Elementary Summer Reading Program

Walpole Elementary Summer Reading Program

Research tells us that when students don’t read for two months their skills regress.  Reading is a skill which requires practice, just like baseball or math facts.  Summer reading helps students of all ages keep their skills sharp so they are ready when school begins again in the fall. Reading throughout the summer not only enhances basic reading skills of young students, it creates unique opportunities for learning, exploring, and growing.  The Walpole Public Schools Elementary Summer Reading Program is designed to promote reading and learning as enjoyable activities.  The following is a suggested guide to authors, resources and activities to share their reading experiences.  Please choose any title that may interest you from any other sources.  Magazines, graphic novels, audio books and eBooks also provide valuable educational experiences. 

We strongly encourage parents to read aloud, including to those children who are already independent readers.  In addition to being a wonderful family activity, children increase their listening vocabulary which improves their comprehension.  It also allows them to develop interests beyond their reading levels. 

This summer there are two requirements:

1)    Children or parents should complete the Reading Log for all books completed. 

2)    They are also required to complete at least one sharing activity which will contribute to the first term grade in literacy.  Suggested sharing activities are included for each grade level, but children may choose any other method they like, such as designing a diorama, creating a poem, inventing a different ending to the story, etc.  

During the first two weeks of school in September, the children should return the book log to their new teacher; their projects will be displayed in their classrooms.  A special school recognition will be awarded to any student who participates in the program by reading at least two books. 

If needed, you can Download Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is required to access these documents.

Other Reading Resources and Websites

Walpole Public Library:  Search for books, access programming information, and learn about their summer reading program, Fizz, Boom, Read.

http://www.ala.org American Library Association:  Includes Newbery and Caldecott award winner lists. 

http://www.monroe.lib.in.us/childrens/booklists/children_booklists.html Monroe County Public Library Booklists of Children’s Literature:  This Indiana Public Library has a well organized list of titles suited for many age levels. 

http://nancykeane.com/ Nancy Keane’s Children’s Literature Webpage:  This website contains booklists and book reviews written by children. 

http://www.guysread.com/ Jon Scieszka’s Guys Read website:  The popular author of The Time Warp Trio series and Stinky Cheese Man created this website especially for boys who are reluctant readers. 

http://www.kidsreads.com/ KidsReads: Kid-friendly site with book reviews, books made into movies, and upcoming titles to be published. 

This is the website for the show Between the Lions.  It has easy to read stories you can read on line (or printable), and games that go with each story plus more suggestions for stories to check out at the library. Also Word Games to play on-line, or to print out and play, and songs and video clips from the show.

Based on the TV show Zoom, this website has directions for activities you can do at home that were featured on the show.  Science, “magic” phenomena, arts and crafts, songs, puppet plays, recipes and games are explained with easy to follow directions to try at home.

 to fill in, and web-books and comic books to read on-line

Reading Is Fundamental is a website where you can write stories with other kids around the country, listen to and read along with stories and songs, draw like your favorite illustrator, and browse book lists to find a good book.

Tumblebooks are animated storybooks for younger readers.  This website also has audio books, puzzles, and games for children to play as well.

Other great websites for children:







 Websites for Parents:

Common Sense Media is a trusted source for media recommendations for kids.  This link will take you to their “Best Book Apps for Kids” recommendations.  The apps are rated for learning and organized by age group. 

This link will take you to a great article entitled, “Summer Reading Loss”, written by Maryann Mraz and Timothy Rasinski which discusses the affects of summer loss on student achievement and what can be done to help curb summer reading loss.

Reading Rockets: Tips for parents of kindergarteners, first graders, second graders, and third graders (written in English and in ten other languages.) Help your child learn to read and read to learn.

Home page for Jim Trelease, author of the best-selling Read Aloud Handbook, is a great resource for information on reading.

Look for these books: They provide excellent ideas for children’s books.

 Great Books for Girls:  More Than 600 Books to Inspire Girls and tomorrow’s Women by Kathleen Odean

Great Books for Boys:  More Than 600 Books for Boys 2 to 14 by Kathleen Odean