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2022 Summer Reading Requirements

See below for summer reading instructions for your child’s incoming grade level.

All-School Reads

Join us this summer as we explore the wonders of the wilderness! We will be reading The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (3rd-5th Grade) and Hike by Pete Oswald (Primary-2nd Grade). Our goal is to inspire a love of reading and unite our community through a common experience. We invite our entire Fay Family to participate in reading together this summer!

When we return to campus in August, students will have opportunities to explore the stories that we’ve read together, making connections to our campus and school family.

The Fay School Summer Reading Program is designed to encourage a love of reading and to reinforce literacy. 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. 

Booklist 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 an excellent resource for summer reading.
  • The Texas 2x2 list is aimed at children ages two years old through Second 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 TumbleBooks Portal.

Reading program suggestions (optional):

Required reading for incoming First 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, 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 is aimed at children ages two years old through Second Grade. ​
  • The digital ebook platform, Epic, has many different titles, and students can read along with stories as it is read aloud to them. You can access this program by creating a free account on their website.  
  • Your public library summer reading program encourages the love of reading with special events, contests, and prizes. 

Required Reading for incoming Second Graders:

  • Incoming Second Graders need to read a minimum of 10 books over the summer.
  • Choose any ten books from the HAISLN First and Second 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 Second 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 is aimed at children ages two years old through Second Grade.
  • The digital ebook platform, Epic, has many different titles, and students can read along with stories as it is read aloud to them. You can access this program by creating a free account on their website.  
  • Your public library summer reading program encourages the love of reading with special events, contests, and prizes.

Required Reading for incoming Third Graders:  Read three books – one from each category. (Reading level is indicated in parenthesis):

  1. Fiction book: 
    • ​​​​My Name is Maria Isabel by Alma Flor Ada  
  2. ​Choose one biography:​
    • Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating (N)
    • Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome (P) 
    • The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons by Natascha Biebow (O)
  3. Choose one non-fiction book: 
    • Gross as a Snot Otter by Jess Keating (P)
    • Who Would Win? (any book in the series) by Jerry Pallotta (P) 
    • What if You Had an Animal Nose? by Sandra Markle (O)

When students return to school, there will be discussions and activities related to the required reading.

Optional suggestion: 

Required Reading for incoming Fourth Graders: Read three books – one from each category. (Reading level is indicated in parenthesis)

  1. Choose one fiction book:
    • Year of the Dog by Grace Lin (Q)
    • A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold (R)​
    • Rules by Cynthia Lord (R)
  2. Choose one historical fiction book:
    • Hachiko Waits by Leslea Newman (S)
    • Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood (S)
    • I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 by Lauren Tarshis (Q)
  3. Choose one nonfiction book:​
    • Texas (U.S.A. travel Guide Series) by Ann Heinrichs
      • Students can read it here, on Epic!

When students return to school, there will be discussions and activities over the required reading.

Optional suggestion:

Required Reading for Fifth Grade: Read three books – one from each category. (Reading level is indicated in parenthesis)

  1. Choose one fiction book:
    • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan (U)
    • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper (S)
    • Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks (S)
  2. Choose one fantasy book:
    • Savvy by Ingrid Law (U)
    • Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliot (T)
    • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (W)
  3. Choose one non-fiction book:
    • A History of US: Making 13 Colonies:1600-1740 by Joy Hakim

When students return to school, there will be discussions and activities over the required reading.

Optional suggestion:

Links to recommended reading lists:

  • HAISLN List
    • Books organized by grade levels compiled by the Houston Area Independent School Librarians Network.
  • 2 x 2 Reading List
    • Reading list sponsored by the Texas Library Association for two-year-olds through Second Grade.
  • Texas Bluebonnet List
    • Reading program sponsored by the Texas Library Association for Third-Sixth Graders.
  • Children's Notable Lists
    • Compilation of the best books and other media by the Association for Library Service to Children.