2017 Lower School Summer Reading Recommendations

Dear Annie Wright Community Members,

Summer is a reader’s favorite time of year: long days, open schedules, and the freedom to dive into any book might ignite our attention. What follows is a list of recommendations for summer reading. By no means are these suggestions required. Instead, we hope at least one item on each list will spark your young reader’s attention.

Our only requirement is that our young readers strive to set their reading at the service of something grand. From understanding oneself or another, igniting exciting projects, or prompting conversations and creative writing on our long summer days. They might even read for the grandest reason of them all: the sheer unadulterated pleasure of losing oneself in an enticing story.

Helping young readers navigate the myriad of options books can be challenging. Both Jim Trelease’s The Read Aloud Handbook and Diane F. Frankenstein’s Reading Together are great resources that we use in this process. We have copies of these in our library should you wish to check them out this summer.

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

Whether you use our lists or these many available resource, we are excited to see what summer reading sparks for you and your child.

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

Happy reading. Enjoy these coming months of summer.

All the best,

Jenn Kolbo, Carla Clark and, Joe Romano
The Annie Wright Schools Library Team

Reading Lists for Rising Grade Levels

A note on these lists:

When available, we have provided links to the e-book editions of our summer reading recommendations, as many of them are available through Overdrive, our digital lending service. You can access these titles through your home computer, an e-reader, a tablet device like the iPad or the Kindle Fire, or even your smartphone. Click here to learn how your device can access our e-reading services. During this process, you will be prompted to enter your student’s username and password. This username and password are both your student’s AWS ID number. If you need assistance in accessing OverDrive, please visit our library or send along an e-mail, and we are more than happy to help.
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