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Summer Reading Information

Preschool Parents are encouraged to read to their 2 through 4-year-old children every day to help build a love of books and reading, develop early literacy skills, and foster the parent-child relationship.

K5: Please read to your child every day for at least 15 minutes. Our K5 teachers recommend books that have a pattern using rhyme or rhythm, books that have the predictable text and high-frequency words, as well as counting books. Here are a few of their favorites. I Can Read: Mac and Cheese by Sarah Weeks, I Can Read: May I Please Have a Cookie? by Jennifer Morris, I Can Read: Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach by James Dean

1st Grade: Please read with your child every day for at least 30 minutes. We recommend reading any Step into Reading book at your child’s level, (Probably Step 1) or any Dr. Seuss book. However, please select books that your child will enjoy! How much you read with your child is more important than what you read with your child. Please maintain the summer reading log and return it to school when classes begin. If your child is a beginner in reading, have him/her read to you or alternate reading with them. If not, read to them.

2nd Grade: We recommend reading picture books at your child’s independent reading level, as well as Step Into Reading books at their level (probably Level 2 or 3). Recommended authors are Tomie de Paola (Ex. Big Anthony, The Art Lesson, and Strega Nona) and James Marshall (Ex. The Three Pigs, Cinderella, and Miss Nelson is Missing). Maintain a reading log and return it to school when classes begin. Complete the summer reading form for at least three books and return to school with a log in August.

3rd Grade: Minimum of 3 Fiction Chapter Books. Each book should contain up to 100 pages. Suggestions include books in the following series: Junie B. Jones, Magic Treehouse, and American Girls. However, any book your child will enjoy is fine. Maintain a reading log and return it to school when classes begin. Complete the summer reading information form for at least three books. Return to school with a log in August.

4th Grade: Minimum of 3 Chapter Books. Each book should contain at least 125 pages and be at a reading level of 3.5 or higher. One book should be non-fiction or historical fiction (it can be a graphic novel/comic book format), the second one should be a mystery book, and the third is the student’s choice. Maintain a reading log and return it to school when classes begin. Complete the summer reading information form for at least three books. Return to school with a log in August.

5th Grade: Minimum of 2 novels. Each book should contain a minimum of 150 pages and should be at 4.5 reading level or higher, depending on the student. Select any genre. Maintain a reading log and return it to school when classes begin. Complete the summer reading form for at least two books. Return to school with a log in August.

6th Grade: Minimum of 3 novels containing at least 150 pages. Each one should be a different genre (fiction, historical fiction, mystery, non-fiction, biography, etc.) Maintain a reading log and return it to school when classes begin. Complete the summer reading form for at least three books. Return to school with a log in August.

7th Grade: Minimum of 3 novels containing at least 175 pages. Each one should be a different genre (fiction, historical fiction, mystery, non-fiction, biography, etc.) Maintain a reading log and return it to school when school begins. Complete the summer reading information form for at least three books. Return to school with a log in August.

8th Grade: Minimum of 3 novels containing at least 175 pages. At least one of the books must be non-fiction. Maintain a reading log and return it to school when classes begin. Complete the summer reading form for at least three books. Return to school with a log in August.