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Book of the month club

Igniting Minds Through Daily Reading

Literacy must be the bedrock of all that we do as a system to ensure that our scholars learn to read by the end of second grade. When scholars are exposed to the world around them before Pre-K, it sets them apart in a big world in which they attempt to navigate. By third grade, our scholars must be reading to learn. Literacy will enable our scholars to become owners of their learning, champions for their education, and critical and analytical thinkers equipped to face the many challenges of life.

When scholars cannot read, they are limited to access, equitable opportunities and experiences that will open doors for them. There is no compromise for the ability to read and understand text at high levels. Students, when they learn to read, develop vocabulary that will enable them to conquer the world. Reading more books is not going to create better readers, but one must have a love and appreciation for the art of reading. More importantly, scholars must have the required skills, phonemic awareness, letter recognition and understanding of entomology, which is the study of words to read, write, communicate and master any other areas of academics.

Mastery of academia and the ability to read is the difference between success and defeat. Scholars have a civil right to education, and reading is a significant part of that effort. There IS no substitute.

According to and Edutopia online resources, the children of parents who read every night to them during the ages from birth to kindergarten enter school with a greater vocabulary and are far ahead of those whose parents didn’t read to them. There is simply no compromise. It’s a must, not a desire.

Our Partnership

The Superintendent’s Book of the Month Club is an optional opportunity for scholars K-12. It is encouraged but not mandatory. Schools will adopt the Superintendent’s Book of the Month into their normal school culture. APS has partnered with Akron-Summit County Public Library to ensure the suggested books are available in print or digitally. The books can also be borrowed through SORA on the APS Portal. In addition, schools will incorporate the Superintendent’s One Million Word Initiative, which will be supported by PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies), which is a part of our MTSS (Multi-tiered System of Supports) Model, to be unveiled in the spring of 2024.

Disclaimer: Reading the suggested books listed in the Superintendent’s Book of the Month Club is a choice. Scholars are, however, encouraged to read more books and are not limited to only those listed. There is something for everyone.

Ready, Set, Go!

Let’s get started by reading a book listed for this month. After each book is read, click the link that has your grade level. Complete the Google Form and hit submit! Have fun reading!!

Google Form K-5

Google Form 6-8

Google Form 9-12

Summer Reading June - July Books

Elementary Level

  • The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein
  • Matilda - Roald Dahl
  • My Name is Geronimo Stilton - Geronimo Stilton
  • Blueberries for Sal - Robert McCloskey
  • Summer Song - Kevin Henkes
  • The Watermelon Seed - Greg Pizzoli
  • Sea Rex - Molly Idle
  • In The Tall, Tall Grass - Denise Fleming

Middle School Level

  • Dough Boys - Paula Chase
  • More the Story - Hnea Khan
  • Other Words for Home - Jasmine Warga
  • Shouting at the Rain - Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Beverly, Right Here - Kate DiCamillo
  • The Memory Keeper - Jennifer Camiccia
  • Roll with It - Jamie Sumner
  • Some Place More Than Others - Renee Watson

High School Level

  • The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
  • The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
  • The Secret History - Donna Tartt
  • Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt
  • Candide - Voltaire

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