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Summer Reading 2021

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

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.

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

Students enrolled in The Learning Center are to read a book of their choice, that is at their reading level, for at least 20 minutes every day and parents are encouraged to read aloud to their child to encourage a love of reading. 

Required Summer Reading (Grades 5 - 8)

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

5th grade: Students are required to read "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio and another book of their choice (any genre.) They should also bring in an unread realistic (not fantasy) fiction book on the first day of school. They will read this in class for Reader's Workshop. For suggested realistic fiction books, please check the 5th grade section below. Here is also a link to some great suggestions for summer reads.

6th grade: Read "Home of the Brave" by Katherine Applegate plus digitally complete the required discussion questions prior to the start of school. Use your school email address* and this access code: OYX6TF.

*If you do not have a school email address yet, please download and complete this PDF before the start of school. 

7th grade: "The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles" by Julie Andrews and select one book from the recommended reading list below. Download and complete the required discussion questions prior to the start of school.

8th grade: Pick one book from the Dystopian novels list and one book from the Contemporary Classics list from the recommended reading list below.

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 article from Head of School Dr. Olaf Jorgenson, "Reflections on the Coronavirus Summer Slide," (first article on the right) to learn what your children should do this unprecedented summer.

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!