Summer Reading - Lakeside Christian School

Summer Reading

Summer Recommendations for Families

Extra Credit Opportunities Fall 2018
Summer Reading List and Log (earn extra credit for Fall 2018) [Form Here]


Online Educational Games and Tools  (use previous spelling lists attached)  (use previous vocabulary lists attached)


Supplemental Materials
Spectrum Summer Bridge series workbooks – be sure it is labeled CCSS
School Zone grade level workbooks
Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills
Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program (earn a free book) (flyer attached)
Fun Stuff to Make and Play  (Most directions found on Pinterest and most require adult supervision)
Backyard Bubble Snakes (water bottle, old sock, duct tape and soapy water)
Ivory Soap Clouds (bars of soap heated in the microwave)
Marshmallow Shooter/Pom Pom Popper (empty cups, balloons, mini marshmallows or poms)
Tie dye a T Shirt
Build and Fly a Kite or Glider (kits available at dollar stores, etc)
Build a Cardboard Bird Feeder
Painting Firework
Summer Science Activities
Kiwi CrateMonthly S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) subscription for kids 


For Families
Largo Library
Clearwater Marine Science Center
Florida Aquarium
Sunset Beach, Tarpon Springs
Regal Theaters $1 movies
Sunsets at Pier 60, Clearwater
Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History
Heritage Village Museum Center, Largo
Kids Bowl Free at AMF Lanes
Pinellas County Parks and Preserves
Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program (earn a free book)
Camp Activities
Dunedin Fine Arts Center 727 298 3322
Ruth Eckerd Hall  727 791 7400
Clearwater Marine Science Center 727 441 1790 x 262
City of Clearwater
City of Safety Harbor
City of Largo 
City of Dunedin 


Opportunities for Spiritual Growth
Lakeside Community Chapel VBS – 6/26-29  at Lakeside Community Chapel VBS


4 years old thru 2nd Grade

JUNE 26TH—29TH 9:30AM-12:30PM



3rd Grade thru 5th Grade

JULY 13TH 10:30AM—8:30PM


WES ANDREWS 651-734-5626

Signup TODAY @ & “click on the link” to register your child.

Lakeside Community Chapel Sunday School (9:00 am) and Service (10:40 am)
Listen to archived sermons at
Live broadcast Sunday Morning or Sunday Evening at
Grace to You ()

Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Kontis, Alethea. Alpha Oops!: The Day Z Went First
Lester, Helen. Hurty Feelings
Numeroff, Laura. If You Give a Moose a Muffin Series
Dr. Seuss Series
McGinty, Alice B. Eliza’s Kindergarten Surprise
McGinty, Alice B. Eliza’s Kindergarten Pet
McGhee, Alison. Countdown to Kindergarten
Wood, Audrey. Alphabet Mystery
Fleming, Denise. Alphabet Under Construction
Krauss, Ruth. The Carrot Seed
Martin Jr., Bill. Chicka Chicka 123
Archambault, John. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Cronin, Doreen. Click, Clack, Moo
Cronin, Doreen. Click, Clack, Splish, Splash
Litwin, Eric. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Most, Bernard. The Cow That Went Oink
Ehlert, Lois. Eating the Alphabet
Bunting, Eve. Flower Garden
Cherrington, Janelle. Flowers Have Colors
Minarik, Else. Little Bear
Lobel, Arnold. Owl at Home
Carle, Eric. Rooster’s Off to See the World
DePaola, TomiePancakes for Breakfast
Crews, Donald. School Bus

Bulla, Clyde. Daniel’s Duck
Changler, Edna. Cowboy Sam
Frasconi, Antonio. The House that Jack Built
Graham, Margaret. Benjy’s Dog House
Hoff, Syd. Sammy the Seal
Hoff, Syd. Danny and the Dinosaur
Krauss, Ruth. The Carrot Seed
Lionni, Leo. Inch by Inch
Littledale, Freya. The Magic Fish
Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad are Friends
Offen, Hilda. A Treasury of Mother Goose
Seuss, Dr. Beginner Books, Bright and Early Books
Tabak, Simms. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Wood, Audrey. Quick as a Cricket
Davoll, Barbara. The Potluck Supper
Daugherty, James. Andy and the Lion
Duvoisin, Roger. Petunia
Flack, Marjorie. Angus and the Ducks
Freeman, Don. Corduroy
Galdone, Paul. The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Hoban, Russell. Bedtime for Frances
Hunt, Angela. A Gift for Grandpa
Keats, Ezra. Peter’s Chair
Marshall, James. George and Martha
McGovern, Ann. Stone Soup
Minarik, Else. Little Bear
Numeroff, Laura. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Parish, Peggy. Amelia Bedelia
Richardson, Arleta. A Day at the Fair
Sharmat, Marjorie. Nate the Great
Zion, Gene. Harry the Dirty Dog
Buckley, Helen. Grandmother and I
Burton, Virginia. Maybelle and the Cable Car
Coerr, Eleanor. The Josefina Story Quilt
De Regniers, Beatrice. May I Bring a Friend?
Ets, Marie. Just Me
Gramatky, Hardie. Little Toot
Hader, Berta. The Big Snow
Keats, Ezra. Whistle for Willie
Lewis, Kim. Floss
Lowry, Jannette. The Poky Little Puppy
McCloskey, Robert. Make Way for Ducklings
Piper, Watty. The Little Engine that Could
Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are
Ward, Lynd. The Biggest Bear
Wilder, Laura. My First Little House Books
Williams, Vera. A Chair for My Mother

Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Series
Parish, Peggy. Amelia Bedelia Series
Rylant, Cynthia. Henry and Mudge Series
Capeci, Anne. Magic School Bus Series
Berenstain, Stan and Jan. Berenstain Bear Series
Allard, Harry. Miss Nelson Series
Bemelman, Ludwig. Madeline Series
Aardemas, Verna. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears
Cannon, Janell. Stellaluna
Galdone, Paul. The Gingerbread Boy
Galdone, Paul. The Three Little Pigs
Kessel, Joyce. Squanto and the First Thanksgiving
Look, Lenore. Alvin Ho
Slobodkina, Esphyr. Caps for Sale
Yolen, Jane. Owl Moon
Anderson, C.W. Billy and Blaze
Bontemps, Arna and Conroy, Jack. The Fast Sooner Hound
Calhoun, Mary. Cross-Country Cat
DeBrunhoff, Jean. Babar
Flack, Marjorie. The Story About Ping
Gauch, Patricia. Thunder at Gettysburg
Leaf, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand
Politi, Leo. Song of the Swallows
Steig, William. Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa
Taha, Karen. A Gift for Tia Rosa
Ziefert, Harriet. A New Coat for Anna
McCloskey, Robert. Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine
Hope, Laura Lee. The Bobbsey Twins Series
Warner, Gertrude. The Boxcar Children Series
Osborne, Mary Pope. Magic Treehouse Series

Arkhusrt, Joyce. The Adventures of Spider
Barber, Tiki. By My Brother’s Side
Barrie, James. Peter Pan
Bootman, Colin. Finding Lincoln
Christopher, Matt. Any book in his sports series
Cleary, Beverly. The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Estes, Eleanor. The Hundred Dresses
Fritz, Jean. And Then What Happened Paul Revere
Lewis, C.S. The Horse and His Boy
White, E. B. Charlotte’s Web
White, E. B. Stuart Little
Bulla, Clyde. Shoeshine Girl
Cleary, Henry Huggins
Dalgliesh, Alice. The Courage of Sarah Noble
Gardiner, John. Stone Fox
Hall, Donald. Ox-Cart Man
Kellogg, Steven, Paul Bunyan
Krull, Kathleen. Harvesting Hope
MacGregor, Ellen. Miss Pickerell
MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah, Plain and Tall
Mitchell, Margaret. Granddaddy’s Gift
Sobol, Donald. Encyclopedia Brown Series
Warner, Gertrude. The Box-Car Children Series
Hope, Laura Lee. The Bobbsey Twins Series
Hurwitz, Johanna. Aldo Applesauce
Rupp, Rebecca. Dragon of Lonely Island
Wilder, Laura. Little House on the Prairie
Bond, Michael. Paddington
Cleary, Beverly. Ramona
Fritz, Jean. The Cabin Faced West
Streatfield, Noel. Ballet Shoes
Osborne, Mary Pope. The Magic Treehouse Series
Walter, Mildred. Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World

Clements, Andrew. Frindle
Dicamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie
Dicamilli, Kate. The Tales of Desperaux
Ryan, Pam Munoz. Riding Freedom
Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander
Banks, Lynne Reid. Indian in the Cupboard
Fitzgerald, Louise. Harriet the Spy
Gardiner, John. Stone Fox
Hiassen, Carl. Hoot
Howe, James. Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery
Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking
White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web
Wilder, Laura. Little House on the Prairie Series
O’Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM
Sachar, Lois. Holes
Brink, Carol Ryrie. Caddie Woodlawn
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Shiloh
Atwater, Richard. Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Norton, May. The Borrowers
Babbit, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting
Estes, Eleanor. The Hundred Dresses
Farley, Walter. The Black Stallion
Lofting, Hugh. The Voyages of Dr. Doolittle
Robinson, Barbara. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks
Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander
Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe
Forbes, Esther. Johny Tremain
Lewis, C.S. The Silver Chair, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Beatty, Patricia. Turn Homeward, Hannalee
Brink, Carol. Caddie Woodlawn
Cleary, Beverly. Dear Mr. Henshaw
De Jong, Meindert. The Wheel on the School
Enright, Elizabeth. Thimble Summer
George, Jean Craighead. My Side of the Mountain
Gipson, Fred. Old Yeller
Hanes, Mari. Two Mighty Rivers
Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Shiloh
O’Brien, Robert. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
O’Dell, Scott. The Island of the Blue Dolphins
Porter, Eleanor. Pollyanna
Ritter, John H. The Boy Who Saved Baseball
Ryan, Pam Mumoz. Esperanza Rising
Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square
Tarshis, Lauren. I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916
White, E. B. Charlotte’s Web
Wyss, Johann. Swiss Family Robinson

Dear Middle School Students,
The following booklist is made up of carefully selected “good books”—thoughtfully curated by me. Creating life-long readers and critical thinkers is a top priority at LCS. Books can give your spirits a lift, hold you in suspense, make you shiver, cause laughter and tears, present problems and possible solutions, and take you to times and places you could not otherwise visit. They can tell you what is and what might yet be. Let these titles entertain you and challenge you. Readers get to know the world from the inside out.
Feel free to read any, or all, books on this list over the summer. Reading from this list is not mandatory. However, to receive EXTRA CREDIT FOR QUARTER 1, read at least one book from this list AND complete the Choice Board assignment (directions on the last page) for the book you read. You may complete choice board assignments for up to two books on this list. Completed Choice Board assignments are DUE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IN YOUR ENGLISH (Mrs. Ritenburg’s) CLASS.
The books on this list can be checked out for free from your local library, and are available for purchase or digital download from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Many of these books are so popular that they have movie versions. So after reading the book first, pop in the movie and heat up the popcorn—did the movie live up to your expectations?
Take a reading journey with me this summer! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on your book in August.  Remember, READERS ARE LEADERS!
Mrs. Coffman
Lakeside Christian School
ELA Department Head 6th -12th grade


Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo

Sixth grader, Rob, has become a “pro at not-crying” in the six months since his mother died. Rob’s father hasn’t allowed such displays and has moved himself and Rob to a new town and a new start. But Lister, Fla., hasn’t been so great. Everything changes, however, when Rob stumbles upon a real-life caged tiger in the woods behind the motel and shares his discovery with Sistine, a spitfire of a girl who has just moved to town.

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein

A glorious account of a magnificent adventure, filled with suspense and seasoned with a quiet humor that is irresistible… All those, young or old, who love a fine adventurous tale, beautifully told, will take The Hobbit to their hearts. -New York Times Book Review

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

As twelve-year-old Marlee starts middle school in 1958 Little Rock, it feels like her whole world is falling apart. Until she meets Liz, the new girl at school. Liz is everything Marlee wishes she could be: she’s brave, brash and always knows the right thing to say. But when Liz leaves school without even a good-
bye, the rumor is that Liz was caught passing for white. Marlee decides that doesn’t matter. She just wants her friend back. And to stay friends, Marlee and Liz are even willing to take on segregation and the dangers their friendship could bring to both their families.

Wonder by RJ Palacio

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder, now a
#1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and

The Island by Gary Paulsen

From a master storyteller comes a unique exploration into the exhilarating joys–and the inevitable dangers–of total solitude. Every day, 15 year old Wil Neuton gets up, brushes his teeth, leaves the house, and rows away from shore. He’s discovered the island, a place where he can go to be alone and learn to know nature–and himself. Wil’s only mission is to let go of the outside world. But the outside world refuses to let go of him. His family regards him as a puzzle. The town bully is determined to challenge him. And suddenly, even reporters know his name.

Holes by Louis Sachar

Winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award! Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake?

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

This classic story begins with Alice idly passing away the time next to a river when she sees a White Rabbit in a waistcoat with a pocket watch pass by. She follows the rabbit down the rabbit hole and ends up in the fantasy world of Wonderland. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is filled with a plethora of
interesting and fantastical creatures.

The Chronicles of Narnia (pick any book in the series) by CS Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia has become part of the canon of classic literature, drawing readers of all ages into magical lands with unforgettable characters for over sixty years. Epic battles between good and evil, fantastic creatures, betrayals, heroic deeds, and friendships won and lost all come together in this
unforgettable world.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem. A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal. It is the first book in The Time Quintet, which consists of A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Told in a series of vignettes—sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous—Sandra Cisneros’ masterpiece is a classic story of childhood and self-discovery.


Choose one project from the table below for each novel you read from the list this summer, for extra credit. You may complete up to two books/projects. You may not complete a choice more than once. DUE BY THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IN AUGUST 2018. For choices that need to be typed, use MLA format. All you need to know about MLA formatting can be found at
If you need to email a youtube video link or a typed project, send it to

Biography Personal/Expository Essay Persuasive Essay/Speech
WRITE TYPE a 3-page double spaced biography/character description of one of the main characters from the novel. Be as detailed as possible and track their progress throughout the novel. Don’t just focus on their actions, but include
their appearance, personality, and character traits.
TYPE a 2-page double spaced essay that connects your personal experiences to experiences characters go through in the novel. OR type a 2-page expository essay that explores a moral or life lesson that can be learned in the novel. If you quote from any outside sources other than the novel, include an MLA works cited page. Write a 2-page persuasive letter to one of the characters, convincing them to do something different than what their actions indicate in the novel. Give good reasons for them to change their behavior. This must be formatted
like a real letter. Include your signature at the end.
DRAW If and only if you can draw well, create a biographic comic/graphic novel for one of the characters in
the book. There must be at least 20 frames and captions for each. This should be neat, well-done, and on nice paper.
If and only if you can draw/paint well, create three different pieces of artwork that connect to a theme in your book and express your personal reaction to the novel. This could be a painting, a series of sketches, sculpture, etc. You must also include a 1-page explanation of how your artwork connects to a theme in the book and your personal reaction to it. This must be well-done and use quality materials. Create a LARGE visual poster that promotes your novel and persuades others to read it. It must be visually appealing, neat, informative, and persuasive. Make sure to include your novel’s title and author. On the back, write an explanation of the persuasive techniques you chose to include on your poster.
DO Re-create major moments in a character’s life using people, puppets, pictures, etc. Film it. This needs to be well-done and not thrown together. Make it believable. You must include at least 7 important events, and film
it. Post it on YouTube and email the link.
Create a lesson for teaching a chapter of this novel to your class. There must be an introduction,
whole class instruction, group work, and assessment of some kind. This should be creative and the kind of lesson you’d like to sit through. Type it up, including worksheets, etc.
Take a side of a debate related to an issue in your novel. You should choose an issue from your book that
people can have more than one opinion about. Research your side and come up with a really good argument. Stage a debate and film it. If you wanted to go further, you could do this with a partner who argues the other side of the debate. Post the video to YouTube and email the link.