Not to put a damper on things, but yes, here in Wellesley summer is almost halfway over. School starts on Wednesday, August 31, and that means it’s time for students to get going on their summer reading. As long as you tuck a couple of titles into your overnight campers’ next care package, among the fresh socks and contraband candy, all should be well. Every grade in Wellesley has a list of summer reading books, which you can find at the links below.
So don’t anybody panic, whether they’re at home or away, there’s still plenty of time to get your kids engaged in that most lovely of summer activities, cozying up with a good book. Help them find a nice spot outside in the hammock or sprawled out on a blanket at the beach, make sure a tall glass of lemonade is within easy reach, and before they know it, they’ll be transported.
Generally, at the middle school each student must read two books of their choice, and each grade has an assignment attached to those books. At the high school level the book depends on which class the student is taking, while at the elementary level there is an entire website with pull-down menus for picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, and more.
Summer reading, Wellesley elementary schools
Elementary school students are encouraged to keep a list of some of their summer reading titles and to read approximately 30 minutes per day. You can access the entire elementary schools summer reading list here. Below you can find a few titles on the extensive list that was put together by a dream team of library teachers representing each of the seven elementary schools in town.
If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! Elise Parsley (picture book)
Reminds me of back when I did some volunteering at the Natick Community Organic Farm and I wanted to bring in the piglets to my second-grader’s classroom. Yes! said an enthusiastic teacher. No, the principal gently ruled. Something about Health Department regulations. Right, and those baby chicks under the incubator lights are so sterile.
Bad Kitty, Drawn to Trouble, Nick Bruel (beginning chapter book series)
Bad Kitty is the best. Back when we were immersed in the read-aloud world, there really wasn’t anything a kitty/bunny/doggie could do that could shock us. Until Bad Kitty scratched Grandma in his first book. Now that’s a bad kitty.
Coding Computer Games with Scratch, Doris Kindersley Publishing Staff (non-fiction)
Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, Dean Robbins (biography)
Summer reading, Wellesley Middle School
All Wellesley Middle School students must read two books they haven’t read before. There’s a list, but the kids can go reading rogue and choose something different if they want.
Here’s the 6th grade list, with a couple pulled from it that looked good to us (below):
Assignment: “You will have to rate the best book you read this summer and talk about what you think the message of the book is. Then, read and rate some other books! This assignment is due on the first day of school.”
Found, Margaret Peterson Haddix
When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel.
Growing Up Gronk, Gordon Gronkowski
Tells the Gronkowskis’ story, revealing how they were raised, how they were motivated, how they trained, how they played, even how their mother kept then fed.
Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking, Erin Dionne
Instead of spending a carefree summer exploring downtown Bostonwith best friend Ollie, thirteen-year-old Moxie must solve a famous art heist in order to protect those she loves from her ailing grandfather’s gangster past. Includes facts about the 1990 Gardner Museum art theft. [Read more…]