Summer Reading

  • Dear Parents,                                  

    Welcome to our Summer Reading Web Page!

    The summer reading letter and summer reading log that was sent home with all students entering 1st through 6th grades can be found at the link here.  In addition to being a fun thing to do, our reading program gives our students a chance to work toward reading the 25 books that New York State requires of all students.

    While my expectation is that all students will participate in the program, I will be recognizing those students that complete the program with an ice cream sundae party in September as well as put their names up on a summer reading "wall of fame" to recognize their effort.  

    The Elementary School library will be open every Wednesday from 8:00 - 11:30 a.m. from July 13th through August 17th!!!  

    Other summer reading opportunities include Breakfast & Books, Scoops, Sneakers & Stories,  and the Bookmobile. For more information about our summer reading programs please visit the LGES Library website. 

    We have provided links to various sites for information on other summer reading programs that are sponsored in the region. Participation in these programs is up to you; we are simply providing the information in case you’re interested.  

    We do not have a required reading list! Simply get your child reading books of interest and let them enjoy reading!  Librarians can always offer suggestions and there are many web sites with suggested titles by grade level if you’re interested.  

    In closing, please encourage your child to read all summer long. Reading is a key to academic success. Thanks and have a great summer.

    Mr. Conway
    What do researchers have to say about the importance of summer reading? 

    “… the best predictor of summer loss or summer gain is whether or not a child reads during the summer. And the best predictor of whether a child reads is whether or not he or she has access to books.”  - Allington, Richard L. and McGill-Franzen, Anne. “Bridging the Summer Reading Gap,” Scholastic Instructor (2003, May/June). 

    “Regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic level, or previous achievement, children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer.”  - Kim, Jimmy. “Summer Reading and the Ethnic Achievement Gap,” The Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (2004). 

    “In a three-year study, researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, found that simply giving low-income children access to books at spring Fairs – and allowing them to choose books that most interested them – had a significant effect, equivalent to three years of summer school, on the summer reading gap.”  - Allington, Richard L. and McGill-Franzen, Anne. (2003). Addressing summer reading setback among economically disadvantaged elementary students. Reading Psychology, 31(5), 411-427 as cited by Parker-Pope, Tara. (2010, August 2). “Summer Must-Read for Kids? Any book.” The New York Times. 

    “Although low-income children actually out-learn high-income children during the school year, they fall further behind during the summer. When it comes to reading skills, low-income children ‘learn nothing’ when school is not in session, while high-income children gain in reading skills during the summer.”  - Gladwell, Malcolm. Outliers, The Story of Success (2008).