Welcome to Summer 2016 and a World of Reading!
Our goal is to encourage students to read often and read widely, to investigate their own interests and enjoyable options in both fiction and nonfiction. Please note: this year there is no specific writing assignment for summer reading. The chief feature of this program is the choice it offers students, suggesting a wide variety of authors. Authors are listed on this website by genre , reading level , and also alphabetically . Any Greenwich Reads Together selection, Nutmeg, Newbery, Printz, ALEX, Coretta Scott King Medal winner or Honor book on your appropriate reading level may also be read. Those links are listed on the Recommended Books page. To help students who would like more specific suggestions, the six middle school media specialists have also created a series of "top ten" lists of favorite titles, organized by genre, with a brief summary of each book. We have also compiled lists of the top 25 most popular books from each middle school. Students can access and borrow books in print at any public library, and also online through Overdrive accounts at: http://greenwichschools.lib.overdrive.com/
To log in to GPS account: Username: firstname.lastname, Password: ebook
Greenwich Public Library Overdrive accounts require a library card number
GPS & Greenwich Public Library OverDrive Summer Reading Collections
Parents and students can browse the collections, and enjoy on a computer, tablet, smartphone or eReader device. The borrowed eBooks can be accessed immediately in a web browser with OverDrive Read or downloaded to a Kindle or other other eReader. Of course, the titles are all available in print as well at the various branches of the Greenwich Public Library. Whatever your format preference, we have many wonderful reads in store for your child.
Participation in Summer Reading directly impacts student achievement. Recent research confirms that students who do not read or engage in meaningful thinking activities can lose up to 30% of progress gained during their school year. The good news is that the research also shows that students who engage in reading book offerings, discussing books, and offering opportunities to have books read aloud or read-along counteracts any possible summer slide.
Establishing a habit of lifelong reading early and nurturing it throughout our children’s school years, is critical to a child’s success in life. Students should pursue reading for enjoyment and we support it by providing access and suggestions to a wide selection of quality books. For this purpose, we have developed summer reading lists for our students that provide something for every interest and grade level.
We strongly encourage everyone to visit your nearest Greenwich Public Library branch. The public librarians will be able to help recommend titles for borrowing, and guide you in using Overdrive to access those digitally if you wish.
Enjoy your summer and " a world of reading."
Fran Kompar, Library/Media Program Coordinator
Antoinette Fornshell, Humanities Program Coordinator
Central, Eastern and Western Middle School Media Specialists,
English/Language Arts Teachers and Reading Specialists
2016 Middle School Summer Reading
Greenwich Public Schools • Greenwich, Connecticut 06830
Summer reading questions, comments and author suggestions may be emailed to Mrs. Karen Ball, EMS Media Specialist, at Karen_Ball@greenwich.k12.ct.us.