Middle School Summer Reading Information

To all Current and Incoming Middle School Families:

Summer is a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of the time to read the books that you have a personal interest and you choose. Research suggests, and our collective experience has found, students need to read consistently over the summer months to maintain the skills and stamina they developed as readers during the school year.

We appreciate the time families carve out to prioritize reading during the months of July and August. There are so many ways to choose great books to read. You can find out what your friends are reading, stick to genres you love, try out a new series, or explore the links below and suggested titles that follow. Every summer we encourage students to read widely, and explore areas of interest across literature and informational books.

Teachers look forward to learning more about their students’ summer reading journeys. It is not required, but we encourage all students to jot down reading reflections or maintain a reading journal for sharing with their friends and classmates when they return to school in the fall. Please be prepared to bring a copy and be able to talk about one book you read over the summer at school when you return in September.

Please contact me at (518) 377-4666, ext. 50751, if you have any questions. We hope you have a wonderful summer full of rich experiences both out in the world and among the pages of books.

Ms. Jean Winkler
Director of English Language Arts & Library Media, K-12

Online Resources:

  • http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/explore.htm – Summer Reading at New York Libraries allow you to search leveled lists of books that include New York settings and topics.
  • https://www.literacyworldwide.org/get-resources/reading-lists – International Literacy Association – Provides Teacher/Children/Young Adult Choices Reading Lists.
  • http://capregboces.lib.overdrive.com/ – Check out titles online, and read or listen offline on PC or Mac®, smartphones, MP3 players, and eBook readers including Sony® Reader and Kindle®. You’ll need your ID number in order to check out. Your ID number is your LIBRARY Number (AKA Lunch Number) for students. Make sure your number is FIVE DIGITS LONG! Students, please add a “0” at the beginning if your ID is only 4 digits long.

Summer Reading Recommendations

Grade 6– Non-Fiction

Grade 6 – Fiction

Grade 7 – Non-Fiction

Grade 7 – Fiction

Grade 8 – Non-Fiction

Grade 8 – Fiction