Summer Reading

H.C. Johnson Elementary School 2020

Check it Out! Summer Reading 2020

This summer, the elementary division of the Jackson Township School District is proud to continue our Summer Reading initiative for students entering grades one through five in September. We are excited to bring parents and children together in our mission to promote literacy through reading.


We encourage all students to read whatever they like as long as it is appropriate to their interests and reading ability. Fiction, non-fiction, biographies, poetry, graphic novels, magazines-- the choice is yours! Below is a recommended reading list of carefully chosen books consisting of a variety of genres, authors, and reading levels for each grade. Although these lists include many high-interest and popular selections, students may also choose to read books not included.


When we begin the school year in September, our teachers will set aside time to discuss the books read by the students. We ask that each child read five books and complete one of the reading logs, linked here in print or digital format, and also available on the elementary school websites.


Please remember that our goal is to make reading fun, enjoyable, and something that families can do together. Please try to set aside family time for reading and/or read the book with your child. Listening, reading, and writing are all connected. Proficiency in one of these standards also helps attain proficiency in the others. I am encouraged by the participation and interest Jackson parents have in their child’s education and confident you and your child will benefit from reading together this summer. Thank you for your cooperation.


Yours in education,

Lisa M. Lane, Ed.D.

Recommended Reading List

Click here to find a list of titles for you to consider. Remember, these are suggestions, you may choose to read whatever you'd like.

Digital Access and Other Resources to Consider:

In addition, to the Recommend Reading List above, you and your child can access book choices in several different ways. Here are some suggestions:


Share a Love of Reading & Writing This Summer

Some fun activities to stay engaged this summer:


  • Read aloud to your child every day
  • Choose short, engaging books with sturdy pages for younger students
  • Read rhymes and sing songs as part of your daily routine
  • Show the cover and make sure to point to the pictures and words
  • Reread favorite books
  • Let your child interact with their books by turning the pages, flipping the flaps, pointing to pictures, and acting out relevant parts
  • Ask questions about the story
  • Don’t forget about writing! Have your budding authors:

    • Keep a journal
    • Create a travel vlog
    • Record a book review
    • Write a newspaper article about an experience


Additional Fun! Podcasts for Primary Students

Additional Fun! Podcasts for Secondary Students

What Should I Read Next? Check Out These Book Trailers for Inspiration!

Narrated Summer Reading Slideshow

Click here to view our Summer Reading slideshow.

Summer Reading Letter from the Jackson School District

Click here to view the official Summer Reading letter from the Jackson School District

Print Copy of Summer Reading Log

Click here to print a copy of the Summer Reading Log

Digital Reading Log

Click here to digitally complete your Summer Reading Log