Required Summer Reading Assignment of 2017-2018 

Students are required to read “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Toulane” by Kate DeCamillo. Students are required to complete the assignment below over the summer and bring it to school on the first day of school in September. This is the first graded assignment for 5th grade.


You will use a 5”x 8” index card to write your responses to the book you have read. (Index cards can be purchased at Job Lot or Walmart.)

On the blank side of the index card, you will draw a picture of a scene from the book that shows something important in the story.

The picture should be colored with colored pencils, should be neat, and should show effort. The entire card needs to be colored in. Remember, no words on this picture side.

The lined side of the index card will contain the following info:


  • Line 1: Your name and the date
  • Line 2: Book Title and the Author’s name
  • Line 3: Main Characters
  • Line 4: Begin the summary of the story in complete sentences.
  • Include in the summary, the description of the setting you drew and why you chose this scene from the story.
  • Please edit for errors: spelling, capitalization and punctuation
  • It all must fit on one card-no extra paper.


Other Suggested Authors

Trudie Engel

Scott O’Dell

Beverly Cleary

Gary Soto

Gary Paulsen

Kate DiCamillo 

Andrew Clements

Seymour Simon

Christopher Paul

Ted Wood

Alen Schroeder

Louis Sachar

Lois Lawry

Michael Dorri

Curtis Lensey Namioka

Jerry Spinelli

C.S. Lewis 

Judy Blume

Suggested Books    *Fifth Grade Favorite Pics

*A Series of Unfortunate Events-Lemony Snicket

*Diary of a Whimpy Kidd- Jeff Kinney

*Harry Potter Series- JK. Rowling

*Big Nate Series (graphic novel)

Artemis Fowl- Eoin Colfer

*James and the Giant Peach- Roald Dahl

Drangonwings- Lawrence Yep

*Ella Enchanted- Gail Carson Levin

Shiloh- Patricia Reynolds Naylor

*A Wrinkle in Time- Madeline L’Engle

Freaky Friday- Mary Rodgers

Sideways Stories From Wayside School-Louis Sachar

*Island of the Blue Dolphins- O’Dell

*Holes-Louis Sachar

*Maniac Magee- Jerry Spinelli

Dear Mr. Henshaw- Beverly Cleary

*Superfudge- Judy Blume

*Adventures of Tom Sawyer- Mark Twain 

*Rules- Cynthia Lord

*Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson Tuck

Tuck Everlasting- Natalie Babbit

*Where the Mountain Meets the Moon-Grace Lin

Frindle- Andrew Clements

Bud, Not Buddy- Christopher Paul Curtis *

*Tweenty One Ballons

Bridge to Tarabithia- Katerine Patterson 

Abel’s Island-William Steig

Hardy Boys Series- Franklin W. Dixon

*Nancy Drew Series- Carolyn Keene

*Secret Stories

*Percy Jackson-Rick Riordan

*One and Only Ivan

*Thirteen Gifts

*Wonderstruck- B.Selznick

*Eggs- Jerry Spinelli

*Because of Winn Dixie-Kate DiCamillo 

*Floors- P. Carman

*Tales of Despereaux 

*Mr. Lemonciello’s Library

*When Life Gives You O.J.-E.Pearl

*Ginger Pie

Indian in the Cupboard- Lynne Reid Banks

*Smiles to Go

*Hatchet-Gary Paulsen

*The Giver-Lois Lawry

*Dragon Rider- Cornelia Funke   

When You Reach Me

The Secret Guide to Paris- Lisa Schroder

Diary of Anne Frank

*Nerd Camp


*The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


*Boys of Blur