We would like to thank you for supporting us in making reading a priority for your child through your participation in the East Meadow Summer Reading Program. Students' success in school depends upon their ability to read a variety of texts both thoughtfully and critically. Summer reading is a valuable experience for all students and an important extension of their educational growth here in East Meadow.
Over the summer months, we ask you to encourage our children to read. Just as athletes need to stay in shape and train during the off season to excel at their sport, students need to stay "intellectually" fit through reading. Research studies show that children who do not read during the summer may lose a month or more of the academic progress they made during the school year. It is our hope to encourage students to set a foundation for solid reading habits that will be everlasting while raising both their interest and awareness of the world. We encourage students to read voluminously this summer!
To help you and your child choose appropriate books, a wide range of genres and levels are included within the suggested Summer Reading list. Please not that the books contained within these lists are suggested readings; there is a universe of stories that can be found at the Nassau Count Public Library Digital Doorway, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon. In addition to these great resources, we have worked to begin curating an East Meadow School District digital library through the Sora platform. Sora, an OverDrive product, will provide students with access to ebooks and audiobooks. We encourage parents and guardians alike, to review the list and be actively involved in the book selection process. While all books have literary merit, some may be suitable for more mature students and it is important that students choose a book that is appropriate based on age, maturity, topic, as well as independent reading level.
We hope that you and your child are excited to begin your summer reading! Please remember to share your reading adventures on social media with the hashtag #EMeadowReads. We look forward to seeing our community of young readers in the coming months on Twitter and Facebook.
Should you have questions, please call my office.
Director of Literacy and Funded Programs