Lower School summer reading

Dear Parents and Students,

This is a list of suggested books for your summer reading pleasure. We hope that you will discover some old favorites on the list as well as make the acquaintance of titles that you may not know. 

Your local libraries, home libraries, little free libraries, bookstores and the shelves of friends will hold some of these books and should provide some wonderful reading.

It has been a busy year in the library. The highlights of our year included the residency of celebrated poet, novelist Kwame Alexander who presented his work to students in all three divisions. We were thrilled to be Oge Mora’s first ever school visit and we cheered her on in June when she received the John Steptoe New Talent Award from the Coretta Scott King Awards Committee and a Caldecott Honor Medal at the fiftieth anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards at the American Library Association’s Annual Meeting in Washington DC.

In honor of the fiftieth Anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards, TeachingBooks.net/CSK is offering us free access to Coretta Scott King resources. Please visit the site for hundreds of multimedia resources that bring CSK award-winning books to life. The Joukowsky Family Library at the Gordon School is proud to draw attention to this milestone. There are wonderful books for all ages.

Please go to www.teachingbooks.net/CSK

Once connected please remember to look to the left of the page so that you may choose to narrow your searches to grade levels 1-5 unless you choose otherwise. 

During this year’s GSMPBA unit, second graders read from a list of thirty multicultural picture books and awarded our 2019 Gordon School Multicultural Picture Book Award to Hidden Figures: The Story of four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly and to The Remember Balloons by Jessie Oliveros.

Have a splendid summer and please do come stop in at the library in September to tell us all about your favorite reading choices and your experience with everything from paperbacks and hardcovers to ebooks and audiobooks. For your convenience, details on accessing our catalog of ebooks and audiobooks have also been included in this booklet.


Frances Martindale, Gordon School Librarian

P.S. I would love to ask that if you come across a book that is not on the list, but that resonates with you and your family, please consider emailing me the title, at fmartindale@gordonschool.org. The library works best as a partnership. Thank you.