Incoming 4th and 5th Grade Summer Reading 2020

  • Book Cover Fish in a Tree

    Dear Families,

    Summer and all its fun is right around the corner.   During the school year students have many opportunities to read and listen to books.  Your support for those same reading experiences at home will help your child continue to grow as a reader, writer, thinker, and learner.  This summer we are asking our families to continue with our community read, Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.  Your child has started this book with his/her teacher in our last months of remote learning.  You will be able to continue listening to chapters read aloud on our BPSCommunityRead YouTube channel.  Your child's teacher or principal can share this link with you.  

    As you plan for the summer, please consider the possible literacy experiences your child can have in these months away from the classroom.  Our local village libraries will be offering their own summer reading program.

    Students entering grades 4 and 5 are at different stages in terms of reading.  Even though students are able to read on their own, it’s fine to read books aloud or together.  Students should read a variety of texts including fiction, nonfiction, magazines and newspapers.  It is important to select some reading material which challenges them to take their reading to the next level.

    The most important thing to remember is we want our students reading every day if possible!

    Independent Reading occurs in all stages.  It is important for students to be given time to apply their reading skills through silent reading with a book at their independent level.  Students should be encouraged to challenge themselves to move their reading to the next level.   As you help your child select books, please consider some of the suggested authors and titles.  Remember, these are only suggestions.  Your child’s summer reading possibilities are endless and not restricted to what is suggested.

    Suggested Authors

    Kate DiCamillo
    Jacqueline Davies
    Louis Sachar
    Beverly Cleary
    Gary Paulsen
    Christopher Paul Curtis
    Judy Blume
    Jerry Spinelli
    Andrew Clements
    Lauren Wolk
    Katherine Applegate
    E.B. White
    Jason Reynolds

    More Suggested Authors            

    I Survived series - Lauren Tarshis
    Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling
    You Wouldn’t Want to...series - various authors
    Joey Pigza books Jack Gantos
    Series of Unfortunate Events series Lemony Snicket
    The Spiderwick Chronicles series - Tony DiTerlizzi

    Growing Independent Readers

    Ivy & Bean series - Annie Barrows
    Geronimo Stilton -Geronimo Stilton
    Cam Jansen series - David Adler
    Magic Treehouse series - Mary Pope Osborne
    Clementine series - Sara Pennypacker

    Early Nonfiction Authors

    Seymour Simon
    Gail Gibbons
    Steve Jenkins
    Nic Bishop
    Sandra Markle

    Award Winners

    Horn Book
    Hans Christian Andersen
    Coretta Scott King

  • *Ask your school or public librarian for help finding books.