collection.

Front desk / Kelly Yang. A young girl and her family manage a motel and adjust to a new life in America after emigrating from China.

Hello universe / Erin Entrada Kelly. The lives of Virgil, Kaori, Gen, and Valencia are woven together in unexpected ways when a disaster brings them together to perform a rescue in this story of bravery and friendship.

The house that Lou built / Mae Respicio. Lou dreams of building a tiny house on the property her father willed to her. When taxes on the land become too high for her mother to pay, Lou needs all her ingenuity.

Julián is a mermaid / Jessica Love. Julián loves mermaids! A summer afternoon of dress-up fantasy is only improved by a surprise from his abuela.

Makoons / Louise Erdrich. Twin brothers Makoons and Chickadee travel across the plains in search of buffalo with their family in the 1860s.

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King / Ben Hatke; color by Alex Campbell and Hilary Sycamore. In this sequel to Mighty Jack, Jack and Lilly travel through a portal to a bridge between worlds where they encounter grave dangers, fight monsters, and receive help from unexpected sources.

The Parker inheritance / Varian Johnson. Candace would rather be home in Atlanta with her friends this summer, instead of where she is, in her grandmother’s small town of Lambert, South Carolina. But the discovery of clues to an intricate puzzle entwined in the town’s complicated history could lead to a hidden fortune.

Real friends / Shannon Hale; artwork by LeUyen Pham. Shannon is learning how to navigate the turbulent waters of childhood—handling bullies, dealing with cliques, and finding out who her true friends really are.

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