Students must meet their schools expectations described in letters from their principals. Students should return the schools required evidence of reading and writing to their new teachers by Sept. 14.
Students who complete the challenge will be invited to a recognition ceremony at their schools in the first two weeks of October. The schools will notify parents of the specific dates for the ceremonies.
The Field Library , 4 Nelson Ave., is ready to help students complete the Summer Reading and Writing Challenge. The program is based on a state recommendation that students read at least 25 books from different types of literature and publish four to six forms of writing each year. The Peekskill City School District encourages families to take on this challenge and make reading and writing a daily habit.
The summer reading list is:
Kindergarten and first grade, Woodside Elementary School
Consider any picture book by the following authors:Jan BrettEric CarleDenise FlemingLois EhlertMem FoxKevin HenkesPat HutchinsEzra Jack KeatsLeo LionniPatricia PolaccoMarisabina RussoRosemary Wells
Consider an alphabet book such as:Ehlert, Lois - Eating the AlphabetMartin, Bill - Chicka, Chicka, Boom, BoomSierra, Judy - The Sleepy Little Alphabet
Consider any version of a variety of folktales, fairy tales and nursery rhymes such as:Goldilocks and the Three BearsHansel and GretelHenny Penny or Chicken LittleJack and the BeanstalkLittle Red Riding HoodMother Goose Nursery RhymesThe Elves and the ShoemakerThe Gingerbread ManThe Little Red HenThe Three Billy Goats GruffThe Three Little PigsThe Ugly Duckling
Consider some emerging reader books, which are picture books with only a few words. Some examples are:Brown, Ruth - A Dark, Dark TaleCarle, Eric - Today Is MondayCrews, Donald - Freight TrainFleming, Denise - LunchMartin, Bill - Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?Rathmann, Peggy - Goodnight Gorilla
Consider some Beginning-to-Read Chapter Books. Examples of some series are:Arnold, Tedd - Fly GuyCapucilli, Alyssa - BiscuitLobel, Arnold - Frog and ToadMarshall, James - FoxMinarik, Else H. - Little BearVan Leeuwen, Jean - Oliver and Amanda PigWillems, Mo - Elephant and Piggy
Consider some nonfiction books. Examples of topics kids love:Animals and petsDinosaursSportsVehicles
Consider some biographies in picture book format. Examples of these:Krull, Kathleen - Wilma UnlimitedMartin, Jacqueline Briggs - Snowflake BentleyRappaport, Doreen - Martins Big WordsWinter, Jonah - Frida
Second and third grades, Oakside Elementary School
Consider any picture book by the following authors:Eve BuntingJannell CannonTomie DePaolaLeo LionniPatricia PolaccoPeggy RathmannFaith RinggoldCynthia RylantAllen SayJon ScieszkaWilliam StiegChris Van AllsburgBernard WaberDavid Wiesner
Consider any version of a variety of folktales and fairy tales such as:Anansi the Spider The Boy Who Cried WolfCinderellaThe Emperors New ClothesThe Golden GooseRapunzelRumpelstilskinStone Soup
Consider early chapter books in series such as:Cosby, Bill - Little BillHowe, James - Houndsley & CatinaHowe, James - Pinky and RexLobel, Arnold - Frog and ToadMarshall, James - FoxMinarik, Else H. - Little BearParish, Peggy - Amelia BedeliaRylant, Cynthia - Henry and MudgeRylant, Cynthia - PoppletonSharmat, Marjorie - Nate the GreatThomas, Shelley Moore - Good KnightVan Leeuwen, Jean - Oliver & Amanda Pig
Consider some fiction series such as:Adler, David - Cam JansenCameron, Ann - Stories Julian TellsDanziger, Paula - Amber BrownDiCamillo, Kate - Mercy WatsonGifford, Peggy - Moxy MaxwellGreenburg, Dan - Zack FilesHarper, Charise Mericle - Just GraceKline, Suzy - Horrible HarryMcDonald, Megan - Judy MoodyMcDonald, Megan - StinkOsborne, Mary Pope - Magic Tree HousePennypacker, Sara - ClementineScieszka, Jon - Time Warp Trio
Consider other fiction by these authors:Byars, BetsyClements, AndrewDahl, RoaldDiCamillo, KateMaclachlan, PatriciaSachar, Louis
Consider nonfiction books about subjects that interest children. Topics such as:Animals and petsDinosaursEarthquakes and volcanoesSpace explorationSportsTransportation
Consider biographies such as:Burleigh, Robert - Night FlightWinter, Jonah - Dizzy
Fourth and fifth grade, Hillcrest Elementary School
Consider Fiction by authors such as:AviBlume, JudyChristopher, MattClements, AndrewCreech, SharonCurtis, ChristopherDahl, RoaldDanziger, PaulaDeFelice, CynthiaDiCamillo, KateFleischman, PaulGantos, JackGiff, Patricia ReillyGrimes, NikkiGutman, DanHesse, KarenHurwitz, JohannaKorman, GordonLowry, LoisMass, WendyMacLachlan, PatriciaMyers, Walter DeanPaulsen, GaryRiordan, RickRyan, Pam MunozSachar, LouisScieszka, JonSelznick, BrianSpinelli, Jerry
Consider some fiction series such as:Angleberger, Tom - Origami YodaAvi - The Poppy SeriesBarshaw, Ruth McNally - Ellie McDoodleCabot, Meg - Allie Finkles Rules for GirlsDanziger, Paula - Amber BrownDiTerlizzi, Tony - Spiderwick ChroniclesDowell, Frances ORoark - Phineas L. MacGuireGifford, Peggy - Moxy MaxwellHolt, Kimberly Willis - Piper ReedLook, Lenore - Alvin HoMazer, Anne - Amazing Days of Abby HayesPennypacker, Sara - ClementinePeirce, Lincoln - Big Nate
Consider poetry in collections such as:A Poke in the I - a collection of concrete poemsSilverstein, Shel - Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook (and other poetry by this author).
Consider fairy tales, folktales or mythology including Grimm and Andersen fairy tales, Greek and Roman mythology, and legends such as King Arthur and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving.
Consider biographies such as:Kerley, Barbara - The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse HawkinsRappaport, Doreen - Abes Honest Words: The life of Abraham LincolnTavares, Matt - Henry Aarons DreamWinter, Jeanette - My Name is Georgia
Consider nonfiction books on any topic that interests the student. These may include, but should not be limited to, geography and history of the United States and geography and history of other countries.
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