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Summer Reading

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. Search for information for your child below.

2017 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

  • Students who read regularly over the summer maintain and often improve their reading ability.
  • 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.
  • Elise Broach will be our author visit for the fall. She has some great books. Her website is www.elisebroach.com.

Happy Reading!

Incoming 2nd Graders

Required Reading for incoming 2nd graders:

  • Students who read regularly over the summer maintain and often improve their reading ability.
  • 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.
  • Elise Broach will be our author visit for the fall. She has some great books. Her website is www.elisebroach.com

Happy Reading!

Incoming 3rd Graders

Required Reading for incoming 3rd graders:

This year, students and teachers in grades three, four, and five began to use the Journeys Reading Program in language arts class. Journeys teaches students reading skills through the use of texts from many different genres, such as fantasy, fables, historical fiction, biographies, fairy tales, informational text, realistic fiction, adventure, mystery, and more. In alignment with Journeys, this year we encourage students to read books over the summer that come from a variety of genres for their summer reading assignment. Here are the requirements.

Here are the requirements.

Choose books from the HAISLN list:

  • One fiction book
  • One non-fiction book
  • One free choice book
  • Fill out a Reading Log for these books to turn in at the beginning of school.

Optional suggestion:

Happy Reading!

Incoming 4th Graders

Required Reading for incoming 4th graders:

This year, students and teachers in grades three, four, and five began to use the Journeys Reading Program in language arts class. Journeys teaches students reading skills through the use of texts from many different genres, such as fantasy, fables, historical fiction, biographies, fairy tales, informational text, realistic fiction, adventure, mystery, and more. In alignment with Journeys, this year we encourage students to read books over the summer that come from a variety of genres for their summer reading assignment. Here are the requirements.

Here are the requirements.

Choose books from the HAISLN list:

  • One fiction book
  • One non-fiction book
  • One free choice book
  • Fill out a Reading Log for these books to turn in at the beginning of school.

Optional suggestion:

Happy Reading!

Incoming 5th Graders

Required Reading for 5th grade:

This year, students and teachers in grades three, four, and five began to use the Journeys Reading Program in language arts class. Journeys teaches students reading skills through the use of texts from many different genres, such as fantasy, fables, historical fiction, biographies, fairy tales, informational text, realistic fiction, adventure, mystery, and more. In alignment with Journeys, this year we encourage students to read books over the summer that come from a variety of genres for their summer reading assignment.

Here are the requirements.

Choose books from the HAISLN list:

  • One fiction book
  • One non-fiction book
  • One free choice book
  • Fill out a Reading Log for these books to turn in at the beginning of school.

Optional suggestion:

Happy Reading!


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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