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Summer Reading List 



Here are important reading strategies students can use before, during and after reading:

Before Reading

Predict what the book is about from the title.  Set a purpose for reading.  Example:  I am going to read this book because I want to learn more about animals.  Take a picture walk through the book.  Ask, What is happening in the pictures?

During Reading

  • Visualize - make a movie in your head just like you do when listening to a story.
  • Question - think about the story, asking yourself who, what, when, where, why, how.
  • Clarify - understand new words - figure out words using print strategies
    • Use finger to point under each word to keep track of where you are reading
    • Use beginning sounds to figure out words
    • Use ending sounds to figure out words
    • Use pictures on the page to help figure out a word
    • Use word chunks (group of letters in a pattern like _ack, _light)
    • Look for a smaller word within the word
    • Read to the end of the sentence.  Sometimes the word that makes sense pops right up!
    • Reread the sentence or passage to increase understanding 
  • Make predictions  - "What happens next?"
  • Make connections
    • What other story is like this one? (Text to Text Connection)
    • Have you felt the same way as the character in the story?  Did something similar happen to you?  (Text to Self Connection)
    • Does it help you think about something in real life not directly connected to you?  (Text to World Connection)


After Reading

  • React - What did you think of the story?
    • How did it make you feel?
  • Summarize
    • What was most important in the story?  One way to do this is to think:
      • Someone
      • Did Something
      • But (there was a problem)
      • Then (the problem gets solved)
      • Finally (what happened at the end?)


Ways to Enjoy Reading

* Listen to a book being read aloud.

*Take turns reading with a parent.

*Read the book to yourself and tell someone about your favorite parts.

*Visit the library and explore the section with information books.


Grow -A-Reader

Children who grow up loving books usually grow to love reading.   Children who read typically earn good grades and achieve many things in life.  

Books can help children in many ways.  They can be used to help children discuss fears and concerns, learn virtues and life lessons, solve problems, pursue hobbies, develop strategies for making responsible decisions, learn about other cultures, and improve school grades.   In addition, reading together and discussing themes in books strengthens the bond between parent and child, enriches language, broadens experiences, increases attention span, broadens vocabulary, and strengthens comprehension.  Further, children whose parents read to them often grow up enjoying reading.  Research studies find that there is a strong relationship between the amount of reading that children do and their reading achievement; the more children read, the higher their reading test scores are likely to be.  Finally, children who become readers develop the strategies to grow throughout their lives.  Whether they read to achieve academically, grow spiritually, escape into a story, obtain information, solve problems, learn a new job or skill, manage their health, handle stress, engage in self-improvement, or for some other purpose, these readers have strategies to respond to change and manage their lives forever.

The research is clear.  Parents and teachers make THE difference in whether children become readers.  Readers don't just know how to read; they choose to read.  They make reading a significant part of their lives.  When they encounter unfamiliar situations, they naturally use reading to handle these situations.   Reading is their natural response in their daily lives.  Reading is what they love to do. 


Language and Literacy Development:

Seven- and eight-year-old children are moving toward being able to read more types of material independently.  They can set their own purposes for reading and maintain concentration while reading silently.  They often choose "easy" material that they can read successfully and quickly.  Many second graders enjoy the grown-up feeling of reading books with chapters (chapter books).  They're now familiar with more types of literature.  They start identifying favorite authors or series that they like to read.  They're starting to read informational writing and learning more technical words related to science, math, social studies, and health.  Some children in this age group have discovered the fun of writing; they often choose to keep journals.  Others enjoy writing stories or poetry that they can share with friends and family.  They continue to work on their understanding of the writing process as drafting, rewriting, and revising those stories that they'd like to share with others.  They can define an audience and purpose for writing.  They still have some invented spellings in their written drafts ("sloppy copies"), but they now have the strategies to change them to standard spellings on finished, polished writing products.  These students can verbalize what good readers and writers do.  They are using reading to enrich and strengthen their writing!  And they are using writing to enrich and strengthen their reading!

Reading Interests:

  • taking pride in their ability to read
  • books about friends and friendship
  • books about animals

Children's Books:  

  • The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble and Steven Kellogg (illustrator)
  • The Art Lesson by Tomie DePaola
  • Swimmy by Leo Leonni
  • Fables by Arnold Lobel
  • If You Were a Writer by Joan Lowery Nixon.
  • Author:  A True Story by Helen Lester.
  • Carlos and the Cornfield by Jan Romero Stevens and Jeanne Arnold (illustrator) 
  • Amelia's Road by Linda Jacobs Altman
  • Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  • A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams, Audio cassette
  • The New Kid on the Block by Jack Prelutsky; Audio cassette
  • Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
  • Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.  Audio cassette.
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary; Audio cassette.
  • Fudge-A-Mania by Judy Blume; Audio cassette.
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein; Audio Cassette

Popular series:

  1. Kids of the Polk Street School and other series   by Patricia Reilly Giff
  2. Polk Street Special series by Patricia Reilly Giff
  3. American Girls series
  • Felicity
  • Josefina
  • Kirsten
  • Addy
  • Samantha
  • Molly

  4.Encyclopedia Brown by Donald Sobol

Informational Books:

  • National Geographic Action (pop-up) Books
  • The Fascinating World of.....series

Reference Books:

  •  Scholastic Children's Dictionary       
  • Roget's Children Thesaurus
  • The New Puffin Children's World Atlas
  • The Kingfisher First Encyclopedia
  • The Scholastic Rhyming Dictionary


Language and Literacy Development:

Nine- and ten-year-old children are moving toward greater independence in their reading-writing development and habits.   They are becoming better able to set their own purposes for reading and alter their reading rate and strategies to their reading purpose and the material.  With effective instruction, they are also becoming better able to monitor their own understanding of what they're reading.  They know when it makes sense and when it doesn't make sense.  They understand what good readers do when they aren't comprehending a selection; they can reread, look up the meaning of an unfamiliar word, keep reading and them reread, look for support information in pictures/charts/diagrams, consult an expert on the information, or try another strategy.  These children can meaningfully read longer portions of text silently.  Children who are becoming readers start to focus on favorite genre, series, and authors. Some nine- and ten-year-olds discover that they enjoy reading informational writing; they become interested in reading about their interests and hobbies. Their writing often starts to become more personal; sometimes they want to share it with others, sometimes they don't.  Some are more willing to experiment with different literary elements, styles, and genre.  Starting in fourth grade, many students are expected to read textbook sections and reference materials independently.   They are often held accountable for their reading on tests.  In addition, they are expected to be able to take notes from references to help them write reports.  Some children experience pressure from the textbook reading, report writing, and test-taking.  These students start experiencing a need for study strategies. They continue to use their writing to strengthen and enrich their reading!  And they use their reading to strengthen and enrich their writing!

Reading Interests:

  • books about animals
  • poetry
  • sports
  • funny books, joke books
  • reading series of books
  • developing interests and hobbies
  • lessons about good and evil

Children's Books:

  • Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, Audio cassette; Audio CD
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, Audio cassette
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan; Audio cassette
  • Bill Peet, An Autobiography by Bill Peet
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Audio Cassette
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein; Audio Cassette
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary; Audio cassette
  • Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, Audio CassetteTales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume, Audio Cassette
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, Audio cassette
  • Stuart Little by E.B. White, Audio cassett
  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech; Audio cassett
  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
  • If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand: Poems about School by Kalli Dakos

Popular Series:

  • Pony Pals by Jeanne Betancourt
  • Books of Marguerite Henry
  • Animorphs by K.A. Applegate

Informational Books:

  • Scholastic Voyages of Discovery Science and Technology Series
  • Books written by Seymour Simon
  • Eyewitness Visual Dictionaries

Reference Books:

  • Scholastic Children's Dictionary
  • Roget's Student Thesaurus
  • The Kingfisher Young People's Atlas of the World
  • The Kingfisher Children's Encyclopedia
  • The Scholastic Rhyming Dictionary




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