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Suggested Reading Lists

Your children continue to develop as readers.  They are gaining many reading skills that need to be practiced throughout the year.  Here are some great reading lists, apps, and web sites to help your young readers continue on their journey to literacy. 

Reading Lists for GRAPHIC NOVELS

American Library Association has updated their Summer Reading Lists with new and exciting titles! The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. Summer Reading book lists are below for grades K-2 and 3-5.

Kindergarten to Grade 2 Lists


Grades 3 to 5 Lists


Explore the digital resource Wonderopolis at www.wonderopolis.org/wonders for thousands of high-interest nonfiction “Wonder of the Day” articles.



Introduce stories from around the world!  

The International Children’s Digital Library, an amazing (and growing!) collection of international children’s books available to read online in their original languages.

Big Universe is another online library of fiction and nonfiction books for kids 0-12. The site also offers adults and kids the chance to create and publish their own stories.


As an alternative to print, especially for kids with learning disabilities that make reading a struggle.

You can now download stories to iPods and other mobile devices, perfect for car rides or a lazy hot afternoon.

Learning Ally -provides FREE audio books for kids to listen over the summer. Find lots more ideas and resources for accessible print on the blog, Aiming for Access.

Tales2Go offers high-quality kids’ books through a mobile streaming service. Choose from a three month subscription for $29.99 or an annual subscription for $99.99

AudibleKids (an Amazon company) has an extensive collection of downloadable books, and some of them are free through a partnership with RIF. FREE 30 day trial!

Browse our list of Favorite Audio Books (available for purchase through Amazon) and find even more titles on Book Finder.

Suggested Apps for Reading/ELA

  • Print Awareness
    Apps that help young children build a better understanding of letters and sounds, the left-to-right nature of reading, and recognizing that print differs from pictures.
    Apps that help young children practice basic phonics skills. including recognizing the letters of the alphabet, learning upper case and lower case letters, and word building.
    Apps developed to help young kids practice spelling and vocabulary. You’ll find crosswords, a spelling bee, Boggle-style games, word builders, and more.
    Apps that provide practice with specific comprehension skills, including sequencing, differentiating between fact and opinion, developing word awareness, as well as several mind mapping apps.
    Apps that give kids practice in using simple multimedia tools to create stories and books (using audio, images, animation, and video), edit their work, and then share with others.
    Apps that engage young children in crossword and Scrabble-type games. Other apps focus on specific word meaning skills by highlighting word opposites, synonyms, and homophones.
    Apps that help young children with all of the steps of the writing process — from handwriting skills to sentence construction to planning and drafting a story.
    Other Apps for Literacy
    Apps that help kids who struggle with phonics, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, handwriting, word processing, and composition. We’ve also included text-to-speech apps, audiobook apps, and apps for organization and goal-setting.
    Language and Communication

    Apps that give kids tools for communicating with others, through simple pictures, picture-based stories, and text-to-speech.

    Language and Communication Apps

Suggested Web Sites for Reading/ELA

Web Sites for Elementary Students (K-5)

Reading Rockets

Designed for elementary grade readers, Reading Rockets offers activities, strategies, and lessons to promote literacy.  The site includes a great bibliography of magazines for students and their families seeking alternatives to books.

Read Write Think

A literacy web site with book lists, activities, and worksheets for primary and intermediate grade students.  

Time for Kids

An online version of Time magazine suitable for elementary grade students.  Current events, graphic organizers, and worksheets.

Learning Planet

Offers learning activities, educational games, printable worksheets, and other tools designed for family, homeschool, or classroom use.

101 Inference Riddles

The object of this game is to infer what is being described by the clues you read.

Web Sites for Primary Grade Students (K-2)


This site for emergent readers is based on the Starfall method, a researched-based method  of reading instruction. 

Reading Rainbow

PBS presents this web site based on their Reading Rainbow series.  The site features details on the books seen on the show as well as online games and activities.


Clifford, the Big Red Dog leads beginning readers through stories and interactive games.

PBS Between the Lions

Games, video clips and activities for learning letters, making words, building sentences, expanding vocabulary, and creating categories.

Arthur by Marc Brown online

Geared toward young independent readers, PBS’s Arthur site offers reading practice and online games based on Marc Brown’s Arthur book series.


First and second graders can interact with fairy tales in English and Spanish.  This site is on the American Library Association’s list of best reading sites for kids.

Storyline Online

Members of the Screen Actors Guild read aloud popular picture books like Stellaluna to kids.  An activity guide and lesson plan accompanies each of the books.

Jan Brett’s Web Site

This web site was created by Jan Brett, author of The Mitten, Hedgie’s Surprise, and Gingerbread Friends.  Use the Hedgie’s Book-a-Matic to find activities for your favorite Jan Brett book.

Lil’ Fingers Storybooks

Lil’ Fingers is a web site designed to allow toddlers and their parents to explore animated storybooks.

Sesame Street Games

Children in grades PreK-1 will enjoy reading interactive stories from their friends at Sesame Street.  The sight also includes theme songs and over 100 games.

Miss Maggie’s Earth Adventures

Primary grade spelling games.

Web Sites for Intermediate Grade Students (3-5)

Enchanted Learning

Many of the activities, crafts, and cross-curricular materials are available for free on this site.  The entire contents of this huge site are available by subscription.

Scholastic’s The Stacks

Books and authors, games, blogs, and videos from Scholastic’s book stacks.

Harry Potter

Independent reading activities for students in Grades 3-5.  Read Harry Potter book reviews and enjoy Harry Potter related games.

39 Clues

Based on the popular 39 Clues book series, this site invites kids to join the Cahill family in following 39 clues to find the source of the Cahill family’s secret power hidden around the world.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

A web site based on Jeff Kinney’s best selling Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series.


Leveled cross-curricular activities and books to read online.

National Geographic for Kids

National Geographic’s web site presents games, activities, photos, and information about animals, geography, and other topics of interest to intermediate grade students.

American Folklore

Read American legends and myths online.

Reading Detective- Drawing Conclusions

Read short passages and draw conclusions.  Select the best answer.  Online quiz format.

Miss Maggie’s Earth Adventures

A prefix and suffix game for intermediate grade students.

TV 411- Tune in to Learning

Learn about suffixes.

Grammar Ninjas

Fun games with nouns, verbs, and adjectives.

Vocabulary Games

Vocabulary building games for English Language Learners and native English speakers.