Summer Reading Challenge

  • Graphic: Summer Reading - Take the Challenge - Summer 2022. Open books floating on blue background

    Summer provides a wonderful opportunity for students to enjoy great books, while also avoiding reading loss or the “summer slide” that takes place when children are not able to read as consistently.

    The goal of the summer reading program is to foster a love of reading while children and families explore new books together. Reading over the summer can also help students to maintain or even improve their reading skills.

  • Elementary School Reading Challenge


    • Read 5 books over the summer.

    • Write the title of each book on  the Elementary Summer Reading Program “Book Spines Worksheet.”

    • Bring the completed worksheet when we return to school in the fall and you will receive fun incentives!

    • Your “Book Spines Worksheet” will be showcased on your school’s Reading Wall of Fame!
  • Middle / High School School Reading Challenge


    • Read the summer novel selected for your grade band:
      • Grades 6-8: Ghost by Jason Reynolds
      • Grades 9-12: Solo by Kwame Alexander

    • Participate in discussion series for parents and students to talk about the summer reading.

    • 🚨 Christina School District is holding a Summer Reading Parent Information Session for parents of students currently in grades 5-11 on Wednesday, June 8 at 6 PM via Zoom. Join us at

      Make it a Family Affair!

      • So how can you make reading a natural fit for your summer? Here are some pointers:  

        • Make sure your children are reading books that are on their level—not too easy and not too hard.

        • Help them find books about things they are interested in—sometimes the key to getting a child to love reading is simply to find the right genre or author. 

        • If a book at any grade level catches the interest of your child, certainly allow them to select the book. Students should have a good understanding of their personal reading comfort level from their learning experiences in ELA this school year.

        • Bring your children to the library and/or make use of digital libraries. You can look at the additional resources chart below for plenty of free access to books!

        • Talk to your children about what they are reading. Open-ended questions (What would you have done if you were that character? What do you like about this book?) can start a meaningful discussion and show your children that you value what they are reading. 

        • Feel free to reach out to your child’s current ELA teacher for additional summer reading pointers.

      Selected Novels for Grades 6-12

      Grade Band Novel Description
      6-8 Summer Novel Ghost by Jason Reynolds A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove...
      9-12 Summer Novel Solo by Kwame Alexander From award-winning and bestselling author Kwame Alexander comes Solo, the story of seventeen-year-old Blade Morrison who is being crushed between scathing tabloids exposing his former rock-star-father’s addictions and a protected secret that threatens his own identity. The answers to his past and future change everything he thought to be true.

      Additional Resources

      Resource Description Links and URLs
      Sora Sora is a digital library that all students in the state of Delaware have access to through their school district account. Books can be checked out like a traditional library and read online. Audio books are available for some titles. Access from ClassLink
      Sora Sweet Reads suggested summer titles
      Audiofile Sync Audio file sync is a free audiobook program for Teens. Starting April 28th, students can register for an account and download two free audio books. These books will be yours to keep! New titles will be available every Thursday. Simply log on each week and if you like a title download it!
      Blue Hen Book Award 2023 The Blue Hen Book Award is a children’s choice award sponsored by the Youth Services Division of the Delaware Library Association. The award encourages literacy and library use by children and teens.Books are divided into three categories: young readers, middle readers and teen readers and students have the choice of both novels and graphic novels. Each category has 5 suggested books to choose from. To download simply enter your DE library card number!
      New Castle County Reads Each year NCC picks one book as a county book club. The selected title is available in local libraries. As part of the selection many activities are held to interact with the author and discuss the novel. This year’s selection is: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger