K - 8 Summer Reading Challenge
Two Books, One School
Promoting Community and Family Literacy
This is required reading. The books were chosen with reading pleasure and wide-ranging discussion possibilities in mind. Remember to read the book for your grade level before the start of school.
Besides reading your required book we are participating in the Governor's Summer Reading Challenge. Keep track of every book you read this summer on the Reading Journal and hand it in to your teacher during the first week of school. Let's see if we can read enough books to win the Governor's challenge and get an invitation to the capitol! Your required book counts as one, so be sure to write it down in your journal. We are looking for 100% participation this year.
Can we do it? YES WE CAN!!!
For grades Kindergarten - 3rd For grades 4 - 8th
Big Foot and Little Foot by Ellen Potter - Hugo is a young Sasquatch who longs for adventure. Boone is young boy who longs to see a Sasquatch. When their worlds collide, they become the unlikeliest pair of best friends.
Insignificant Events in The Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling - Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she'll have to answer the question over and over again. Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined. It's hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your worst fears. But Aven's about to discover she can do it all . . . even without arms.
K - 5 Links
Suggested Summer Reading Lists
Middle School Links
Why Summer Reading Is Important
Reading is the most important skill there is. Research shows that reading is crucial to a child’s brain development and intellectual stimulation. And that’s just the beginning:
Reading is a gateway skill. It opens the door to all other learning.
Reading is the processing of information. It requires the student to develop a capacity for conceptual thinking — an ability to think about the nature and significance of things.
Reading builds language skills. By becoming more familiar with language through reading, students build a rich vocabulary and an ability to express themselves clearly and creatively.
Reading builds better thinking strategies. Analyzing words, sentences, themes and meaning; concentrating, conceptualizing and visualizing — all these elements of reading are strategies to expand a student’s ability to think.
Reading is active and disciplined. Students learn to choose what they read and when they read, and they learn to discipline themselves to concentrate on the written word.