Summer Reading Recommendations!

Dear AWS Parents,

Summer is such a wonderful time for informal learning and reading, where our children can freely deep dive into the topics, activities, and stories that capture their great interests and imaginations. What follows is a list of of non-required summer reading suggestions for our rising Preschool to Fifth Grade students. Many of these may serve as perfect launchpads for a summer of learning, creation, and imagination. I hope you consider sharing these titles with your children through daily read-alouds and conversations, as this is one of the most proven ways for parents to encourage academic success.

For more reading recommendations and techniques, you may consider Jim Trelease’s The Read Aloud Handbook or Diane F. Frankenstein’s Reading Together.

Additionally, there are many summer reading events planned at our local public libraries, and they themselves are great resources for reading recommendations, as well. Here are links to the children’s programming for several local libraries:

Tacoma Public Library

Pierce County Public Library

Kitsap Regional Library

Timberland Regional Library

If you have any questions regarding reading opportunities, suggestions, or activities, never hesitate to e-mail us:

Thanks for a great year of reading and learning. We’ll be excited to reopen the library in August.

All the best,

Joe Romano

Library Media Specialist

Reading Lists for Rising Grade Levels

Preschool and PreKindergarten


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade


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