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: Please read as many books as possible from these "New and Old Favorites" (read with family)
- 1st: Read one or more books by Mo Willems
- 2nd: Please read one or more books by authors Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Kate DeCamillo
- 3rd: Bee and Flea and the Compost Caper by Anna Humphrey
- 4th: Wishtree by Katharine Applegate, The Wild Robot by Peter Brown and Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
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
- Summer reading log
- Scholastic Book Wizard
- 2023 ALSC Summer Reading Lists
- Lee and Low's Diverse Summer Reading List
- 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
All Middle School Students
We are excited to re-introduce all-grade books to our summer reading! Students entering 5th and 6th grade will read Shelter by Christie Matheson, a story of a young student living in San Francisco and struggling with the normal challenges of 5th grade alongside the unusual challenge of homelessness. Students entering 7th and 8th grade will read The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater, a nonfiction account of a shocking encounter between two teenagers in Oakland that left both changed forever, and one facing life imprisonment. These books will be unpacked in advisory at the start of the year, so students should arrive in August ready to discuss what they have read.
Additionally, Middle School students are asked to read ONE selection from the grade lists below. We will hold “book clubs” at the beginning of the 2023-24 academic year, and students will write reviews of the book they selected as a part of their Humanities course. We strongly recommend making notes as they read!
Rising 5th Grade Students
Rising 6th Grade Students
- Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
- When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park
- Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes
- An Occasionally Happy Family by Cliff Burke
- Brainwashed: Crime Travelers Spy School by Paul Aertker