Grades K-3 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 K-3 are at different stages in terms of reading.  Even though many students are able to read on their own, it’s fine to read books aloud or together.  Students who are reading independently 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.  Although students entering grades K-3 are at different stages; some  are ready to do independent reading.  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

    Picture Books

    David Wiesner
    Dr. Seuss                                                                               
    Jan Brett
    David Shannon
    Eve Bunting
    Eric Carle
    Lois Elhert
    Jack Gantos
    John Grogan
    Rob Scotton
    Janet Morgan Stoeke
    Karma Wilson
    Judith Viorst

    Beginning Independent Readers

    Elephant and Piggie series - Mo Willems
    Fly Guy series - Tedd Arnold              
    Fancy Nancy series - Jack O’Connor
    Henry and Mudge, Poppleton series, Mrs. Putter and Tabby series - Cynthia Rylant
    J.J. Tully Mysteries - Doreen Cronin
    Bink & Gollie series - Kate DiCamillo

    Growing Independent Readers

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

    Other Authors

    Kevin Henkes
    Jerry Pinkney

    Early Nonfiction Authors

    Seymour Simon
    Gail Gibbons
    Steve Jenkins
    Sandra Markle
    Nic Bishop

    Award Winners

    Horn Book
    Hans Christian Andersen
    Coretta Scott King