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St. Mary Magdalene’s 2024 Summer Reading Challenge Information

Summer reading is essential and allows students and families to enjoy great books together! Reading for just 20 minutes per day can improve your child’s reading skills and boost confidence while helping to prevent the dreaded “summer slide.”

We challenge your child to read one suggested book and complete the reading task (see right menu) before returning to school in August. You can turn it in at the front office over the summer if you finish early. Or you can bring it with you on your first day of school as your “entrance ticket” to class! In exchange, your child will receive a pass for a dress-down day in August 2024.

Of course, we encourage your child to read as many books as possible! We have posted additional reading lists below if your child needs suggestions.  

We can’t wait to check out the work the students complete and look forward to the rich reading discussions that will kick off the 2024-25 school year! 

Feel free to connect with us sooner by sharing your #MonarchReadingAdventures on social media and tagging us!  IG: @stmmnc / Facebook: or email your photos to

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy McElroy (

Recommended Summer Reading Titles:

*Please choose the title for the grade your child will attend for the 2024-25 school year. Titles are linked to Amazon for easy ordering. 

Kindergarten: The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn; The Dot by Peter H Reynolds; Go Dog Go by PD Eastman

First Grade: Henry and Mudge: The First Book by Cynthia Rylant; School's First Day of School by Adam Rex; National Geographic Kids Readers (pick any Level 1 animal book) 

Second Grade: Any Magic Tree House book by Mary Pope Osborne; Any National Geographic Kids Readers book (Level 2)

Third Grade: Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliot; Beatrice Zinker Series by Shelley Johannes; The Dragon in the Library by Louie Stowell

Fourth Grade: No Talking by Andrew Clements; Flush, Hoot, Scat, or Chomp by Carl Hiaasen (companion books); The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan (39 Clues series); Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Fifth Grade: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (FYI - the movie comes out this year); Wonder by RJ Palacio; The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle by Don Wulffson

Middle School (Grades 6-8): Click Here to view the complete list of Middle School recommended titles.  


Summer Reading