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Summer Reading 2017

Dear Parents of Incoming Grade 2 - Grade 6 Students,

Over the course of the school year, our children had rich literacy experiences and grew so much as readers. The children learned so many skills and strategies to assist in both decoding and comprehension, and, most importantly, developed a love of reading. The summer is an ideal time to cultivate a lifelong habit of reading. The tips and lists below are designed to help you encourage and support your reader.

We have worked hard to compile lists of appealing titles on a range of levels for each grade. You and your child can look at the books together to determine which are "just right" for your child. It's important for your child to be involved in selecting his or her reading material. Here are some ideas to keep in mind as you and your child look for reading material this summer:

- Ask him or her what kind of book he or she would like to read.

- Have your child join you as you browse the library bookshelves.

- For younger readers, the "five finger rule" is a useful strategy for identifying books that are too hard. Have your child read a page, and hold up a finger for every word he or she doesn't know how to read. If there are more than five challenging words on the page, this book isn't an appropriate choice for independent reading.

- If your child is set on reading a book that you know is too challenging for him or her, that book can be a nice choice for reading to or with your child.

- Your child may read books that seem too easy or light for him or her - and that's okay. This sort of reading is still valuable, both for enjoyment and confidence-building.

- Hook your child on an author or topic or series! If your child relished one of Shel Silverstein's books, look for other books by the same author. If your child is poring over books about the Native Americans, seek out other books (fiction or non-fiction) related to that topic. If your child adores the first book about Encyclopedia Brown, look for other books in that series.

- Your local librarian is likely to be a wonderful resource. Reach out to him or her for recommendations.  

- If you would like assistance determining which titles are a good fit for your child, you may email Mrs. Sherry Snyder, School Librarian, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Mrs. Sora Leah Mirsky, Director of Student Services, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We hope that your child's summer is filled with fun, family time, relaxation, and lots of reading!



Dr. Goldie Grossman

Assistant Principal

A note from Mrs. Snyder: There are many free summer readingprograms that reward your children for reading. Many public libraries run summer reading programs. Stop in at your local public library to inquire and register!

Here are a few other options your family might be interested in:

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading

TD Bank

Scholastic Books


Incoming Second Grade Suggested Reading

Incoming Third Grade Suggested Reading

Incoming Fourth Grade Suggested Reading

Incoming Fifth Grade Suggested Reading

Incoming Sixth Grade Suggested Reading



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