Elementary School Summer Reading Program
The West Hartford Public Schools and the West Hartford Public Library work together to develop the Pre-K-5 summer reading program. Each year we select a new theme and provide a suggested list of authors and titles. Librarians from the West Hartford Public Library create a digital presentation which is shared with the schools to introduce the summer reading theme.
Since we participate in the Governor's Summer Reading Challenge we ask students to submit a reading log. Students in grades 3-5 will submit their logs online at the West Hartford Public Library Children & Teens Summer Reading page.
Students in grades PreK-2 will receive print reading logs, but may also choose to try the online log.
For any student who prefers to use a print reading log please click on this link to print a copy.
Print reading logs may be returned to the student's classroom teacher in September.
Elementary School Summer Reading Suggestions
Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero
By Michael Hingson with Susy Flory
Michael Hingson, blind since infancy, shares the story of his escape from the seventy-eighth floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, with the help of his guide dog. Roselle, and discusses how his life, faith, parents, friends, and mentors throughout the years prepared him to meet the emergency without panic.
Elementary companion book:
Keep Your Ear on the Ball
By Genevieve Petrillo
Davey, a blind student, refuses all help from his new classmates, even while playing kickball at recess, until they find a way to help without doing everything for him.