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Lower School

KCD lower school teachers and the library staff would like to encourage you to continue to read aloud to your child during the summer months. The lower school reading list is a list of suggested titles meant to encourage reading, but is by no means meant to limit your choice of books! Have a great summer spending time with good books! Don’t forget your public library, which can be accessed online at http://www.LFPL.org

Recommended websites for additional reading suggestions

JK, K, First Grade

Students in JK, K, and 1 should complete summer reading as outlined in the Lower School Summer Reading link on this page.

Second Grade
Second graders should keep a reading log, which will be turned in to their teacher on the first day of school. The reading log is posted on this page.

Third Grade
Third graders should select and read three books of interest. Upon completion, select your favorite book and fill in one summary response sheet. Bring this summary to school with you on the first day of school. The summary response sheet is posted on this page.

Fourth Grade
Fourth graders should read three books of interest over the summer. At least two of the books should be chapter books. Upon completion of each book, the student should record a summary of the text on notebook paper.

Middle School

Summer Read 10 Challenge: see the sidebar to learn how to sign up for this optional summer reading challenge.


Rising fifth graders: Students are required to read three books from the Summer Battle of the Books list over the summer vacation, but they are encouraged to read more. The more books they read, the better able they will be to help their team. In the fall, students will be placed in groups for the Battle of the Books competition. This consists of students being asked all types of questions about each book on the list. The winning team will receive a special treat during school! Students will also complete a project on a chosen summer reading book.

Fifth graders must read at least three books from the fifth-grade list. Do not choose books from the 6th–8th grade list.
Rising sixth–eighth graders: It will be helpful to you once school begins to have some notes on main characters and plot sequence of events for the books you read for the summer reading requirement.

2019–20 book assignments:
  • Rising sixth graders: Read Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and choose one other book from the summer reading list that you have not read previously. Do not choose Into Thin Air or To Kill a Mockingbird because these will be covered in seventh and eighth grades. Do not choose books from the fifth-grade list.
  • Rising seventh graders: Read Animal Farm by George Orwell and choose two more books from the summer reading list that you have not read previously. Do not choose To Kill a Mockingbird because it will be covered in the eighth-grade curriculum. Do not choose books from the fifth-grade list.
  • Rising eighth graders: Read a graphic novel and two more books from the MS Summer Reading List. Here is a list of suggested graphic novels. If you would like to choose a graphic novel that is not on the list or a book that is not on the MS list, you need to ask Mrs. Edinger for permission. Feel free to check out library books, but know that you will need to have a copy of your graphic novel with you for the first few weeks of school. Do not choose books from the fifth-grade list.
We are always looking for more great books to enjoy. If you are interested in reading a book of comparable difficulty that is not on the list, please ask your future English teacher for permission. You are encouraged to take notes so that you are prepared to discuss the books and to write about them in August. Happy reading!
 

Upper School

As a new or returning upper school student, you have summer reading. Teachers have tried to choose books that will sharpen your reading skills and set up themes for the coming year. One book is assigned below. The other should be taken from the 2019–20 US Summer Reading List. If you have questions, email your English teacher for the upcoming school year.

2019–20 course assignments:
  • English 9: Four Souls by Louise Erdrich and one other book from the 2019–20 US Summer Reading List.
  • English 9 Adv: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and one other book from the 2019–20 US Summer Reading List
  • English 10: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and one other book from the 2019–20 US Summer Reading List
  • English 10 Adv: News of the World by Paulette Jile and one other book from the 2019–20 US Summer Reading List
  • English 11: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris and one other book from the 2019–20 US Summer Reading List
  • English 11 AP: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell and one other book from the 2019–20 US Summer Reading List
  • English 12 & 12 AP: Two books appropriate for summer reading for English classes from the 2019–20 US Summer Reading List

Join the 2019 KCD Middle School Summer Reading Challenge!
 
Email Mr. Pollitt to register for the challenge (clark.pollitt@kcd.org).

On the site, log your reading this summer. Just log books when you finish them, and be sure to rate and review each completed book.

Read at least three books from the KCD Summer Reading list for your grade level (see KCD's website for the links). Your other seven books may be from the same reading list, or they can be other books of your choice.

All students who complete 10 books will earn a dress down pass and a ticket in a raffle for cool prizes! The top readers will also earn recognition.

Make it a summer of reading!
 
Read 10 Challenge sponsors: Clark Pollitt (clark.pollitt@kcd.org) and Sara Byron-Corne (sara.byron@kcd.org)
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