Summer Reading List 2011 – Independent Readers

June 16th, 2011 by melissa g

The research on the importance of summer reading is clear:  Your child can lose up to 3 months of reading progress if they don’t continuing reading throughout the summer.*  As a teacher, I saw it happen year after year.  Fluent readers who don’t read during the summer, re-enter school in the fall at the same level, or worse, they regress.  As a result, teachers are forced to play catch-up in September and October, losing valuable instructional time for those students.  All that can be avoided if we make summer reading a priority.

We also have a personal, passionate argument for summer reading.  We think that one of the greatest joys of summer is a long, lazy afternoon with nothing to do but curl up with a great book.  You can pick your location:  under the shade of a tree, on the front porch, on the beach, on a lounge chair by the pool, or on your cozy couch in the air conditioning.  The possibilities are endless.  Without the pressures of school and scheduling, children have the freedom to lose themselves in the pages of wonderful books that can transport them to fascinating, funny and thrilling places.  Take advantage of this time when children can read for the sake of reading.  It can be the most magical reading of all.

* source:  Reading Rockets

Sweet Summer Reading List – Independent Readers

Here are some of our favorite INDEPENDENT READER books for kids who are ready for longer books with more sophisticated story elements.  This list spans the grade levels from 4th to about 7th Grade.  We’ve included grade levels here but please don’t feel constrained by them – it really depends on the individual reader.

Ask Amy Green by Sarah Webb

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

Bystander by James Preller

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor

Is it Night or Day? by Fern Schumer Chapman

Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park

Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia

Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes by Lisa Greenwald

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter

The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry

Where the Streets had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah


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