Hazen Summer Reading Program information is available on our website www.shirleylibrary.org, Facebook Shirley Public or by phone 978-425-2620

 

Our vision is to connect, engage, and inspire all students in the Ayer Shirley Regional School District to reach academic excellence. We, the educators of the Ayer Shirley Regional School District, will instill habits of reflection and inquiry to challenge our students in setting ambitious academic and personal goals. Students will develop a strong voice to express thoughts and ideas in the community and the confidence to showcase their talents and successes in preparation for entry into college and the world of work. 

 

High School 

ASRHS Summer Reading
ASRHS Summer Reading

Required Summer Reading 2017

GENERAL INFORMATION

All ASRHS students are expected to read over the summer.  The following is a list of the required reading for various English and Humanities classes, as well as requirements for specific courses.  Have a great summer and happy reading!

 

Incoming Freshmen - Humanities I -

College Prep

 

  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai**
  • One additional book of the student’s choosing

**Please complete the Required Book Assignment & Reading Log for this book.

Click HERE for Log

 

 

Incoming Freshmen - Humanities I Honors

 

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak**
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai**

**Please complete the Required Book Assignment & Reading Log for both books.

Click HERE for Log

 

Incoming Sophomores - Humanities II - College Prep

 

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury**

**Students are to read and take notes on the novel. 

Please be prepared to turn in your work and participate in an assessment during the first
days of school.

 

Incoming Sophomores - Humanities II Honors

 

  • War Is---: Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk about War**

            edited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury**

**Incoming Humanities II Honors students should see Mrs. Capasso or Mrs. Allard for related
assignments before leaving for summer vacation.

Incoming Juniors - American Literature- College Prep

 

  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee**
  • Any additional novel of the student's choosing

**Please be prepared for an essay upon your return to school

Incoming Juniors - American Literature Honors

 

  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck**

**Incoming Grade 11 honors students should contact Mrs.Wittmier for a note-taking guidebefore leaving for summer vacation.

Incoming Seniors - World Literature - College Prep

 

  • 1984 by George Orwell and corresponding essay question**
  • Any other novel/nonfiction work of your choosing is also required.

** Please be prepared for a test on 1984 upon your return to school.

Incoming Seniors- World Literature- Honors

 

Please read and annotate the following novel:

 

  • Slaughterhouse-Five byKurt Vonnegut**

**Incoming Grade 12 honors students should contact Mrs. Wittmier for written work
before leaving for summer vacation.

Incoming AP Language and Composition

 

  • Spare Parts by Joshua Davis
  • Participation in Google Classroom activities -   Please see/email Mrs. Capasso for further information. (ecapasso@asrsd.org)                                                      
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck -   Annotation requirements to be distributed during the last weeks of school:

Click HERE for Reading Dialectical Journal Assignment

  • TED Talk assignment

**Additional requirements will be given to students during the last weeks of the current school year.

Incoming AP Literature and Composition

 

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare**
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut**

**Incoming AP students should contact Mrs. Wittmier for written work before leaving for summer vacation.

 

 

PDF Versions of Logs
AP Language Comp
AP Language Summer Reading Requirements

AP Summer Reading Requirements

 

ecapasso@asrsd.org( please allow 24 hours for a reply)

 

Before the course begins, the expectation will be to come to class with the following assignments completed:

 

Summer Reading:

Spare Parts by Joshua Davis

As a precursor for the first unit, you will define your version of the American Dream and how it compares to the American Dream outlined and discussed in the book. Please prepare your response to this question using textual reference to support your opinion and MLA headings/formatting. There is no minimum, but please do not submit more than three typed pages. In addition, you will complete the Socratic Seminar sentence frames worksheet. The essay and sentence frames  will be due the first day of school.

 

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

You will prepare a dialectical journal for your reading of this book. This is also due the first day of classes.

 

Summer Research- TED Talk Journal- you will select 5 TEd talks that interest you and evaluate the ideas presented in terms of  the following-  What is the idea presented?Who is the intended audience? How effective was the talk in communicating the idea and why?

Your response should be typed,  double spaced, using Times/New Roman font. Proper MLA heading required. Please prepare a properly formatted work cited page for the TEd talks used.

 

Please refer to the Purdue OWL website below for assistance in formatting.

 

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

 

 

Middle School

Grade 6
Required Reading: Choose 1 required novel + 3 other books or magazines of your choice

Hatchet
Hatchet is the story of a boy named Brian. On a trip to the Canadian oilfields to spend the summer with his dad, the pilot of the plane he is traveling in suffers a heart attack and dies. Brian must land the plane in the forest. Brian learns to exist in this wilderness. He faces many dangers including hunger, animal attacks, and even a tornado. This book gives the reader a better understanding of what it is like to survive in an untamed lan



Out of My Mind
Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.




Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom
As the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery proved that young adults can be heroes. Jailed eleven times before her fifteenth birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. for the rights of African-Americans. In this memoir, she shows today's young readers what it means to fight nonviolently (even when the police are using violence, as in the Bloody Sunday protest) and how it felt to be part of changing American history.


 

 

Grade 7
Required Reading: Choose 1 required novel + 3 other books or magazines of your choice

Maximum Ride #1: The Angel Experiment
Fourteen year old Max knows what it's like to soar above the world. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time...like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the "School" where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare--this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf "Erasers" in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives.

Brown Girl Dreaming
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world.

Things Not Seen
Bobby Phillips is an average fifteen-year-old-boy.  Until the morning he wakes up and can't see himself in the mirror.  Not blind, not dreaming - Bobby is just plain invisible.  There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to Bobby's new condition; even his dad the physicist can't figure it out.  For Bobby that means no school, no friends, no life.  He's a missing person.  Then he meets Alicia.  She's blind, and Bobby can't resist talking to her, trusting her.  But people are starting to wonder where Bobby is. Bobby knows that his invisibility could have dangerous consequences for his family and that time is running out.  He has to find out how to be seen again - before it's too late.

Grade 8
Required ReadingL: Choose 1 required novel + 3 other books or magazines of your choice

Peak
After fourteen-year-old  Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, he's left with two choices: wither away in Juvenile Detention or go live with his long-lost father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand. But Peak quickly learns that his father's renewed interest in him has strings attached. Big strings. As owner of Peak Expeditions, he wants his son to be the youngest person to reach the Everest summit--and his motives are selfish at best. Even so, for a climbing addict like Peak, tackling Everest is the challenge of a lifetime. But it's also one that could cost him his life.

 

The Uglies
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.  But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world -- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her  in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

I Have Lived a Thousand Years
This Holocaust memoir describes what happens to a Jewish girl who is 13 when the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944. She tells of a year of roundups, transports, selections, camps, torture, forced labor, and shootings, then of liberation and the return of a few. Horrifying as her experience is, she doesn't dwell on the atrocities. There is hope here.


 

 

Recommended Magazines and Books
Magazines and Books

Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James Swanson  (980L)

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose  (1000L)

A Black Hole is Not a Hole by Carolyn DiChristofano  (900L)

The Boy Who Invented the TV by Kathleen Krull  (860L)

Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America by Jim Murphy  (1080L)

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen  (720L)

Here Today by Ann Martin  (790L)

Lyddie by Katherine Paterson  (860L)

Rules by Cynthia Lord  (780L)

Esperanza Rising  by Pam Munoz Ryan  (750L)

An American Plague: True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever

    Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy  (1130L)

Who Was First? Discovering the Americas by Russel Freedman  (1310L)

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story

    of Shackleton and the Endurance by Jennifer Armstrong  (1090L)

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson  (1040L)

The Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours by Jane Goodall

    (990L)

Getting Away with Murder by Chris Crowe  (1210L)

Into the Wild by John Krakauer  (1270L)

Hiroshima by John Hershey  (1190L)

The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible

     by Leon Leyson  (1000L)

The Elephant Scientist by Donna Jackson  (1260L)

“Who Was…?” series by Grosset & Dunlap, various authors  (610L-810L)

“What was…?” series by Grosset & Dunlap, various authors  (610L-810L)

Profiles series by Scholastic (World War II, Peace Warriors, …)  (900L+)

“I am…” series by Scholastic  (Helen Keller, Lebron James, George

      Lucas, …)  (1000L+)

Discover Kids Magazine (read from cover to cover)

Discover Magazine (read from cover to cover)

National Geographic Kids Magazine (read from cover to cover)

When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago  (1020L)

So Far from the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins (730L)

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (750L)

 

*Note: The number with an “L” in parenthesis is for the Lexile Level which is a way to measure the number of challenging words and sentence length in a text. Each student has been given their Lexile Level to help them choose a book that is at the right level for them.

 

 

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Page Hilltop and Lura A. White

Grade 1
Grade 1 Summer Reading

 

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Summer Reading Booklist

Grade 1 

Dear Parent/Guardian & Student:

 

Read by yourself, read with someone, or read to someone selections from the recommended book list or choose your own titles. Our goal is for you to read or listen to six books or magazines, but be sure to read at least one! Please take time over the summer to take a trip to the Hazen Public Library in Shirley or the Ayer Public Library.

And be sure to READ, READ, READ!!!!!

Attached to this letter is a reading log to list all the books you read, and we ask that you please turn in your reading log to your homeroom teacher on the first day of school. Happy Reading!!!

The following are suggested titles and youmay choose any other book, magazine, poem, or short story that interests you. Read what you enjoy!

Fiction

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

Young Cam Jansen and the Library Mystery by David Adler

My Name is Not Alexander by Jennifer Fosberry

My Name is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry

George and Martha by James Marshall

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats

Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

The Art Lesson by Tomie DePaola

The Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pe?a

Murphy Meets the Treadmill by Harriet Ziefert

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens

The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear

Nonfiction

Creature Features by Steve Jenkins

I am Rosa Parks by Rosa Parks

Gravity by Jason Chin

Emmanuel’s Dream: the True Story of Emmanuel Osofu Yeboah by Laurie Ann

 

Grade 2
Grade 2 Summer Reading

Ayer Shirley Regional School District

2017 Summer Reading Program

Students Entering Grade 2

 

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Dear Parent/Guardian,

Summer reading is important! Research suggests that reading or listening to as few as six books over summer break can help children maintain their reading skills. Research also says that students that do not read over the summer may experience summer learning loss, which is loss of academic knowledge and skills.

 

We strongly recommend that your child read during the summer break. Some children may not be able to read independently.  If this is the case, we encourage you to read with your child.

 

Your child should enjoy reading and be exposed to various genres such as books, short stories, magazines, and poems. Our summer reading program is based upon these four goals:

  1. Maintain learning gains from school year

  2. Develop stronger reading skills

  3. Expose students to quality literature

  4. Encourage a love of books/magazines in preferred topic

 

Reading aloud to your child is recommended at all ages as parents can model fluent reading and expression. Check out author Lester Laminack’s video entitled “The Joy of the Read-Aloud”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViNXcEuthF8.

 

These books are highly recommended as read alouds for students entering Grade 2:

George’s Secret Key to the Universe by Stephen Hawking

The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco

 

We have provided a list of books specifically selected to reinforce reading skills and encourage reading for pleasure. Most of these books are available at the Ayer and Shirley Town Libraries. Be sure to visit the libraries and check out the free summer fun activities happening and sign up for a free library card! The books are also available at Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, and Amazon.

 

We hope that you and your child will participate in the summer reading program.

Should you have questions, please contact your child’s principal via email or telephone or Assistant Superintendent Hamel at 978-772-8600 Ext 1509 or at mbhamel@asrsd.org.

Sincerely,
Mary Beth Hamel
Assistant Superintendent

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Grade 2

Dear Parent/Guardian & Student:

 

Read by yourself, read with someone, or read to someone selections from the recommended book list or choose your own titles. Our goal is for you to read or listen to six books or magazines, but be sure to read at least one! Please take time over the summer to take a trip to the Hazen Public Library in Shirley or the Ayer Public Library.

And be sure to READ, READ, READ!!!!!

 

Attached to this letter is a reading log to list all the books you read, and we ask that you please turn in your reading log to your homeroom teacher on the first day of school. Happy Reading!!!

 

The following are suggested titles and youmay choose any other book, magazine, poem, or short story that interests you. Read what you enjoy!

Fiction

Level 1: Easier- below grade level

Bone Mysteries by David Adler

Roscoe Riley Series by Katherine Applegate

Ivy and Bean Series by Annie Barrows

Nate the Great by Marjorie Sharmat

Henry and Mudge: the First Book by Cynthia Rylant

Level 2: Just Right -On grade level

Patrick’s Dinosaurs by Carol Carrick

My Weird School Series by Dan Gutman

Ready Freddy Series by Abby Klein

Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rapport

The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah

Level 3: Challenging-Above grade level

A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

Dear Annie by Judith Caseley

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Nonfiction

Level 1: Easy- below grade level

Night Wonders by Jane Ann Peddicord

Eliza and the Dragonfly by Susie Caldwell Rinehart.

I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes

Level 2: Just Right -On grade level

Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll by Franklyn Branley

Shooting at the Stars by John Hendrix

The Noisy Paintbox by Barb Rosenstock

Level 3: Challenging-Above grade level

Good Books, Good Times! by Lee Bennet Hopkins

Math-terpieces: the Art of Problem Solving by Greg Tang

The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with Chimps by Jeanette Winte

Grade 3
Grade 3 Summer Reading

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Grade 3

 

Dear Parent/Guardian & Student:

Read by yourself, read with someone, or read to someone selections from the recommended book list or choose your own titles. Our goal is for you to read or listen to six books or magazines, but be sure to read at least one! Please take time over the summer to take a trip to the Hazen Public Library in Shirley or the Ayer Public Library.

And be sure to READ, READ, READ!!!!!

Attached to this letter is a reading log to list all the books you read, and we ask that you please turn in your reading log to your homeroom teacher on the first day of school. Happy Reading!!!

The following are suggested titles and youmay choose any other book, magazine, poem, or short story that interests you. Read what you enjoy! 

Level 1:  May be easier- below grade level

Magic Tree HouseSeries by Mary Pope Osborne

American Girl (series includes Meet Molly, An American Girl; Meet Felicity, An American Girl and others)

Sleds on Boston Common by Louise Borden

Captain Underpants Series by Dav Pilkey

Dragonbreath Series by Ursula Vernon

Nate the Great Series by Marjorie Sharmat

Dog Days: Rhymes Around the Year by Jack Prelutsky

Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say

Books by Gail Gibbons

Level 2:  Just Right -On grade level

On the Mayflower:  Voyage of a Ship’s Apprentice and a Passenger Girl by Kate Waters

Cam Jansen Adventures by David Adler  

Ike and Mem Series by Patrick Jennings

Judy Moody Series by Megan McDonald

Stink Series by Megan McDonald

Diary of A Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney

Books by Jack Prelutsky: The Dragons are Singing Tonight, The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders, If Not for the Cat: Haiku, The New Kid on the Block: Poems, Pizza the Size of the Sun, Scranimals.

Falling up, Light in the Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends by *Shel Silverstein

A-Z Mysteries: Absent Author by Ron Roy

The Chicken Squad Series by Doreen Cronin

Books by Greg Tang

Level 3: May be challenging-Above grade level

Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi

Our Strange New Land, Elizabeth’s Jamestown Colony Diary, Book One by Patricia Hermes

Journey to the New World:  Diary of Patience Whipple by Kathryn Lasky

The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce:  Pilgrim Boy by Ann Rinaldi

DK Eyewitness Series by various authors

Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels by various authors

Origami Yoda Series by Tom Angleburger

Timmy Failure Series by Stephan Pastis

Women Who Broke the Rules Series by Kathleen Kru

 

Grade 4
Grade 4 Summer Reading

 

Summer Reading Booklist

Grade 4

Dear Parent/Guardian & Student: 

Read by yourself, read with someone, or read to someone selections from the recommended book list or choose your own titles. Our goal is for you to read or listen to six books or magazines, but be sure to read at least one! Please take time over the summer to take a trip to the Hazen Public Library in Shirley or the Ayer Public Library.

And be sure to READ, READ, READ!!!!!

 

Attached to this letter is a reading log to list all the books you read, and we ask that you please turn in your reading log to your homeroom teacher on the first day of school. Happy Reading!!!

 

The following are suggested titles and youmay choose any other book, magazine, poem, or short story that interests you. Read what you enjoy!

 

Level 1:  May be easier- below grade level

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

The Wayside School Series by Louis Sachar

Guinea Dog Series  by Patrick Jennings

National Geographic Kids Why? By Crispin Boyer

The Who Was Series by various authors

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Big Nate Series by Nate Peirce

 

Level 2: May be just right- on grade level

The Spirit Animals: Wild Born by Brandon Mull

The Name of This Book is Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch

We Dare You by Vikki Cobb

Penguins at Home:  Gentoos of Antarctica by Bruce McMillan

The Mighty Mars Rovers by Elizabeth Rusch

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

 

Level 3: May be challenging-above grade level

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Don’t Know Much About the 50 States by Kenneth C. Davis

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm

Animal Heroes: True Rescue Stories by Sandra Markle

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

 

Grade 5
Grade 5 Summer Reading

Summer Reading Booklist

Grade 5

Dear Parent/Guardian & Student:\

Read by yourself, read with someone, or read to someone selections from the recommended book list or choose your own titles. Our goal is for you to read or listen to six books or magazines, but be sure to read at least one! Please take time over the summer to take a trip to the Hazen Public Library in Shirley or the Ayer Public Library.

And be sure to READ, READ, READ!!!!!

Attached to this letter is a reading log to list all the books you read, and we ask that you please turn in your reading log to your homeroom teacher on the first day of school. Happy Reading!!!

The following are suggested titles and youmay choose any other book, magazine, poem, or short story that interests you. Read what you enjoy!

 

Level 1:  May be easier- below grade level

The Lemonade Wars by Jacqueline Davies

Blubber by Judy Blume

Can’t You Make Them Behave King George? by Jean Fritz

Falling Up by Shel Silverstein

Danny Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

The Secret School by Avi

Flora and Ulysses Katherine Applegate

I Survived Series by Lauren Tarshis

Land of Stories Series by Chris Colfer

 

Level 2: May be just right- on grade level

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Harry Potter Series  by J.K. Rowling

Heat by Mike Lupica

I Funny Series by James Patterson

Stuart Little by E.B. White

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz’

The 13 Treasures Trilogy by Michelle Harrison

 

Level 3: May be challenging-above grade level

Holes by Louis Sachar

Water Sky by Jean Craighead George

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

D'aulaire's Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d'Aulaire & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire

Magnus Chase Series by Rick Riordan

The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shirtliff

Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Princess Academy Series by Shannon Hale

Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord

 

Kindergarten
Kindergarten Summer Reading

Ayer Shirley Regional School District

2017 Summer Reading Program

Students Entering Kindergarten

 

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Dear Parent/Guardian,

Reading aloud to your child is recommended at all ages as parents can model fluent reading and expression. Check out author Lester Laminack’s video entitled “The Joy of the Read-Aloud”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViNXcEuthF8.

 

The student goals of the Summer Reading Program:

  1. Read and to be read to throughout the summer

  2. Enjoy reading all kinds of material

 

The school goals of the Summer Reading Program:

                         1.   Encourage a love of books/magazines in preferred topics                          

                         2.  Expose students to quality literature

                         3.  Develop strong listening skills and vocabulary   

         

Ideas to support your child’s summer reading:

*Set time aside each day for reading.  
*Read together as a family.  
*Allow your child to choose the book.   
*Plan regular visits to the library.   
*Listen to books on tape during long car trips.  
*Participate in summer reading programs at the local
library.

Ayer Public Library 
26 E. Main Street, Ayer, MA

978-772-8450 

Hazen Memorial Library
3 Keady Way, Shirley, MA
978-425-2620

 

Parent Read Aloud Recommendations:

Elephant and Piggie Seriesby Mo Willems
These books make kindergartners want to turn the page, laugh, and make them want to read.

 

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
When Stanley wakes up one morning, he finds a bulletin board fell on him during the night, and now he is only half an inch thick!

 

Mercy Watson Series by Kate DiCamillo
The Watsons live with their house pig Mercy. Mercy lives in pampered pig bliss. She gets to eat buttered toast, and she gets to sleep right between the equally well-fed Mr. and Mrs. Watson. The Watsons are not too bright when it comes to solving life's little problems. For this, they need their pig friend.

 

We hope that you and your child will participate in the summer reading program.

Should you have questions, please contact your child’s principal via email or telephone or Assistant Superintendent Hamel at 978-772-8600 Ext 1509 or at mbhamel@asrsd.org.

Sincerely,
Mary Beth Hamel
Assistant Superintendent

 

 

Recommended Book List

 

Fiction

Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson

Do You Want To Be My Friend? by Eric Carle

Owen by Kevin Henkes  

School Bus by Donald Crews 

What Game Shall We Play? by Pat Hutchins

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bearby Lindsay Mattick

Mama Don’t Go: Yoko and Friends School Days by Rosemary Wells

Don’t Let the Pigeon Series by Mo Willems

Alphabet Mystery by Audrey Wood

My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Archibald Opie

Dr. Seuss's ABC's by Dr.Seuss 

One Love by Cedella Marley

My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits

Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet Ahlberg

A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

Corduroy by Don Freeman

The Nutshell Libraryby Maurice Sendak

Llama, Llama Seriesby Ana Dewdney

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Kindergarten ABC by Jacqueline Rogers

 

Nonfiction

26 Letters and 99 Centsby Tana Hoban 

Waiting for Wingsby Lois Ehlert

Egg: Nature’s Perfect Packageby Steve Jenkin

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