Summer Reading 2017

June 1, 2017 10:07 PM

Summer is the perfect time for reading.  The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) explains that students who read over the summer “retain and sharpen literacy skills during the months that they are out of the classroom.”  District 27 students work hard during the school year to develop the academic skills needed for the future.  Summer reading helps students to retain those skills and to foster a lifelong interest in reading.

All Wood Oaks students are required to read a specific book at their grade level during the summer, which must be completed prior to the first day of school, August 23, 2017.  Although no assignments for the books will be given over the summer, each text will be discussed during the first few weeks of school for plot, theme, central conflicts, characterization, and reading strategies; the texts also will be utilized for specific writing assignments.


The following books are required reading at each grade level:

·       6th grade- Wonder by R.J. Palacio

·       7th grade- Bystander by James Preller

·       8th grade- A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park


These books have been selected specifically to address topics of accepting others, confronting bullying and global awareness. The Wood Oaks community will use these common themes throughout the school year to continue to build a positive school climate.  Our teachers in every curriculum area will reflect on these themes and working with students to create a culture at Wood Oaks that promotes ROAR at all times during the school day.


Students have a couple options for obtaining the books.  To avoid costs, you may prefer to borrow the selected book from the Northbrook Public Library; the Library has agreed to have multiple copies of each book available during the summer.  Students also have the opportunity to purchase the print or digital version.


We thank you for supporting our summer reading. In addition, we encourage you to read and discuss the grade level book required with your child; the topics presented in each book provide excellent dialogue for a rich family discussion. We anticipate that students will read other selections for enjoyment throughout the summer to broaden their knowledge, sharpen their skills, increase their vocabulary, and experience the pleasure of getting lost in a good book.

Wishing you all the best this summer.