K-3 Summer Pilot Book List: Suggestions & Activities

As part of our K-3 Summer Reading pilot, we provide rising first through third graders in participating school districts with books and resources delivered to their mailbox over the summer. This program was launched in 2020, piloting a Summer Collection from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and in partnership with Scholastic. Students enrolled in Summer Collection participating districts received six books over the summer, and students enrolled in Scholastic participating districts received a summer take home book pack, containing 10 fiction and nonfiction books, in addition to title-specific activity sheets and family guides with strategies to help parents and caretakers support literacy at home. Books provided through each pilot were selected based on grade level educational standards. We encourage teachers and schools to develop lesson plans and activities around these books, and we encourage caregivers to use this list to find similar books for their children and engage around the related activities.

Click here to download the 2020 Summer Collection book list.

Click here to download the 2020 Scholastic Book Pack list.

Skills concepts and related activities for these books can be found here.