On your mark, get set...read! Summer Reading Lists
On your mark, get set...read! Summer Reading Lists
Posted on 06/24/2016
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Students at all grade levels are encouraged to join the annual summer reading program coordinated by the district’s Reading Department and school librarians with assistance from the West Haven Public Library. The initiative also promotes participation in the Connecticut Reads 2016 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge and a theme of “On your mark, get set...read!"

Schools provided students with lists of recommended books based on grade level (click here for the elementary school summer reading brochure and lists) and have made them available at city library branches.

It’s important for students to continue to read over the summer to maintain and build upon literacy skills developed during the school year.

Schools have also outlined ways for parents to help their children with summer reading:

  • Talk about what you see and do: Talk about everyday activities to build your child’s background knowledge, which is crucial to listening and reading comprehension. Keep conversation alive. Use language while cooking together, visiting somewhere new, or after watching a TV show. Help your child speak in complete sentences.

  • Don’t leave home without it! Bring along a book or magazine any time your child has to wait, such as at a doctor’s office. Always try to fit in reading!

  • Once is not enough: Encourage your child to re-read favorite books and poems. Re-reading helps kids read more quickly and accurately.
  • Dig deeper into the story: Ask your child questions about the story you’ve just read. Say something like, “Why do you think Toad did that?”

  • Take control of the television: It’s difficult for reading to compete with TV and video games. Encourage reading as a free-time activity.