SummerReads 2021

he Reading Without Walls Challenge

Share how you're meeting the Reading Without Walls Challenge! Snap a selfie with the great books you've read, and post to social media. 

SummerReads 2021 from the Pike Library is centered on the Reading Without Walls Challenge created in 2016 by Gene Luen Yang, a former National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature. He challenges us to:

1. Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.

2. Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.

3. Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun. This might be a chapter book, a graphic novel, a book in verse, a picture book, short stories, or an audiobook.

Are you ready to broaden your reading horizons?

SummerReads By Incoming Grade

PreK/K   1st Grade   2nd/3rd Grade   4th Grade   5th/6th Grade   7th Grade    8th/9th Grade

Compiled by Pike Librarians Francesca Mellin and Linda Spence, SummerReads is the library's collection of recommended reading lists. They are updated annually with a commitment to representing diverse and inclusive perspectives.

Upper School English: 2021 Required Summer Reading

More Reading Suggestions

Sora Sweet Reads

Sora Sweet Reads

Enjoy these ebooks and audiobooks from Sora. This collection is always available from now until August 20. See below on this webpage for information about how to sign up for Sora.

Staying Curious This Summer

From Mrs. Heyd

As promised in the end-of-year FSP meeting, here are resources for on- and off-screen activities to help keep learning alive this summer. 

From Mrs. Kravitz & Mr. Stonecipher

A brief listing of helpful articles from Mr. Stonecipher and Mrs. Kravitz.

From Upper School Teachers

Here are resources curated by the teachers in Upper School.

Learn how to log in to the catalog and place holds. 


Click to search the catalog or browse virtually. 

Alexandria Catalog

Find out how to create and save book lists.


Discover E-Reading and Digital Audio


Sora is Pike's e-reading and digital audio platform. Read on the web or in the app. Setup directions (pdf) 

Powered by Overdrive, and available through our subscription to the Massachusetts Library System's eBook Program.

Watch this screencast to learn how to get the most from the Sora app. You'll learn how to connect your public library to your account, and find readability settings.

Leverage your public library! 

Most area public libraries have subscriptions to these e-reading and digital audio platforms:

  • Libby by Overdrive
  • Freegal
  • Hoopla

Some libraries are also offering curbside pickup of physical books. Don't have a library card? Check with your library to apply online.

Find Reliable Information

Use Databases

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

Learn More About Digital Literacy

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

Keep Track of Your Sources

Use NoodleTools to keep track of your sources

Reading and Listening Fun!

International Children's Digital Library

ICDL graphic

This online collection has more than 4,000 books from all over the world, in more than 50 languages. Browse, click, read, and enjoy!

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books. 

Storytime from Space


Listen to books read by astronauts while orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station. StoryTime from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation.

Connect with Authors and Illustrators

Kidlit TV

KidLit TV

KidLit TV is where you can find books read by their authors, interviews, book trailers, craft ideas and so much more. 

Kids Ask Authors


Kids Ask Authors is a podcast hosted by Grace Lin. Each podcast features an author who answers question asked by students.