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Summer Reading

In the context of relaxation and summer adventures, a moderate amount of summer reading is important for children to maintain their literacy skills.

Children entering grades 5-8 have required summer reading in preparation for classroom activities early in the first trimester.

Our students appreciate that reading is a fun way to travel to far away lands, undertake countless adventures, and pursue their interests during the summer.

Required Summer Reading (Grades 5 - 8)

Students entering the following grades should have the listed book read before school starts:

5th grade: "One realistic fiction book and bring one to share at the start of school. Explore Fifth Grade tab for book ideas

6th grade: "Home of the Brave" by Katherine Applegate

7th grade: "Uglies" by Scott Westerfield and select two books from the recommended reading list below. Download and complete the required discussion questions prior to the start of school.

8th grade: Pick two from the recommended reading list below and complete the discussion questions (download PDF for the required assignment)

Purchases from local independent bookstore Hicklebee's benefit ACDS Library programs. Just mention "Almaden Country Day School!"

Recommended Reading

Our librarian and classroom teachers collaborate each year to compile a summer reading guide appropriate for each incoming grade level. These are the titles from which parents can choose; it's important to note that children are not expected to complete the whole list at each grade level. This list will continue to evolve so please check back for new additions.

Read our Blacktop Blog article, "How to Prevent the Summer Slide," to learn more about how summer reading impacts literacy.

At ACDS, we love to read! As your middle school Literature teachers, we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what books you might be most excited to read this summer. We know you have a diversity of interests, opinions, identities, and experiences, and we want the books you choose to reflect that diversity. So we’ve chosen a variety of books that include a wide array of characters, including people of different cultures and races, people from different countries and families, people in the LGBTQ+ community, and more. We hope you get to see yourselves in the books you read, and also that you take some time to learn about others who might be different than you. Above all, we hope you find a book or two that captivates you, that challenges you, and that inspires you. Happy reading, everyone!