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Summer is here, and along with vacations and camps, do not 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. Happy reading!

2019 Summer Reading Requirements

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

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 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:

  • 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 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.
  • Your public library summer reading program, encouraging the love of reading with special events, contests, and prizes.
  • Sarah Weeks will be our visiting author this fall. We encourage you to visit her website at https://sarahweeks.com/ and read some of her books! 

Required Reading for incoming Second Graders:

  • Students who read regularly over the summer maintain and often improve their reading ability.
  • Incoming Second Graders need to read a minimum of 10 books over the summer.
  • Choose any 10 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 aimed for 2 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.
  • Your public library summer reading program, encouraging the love of reading with special events, contests, and prizes.
  • Sarah Weeks will be our visiting author this fall. We encourage you to visit her website at https://sarahweeks.com/ and read some of her books! 

Required Reading for incoming Third Graders:

  • One required reading book: The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 by Matthew Gilbert and Honest Lee
  • Choose books from the HAISLN list:
    • One fiction book
    • One non-fiction book
  • When students return to school, there will be a quiz over the required reading book.

Optional suggestion:

  • Your public library summer reading program encourages the love of reading with special events, contests, and prizes.
  • Sarah Weeks will be our visiting author this fall. We encourage you to visit her website at https://sarahweeks.com/. She has written several chapter books which would count for your child's summer reading fiction book. 

Required Reading for incoming Fourth Graders:

  • One required reading book: Oggie Cooder by Sarah Weeks
  • Choose books from the HAISLN list:
    • One fiction book
    • One non-fiction book
  • When students return to school, there will be a quiz over the required reading book.

Optional suggestion:

  • Your public library summer reading program encourages the love of reading with special events, contests, and prizes.
  • Sarah Weeks will be our visiting author this fall. We encourage you to visit her website at https://sarahweeks.com/. She has written several chapter books which would count for your child's summer reading fiction book. 

Required Reading for Fifth Grade:

  • One required reading book: Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  • Choose books from the HAISLN list:
    • One fiction book
    • One non-fiction book
  • When students return to school, there will be a quiz over the required reading book.

Optional suggestion:

  • Your public library summer reading program encourages the love of reading with special events, contests, and prizes.
  • Sarah Weeks will be our visiting author this fall. We encourage you to visit her website at https://sarahweeks.com/. She has written several chapter books which would count for your child's summer reading fiction book. 

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 Second Grade

Texas Bluebonnet List
Reading program sponsored by the Texas Library Association for Third-Sixth 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.