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SummerReads 2019

Ring of Flowers drawn by Pike's First Graders

Summer is a time when the pace of life changes. At the Pike Library, we hope that students and families will embrace that change and carve out time to enjoy stories in many forms. Curl up with a picture book or a graphic novel. As a family, read aloud a chapter book. Delve into a new topic with a nonfiction title. Listen to an audiobook. Start a summer book club with friends.

The following reading lists are suggestions to get you started. Upper School students will also find the required summer reading title for their grade.

Happy reading!

 

 

Lower School (pdf)   Middle School (pdf)   6th Grade (pdf)    7th Grade   8th Grade   9th Grade (GoodReads)

SummerReads are compiled by Pike Librarians Francesca Mellin and Linda Spence. They are updated annually with the best new titles from every genre and with a commitment to representing multicultural perspectives.

Sora

The Pike Library has joined the Massachusetts Library System's eBook Program which gives us access to a large collection of ebooks and audiobooks through an OverDrive app called Sora. Read on the web or download the app for either Apple or Android devices.

You will need your log-in information from the library. Email us to get started!

Open Books, Open Minds

Subscribe to Open Books, Open Minds, the library's blog. It's a place where you can discover great books to read, learn about authors, and share our love of reading.

This summer, Capstone Interactive is offering free access to a selection of their titles from May 20 to August 31. Capstone is a publisher well known for its engaging nonfiction. This collection has titles in both Spanish and English, as well as a read-along feature. The books can be read online or can be downloaded to a mobile device with the Capstone Interactive app. 

Click here for the log-in information.

Pike 9 Summer Reading

By the start of school in the fall, 9th graders should read the required book, American Born Chinese, a graphic novel written by Gene Luen Yang. In addition, each student must read three other books of their own choice and post their reactions to the Pike 9 group on Goodreads. If you have questions, please contact one of the Humanities teachers.

Keeping Learning Alive Over the Summer

Math & Writing Resources

Enjoy these math and writing activities and see how many ways you can get Bingo. Happy Summer!

LS Summer Math Literacy Bingo (pdf)
LS Summer Writing Bingo (pdf)
MS Summer Math Literacy Bingo (pdf)
MS Summer Writing Bingo (pdf)

Here are math activities for Upper School from the US Math Department.

US Summer Math Brochure (pdf)

Podcasts

Recommended by Mr. Santella, Mr. Waters, and Mrs. Benson
Brains On 
Book Club for Kids 
Circle Round
Wow in the World
Science Friday
Story Pirates   Stories written by students and acted out by Story Pirates actors

20 Best Podcasts for Kids that Parents Will Like from Common Sense Media
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/20-best-podcasts-for-kids

Ideas for Family Fun

There are so many opportunities for fun. Here is a partial list of local activities suggested by Middle School teachers.

Best Things to Do in Boston with Kids 2019
https://santorinidave.com/boston-with-kids

List of Books Turned into Movies for Ages 6-12
https://www.liveabout.com/movies-based-on-books-older-children-2108523

Mass. Audubon Society is a great resource for families wanting to get outdoors this summer (particularly kids who loved the 4th grade birding unit). They have camps, wildlife sanctuaries to visit, and incredible programs for kids and families. Some examples are kayaking tours, nighttime owl walks, family birding days, night hikes and canoe trips . . .  The programming is great for kids and adults.  Sanctuaries are open to all and membership for programming starts at $32/family. https://www.massaudubon.org/

Music Camp - Mr. Viani
A one week music camp in Cambridge at the end of June for kids in Grades 2 - 11
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cambridge-youth-gamelan-summer-session-2019-registration-62827269053

Free Fun Fridays Calendar from the Highland Street Foundation 
http://highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays-2019

Suggested Reading for Parents

"Yes, Parents, There is a Magic Formula to Keep Your Kids Reading Through the Summer" from The Washington Post

Mindset, The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
Read the book and watch Carol Dweck's Ted Talk

16 Habits of Mind
Chart by Bena Kallick and Art Costa

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Summer Screen Time

If you are looking for a way to keep track of screen time this summer, try this checklist from Marybeth Heyd, Head of Lower School.

SummerScreenTimeChecklist (pdf)

Follow our literature blog

Subscribe to Open Books, Open Minds, the library's blog. It's a place where you can discover great books to read, learn about authors, and share our love of reading.

Find books in the library

Read eBooks

Sora

The Pike Library has joined the Massachusetts Library System's eBook Program which gives us access to a large collection of ebooks and audiobooks through an OverDrive app called Sora. Read on the web or download the app for either Apple or Android devices.

You will need your log-in information from the library. Email us or stop by to get started!

Use databases for reliable info

Databases are reliable sources of information. Click here to find our entire suite of databases.

Organize your sources

Use NoodleTools to keep track of your sources
 

Watch digital literacy videos

Click here for a carefully curated collection of short videos to help you hone your ability to effectively find and use digital resources.