LS Summer Reading
From Mrs. D'Alessandro
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From Mrs. D'Alessandro

April, 2018

Dear Lower School Parents,

Lower School students are enjoying a wonderful year of reading and learning which we know will continue during the summer. To help you in planning, we are delighted to share with you this collection of recommended summer reading books for all classes in Lower School. They are selected in part because the wonderful literature available to your children can never be covered within the nine months of the academic year. Our hope is that you will set aside time to read with your child this summer; it is impossible to overestimate the importance of books as (s)he develops reading habits and interests which will last a lifetime. Many thanks to Ms. Marion McLeod, Lower School Librarian, Mrs. Geri Pelliccio, Language Arts Specialist, and all the LS teachers who contributed their wisdom and experience to help compile these titles!

We hope these lists will help you to select books that are most appropriate to your child's age and interests. You may be interested, too, to see the authors and titles suggested for other Lower School grades. Many of these are award-winning books and/or are on booklists of notable children’s literature. Although many are available in paperback, don’t forget your local library as a wonderful source of children’s reading.

We all know that reading and listening to stories boost children’s vocabulary, concept understanding, and syntax; books increase children’s knowledge of story grammar, activate their lively imaginations, and are wonderful family fun. 

It is recommended this summer that each student select five books (or authors) from his/her grade’s list.  The "Prize Day" book that your child has received, is a gift to celebrate their accomplishments during the school year, and to foster a love for books.  Your child may be able to read these books independently or may enjoy hearing you read them aloud.  Children can respond to their reading experiences in a multitude of ways: drawing pictures, journaling, creating dioramas, all of which are wonderful ways to enrich their experiences with literature.  Here is a great website for reading projects and activities - .  However, we are not requiring any specific assignment to be completed over the summer.  If your child would like to share their experiences, projects, or response upon their return in September, we would be honored.

So enjoy all of your experiences this summer, and try to include reading and writing in as many as you can.  I hope your days are filled with joy, discovery and peace.

Christine D'Alessandro

Head of Lower School