MES 2021 Suggested Reading List

Hopedale Memorial Elementary School Suggested Summer 2021 Reading List 

Books were suggested to Mrs. Fay by current students but this is by no means a complete list! Visit the Bancroft Memorial Library and join the Summer Reading Program. Barnes and Noble also sponsors a program for which students may earn a book for their summer reading efforts!  Ask your child what they want to read or want you to read to them. Families are encouraged to read with and to their children all year long. For a resource supporting and promoting diversity in literature, please visit  the “WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS” site at

      Enjoy your Summer Reading ~ Mrs. Verdolino, Mrs. Casey, Mrs Sastre and Mrs. Fay


  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems 
  • The Pigeon Goes to School by Mo Willems 
  • Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss 
  • Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann
  • Curious George by H. A. Rey 
  • The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
  • No David! by David Shannon
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 
  • Pete the Cat by James Dean 
  • Pig the Pug by Aaron Beabe

Grade 1

  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
  • The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems
  • Piggy and Gerald Series by Mo WIllems
  • The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend and John Manders
  • Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
  • A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon 
  • Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
  • Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor
  • Dino-Sports (Ex. Dino-Bastball Dino-Soccer) by Lisa Wheeler
  • Princess in Black by Shannon Hale 
  • Magic Tree House series by Marie Pope Osbourne 
  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  • The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt 
  • The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin


Grade 2 

  • Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
  • Horrible Harry Series by Suzy Kline 
  • Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems 
  • Puppy Place series by Ellen Miles
  • Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliott
  • The Bad Guys Aaron Blabey 
  • Weird but True series
  • Ling and Ting series by Grace Lin 

Grade 3 

  • I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis
  • Frindle by Andrew Clements
  • Judy Blume Books 
  • How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling 
  • Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman 
  • The Witches by Roald Dahl 
  • Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch
  • Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies 
  • The “Who Was…”  Series 
  • The Notebook of Doom Series by Troy Cummings
  • Whatever After Series by Sarah Mlynowsk


For students entering 4th-6th Grade:  The “Massachusetts Children’s Book Award” list.

 Students who read at least five (5) of the books from this list by March 2022 are eligible to vote for their favorite book in the Spring. The result of the MES vote will be sent to Salem State and counted toward the statewide vote for the MCBA 2021-22 most popular book!

Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander

Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows (Book 1) by Ryan Calejo

City Spies by James Ponti

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Love, Sugar, Magic: A Dash of Trouble ( Book 1) by Ann Meriano

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya

Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

The Pants Project by Cat Clarke

Save Me a Seat by Weeks and Varadarajan

Scouts by Sharon Greenland

The Storm Runner (Book 1) by J.C. Cervantes

The Talk : Conversations about Race, Love & Truth edited by Wade and Cheryl Willis Hudson

To: Night Owl From: Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

The Twelve by Cindy Lin

Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson

We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey

What’s the Issue: Climate Change (Book 3) by Tom Jackson and Cristina Guitian

When Life Gives You Mangos by Kereen Getten

When the Stars Scattered by Victoria Jameison and Omar Mohamed

The Wild Robot (Book 1) by Peter Brown

The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag

Zayd Saleem Chasing the Dream: Power Forward; On Point: Bounce Back by Hena Khan

**Massachusetts Children’s Book Award honors books that promote reading for pleasure among students in grades four through six. The Massachusetts Children’s Book Award is sponsored by Salem State University. **

Grade 6

  • Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
  • Notes from a Liar and Her Dog by Gennifer Choldenko


Grade 7 


  • Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Ret.) 


Options for reading this book: 

Print copies are available at the Bancroft Library, Barnes and Noble, and in the high school office.


Make Your Bed audio download 

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