Summer Reading Lists


How to Raise a Reader This Summer

by Jenn Berman M.F.T., Psy.D.

I recently overheard a conversation between two moms who were talking about their kids' reading habits. One of the women said that her son just loved to read and it was difficult to get him to put down a book -- to which the other one replied, "You're so lucky!" But luck has nothing to do with it. Children who love to read come from what I call a "reading culture," which is an environment that values reading, is rich in printed materials (not just books), and has adults who are reading role models. It is up to you to create an enthusiastic reader, and summer is the perfect time to do that. It is a great time to start new traditions, rituals, and activities that make your family more print-friendly. Studies show that children who come from what researchers call a "print-rich environment" consistently score better in writing, reading, and math skills than children who come from a "print-poor environment." Print, in this case, relates to a wide variety of materials including books, magazines, newspapers, and even comic books. When researchers examined 21 kindergarten classes to see who displayed high interest in reading and who showed low interest, it became clear that the home environment and parents' reading habits were crucial factors.

"Readers without power to make their own choices are unmotivated."
- Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

Typically, kids who don't read during the summer lose academic skills over the break time. This is known in academic circles as "summer learning loss," and studies show that kids often lose two to three months of reading progress over the break. For older children and the economically disadvantaged the gap is even bigger. According to researchers Donald Hayes and Judith Grether, "The differential progress made during the four summers between 2nd and 6th grade accounts for upwards of 80 percent of the achievement difference."
But it doesn't have to be that way! Summer is a great time to help your child fall in love with reading. 

LIBRARIAN'S LIST of GREAT READING OPPORTUNITIES!

For students to read reviews on suggested books:  https://www.bookopolis.com/#/

To view Children Choice Book Awards: http://www.cbcbooks.org/childrens-choices/

To view Outstanding Science Books: http://www.cbcbooks.org/outstanding-science/

To view Best Stem Books: http://www.cbcbooks.org/2017-best-stem-books/

To view Notable Social Studies Books: http://www.cbcbooks.org/notable-social-studies/

To view Outstanding International Children’s Books: http://www.usbby.org/list_oibl.html

To view New York Public Library 2017 Summer Reading Suggestions: https://www.nypl.org/events/summer/reading-challenge

Be sure to a weekly visit your Public Library this summer with your child. They offer many wonderful activities to encourage reading and learning. The Children Librarians are also very helpful in suggesting books for your child. Happy Summer Reading!

Download the following Summer Reading Lists for St. Nicholas Students.  

LEVEL

DOWNLOAD READING LISTS


EARLY LEARNING CENTER RISING L2

Early Learning Center Rising Level 2

 Rising Level 2 students should return the Summer Reading Log [2nd page].

 
LOWER PRIMARY RISING L3

Lower Primary Rising Level 3

 

LOWER PRIMARY RISING L4

 Please access our Librarian's fantastic list of resources for summer reading. See above.

 
MIDDLE PRIMARY
RISING L5
Middle Primary Rising Level 5  
UPPER PRIMARY
RISING L6
Upper Primary Rising Level 6  
UPPER PRIMARY
RISING L7
Upper Primary Rising Level 7  

 



 


 

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