NEST+m is a community of readers. Each summer, our students receive grade-specific reading assignments, with at least one shared book. Please see the information below for Lower, Middle and Upper Grades summer reading assignments. All books have been carefully chosen by our ELA teachers.
Middle Grades 6-8
This year's summer reading book is Trevor Noah's Born A Crime. Please see the Summer Reading Assignments for Summer 2020 listed below:
Also, please see this list of optional summer reading books! These are not required!
Lower Grades K-5
Our summer reading theme is resilience. Resilience is what helps us get through challenges, problems, and difficult times. When we are resilient, we learn we can do hard things not only on our own, but with the love and support of others.
We want to honor the resilience we have all shown during distance learning and the resilience we will continue to show through the summer and in the fall. We also want to honor and celebrate the resilience shown by people in the past who have faced immense obstacles and challenges. We will be reading two books this summer.
For our first book, we will all read:
Let the Children March by Monica Clark Robinson and illustrated by Frank Morrison.
I couldn’t play on the same playground as the white kids.
I couldn’t go to their schools.
I couldn’t drink from their water fountains.
There were so many things I couldn’t do.
In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, thousands of African American children volunteered to march for their civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak. They protested the laws that kept black people separate from white people. Facing fear, hate, and danger, these children showed resilience by using their voices to change the world.
For the second book, you can choose any book from the Summer Reading Padlet. All books are connected to our theme of resilience. Books (and padlets) are separated by grade level: Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5. However, you can pick from any level. If you have a sibling at home, maybe you will want to read the same book and have a book talk over the summer, or do a family read aloud.
The Summer Reading padlet will have activities you can do as you read each book, as well as writing activities, challenges, resources to deepen learning, and opportunities to leave comments. We would love for you to share your reviews of the books. Our hope is this padlet can be a place where we can still come together as a community through the summer months to read, write, and share.
**Check the padlets throughout the summer for new book updates and activities! And stay tuned for information about a Zoom Summer Book Club with the Summer Reading Team.
Thank you for supporting our summer reading plan. We encourage you to engage in conversations about these powerful books with your child. We can change the world by leaning into the lessons these books teach us.
Barbara Rossi, LG Assistant Principal
Abena Amoh, School Librarian
Ellen Sands, Culture Coach K-5
Jennifer Wilen, 4th grade Teacher