Reading is the gateway to knowledge. There is no more valuable learning activity. Our summer reading program is designed to encourage year-round immersion in literature. We also encourage families to read aloud and listen to audio books.
We have provided the following summer reading lists to assist you in selecting the best literature available for each age. The number of books is not as important as the quality of books and the time spent reading.
SUMMER READING JOURNAL
Summer Reading Journal
Students should keep a summer reading journal. While these journals will not be graded, they are a helpful and fun way for students to record progress as they work through the summer lists in preparation for the upcoming year. Lower School students who have completed Summer Reading Journals and reach the recommended grade-level goal will be recognized during the first week of school.
Rising 1st-2nd Grade Journals
Each child is asked to keep a summer reading journal using a primary composition journal. For each book include a page with title, author, and an illustration. Be sure to write in cursive. This journal should be turned in to your child’s teacher at "Meet the Teacher" in August. Students who complete 750 pages of reading will be rewarded the first week of school.
Rising 3rd-6th Grade Journals
Each child is asked to keep a summer reading journal. Please use a composition notebook for this journal. For each book include a page with title, author, number of pages, and a two-sentence recommendation (I recommend this book because… or I do not recommend this book because…). For some of your books you may substitute a drawing for your recommendation. This journal should be turned in to your child’s teacher at "Meet the Teacher" in August. Students who complete 1,000 pages of reading will be rewarded the first week of school. The goal is to read one hour each day. Rising 4th-6th graders are also asked to read Story of the World (provided) over the summer.