Summer Reading

All titles for The Ellis School's summer reading assignments can be found below. Lower and Middle School students should read what is listed for the grade they are entering in Fall 2021. Upper School students should complete the required reading for the classes they will be taking in the 2021–2022 school year only.

For required writing assignments and recommended reading lists, please log into MyEllis and visit the Summer Reading resource board.

Lower School Summer Reading

List of 3 items.

  • Pre-kindergarten–Grade 2

    There is no required reading, but parents are encouraged to read regularly and often with their daughters over the summer months. Please refer to Ellis' recommended summer reading lists for pre-kindergarten–grade 1 and grade 2 for suggested titles.
  • Grade 3

    Donavan's Word Jar by Monalisa DeGross
  • Grade 4

      Please choose one of the following books to read:
      • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
      • Firefly Hollow by Alison McGhee and Christopher Denise

    Middle School Summer Reading

    List of 4 items.

    • Grade 5

      Please read this message from Ms. Sidari, then choose one of the following books to read:
      • The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcárcel
      • Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
      • Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard 
      • Blended by Sharon M. Draper 
      • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    • Grade 6

      The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz
    • Grade 7

      Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
    • Grade 8

      This Side of Home by Renée Watson

    Upper School Summer Reading

    List of 13 items.