Crusader- Entering 1st

The designated summer reading books for students entering first grade are:

  • Swimmy by Leo Lionni
  • Little Bear by Maurice Sendak


These books were included in your book fees at enrollment/re-enrollment and can be picked up in the front office of either campus after enrollment/re-enrollment is complete through Admissions.


Students must complete one assignment for each required book. Students in each grade level are required to read two books and complete one assignment per book.  This year students will be given options for creativity with the assignments: traditional or non-technological. To receive full credit, all work must be submitted to the teachers by the first Friday of the school year, August 12, 2022.





The traditional options are worksheets. If your child prefers to complete the traditional worksheet (grades 1-3), they DO NOT need to complete the non-technological options. The written assignments for these books are posted below. 





These options for all students entering 1st - 6th grades can include any of the reports listed below, meeting the literary requirements for their grade level.

Poster Book Report:  

  1. Use a poster (any color).
  2. Draw a picture of the main character, or a favorite scene, in the center of the poster.
  3. Divide the poster into sections to organize and present literary requirements for each grade level.
  4. Add the student’s name and date completed to the bottom right corner of the poster.

Mini-book Report:  

  1. Fold multiple sheets of copy paper (any color) in half. 
  2. The book cover must include a drawing of the main character or a favorite scene, title and author of the book, student name, and date completed. 
  3. Title each page of the mini-book with each required grade level detail (example “Literary Elements”, “Vocabulary”, “Biblical Theme”, etc.).
  4. Add creative embellishments to the pages as desired. 





Non-technological options MUST include the literary requirements listed for each grade level. 

The minimum requirements for 1st grade students are as follows for EACH book:

  • list the title and author
  • draw a picture of the main character
  • write 2 sentences about your favorite part of the story
  • include at least one biblical lesson learned



Curl Up With a Good Book This Summer!


While we are requiring your child to read two books, we encourage him/her to read all throughout the summer.  Below is a list of grade-level books that your child may enjoy. This will be a great introduction to the reading your child will do throughout the year. 


  • Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room by Stan & Jan Berenstain
  • Fritz and the Beautiful Horses by Jan Brett
  • The Mitten by Jan Brett
  • The Clifford series by Norman Bridwell
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
  • Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney
  • Are You My Mother? & Go Dog. Go! by P. D. Eastman
  • Leah’s Pony by Elizabeth Friedrich
  • Frances series by Russell & Lillian Hoban
  • The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale by Angela Ewell Hunt
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  • The Tallest of Smalls by Max Lucado
  • You Are Mine by Max Lucado
  • You Are Special by Max Lucado
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault
  • Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  • The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  • Sam Who Never Forgets by Eve Rice
  • The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham & Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
  • Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman
  • How Do Dinosaurs?  series by Jane Yolen
  • Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion