Summer is a great time to rest, relax and have fun with family and friends. While enjoying your summer, you are strongly encouraged to read books! It is not imperative that you read long and difficult books, but rather choose a wide variety of texts and enjoy your reading!

    • Keep a list of the books you read (at least 5) on the provided reading list form.
    • Please return your reading list in September signed by your parents
    • In order to provide a common literary experience with which to start our September book discussions, I am requiring each incoming sixth grader to purchase and read at least one of the following award winning books that they have never read before: 
      • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
      • The New Kid by Jerry Craft
      • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
      • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
      • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
      • Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
    • In the required book, record at least 7 post-it-notes on various passages where you notice and think about something. Please briefly describe your thinking on each note. Remember that engaged readers: 
      • ask questions 
      • make predictions, inferences, & connections
      • think about unfamiliar words; confusing scenes; characterization; theme; symbolism; author’s craft
      • notice various narrative signposts (compare & contrast; aha moment; tough question; words for the wiser; again and again; and a memory moment)
    • It is strongly suggested that you read the required book in August, closer to the beginning of the school year. Please bring this book to school on the first day.  You may enjoy reading the story with your parents or listening to it in an audio book. 


    In addition, please take a photo of you reading a favorite book in an exotic place, a comfy position, or some other “fun” setting. Please bring your photograph to class during the first week of school!