With the summer reading season in full swing, we wanted to discover what your favorite summer reading book was. Thus, the Summer Reading Fun List Sweepstakes was born! We felt it would be a great way for you to share your experiences and hopefully find some reading ideas to share with your new class in the fall.

To sweeten the pot, we gave five participants $25 in Teacher’s Notebook rewards to use any way they like. After thousands of visits and hundreds of entries, we are pleased to announce the winners:

Gini S.
Debbie D.
Vicki B.
Kelly R.
Kim R.


Congratulations! Without further ado, here’s the Summer Reading Fun List with your top 10 book choices! Thanks so much for your suggestions.

1. The Magic Tree House Series

Where did the tree house come from? Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark . . . or will they become a dinosaur’s dinner?

2. Wonder

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid–but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.

The One and Only Ivan
3. The One and Only Ivan

Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point-of-view of Ivan himself.
Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.

Because of Winn-Dixie
4. Because of Winn-Dixie

One summer’s day, ten-year-old India Opal Buloni goes down to the local supermarket for some groceries – and comes home with a dog. But Winn-Dixie is no ordinary dog. It’s because of Winn-Dixie that Opal begins to make friends. And it’s because of Winn-Dixie that she finally dares to ask her father about her mother, who left when Opal was three. In fact, as Opal admits, just about everything that happens that summer is because of Winn-Dixie.

Charlotte's Web
5. Charlotte’s Web

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter. E. B. White’s Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, family, and adventure that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.

6. Holes

This winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award features Stanley Yelnats, a kid who has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys “build character” by spending all day, every day, digging holes in the ground. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake: the warden is looking for something.

James and the Giant Peach
7. James and the Giant Peach

An enormous escaped rhinoceros from London Zoo has eaten James’s parents. So James is packed off to live with his two really horrible aunts, Sponge and Spiker. Poor James is miserable, until something peculiar happens and James finds himself on the most wonderful and extraordinary journey he could ever imagine…

Pete the Cat
8. Pete the Cat

Beginning readers love these cool stories about everyone’s favorite, funny cat – Pete! From being, “Too Cool for School” and “Play Ball” to, “Pete at the Beach” and “Pete’s Big Lunch”, Pete the Cat has a wide variety of fun adventures that are designed to empower young readers and help them read – while having fun doing so, making this collection a perfect starting point for younger readers.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
9. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

In this lively alphabet rhyme, all the letters of the alphabet race each other up the coconut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no – Chicka Chicka Boom! Boom! The well-known authors of Barn Dance and Knots on a Counting Rope have created a rhythmic alphabet chant that rolls along on waves of fun.

Where the Wild Things Are
10. Where the Wild Things Are

Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year, Where the Wild Things Are became an iconic book that continues to be one of the best loved books of all time the world over. Max is the hero of this beloved children’s classic in which he makes mischief, sails away, tames the wild things and returns home for supper.


Congratulations to all our winners and thank you again for sharing your book suggestions!

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