Summer Reading – 2021

All it takes is a stack of great books and a commitment to read every day!

To support our students with their summer reading goals, the ASIJ Elementary Library allows returning students to check out books during summer vacation. If your child is interested in participating in summer check out, please complete the summer checkout parent permission form below. 

Click on link:  Summer Checkout Parent Permission Form

due May 31st

  • This form is required for returning students to check out books.
  • This year, homerooms will have a specified time for students to check out their summer reading books.
  • Students will be limited to 10 print books.
  • All books are due on student orientation day in August.

Ms. Pretz’ Recommended Reading Lists

(Click on the hyperlinks below to access lists on the ASIJ ES Library Catalog.)

SAKURA MEDAL 2021

Sakura 2021 Picture Books

Sakura 2021 Fiction

Sakura 2021 Graphic Novels

RECOMMENDED READ ALOUDS

Beginning Reader Read Alouds

Picture Book Hall of Fame

Chapter Book Read Alouds

Family Read Alouds

NEW PICTURE BOOKS

Picture Books (family, friendship & feelings)

Picture Books (just for fun)

Picture Books (laugh-out-loud)

NEW Diverse Characters

NEW CHAPTER BOOK SERIES

F Easy (emerging readers – 49 pgs.)

F Series (beginning chapter books 150 pgs. or less)

Diverse Characters

NEW FICTION

NEW Fiction (longer chapter books 150pgs. +)

NEW Diverse Characters

NEW NONFICTION

Nonfiction 000-599

Nonfiction 600-999

Nonfiction Series

Biographies

JUST FOR FUN

Graphic Novels

Ninjas

Be A Maker

Engaging Math Books

IF YOU LIKE…

Piggie & Gerald

Captain Underpants

Magic Tree House

Junie B. Jones

Judy Moody & Stink

My Weird School

Roald Dahl

Dog Man

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Raina Telgemeier

Harry Potter

Land of Stories

Wonder

Tearjerkers & Books with Heart

Genius Files & Spy School

Alex Rider

Percy Jackson

Hunger Games

Best Books of the Year 2020

(collated by Ms. Pretz – ASIJ ES Teacher-Librarian)

SORA App How To Access Tutorial and How to Navigate SORA Tutorial

Step 1: On your iPad install the SORA app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store. On your laptop point your browser to soraapp.com.

Step 2: On SORA find The American School in Japan (tap). 

Step 3:  Then sign-in using your ASIJ Student Gmail login.  

All ASIJ Student Gmail logins start with the students’ graduation year followed by last name and first initial.

Example:   27jonesm@asijac.jp

Step 3:  Tap the Explore tab (binoculars icon). 

Step 4:  Tap Open Book or Open Audiobook to read or listen to the book. Tap Options to renew or return the book.

Step 5: Go to the SORA bookshelf icon and click on OPTIONS to return a book early or to renew a book.  

Please email tpretz@asij.ac.jp or help@asij.ac.jp for assistance using this app.

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