Ring of flowers drawn by Pike's First Graders

At the Pike Library, we encourage students to read widely, whether it be a new genre or series, a book set in another country, or about a character different from themselves. By opening the pages of a novel or a picture book, we can travel to the Harlem Renaissance, to Hong Kong, or to Hogwarts, all courtesy of an author’s imagination.

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.

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

Happy reading!

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


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)


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

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

List of Books Turned into Movies for Ages 6-12

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.

Music Camp - Mr. Viani
A one week music camp in Cambridge at the end of June for kids in Grades 2 - 11

Free Fun Fridays Calendar from the Highland Street Foundation

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)