Summer Reading

Click on your child's grade level below to access all the informatioabout summereading (including instructions for submitting reading logs). Click here for a great list of book recommendation sites. The public library also is a wonderful place to find books for the whole family.

First Grade

After you and your child read a story together (it is age-appropriate for you to read aloud to your child), we'd like you and your child to fill in a reading log for each bookClick here to complete/submit the log online, or click here to download and print a reading log form (printed forms should be returned to the homeroom teacher or Mrs. Citrin, the Library Director, in the fall). Children may use invented spelling or dictate their ideas to you.

Students should attempt some independent reading only if they are ready. Please do not pressure your child into reading on his/her own. Let it be his/her idea. Books read for the Bernard Zell Summer Reading Program can be used for the Chicago Public Library Summer Reading Program, too.

(Click here for a great list of book recommendation sites)

Second Grade

All students entering second grade should try to read 10 picture books or five chapter books and complete a reading log for each book. Click here to complete/submit the log online, or click here to download and print a reading log form (printed forms should be returned to the homeroom teacher or Mrs. Citrin, the Library Director, in the fall). Books read for the Bernard Zell Summer Reading Program can be used for the Chicago Public Library Summer Reading Program, too.

(Click here for a great list of book recommendation sites)

Third Grade

All students entering third grade should try to read five chapter books and complete a reading log for each book. Click here to complete/submit the log online, or click here to download and print a reading log form (printed forms should be returned to the homeroom teacher or Mrs. Citrin, the Library Director, in the fall). Books read for the Bernard Zell Summer Reading Program can be used for the Chicago Public Library Summer Reading Program, too.

(Click here for a great list of book recommendation sites)

Fourth Grade

All students entering fourth grade should try to read five chapter books and complete a reading log for each book. Click here to complete/submit the log online, or click here to download and print a reading log form (printed forms should be returned to the homeroom teacher or Mrs. Citrin, the Library Director, in the fall). Books read for the Bernard Zell Summer Reading Program can be used for the Chicago Public Library Summer Reading Program, too.

(Click here for a great list of book recommendation sites)

Middle School

All students entering Middle School are required to select and read according to their grade levels listed below. To participate in the summer reading program, click here to complete/submit the log online, or click here to download and print a reading log form (printed forms should be returned to the Gibush teacher or Mrs. Citrin, the Library Director, in the fall). Books read for the Bernard Zell Summer Reading Program can be used for the Chicago Public Library Summer Reading Program too.

(Click here for a great list of book recommendation sites)

5th GRADE: Students must read two (2) of the following titles:

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Patina by Jason Reynolds

Sunny by Jason Reynolds

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamison

The War That Changed My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Ethan Marcus Stands Up by Michele Weber Hurwitz

6th GRADE: All students must read:

The Misfits by James Howe

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Students are encouraged, but not required, to read:

March: Book One by John Lewis

Ethan Marcus Stands Up by Michele Weber Hurwitz

7th GRADE: All students must read:

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Plus a second book of their own choosing from either of the following lists:

the 2020 Caudill List OR a Printz Winner/Honor Book from the last five years

8th GRADE: All students must read both volumes of Maus by Art Spiegelman:

Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale-My Father Bleeds History

Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale- And Here My Troubles Began