XS San Juan GSPO: Grade School Summer Reading List


March 20, 2014

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to inform you of the following recommended readings for your sons to enjoy a relaxing and learning-filled summer!

For Grades 1-4

Here are some guide questions to help your son understand each book better:

1)     What was your favorite part of the story? Why did you like this part?

2)     Does this story remind you of something you have done or read about?  What does it remind you of?

3)     What did you learn from the story? / What important value/s did you learn from the story?

Incoming Grade 1 Students



1. Mushroom in the Rain by Mirra Ginsburg

2. The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

3. The Biggest House in the World by Leo Lionni

4. Herman the Helper by Robert Kraus

5. Tubble Wubble: The Clumsy Little Turtle by Gidget R. Jimenez

1. Ako si Kaliwa, Ako si Kanan ni Russel Molina

2. Araw-araw sa Palengke ni May Tobias Papa

3. Si Paula Oink-Oink ni Rene O. Villanueva

4. Tiktaktok at Pikpakbum ni Rene O. Villanueva

5. Alpabetong Filipino ni Virgilio Almario


Incoming Grade 2 Students


1. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

2. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

3. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

4. The Napping House by Audrey Wood

5. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

1. Ang Barumbadong Bus ni Rene O. Villanueva

2. Ang Itim na Kuting ni Natasha Vizcara

3. Ang Mahiyaing Manok ni Rebecca T. Anonuevo

4. Juan Tamad ikinuwentong muli ni Rene O. Villanueva

5. Ang Kamatis ni Peles ni Virgilio Almario


Incoming Grade 3 Students



  1. Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
  2. Lon Po Po by Ed Young
  3. Secrets with Lolo by Dr. Luis Gatmaitan
  4. Magnificent Benito by Augie Rivera and Mike Rivera
  5. Bakawan by Catherine Untalan, Mae Astrid Tobias, Reena Rae Sarmiento


1. Emang Engkantada at ang Tatlong Haragan ni Rene O. Villanueva2. Bruhahahaha Bruhihihihi ni Ma. Corazon Remigio

3. Mahabang Mahabang-Mahaba ni Genaro Gojo Cruz

4. Sampung Magkaibigan ni Kristine Canon



1. The Ant Bully by John Nickle2. The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry 1. Mister Beetle’s Many Rooms by Robert Magnuson2. The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh


Incoming Grade 4 Students



  1. Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  2. See You Around Sam by Lois Lowry
  3. The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
  4. Top 10 Travels by Scott Lee-Chua:                                                   
  • Top 10 Travels: Kuala Lumpur
  • Top 10 Travels: New Zealand
  • Top 10 Travels: Tokyo
  1. Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary
 1. Pilandok Series by Virgilio S. Almario 

  • Si Pilandok, ang Bantay ng Kalikasan
  • Si Pilandok at ang Manok na Nangingitlog ng Ginto
  • Si Pilandok at ang mga Buwaya
  • Si Pilandok sa Kaharian sa Dagat
  • Si Pilandok sa Pulo ng Pawikan



1. Andrew Lost in the Whale by J.C.  Greenburg2. Sound Flux: A Journey through the World of Sound Waves, published by Mexus Education 1. You Are Mine by Max Lucado2. I’m Sorry by Gina Mayer

For Grades 5-6

Here are some guide questions to help your son understand each book better:

For fiction:

  1. What was your favorite part of the story? Why did you like this part?
  2. Does this story remind you of something you have done or read about?  What does it remind you of?
  3. What important value/s did you learn from the story?

For nonfiction:

  1.    What is the main idea of the text?
  2.    What important details relate to the main idea?
  3.    What connections can you make about the text?

For Incoming Grade 5 Students


Printed Books

E-books (free online)

  1. Loser by Jerry Spinelli
  2. Charlotte’s Web by E.B White
  3. Shiloh by Phyllis Naylor
  4. The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
  5. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson                              


  1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19033
  2. The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/902
  3. Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3836
  4. What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/8994
  5. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/146


kids.nationalgeographic.comA. Conservation

  1. Polar bears http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/stories/animalsnature/polar-bears-threatened/
  2. Giant Pandas http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/stories/animalsnature/giantpandacubs/
  3. Sea Turtles http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/stories/animalsnature/seaturtle/
  4. Saiga http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/stories/animalsnature/saiga/
  5. Database of facts: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature 

B. Countries
Countries and geography: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/places/find/




  1. Mga katha ni Yolanda Guevara- Dolor:
  • Si Pilantod, Ang Asong Tatlo ang Tuhod
  • Si Botbot, Ang Asong Kulubot
  • Si Jack, Ang Asong Kalaban ng mga Bulaklak
1. Space Trap by Monica Hughes2. In the Ice Age by Andrew Lost 1. All You Ever Need by Max Lucado2. Crucifixion of Jesus, a graphic novel, editor: Linda O Brien

3. The Manga Bible Series (Messiah, Metamorphosis, etc.)

For Incoming Grade 6 Students


         Printed Books

E-books (free online)

  1. Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan
  2. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  3. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  4. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  5.  The Mysterious Benedict Society (Book 1) by Trenton Lee Stewart
  1. Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/35997
  2. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/55
  3. The Heroes; Or, Greek Fairy Tales for my Children by Charles Kingsley http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=1971986




  1. Seven Wonders of the Ancient World http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/sevens-wonders-of-the-ancient-world#section_0
  2. Xian Tombs of Qin Dynasty http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/xian-tombs#section_3
  3. Greek Mythology http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/greek-mythology#section_0


  1. Historic Boyhoods by Rupert Sargent Holland http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24354

B. DATABASE OF SAINTS: www.loyolapress.com/saints

C. BIOGRAPHIES OF JESUIT SAINTS: http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-voices/

D. nobelprize.org

1.  Nelson Mandela (facts, biography, speeches)


2.  Aung San Suu Kyi (facts, biography, speeches) http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1991/kyi-facts.html

3.  Albert Einstein (facts, biography, speeches)




1. Yaya Niya Nanay Ko ni Corazon Remigio2. Mga katha ni Scott Lee-Chua:

  • Top 10 Pinoy Travels: Cebu
  • Top 10 Pinoy Travels: Davao
  • Top 10 Pinoy Travels: Manila

3. Dalawang Bayani ng Bansa ni Rene O. Villanueva

1. Magic Tree House: Sunset of the Sabertooth by Mary Pope Osborne 

2. Osmosis Jones (Systems and Interaction) by James Patrick

1. And God Cried Too: A Kids Book of Healing and Hope by Marc Gellman2. The Manga Bible Series (Messiah, Metamorphosis, etc.)
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