Summer Reading 2017

by Mrs. Carole Stubeck, School Librarian

Read for fun this summer!

This special edition of News from the Commons focuses on summer reading. Research consistently shows that students who read over the summer can prevent the "summer slide" which can translate into losing up to three months of learning over the summer. Reading as little as 20 minutes a day can help children stay on track and keep pushing forward with the skills and knowledge they learned in school. The resources provided here are intended to help you encourage your child to read anything just for fun this summer.


Included in this flyer are:


  • A very short video by children's author Dav Pilkey (author of Captain Underpants and the new series Dog Man) on the importance of summer reading. I shared this with all classes and many wanted to view it again.


  • A video message to kids from renowned children's author Kate DiCamillo (love her!) about the importance of summer reading and joining your public library's summer reading program.


  • A link to the summer reading program offered at the Summit Free Public Library

  • Links to suggested summer reading titles from the American Library Association, Scholastic, and Bookopolis


  • A link to Scholastic's online summer reading challenge - this year's theme is "take a reading roadtrip"


  • A terrific Pinterest board curated by a school librarian focusing on summer reading and related activities


  • The book lists for next year's 4th and 5th grade Battle of the Books


I wish you and your families a restful, relaxing, and fun summer filled with lots of time to enjoy being outdoors, reading, and spending time together doing whatever makes you happiest. Happy reading!!!

Summer Reading PSA by Dav Pilkey
The Summit Free Public Library is open all summer! Stop in and register for the summer reading program for children in grades 1-12. See below for the details on the grades 1-5 reading program and the many other programs and activities planned throughout the summer at your local public library. (FYI There is a summer reading program for adults as well hint hint)
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Notable Children's Books from the ALA

The American Library Association (ALA) publishes lists of Notable Children's books each year. Click here to access the lists.

Suggested summer reading lists from the ALSC

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) publishes summer reading lists each year. Click on the links below to access the list most appropriate for your child.

Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Suggested summer reading by grade level from Bookopolis

Be a Happy Camper and take a reading roadtrip with Scholastic this summer!

Scholastic has an online summer reading program for children of all ages. Click on this link to register and get started.

Suggested summer reading lists from Scholastic

Scholastic has wonderful suggestions for summer reading. Click here to access the link to the booklists which are available in both English and Spanish.

Summer reading ideas from Pinterest

There are a tremendous amount of ideas for summertime reading and related activities on the internet. Click here to access a great Pinterest resource created by renowned school librarian, Shannon Miller. She has gathered her favorite ideas on the subject and put them together in one place for easy access - enjoy!

Congratulations to our LH 4th and 5th grade Battle of the Books teams!

On May 31, the homeroom winning teams in 4th and 5th grade traveled with me to Bayberry School in Watchung to represent LH as they competed in an inter-district competition with schools from Watchung, Harding, and Green Brook. I am so proud of our readers - both teams came in first place and brought home the hardware! Congratulations and keep on reading!!!

Battle of the Books

Pending approval of our SEF Grant at the June 14 Board of Education meeting, all LH students in 4th and 5th grade will once again be invited to participate in Battle of the Books in the fall. Battle of the Books, sponsored by the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL), is a reading incentive program where teams of students share the reading of 15 books and compete against other teams to see who can answer the most "In what book..." questions. The program is voluntary and open to all 4th and 5th grade students. I spoke with all current 3rd and 4th grade classes about this program recently and suggested they could begin reading from the list of titles over the summer if they choose to (not required!!!). There is no need to purchase the books as I will be using the grant money to purchase 5 copies of each title for students to share this fall and winter. The Summit Public Library should have all of these books in their collection to borrow.


2017-18 Battle of the Books

Grade 4

Baseball Fever by Johanna Hurwitz

What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? By Jean Fritz

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

Bobby the Brave (Sometimes) by Lisa Yee

Potterwookie by Obert Skye

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

A-Z Mysteries: The Talking T-Rex by Ron Roy

I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg by Lauren Tarshis

The Landry News by Andrew Clements

Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar


Grade 5

Shoeless Joe & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman

Who Was Abraham Lincoln? By Janet B. Pascal

Under the Blood Red Sun by Graham Salisbury

Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald

The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O’Brien

The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan

No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

It Only Looks Easy by Pamela Curtis Swallow

Frindle by Andre

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The Hubbard Learning Commons (HLC) is staffed by School Librarian Carole Stubeck and Library Assistant Laura Brody along with a supportive crew of parent volunteers. All students at Lincoln-Hubbard visit the HLC for 30 minutes of instruction each week where they are engaged in a variety of activities designed to ensure they become effective users of information and ideas. Students also borrow books to enjoy at home each week. Classes may also schedule use of the HLC and the librarian for research purposes in support of curricular areas of study throughout the school year.