Summer Reading Lists 2018
Posted on 05/31/2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Summer time is a chance for children to unwind and enjoy the activities that aren’t available at any other time.  It is vacation for our students and we want them to have fun, stay safe and build social networks outside of school.  However, summer also means that skills that have been nurtured over the past year, if not practiced, will be lost. Research shows (our experience supports this) that students who don’t read during the summer months lose ground and are behind at the start of the next school year.  

To support your children during the summer months, we encourage all students to read at least two books of their own choosing.  There is a special pleasure in reading books not assigned for coursework. The KMS Summer Reading Lists (separate lists for each grade) offer suggestions, not requirements, for students looking for great books. These grade -level lists will be posted on our website.  Students are free to select books from these lists or to discover books of their own choosing. The goal for all students is to continue reading over the vacation.  

When we return to school, students who would like to share their reading success are invited to contribute to a school-wide summer reading gallery in the IMC.  We will display our reading artifacts for the KMS community. Students are encouraged to consult the list below for artifact ideas, but we hope that our young adult readers will use summer reading as an opportunity to have fun and be creative!  We would love to have students come up with their own ideas of ways to represent the books they enjoyed while on vacation!

Some ideas for summer reading artifacts include:

  • Write a poem about the book
  • Create a poster about the book
  • Write a book review
  • Rewrite a scene from the book from the perspective of a different character
  • Create a painting or sculpture inspired by your book
  • Design your own original book cover
  • Submit a photo or two of yourself reading in unusual places
  • Create a comic strip version of a non-fiction book
  • Research topics that are mentioned in your book and put together a fact sheet
  • Create a word cloud which represents your book

Please visit our school website:

for additional information regarding summer reading.  Connect with your local library for summer reading resources and programs.  Keene Public Library welcomes all KMS students and has plenty of activities planned for the summer months.

Have a great summer and don’t forget to READ, READ, READ!


Shelli Huntley, KMS Library Media Specialist

Tracy Shalit, KMS Reading Specialist

Nancy Rafferty, KMS Technology Integration Specialist

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