Summer Reading Expectations
- Who: All 2017-2018 McClure Students
- What: Read one or more age- and level-appropriate book(s) of their choice and submit a review using the Summer Reading Form.
- When: May 29th – August 4th
- Where: Form embedded below
- Why: Research confirms that children who participate in summer library programs better retain the reading skills they gained during the school year and may even improve their reading level.*
Our students are expected to read one or more age- and level-appropriate book(s) of their choice and submit a review using the Summer Reading Form below. Students who submit at least one Summer Reading Form by August 4th will begin the school year with a positive assignment grade in the Synergy gradebook & will be eligible for rewards and recognition.
Each review will be used to enter you into a prize drawing! Your chances of winning increase each time you submit a book review! (Up to 10 entries per person.) Every student that submits at least one review will receive a treat when school starts back in the ‘fall’.
Suggested Reading Lists
Parents, we know that we all mean well, but as author Neil Gaiman said, “Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading. Stop them reading what they enjoy or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like … [and] you’ll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and, worse, unpleasant.”
Summer is your child’s vacation; encourage them to read for pleasure because they often don’t have time to during the school year! Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have even found that students who were allowed to choose at least some of their summer reading materials were more likely to maintain or improve their reading levels as compared to those who were not given any choice.*
That said, we do have a couple of lists you might want to refer to, but they are merely suggestions. Please keep in mind that some content may be too mature for younger readers and therefore parental discretion is advised. See your public librarian for alternate titles, series, and authors as needed. Another great resource is http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/.
- Middle School Summer Reading Suggestions
- Books that Mrs. Harpin read (2016) (these are books that I’ve read, if you want to know how I felt about them, read the review/see how many stars I rated it. Just because I read a book doesn’t mean that I liked it!)
- Books that Mrs. Harpin read (2017) (these are books that I’ve read, if you want to know how I felt about them, read the review/see how many stars I rated it. Just because I read a book doesn’t mean that I liked it!)
- Books that Mrs. Harpin has read in the past (A very incomplete list! Trying to remember them all to add to Good Reads is hard, y’all!)
- Common Sense Media– Parents: Looking for help in deciding which books, websites, and apps are right for your kids? Visit Common Sense Media for independent reviews.
- Cobb County Summer Reading Resources
- Books McClure Students have logged so far this summer -generated by inputting actual McClure students’ Summer Reading book submissions into GoodReads.com. Books on this list have been read by our students and logged for this summer’s reading requirement.