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Summer Reading


St. Mary Magdalene’s 2023 Summer Reading Program Information

Summer reading is essential and allows students and families to enjoy great books together! Reading for just 20 minutes per day can improve your child’s reading skills and boost confidence while helping to prevent the dreaded “summer slide.”

We ask your child to read one required book and complete the attached postcard before returning to school in August. If you finish early, you can turn it in at the front office over the summer.  Or you can bring it with you on your first day of school as your “entrance ticket” to reading! The book titles that your Monarch teachers have selected connect to the novels, themes, units, or standards that will be taught during the 1st nine weeks of the 2023-24 school year.

Of course, we encourage your child to read as many books as possible! If you need suggestions for additional titles, you can find them on our Enrichments lists.

K-5 Enrichment List

Middle School Enrichment List

We can’t wait to check out the postcards the students complete and look forward to the reading discussions that will kick off the 2023-24 school year!

Feel free to connect with us sooner by sharing your #MonarchReadingAdventures on social media and tagging us!  IG: @stmmnc / Facebook: or email your photos to

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy McElroy (

Required Summer Reading Titles:

*Please choose the title for the grade your child will attend for the 2023-24 school year. Titles are linked to Amazon for easy ordering. 

Kindergarten:  The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

First Grade:     School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex

Second Grade: Choose a book from the Magic Tree House Series

Third Grade:    The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Catling

Fourth Grade:  Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Fifth Grade:    Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Sixth Grade:   The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau or Bomb by Steve Sheinkin  

7th Grade:     Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick 

8th Grade:     The Running Dream  by Wendelin Van Draanen or Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Summer Solutions