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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 to maintain skills, students need to read regularly over the summer. By doing this, their reading level and ability often improve. Search for information for your child below. Happy reading! 

2020 Summer Reading Requirements

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

We designed The Fay School Summer Reading Program 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 images.

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 for 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, which 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 is aimed for 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
  • 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 aimed for 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.
  • 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. Choose one mystery book:
    • Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler (N)
    • Ada Lace, On the Case by Emily Calandrelli (P)
    • A-Z Mysteries: Detective Camp by Ron Roy (N)
  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 nonfiction 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:​
    • Karl’s New Beak: 3-D Printing Builds a Bird a Better Life by Lela Nargi (Q)​
    • The Wildest Race Ever: The Story of the 1904 Olympic Marathon by Meghan McCarthy (S)
    • One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of Gambia by Miranda Paul (P)

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:
    • Great Women of the American Revolution by Brianna Hall (U)
    • Navajo Code Talkers by Brynn Nicole Baker (V)
    • The Great Serum Race: Blazing the Iditarod Trail by Debbie S. Miller (T)

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
  • 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
  • Caldecott Award List
    • Books awarded for Best Illustrations by the American Library Association
  • Newbery Medal List
    • It is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.