Summer Reading Suggestion List

Centennial Reading List

Below you will find a reading list for the grade level that your child is entering in August. This is not a summer reading list: it is a list of authors and genres that we highly encouraged your child (or you and your child) to read throughout the year.

ECE reading list

K reading list

1st grade (coming soon)

2nd grade reading list

3rd grade reading list

4th grade reading list

5th grade reading list


Denver Public Library has an amazing summer Reading Program where your children can sign up and earn prizes for reading. Click here for details.


Activities You and Your Child can Do Together After Reading a Story

  • After the story is over, have your child draw a picture of his/her favorite scene. Discuss why he/she chose this picture. You may also want to reread that portion of the story and choose a sentence or two to write at the bottom of the illustration.
  • Have your child try to determine what a character is thinking at major points in the story. Ask him/her to write these thoughts down in thought balloons you’ve drawn out, or have your child dictate to you as you write.
  • Stop in the middle of a new story and ask your child to predict what will happen next. Do this as often as you wish, especially if it interests your child. Discuss the prediction(s) at the end of the story.
  • Read a story through once. Then, reread the story and make a list of each problem the main character encountered. Discuss (and, if you wish, record) how each problem was resolved.
  • Have your student keep a journal where he/she writes opinions, questions, feelings, thoughts, ideas, etc., about each story that you read. Consider keeping a journal yourself as a way of supporting this activity. (Remember, the journal should not be a summary of the main events of the book). Every once in a while, read through their journals together and discuss some of the best books (or reread them!).


If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.