This reading list pairs with my Literacy Handout for Parents, or it may be used as a stand-alone item. It is meant to be given to parents at the end of the school year to encourage reading over the summer. Teachers may pair this resource with reading comprehension activities (currently being designed - check back soon!) to further support literacy learning and retention.
The list is based exclusively off of the National Geographic Kids book collection for these reasons:
1. The National Geographic Kids book collection uses rich images.
2. The images are photography of real-life subjects, which support scientific inquiry and learning about the world around us.
3. This collection of books covers rich topics ranging from science to social studies.
4. This collection is already classified by level, making it easy for parents to find books based on reading level alone (in case they lose their list).
5. Send-home companion activities can easily incorporate STEM/ STEAM concepts.
6. These are easily found at public libraries as well as affordably purchased new or used online.
7. Each reading level contains between 19 and 22 books (for 1-3), which is an appropriate amount of books for a child to read over a traditional summer period ( a new book twice a week). For children in a year-round school schedule, this is more of a 3 book per week pace. Some children may do well with this pace, and others may need to have their list shortened to 16.