Here is a list of suggested books to choose from as you introduce the strategy of summarizing to your students. Be sure to model summarizing with both fiction and non-fiction texts, and give your students practice summarizing newspaper or magazine articles, song lyrics, game rules, and other types of text that they will encounter in their everyday life.
These are outstanding trade books chosen for us by the Cooperative Children's Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The list includes engaging titles that meet a range of reading and listening abilities. You may also print the complete list with suggested books for all strategies: Reading to Understand: Children's Books to Use with Comprehension Strategies. Then find multimedia, online resources about these books and authors using the Into the Book List at TeachingBooks.net.
Children's Books to Help You Teach the Summarizing Strategy
Bang, Molly. Common Ground: The Water, Earth and Air We Share. Blue Sky Press / Scholastic, 1997. 32 pages
Blake, Robert J. Togo. Philomel, 2002. 40 pages
Cooper, Elisha. Ice Cream. Greenwillow, 2002, 40 pages
Fleming, Candace. Boxes for Katje. Illustrated by Stacey Dressen-McQueen. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003. 36 pages
Fleming, Denise. Buster. Henry Holt, 2003. 32 pages
Goldin, Augusta. Ducks Don't Get Wet. Illustrated by Helen K. Davie. (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) HarperCollins, 1999. 32 pages
Haas, Jessie. Runaway Radish. Illustrated by Margot Apple. Greenwillow, 2001. 56 pages
Harjo, Joy. The Good Luck Cat. Harcourt, 2000. 32 pages
Markle, Sandra. Creepy, Crawly Baby Bugs. Walker, 1996. 32 pages
Muth, Jon J. The Three Questions. Scholastic Press, 2002. 32 pages
Rylant, Cynthia. Mr. Putter and Tabby Stir the Soup. Illustrated by Arthur Howard. Harcourt, 2003. 48 pages
Willey, Margaret. Clever Beatrice: An Upper Penninsula Conte. Illustrated by Heather Solomon. Atheneum, 2001. 32 pages
Winter, Jeanette. My Name Is Georgia: A Portrait. Harcourt / Silver Whistle, 1998. 48 pages
Compiled by Megan Schliesman
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
For another list of books for strategy instruction and practice, see Strategies that Work.