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Summer Reading Suggestions from Berean Faculty

Faculty listed alphabetical by last name

Mrs. Elkins

Books for Kids 


  • Charlotte's Web by E.B. White 

  • Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo 

  • Humphrey's Tiny Tales series by Betty G. Birney

  • Nate the Great by Majorie W. Sharmat

  • Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant 



  • Who Was series 

  • The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry 

  • Anything from author Gail Gibbons (She has several fantastic nonfiction books on butterflies, pumpkins, the moon, etc.) 


Parents to read to kids 


  • The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner 

  • Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

  • Classics- Black Beauty, Robinson Crusoe, Anna of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, etc. 



  • Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner 

  • Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner

  • Any National Geographic Kids book/magazine 


Parents to Read 

  • 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman

  • Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles to Radically Change Your Parenting by Paul David Tripp

Mrs. Kilgore


Incoming Students

  • Bud, Not Buddy    Christopher Paul Curtis

  • The Orphan Band of Springdale  Anne Nesbet

  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH   Robert C. O'Brien

  • Johnny Tremain Esther Forbes

  • Around the World in Eighty Days   Jules Verne 

Parents to students:

  • Mick Harte was Here     Barbara Parks

  • BFG   Roald Dahl

  • Wonder       R.J. Palacio

  • The Yearling   Marjorie Rawlings


  • Give Them Grace   Elyse Fitzpatrick

  • The Blessing     John Trent

  • Praying Circles Around Your Children  Mark Batterson

  • How to Really Love Your Child   D. Ross Campbell

Mrs. Kneisly

Early Readers:

  • Bible

  • Usborne My First Library book set (about 45 books)

  • Henry and Mudge series

  • Pinkalicious series

  • Magic Treehouse series

  • Frog and Toad series

  • Little Bear series


Books that you might read to your children:

  • Bible

  • Chapter books by various authors

  • Books that reinforce rhyming: 

  •     Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton

  •     Busy Barnyard by John Shindel

  •     Is Your Momma a Llama? by Deborah Guariano

  •     The Lady with the Alligator Purse by Nadine Westcott

  •     I saw an Ant on the Railroad Track by Joshua Prince

  •     The Very Cranky Bear by Lorinda Cauley


Resources for Parents:

  • Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills by Thinking Kids 

Mr. Naumann

Parents to read with children

  • Daisy Dreamer by Holly Anna (Series)

Mr. Nguyen

Student Reading(s)

  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (ISBN: 978-0394820378) Please note that this one is a 5th Grade Class read.


Family Reading(s)

  • The New City Catechism (Devotional) by Gospel Coalition (ISBN: 1433555034)


Parent Reading(s)

  • Life Together by Bonhoeffer (ISBN: 978-0-06-060852-1)

  • Enjoying God by Tim Chester (ISBN: 978-1-78498-281-1)


A personal reading project I’m doing with a friend (alongside others readings for spiritual, personal, professional development): The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (ISBN: 978-0374528379)

Amy Peeples

For Students to Read:

  • The Cooper kids Adventure Series by Frank Peretti

  • The Imagination Station Series by Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker

  • Ramona and Beezus Series by Beverly Cleary

  • Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary

  • BFG by Roald Dahl

  • A Dog Called Kitty by Bill Wallace

  • Geronimo Stilton Series by Geronimo Stilton

  • Who Was Series by various authors

  • Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald Sobol

  • Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty Birney

For Parents to Read to Kids:

  • Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids About God and Science by Louie Giglio

  • The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden by Kevin DeYoung

  • Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your family to God by Marty Machowski

For Parents to Read:

  • The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids by Sarah Mackenzie

  • The One Year Praying Through the Bible for Your Kids by Nancy Guthrie

  • Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn by Daniel Gordis

Mrs. Risinger


For students to read (I would also recommend parents read and discuss these with their kids):


  • "Yoko" by Rosemary Wells.  A great little book for young readers.  Though not a Christian book, it is a good book for demonstrating the concept of loving your neighbors, including those from different cultures than your own.  My own kids have loved this book, especially as very young kids, because it is easy to identify the "loving" classmate from the "unloving" classmates. 

  • "Brave Young Knight" by Karen Kingsbury.  A beautifully illustrated book with a great story that young boys and girls will both enjoy.  I always pointed out to my own kids that the King clearly told the competitors that he, himself would declare the winner of the competition (God, Himself is the ultimate judge) and that HOW you do things can actually be more important than WHAT you do (the hero doesn't actually seem to "win" any of the competitions, but God knows his pure intentions and honest efforts). 



For parents to read to their own kids:

  • "Horton Hears a Who" - this book was apparently NOT written to support the protection of the life of the unborn, but it is no doubt a conclusion that will come to mind as Believers read it.  Love the use of the word, "Who" as opposed to "it" and the repeated theme, "A person's a person no matter how small."


  • "Satellite Bible Atlas - Historical Geography of the Bible" by William Schlegel.  Might sound dry, but it is a great Bible study tool for your family.  The book follows the Bible chronologically and will include story summaries from the Bible along with detailed, amplified maps for that time period.  My kids enjoy finding the cities of interest for each story on the map, themselves, and by using this, you will develop a working knowledge of the geography (cities, mountains, valleys, etc.) mentioned in the Bible.  I have really enjoyed reading this, myself. 

For parent to WATCH (I love documentaries): 

  • "Patterns of Evidence - Exodus"  This documentary is an interesting possibility to resolve the difference in Biblical chronology vs. Egyptian chronology.  I'm certainly no expert in this field, so I am open to other ideas, but this movie is well made and seems to have a rational explanation that starts by assuming the Bible's narrative to be true before looking at archaeology, extra-Biblical history, etc. 


  • "Patterns of Evidence - the Moses Controversy" - I took our kids to see this film when it was released in theaters this year.  It is a bit dry and they do repeat their findings (helps with memory, though!), but I LOVE the conclusions at the end of the film (spoiler!): Believers - even those who are well-educated Bible scholars - will tend to turn away from God and even wonder if He is real, once they deny the historicity and inerrancy of the OT.


  • "Alien Intrusion - Unmasking a Deception" - Mark and I took all of our kids to see this in the theater a year or so ago.  On account of the somewhat scary nature, it might be better to watch it without the kids the first time, but we talk about everything with our kids, so they seemed to handle it well.  This video is also a bit long, especially at the beginning when it discusses the history of "alien encounters" but so worth it in order to build their case.  Of special note is the VERY gentle approach the producers take to discuss victims of encounters - there is NO ridicule at all; rather, a very loving, Christian approach to reaching and rescuing them.  There is also a book version, but the video is very well done, and again, so gentle and with such a loving message of hope through faith in Jesus Christ.

Mrs. Saenz

A few books your recommend for your incoming students (4th and new to school) to read.

  • The Magician's Nephew

  • Hardy Boys mystery

  • Nancy Drew mystery 

  • A Cricket in Time Square  

  • Charlotte's Web

  • Stuart Little

  • The Great Brain

  • Bunnicula

  • Because of Winn-Dixie

Books you recommend parent to read to their kids.

  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

  • The Book Thief

  • Hatchet

  • Bridge to Terabithia

  • King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

  • The Giver

  • Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

Dr. Soden

Students to read

Family Reads

  • The Chronicles of Narnia

  • The Hobbit by Tolkien

  • The Lord of The Rings by JR Tolkien

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

  • The Message Bible, ESV Bible and Brick Bible

Reading for Parents

  • Boundaries by Cloud & Townsend

  • Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral Imagination by Vigen Guroian

Mrs. Thompson (aka Coach T)

  • Students

    • Magic Tree House series, Harry Potter, and Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd Jones

    • Gracelaced by Ruth Chou Simons 

  • For Parents to read

    • On MY summer reading: Gay Girl Good God by Jackie Hill Perry

    • An American Sickness

    • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

    • Mere Christianity 

    • Redeeming Love 

    • Educated 

    • 12 ways your phone is changing you

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