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Summer is almost here, and along with vacations and camps, don’t forget to enjoy some summer reading! Reading is time well spent, whether your child is listening to you read or whether they are reading books on their own. Research shows that in order to maintain skills, students need to read regularly over the summer. By doing this, their reading level and ability often improve. There are many wonderful books that your child will enjoy.

2016 Summer Reading Requirements
See below for summer reading instructions for your child’s incoming grade level.

Incoming EC, Pre-K and Kindergarteners

The Fay School Summer Reading Program is designed to encourage a love of reading and to reinforce literacy. A good rule of thumb is to read 15 minutes a day to strengthen fluency and build vocabulary. Have your child “read” the pictures or retell the story after you’ve read it, using the pictures. They might even make up a new story using the pictures.

Book list suggestions:

  • The HAISLN list, prepared each year by the Houston Area Independent School Librarians, is a list of books organized by grade level. This list is a great resource for summer reading.
  • The Texas 2x2 List aimed for 2 years old through 2nd grade.
  • TumbleBooks has many different titles, and students can read along with the story as it is read aloud to them. You can access this program by logging into the Parent Portal.

Reading program suggestions (optional):

Happy Reading!

Incoming 1st Graders

Required Reading for incoming 1st graders

  • Incoming first graders need to read a minimum of 8 books over the summer.
  • Choose books from the HAISLN list, prepared each year by the Houston Area Independent School Librarians. It is organized by grade level.
  • Please fill out and bring your Reading Log to your first grade teacher during the first week of school.
  • At the beginning of school, students will discuss and write about their summer reading books.

Other suggestions:

  • The Texas 2x2 List aimed for 2 years old through 2nd grade.
  • TumbleBooks has many different titles, and students can read along with the story as it is read aloud to them. You can access this program by logging into the Parent Portal.
  • Your public library summer reading program, encouraging the love of reading with special events, contests, and prizes.
  • Lisa Wheeler will be our author visit for the fall. Her website is www.lisawheelerbooks.com.

Happy Reading!

Incoming 2nd Graders

Required Reading for incoming 2nd graders:

  • Incoming 2nd graders need to read a minimum of 10 books over the summer.
  • Choose any 10 books from the HAISLN 1st/2nd grade list. It is a wonderful resource for summer reading compiled by the Houston Area Independent School Librarians each year.
  • Please fill out and bring your Reading Log to your 2nd grade teacher the first week of school.
  • At the beginning of school, students will discuss and write about their summer reading books.

Other suggestions:

  • The Texas 2x2 List aimed for 2 years old through 2nd grade.
  • TumbleBooks has many different titles, and students can read along with the story as it is read aloud to them. You can access this program by logging into the Parent Portal.
  • Your public library summer reading program, encouraging the love of reading with special events, contests, and prizes.
  • Lisa Wheeler will be our author visit for the fall. Her website is www.lisawheelerbooks.com.

Happy Reading!

Incoming 3rd Graders

Required Reading for incoming 3rd graders:

  • Incoming 3rd graders need to read a minimum of 3 books over the summer.
  • Read the following 2 books:
    * Tornado by Betsy Byars
    **Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
  • Choose a third book from the HAISLN 3rd/4th grade list. This list is a wonderful resource for summer reading compiled by the Houston Area Independent School Librarians each year.
  • Please fill out and bring the Reading Log to your 3rd grade teacher during the first week of school.
  • Students will be using their summer reading to complete activities and participate in class discussions at the beginning of the school year.

* Tornado by Betsy Byars
As they wait out a tornado in their storm cellar, a family listens to their farmhand tell stories about the dog that was blown into his life by another tornado when he was a boy.

**Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon’s freckle recipe for fifty cents.

Optional suggestion:

Happy Reading!

Incoming 4th Graders

Required Reading for incoming 4th graders:

  • Incoming 4th graders are required to read a minimum of 4 books over the summer.
  • Read the following 2 books:
    * Frindle by Andrew Clements
    ** The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
  • Choose 2 other books from the HAISLN 3rd/4th grade list. This list is a wonderful resource for summer reading compiled by the the Houston Area Independent School Librarians each year.
  • Please fill out and bring your Reading Log to your 4th grade teacher the first week of school.
  • Students will be using their summer reading in class lessons and assignments such as comprehension checks and literature circle work. Some of these in class assignments will be taken as daily reading grades.

*Frindle by Andrew Clements
When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.

**The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.

Optional suggestion:

Happy Reading!

Incoming 5th Graders

Required Reading for 5th grade:

  • Incoming 5th graders are required to read a total of 4 books over the summer.
  • Read the following 2 books:
    * Peak by Roland Smith
    **Because of Mr. Terrupt by Rob Buyea
  • Choose 2 other books from the HAISLN 5th grade list. The list is a wonderful resource for summer reading compiled by the Houston Area Independent School Librarians each year.
  • Please fill out and bring your Reading Log to your 5th grade teacher the first week of school.
  • Students will be using their summer reading in class lessons and assignments such as comprehension checks and literature circle work. Some of these in class assignments will be taken as daily reading grades.

*Peak by Roland Smith
The emotional, tension-filled story of a 14-year-old boy's attempt to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest is an action-packed adventure about friendship, sacrifice, family and the drive to
take on Everest, despite the incredible risk.

**Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
It's the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There's . . . Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who's having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school. Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn't let them get away with much . . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything-and everyone.

Optional suggestion:

Happy Reading!


Another great way for your child to practice reading skills over the summer is to listen to stories on your computer. The Fay School subscribes to TumbleBooks. It has many different titles, and students can read along with the story as it is read aloud to them. By logging into the Parent Portal you can access our school subscription to TumbleBooks.

Links to recommended reading lists:

HAISLN List
Books organized by grade levels compiled by the Houston Area Independent School

2 x 2 Reading List
Reading list sponsored by the Texas Library Association for 2 year olds through 2nd grade

Texas Bluebonnet List
Reading program sponsored by the Texas Library Association for 3rd-6th graders

Caldecott Award List
Books awarded for Best Illustrations by the American Library Association

Newbery Medal List
Awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

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