Summer Reading

Keeping your brain active and engaged during the summer months is important for retention. We promote reading and math during the summer so your children can continue to advance when they come back in the fall. 

It’s important for children to read and practice math facts over the summer.

Scholastic published, “How to Prevent Your Kids from Losing What They Learned in School During Summer Vacation.”  According to the article, “The concept of the summer slide has been on researchers’ radar since at least 1996, when one of the first comprehensive studies on the phenomenon was published. The study showed that kids lose significant knowledge in reading and math over summer break, which tends to have a snowball effect as they experience subsequent skill loss each year.

A more recent study of children in 3rd to 5th grades also showed that students lost, on average, about 20 percent of their school-year gains in reading and 27 percent of their school-year gains in math during summer break.” 

In an effort to keep your children reading throughout the summer, we have an optional summer reading log.

You can download it and print it at home or if you are on campus, you can pick up a copy in the office.

Children Entering 2nd Grade

Suggested Reading

  • Magic Tree House Series
  • Judy Moody Series
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series
  • Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventure Series
  • The Bad Guys Series

Children Entering 3rd Grade

Suggested Reading

  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle series by Beverly Cleary
  • I Survived (historical fiction series) by Lauren Tarshis
  • Winn-Dixie
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series
  • Ranger in Time Series

Children Entering 4th Grade

Suggested Reading

  • The Lemonade War series by Jacqueline Davies   
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  • Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary
  • A Nonfiction book of your choice

Children Entering 5th Grade

Choose one of the following:

  • Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
  • Wild Robot Protects by Peter Brown
  • Cheese by Sarah Weeks
  • Honey by Sarah Weeks

Entering 6th Grade

Choose one of the following:

  • Mr. Terupt Falls Again by Rob Buyea
  • Saving Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
  • Goodbye Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
  • Out of My Heart by Sharon M. Draper
  • PS Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams- Garcia

Entering 7th

Required Reading

Freak the Mighty

Optional Reading:

See how many banned books you can read this summer.

Entering 8th

Required Reading

Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson

Math Resources

Have Questions? Reach out to WCDS today.


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