Summer Reading 2021

We hope summer reading will help sharpen the reading skills of your child(ren), as well as foster lifelong reading habits. Children who grow up in an environment where books are valued tend to become good readers. Please partner with us to help your child love reading…and learning!

Fall 2021 Visiting Authors

Purchase Summer Reading Books

Use the button below for one-stop shopping for summer reading books at the ROBS site on Bookshop.org.


Lower School

Lower School students should read a minimum of five books during the summer. Students should use the HAISLN list appropriate for their grade level to choose at least three books to read. Suggestions for their book of choice can be found on the Texas 2×2 list (grades 1-2) or Bluebonnet list (grades 3-4) at the bottom of this page. Click below to read details about the required summer reading for each grade level and access the summer reading logs. Reading logs should be completed, signed by a parent, and brought to School on the first day.

Looking for a fun way to keep learning going over the summer? Check out this Lower School Summer Choice Board!

Required Summer Reading

Incoming Grades 1 & 2 Suggested Reading
  • No requirement for incoming 1st & 2nd graders
  • Try to read at least 5 books. We suggest:
    • At least 3 books from the HAISLN list
    • At least 1 book by Varsha Bijaj, our fall visiting author
    • At least 1 book of choice

*optional* Grades 1 & 2 Summer Reading Log

Incoming Grades 3 & 4 Required Reading
  • Read at least 5 books:
    • At least 3 books from the HAISLN list
    • At least 1 book by Chris Grabenstein, our fall visiting author
    • At least 1 book of choice

Grades 3 & 4 Summer Reading Log

Summer 2021 HAISLN Books

Summer Reading Bingo

Join the fun and play Summer Reading Bingo! There will be great prizes next fall for participants! Links to Bingo cards coming soon!


Middle School

Middle School students should read at least six books this summer. For students in grades 6-8, one of the books will be a required novel for their English classes. Suggestions for their book(s) of choice can be found on the Bluebonnet list (grades 5-6) and the Lonestar list (grades 6-8) at the bottom of this page. Click below to read details about the required summer reading for each grade level and access the summer reading logs. Reading logs should be completed, signed by a parent, and brought to School on the first day.

Required Summer Reading

Incoming Grade 5 Required Reading
  • Read at least 6 books:
    • At least 3 books from the HAISLN list
    • At least 1 book by Chris Grabenstein, our fall visiting author
    • At least 2 books of choice

Grade 5 Summer Reading Log

WATCH THIS VIDEO for more information on 5th grade Summer Reading

Incoming Grade 6 Required Reading
  • Read at least 6 books:
    • At least 3 books from the HAISLN list
    • One required novel that ROBS will provide: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
    • At least 1 book by Chris Grabenstein, our fall visiting author
    • At least 1 book of choice

Grade 6 Summer Reading Log

Incoming Grades 7 & 8 Required Reading
  • Read at least 6 books
    • At least 3 books from the HAISLN list
    • One required novel that ROBS will provide
      • Grade 7: Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
      • Grade 8: Notes from the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick
    • At least 1 book by Chris Grabenstein, our fall visiting author
    • *At least 1 book of choice

      *Grade 8 Honors English: Your book of choice should be a non-fiction text that relates to U.S. history, society, or culture. One option could be a biography of a famous American.


Grades 7 & 8 Summer Reading Log

Summer 2021 HAISLN Lists

Summer Reading Bingo

Join the fun and play Summer Reading Bingo! There will be great prizes next fall for participants! Links to Bingo cards coming soon!


Additional Reading Lists

Texas Book List

Triple Crown Awards