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Summer Reading



We are excited to introduce StMM’s Summer Reading Program!  Did you know that reading for just 15 minutes per day will greatly improve your child’s reading skills and boost confidence while helping to prevent the dreaded “summer slide”?

We are asking your child to read one required book and complete a postcard before returning to school in August. Simply turn it in at the front office over the summer or bring it on your first day of school as your “entrance ticket” to reading! The book titles that have been selected by your Monarch teachers will connect to the novels, themes, units, or standards that will be taught during the 1st nine weeks of the 22-23 school year. 

Of course, we encourage your child to read as many books as they can! If they need suggestions, we have posted an Enrichment Reading List along with printable postcards, should they feel inspired to complete extra! 

We can’t wait to check out the postcards the students complete and look forward to the reading discussions that will kick off the 22-23 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, feel free to contact Mrs. McElroy.


Required Summer Reading Titles

*Please choose the title for the grade your child will attend for the 2022-23 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 BFG by Roald Dahl

Fourth Grade:  Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

Fifth Grade:    Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Sixth Grade:   Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

7th Grade:     The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Reader's Edition by William Kamkwamba

8th Grade:     The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen



Summer Reading