Summer Check Out 2020

Summer Checkout Procedures: click here

The Google Form must be completed for each student no later than May 31st to allow time for the librarians to prepare for book pick-up beginning June 8th. Note:  The maximum number of books per child is 10 books this year.

Not sure what to check out?

You must be logged into Destiny Catalog  for these links to work.

Log in using your ASIJ Gmail username & password.

NEW FictionNEW BiographiesBeginning Reader
Read Alouds
NEW Beginning Chapter SeriesNEW NonfictionChapter Book Read AloudsMagic Tree House
Roald Dahl
NEW Easy SeriesNEW MakerspaceFeelings & Friendship Read AloudsWonder
Genius Files
NEW Graphic NovelsNEW Japanese CollectionSEL Read AloudsHarry Potter
Percy Jackson
The Noisy Librarians’ Summer Checkout Recommendations

Books2Eat 2020 – ES Entries

A special thank you to all of the students and families in the elementary school who have participated in the Books2Eat Challenge. It is truly an impressive display of creativity, ingenuity, and culinary expertise.

The Books2Eat challenge will continue as a 2020 Summer Reading Challenge. Bibliophiles and chefs who weren’t able to participate this time around, you have another chance to be a baker maker.

20 Minutes A Day, Goes A Long Way

Just 20 minutes a day,
Summer slide goes away!

Tips for Parents

Set aside 20 minutes every day for reading.

Share your enjoyment of books with your child.

Read the same book with your child and discuss it.

Continue to read aloud to your child, even after they read independently.

Encourage your child to choose a book to read aloud to someone else.

Broaden your child’s horizons by helping to select from a wide range of subjects & genres.

Encourage your child to read whatever they enjoy, even if it appears to be too easy or too hard.

If your child is multilingual, have your child practice reading in all their languages.

21 Questions to Ask Your Child about a Book

Interesting Articles about Reading

2020 Summer Reading Challenges and more

If you were unable to participate in one of the reading challenges during Distance Learning or want to participate in a challenge again, feel free to give it a go during summer vacation.

Countdown Reading Challenge
(Click on the link to access the Goggle Form.)
Which grade level will check off the most boxes?
Return to the Google Form throughout the summer & check off as many boxes as you can!

1,000 Minute Reading Challenge

1,000 Minute Summer Reading Challenge
20 Minutes A Day, Goes a Long Way
Share with Ms. Pretz when we return to school in August.
(Print or download image below.)
Summer Reading Checklist Challenge
Share with Ms. Pretz when we return to school in August.
(Print or download image below.)
Book Genre Bingo
How many different genres will you read this summer?
Share with Ms. Pretz when we return to school in August.
(Print or download image below.)

Maker Challenges

Summer Reading 2020

20 Minutes A Day, Goes A Long Way!

“Kids who don’t have educationally rich summers will be nearly three years behind their peers by the time they reach the end of the fifth grade… Much like we would expect an athlete or a musician’s performance to suffer if they didn’t practice regularly, the same thing is true for young people when it comes to reading performance.”— Ron Fairchild, Founding CEO, National Summer Learning Association

Ms. Pretz’ Recommended Reading Lists

James Patterson’s Read Kiddo Read Site

American Library Association

K – Grade 2

Grades 3 – 5

2018 Notable Children’s Books 

Best Children’s Books of the Year – Bank Street College of Education

Ages 5-9

Ages 9-12


Preschool – K Reading List

Grades 1 & 2 Reading List

Grades 3 & 4 Reading List

Grade 5 Reading List

International Literacy Association

2020 International Literacy Association – Choices Reading Lists

2019 International Literacy Association – Choices Reading Lists

2018 International Literacy Association – Choices Reading Lists

Mighty Girls

Summer Reading List

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