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What the research tells us:

“Literacy development is an ongoing process...In today’s fast-paced world, literacy demands are expanding, and they include more reading and writing tasks than at any other time in history. Students [Adolescents] need high levels of literacy to understand the vast amount of information available to them, and to fuel their imaginations as they help create the world of the future.”

(International Reading Association: Adolescent Literacy Position Statement)

Summertime is a time for vacationing, relaxing, and spending time with family and friends. It’s important for all students to include reading among their summertime activities to maintain their level of skill development and avoid the “summer slide,” or loss in their reading skills.

*Given the current Distance Learning environment, teachers and administrators wanted to keep summer reading SIMPLE this year. Therefore, the summer reading requirements are:

**All students are required to read THREE books for the summer of 2020.**

Students are encouraged to engage in a wide variety of reading activities over the summer, such as those held at public libraries, reading magazines, newspapers, maps, and brochures, both in print and online.

If students should want to explore the Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Nominees for the 2021 year, those books are listed below:

1. Awesome Dog 5000 by Justin Dean

2. Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord

3. The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Rauf

4. A Drop of Hope by Keith Calabrese

5. Dear Justice League by Michael Northrop

6. Gross As a Snot Otter by Jess Keating

7. Inkling by Kenneth Oppel

8. Just Like Rube Goldberg by Sarah Aronson

9. Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce

10. Nina Soni, Former Best Friend by Kashmira Sheth

11. One-Third Nerd by Gennifer Choldenko

12. Out of My Shell by Jenny Goebel

13. Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd

14. Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai

15. The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhamma

16. Scouts by Shannon Greenland

17. Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

18. Titan & The Wild Boars: The True Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team by Susan Hood/Pathana Sornhiran

19. The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

20. Wildfire by Rodman Philbrick

**Here is a link to find the RICBA 2021 nominees online (There is more information about each book in this link.):

If students read at least three of these books, they can participate in the voting process for their favorite book in March of 2021.

We all hope you are safe and healthy and have a wonderful summer! You have earned it!

Take care!

The East Greenwich Teachers and Principals :)

*All students must record the books that they read on the reading log provided. This reading log is electronic, so you can type into the document or you can print it out at home and write your choices down.

To download a PDF copy of the reading log to print, please click here.

With Love, From the Hanaford Faculty and Staff

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George R. Hanaford School, 200 Middle Road, East Greenwich, RI 02818

Phone: 401-398-1501 Fax: 401-886-3267

Grades: 3-5

School Hours: 9:00-3:25 p.m.