This summer, District 65’s summer book list has been posted online at as well as sent home with students in report cards. “A bookmark with the wiki address and the ‘top Ten’ titles will be distributed to students and parents as an insert in report cards,” Chute Middle School librarian Donna Richardson said. The wiki page will not only give students access to the list, but allows them the opportunity to comment on and discuss the books.

Summer Reading Book List:

The RoundTable compiled a summer book list for elementary, middle and high school readers using recommendations from ETHS librarian Nancy Figel and Evanston Public Library young-adult librarian Christie Chandler-Stahl and recommendations from District 65 librarians compiled by Chute Middle School librarian Donna Richardson.

All titles are available at the Evanston Public Library. Unfortunately, the RoundTable could not list all of the suggested titles.

Elementary School Readers: Fiction

“My Garden” by Kevin Henkes

“A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home” by Henry Cole

“The Sixty-Eight Rooms” by Marianne Malone and Greg Call


“Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean” by Sarah Taylor

“How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships” by Steve Jenkins.

“Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum” by Meghan McCarthy

“Sisters and Brothers: Sibling Relationships in the Animal World” by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Middle School Readers: Fiction:

“Calamity Jack” by Shannon and Dean Hale.

“Mockingbird” by Kathryn Erskine

“We The Children” by Andrew ClementsNonfiction:

“The Man Who Flies with Birds” by Carole Garbuny Vogel

“Claudette Colvin: twice toward
justice” by Phillip Hoose

“Learn to Speak Music” by John

“Marching for Freedom: walk together, children, and don’t grow weary” by Elizabeth PartridgeHigh School Readers: Fiction:

“The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks” by E. Lockhart

“Pinocchio the Vampire Slayer” by Van Jensen

“Children of the Sea” by Daisuke Igarashi

“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins


“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope” by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

“Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend” by Larry Tye

“Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers