Summer Reading 2021

The Research

  • The "summer slide" is the loss of academic skills that occurs when school is not in session and is primarily attributed to the lack of reading.
  • According to educational researchers Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen, the “three-month summer gap can accumulate to a year and a half between the end of kindergarten and the end of grade five (just five summers).”
  • Keep children motivated by keeping summer reading fun and exciting!
  • High-volume reading leads to gains in fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
  • Children who do not read, or read little during the summer, inevitably experience academic setbacks.

Shared Community Read!

By choosing a common title, we are able to create a true community experience – one that unites a school, sparks parental involvement, and reaches out and connects the wider community.

Dragons In a Bag by Zetta Elliott

Reading Recommendations by Grade

Entering Kindergarten

Read Aloud Favorites

Funny Picture Books

Picture Books with Lessons

Entering 1st

Easy Readers

Easiest Chapter Books

Easy Chapter Books

Entering 2nd

Graphic Novels

Funny Books

Magic and Mythical Creature Stories

Adventure Stories

Mysteries

Realistic Stories

Entering 3rd

Funny 

Adventure and Mystery

Realistic

Animals

Fantasy

Entering 4th

Fantasy

Realistic

Adventure and Mystery

Funny

Historical Fiction

Non-Fiction

  • Gross As A Snot Otter: The World of Weird Animals by Jess Keating
  • From an Idea to Nike by Lowey Bundy Sichol
  • Beavers: The Superpower Field Guides by Rachel Poliquin
  • The Thrifty Guide to Ancient Rome by Jonathan W. Stokes

Entering 5th

Fantasy

Mystery

Adventure

Historical Fiction

Realistic

Animals

Humor

Non-Fiction

Massachusetts Children's Book Award Nominees - 2021-2022

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award honors books that promote reading for pleasure among students in grades four through six. The Massachusetts Children's Book Award is sponsored by Salem State University.