Summer Reading Suggestions & More

A note from our Librarian, Alli Decker, about the CSB Reads event and her summer reading suggestions by grade.
Dear Cathedral School Community;
First, I would like to express my gratitude to the Cathedral families who attended our “CSB Reads” shopping night at Books Inc. We had a lovely evening surrounded by books! Thank you to our volunteers who helped make the night such a successful event.
I also wanted to thank this year’s library volunteers for their ongoing support. Our volunteers not only assist in the daily maintenance of the library but they also add to its happy and welcoming vibe.
Below you will find a list of recommended titles for summer reading. This year we had help from the staff at Books Inc. in conjunction with our event. They are a great resource and helped me choose current, quality, age-appropriate titles. For a wider range of book lists, explore these amazing online resources: Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) School Library Journal (SLJ) The Horn BookPublishers Weekly; and my most trusted and utilized resource−Indie Bound.  
Additionally, don’t forget to explore the fantastic services at your local San Francisco Public Library branch. This year’s summer reading campaign is called “Summer Stride.” Not only do they offer reading incentives, but extensive book lists and other reading-related activities as well.
On that note, we know that “summer slide” is real. Research shows summer reading is essential to children maintaining their literacy skills and agility. Reading anything for just 30 minutes a day will establish the routine and ensure that they retain confidence and competence. Likewise, I hope families will still approach summer reading as recreational. Help your son find material that excites and entertains him. I never discourage students from challenging themselves or trying something new, but allowing children to embrace what they love is essential to raising lifelong readers and will help foster the daily reading practice.
For our part, this summer Cathedral’s faculty will be reading We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta’Nehisi Coats. We invite you to read along and let us know what you think when we reconvene in the fall. I look forward to the dialogue this book is sure to generate.
This year, my summer reading challenge is more of an invitation: When students return in the fall, their classes will be invited into the library to celebrate what they’ve read over our break. There will be book related games, fun activities, snacks, and favors. Students will have the opportunity to share favorite titles and personal reading goal achievements. I’m excited to “party” with the boys this fall and hear about their summer reading adventures. I will be sending out a more formal invitation to teachers and clearer guidelines when we return next year.
Have a wonderful summer and happy reading!

Alli Decker
Cathedral Librarian

Summer Reading Suggestions 2018
Cathedral School for Boys
Moo Moo In a Tutu by Tim Miller
We Are Growing by Laurie Keller (This is an Elephant and Piggie Like Reading title, there are multiples in the series, all different authors.)
After the Fall by Dan Santat
This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe
First Grade:
Pigsticks and Harold by Alex Milway
Charlie and Mouse by Laurel Snyder
Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx by Joe Todd-Stanton
Fly Guy Presents Weather by Tedd Arnold (first in a series)
Second Grade:
Baby Monkey Private Eye by Brian Selznick
Toy Academy by Brian Lynch
Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey  (first book in a series)
Who Would Win series by Jerry Pallotta
Third Grade:
D.A.T.A. Set: March of the Mini Beasts by Ada Hopper (first in a series)
Time Twisters Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler by Steve Sheinkin (first in a series)
Hamstersaurus Rex by Tom O’Donnell (first in a series)
Blast Back Series The American Revolution by Nancy Ohlin
Fourth Grade:
Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet
Sea Change by Frank Viva
Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
The Creativity Project by Colby Sharp
Fifth Grade:
Impyrium by Henry Neff
Ms Bixby’s Last Day by John Anderson
Jack and the Geniuses by Bill Nye (first in a series)
The Keepers: The Box and the Dragonfly by Ted Sanders (first in a series)
Sixth Grade:
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Arlo Finch and the Valley of Fire by John August
Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz
The Wild Book by Juan Villorio
The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. Le Guin *
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman *
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls *
Seventh Grade:
Mayday by Karen Harrington
The Reader by Tracy Chee
A Taste for Monsters by Matthew Kirby
The Goblin Crown by Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Mysterious Island by Jules Verne *
The Princess Bride by William Goldman *
Eighth Grade:
The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
American Ace by Marilyn Nelson
Jackaby by Will Ritter
Genuine Fraud by E.L. Lockhart
Call of the Wild (unabridged) by Jack London *
Shane by Jack Schaefer *

* Titles suggested by Ms. Williams and Mr. Corrigan.

Cathedral School for Boys

1275 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone 415-771-6600
Fax 415-771-2547
Located in San Francisco, CA, Cathedral School for Boys is an independent elementary school for boys in grades K-8. Our mission is to provide an excellent education through intellectual inquiry and rigor that is centered in the Episcopal tradition and is respectful of and welcoming to people of all religious traditions and beliefs.