WILD ABOUT READING!
Stanley Middle School's
Summer Reading Program 2013
Summer is coming and with it lots of time for recreational reading. Our summer reading program is designed to help our entering 6th, 7th and 8th grade students understand that reading is an enjoyable pastime and that we read for pleasure as well as to acquire information. It is not a secret that reading skills improve with practice so it then becomes even more entertaining. Making time in the day or night to read is good for the mind and it is a wonderful way to reduce the noise, stress and stimulation often associated with busy lives in our fast paced world. It is well known that reading is essential to providing a solid basis for academic achievement. But most of all, reading is totally fun!
Rules of the Summer Reading Program:
1. Students need to set a personal reading goal.
How many books will you read over the summer? It is different for everyone. Parent/adult support is necessary so you can access books. Check out our wonderful library downtown as well as other libraries, local bookstores, online bookstores, electronic books (very cool) and don't forget to share books with friends.
2. Students MUST read a MINIMUM of 4 books.
Your personal reading goal may be higher - that's awesome! Remember, 4 books is the MINIMUM to be invited to the Summer Reading Parties in September and to be eligible to enter the grand prize(s) raffle.
3. Reading Logs are due by September 6, 2013.
Reading Logs are to be filled in with the date the book was finished, the name of the book, your rating and a parent signature. Reading Logs are to be turned in to the student's new Core or English teacher or the school librarian. Don't forget to fill out your first AND last name too!
4. Students can read what they want!
Free choice is an important component of this program. Students are encouraged to read at their appropriate reading level. Not sure? Talk with your parents to see if a particular book is a good fit for you. There are SO MANY wonderful books out there! Fiction and non-fiction books, graphic novels, ebooks, collections of short stories - all are fine! Read what you like!
5. Book recommendations? Of course!
The Middle School/Young Adult summer reading recommendation list for 2013 is coming soon! This list is a collection of recently published books along with some student and librarian favorites. The booklists from the previous few years are still posted on this web page. These were new books in 2010, 2011 and early 2012 that were of high interest for middle school readers. It is just one helpful resource in choosing fun books to read. For more reading suggestions, visit the library web page "Pick a Great Book!"
Stanley Wildcats are Readers! Have a Great Summer!
If you turn in your Summer Reading Log to your new Core/English teacher or to the Stanley Library by September 6, you will be invited to a summer reading party the week of Sept. 16th during lunchtime where you can build you own ice cream "Safari Sundae" and join the fun as we raffle off a few brand new Kindles and a few surprises. Reading prize "favors" for everyone!
Happy Summer Reading!
The Lafayette Library and Leaning Center downtown will also be hosting a summer reading program too. Yes - it is fine to read and use the same books for BOTH summer reading programs! Check out their website at http://ccclib.org. There will be information posted there soon.
In the meantime, check out the Contra Costa County Public Library's online resources:
Kids Book Lists
Teen Book Lists