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Elementary Suggested Summer Reading

1st-6th Grade

“Stories make us more Alive, more Human, more Courageous, more LOVING!”

-Madeleine L’Engle

Dear Parents,

    Summer Reading is here!  Summer break is an important time for everyone: a time to rest, reflect and renew ourselves after a long and busy school year.  Summer reading is especially important for our children because we want them to maintain the valuable skills they learned in the previous year.  Students who do not read during the summer months often return to school having lost much of the progress they accomplished the year before.

    However, Summer Reading should be fun and exciting as well!  It is an opportunity for our children to delve deeper into their favorite subjects (horses, baseball, fantasy…) or to branch off in new, unexplored places (Africa, science fiction, knights and castles…).   During the school year, my first priority is always to connect our children with a book they will love. When children read books they love, they are motivated to read by choice and will be on the path to becoming lifelong readers.   This should not change during the summer months. The Holy Spirit Faculty provides summer reading lists to help guide our children toward excellent books. Please find the reading lists for each grade attached below.

Tracking your child’s reading progress can be fun with Reading Rockets activities, or Scholastic’s Read-A-Palooza.  Your child’s login/password for the Scholastic program will be in the final blue folder.  Does your child love interesting facts?  The Alabama Virtual Library (AVL Britannica) is THE best place for kid-appropriate online searching.  They even have non-fiction eBooks! Don’t forget that the Tuscaloosa Public Library has a great Summer Reading Program: “Alabama has a Universe of Stories”!  Check it out!

Also, if you ever need additional book suggestions for your child, please do not hesitate to email me – I will continue to be their librarian during the summer!  


Mrs. Brake

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade