We are continuing our tradition of a shared read for each grade level. These books have been thoughtfully selected by our teachers to serve as a jumping off point for discussions when school begins.
- Kindergarten: Daily reading is encouraged and will lead to a remarkable impact on the success of your child's introduction to kindergarten. We welcome you to select from these timeless favorites.
- 1st: Read one or more books by Mo Willems
- 2nd: Nate the Great and the Boring Beach Bag by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
- 3rd: Fish Face by Blanche Sims & Patricia Reilly Giff
- 4th: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Research shows that the best way to become a better reader is to read! Additionally, matching students to books at their independent reading level will ensure that they are maximizing their vocabulary acquisition and comprehension skills by reading in their zone of proximal development. Because Woodland teachers assess students' reading levels throughout the year, we can better match summer reading books to an individual’s reading level (as opposed to grade level).
Independent reading levels are determined based on three primary metrics: Accuracy, Comprehension and Fluency. Accuracy refers to the number of errors made, including missed or skipped words, word substitutions, etc. Fluency refers to the student’s ability to read with expression, intonation, attention to punctuation and at a rate appropriate to the genre. Comprehension is a measure of how well the student understands the deeper meaning of the text, including both literal meaning and inferred meaning. All three metrics are crucial as students transition from learning to read to reading to learn. This is why we ask students to linger at a reading level that sometimes parents find a bit low. We are waiting until fluency is high and comprehension is deep before moving into the next level, to ensure that our readers have every advantage.
If your child expresses an interest in reading more challenging books, read together. Shared reading is a great way to support fluency and comprehension. Or have them listen along with an audiobook, accessible through their Raz-Kids accounts (still active over the summer), through your public libraries, or through www.overdrive.com.
In the Resources below, we have shared several items which may be of use. You will find multiple book lists, some leveled and some by genre. If you want to determine what level a book of interest is, use the 'Book Wizard'. Students are encouraged to keep track of their reading by printing the reading log.
Please note: if you are accessing these lists from a mobile device, all the links below will open to the 'kindergarten' tab. From there, scroll through the tabs to find your level.
- Incoming Kindergarteners
- Level A - Kindergarten
- Level B - Kindergarten
- Level C - Kindergarten
- Level D - Kindergarten
- Level E - Grade 1
- Level F - Grade 1
- Level G - Grade 1
- Level H - Grade 1
- Level I - Grade 1
- Level J - Grade 1
- Level K - Grade 2
- Level L - Grade 2
- Level M - Grade 2
- Level N - Grade 3
- Level O - Grade 3
- Level P - Grade 3
- Level Q - Grade 4
- Level R - Grade 4
- Levels R-Z - R,S - Grade 4 | T,U,V - Grade 5 | W,X,Y - Grade 6 | Z - Grade 7 and 8
All Middle School Students
All Middle School students are expected to read at least ONE selection from the following 5/6 or 7/8 grade lists. We will hold “book clubs” at the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year. Additionally, each Middle School student must read a minimum of three more books of their choice. You will be writing summer book reviews as a graded in-class assignments at the beginning of the school year, so we recommend making notes as you read!
Rising 5th & 6th Grade Students
- Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
- When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt
- Francisco Jimenez The Circuit by Francisco Jiménez
- They Call Me Güero by David Bowles
Rising 7th & 8th Grade Students
- Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
- The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz - also available in Spanish: El único destino
- House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
- Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Rising 8th Grade Students
- With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
- The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Additional Reading Lists:
- ALA Summer Reading List Grades 3-5
- ALA Summer Reading List Grades 6-8
- Kid Lit Summer Reading List
- San Mateo County Library
- Audiobooks: Student Raz-Kids accounts will still be accessible all summer and have audiobooks available at every reading level.
- Further audio and ebooks are available via the public libraries, as well as through www.overdrive.com