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HBS Library Home: 2019 Summer Reading

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Hover your cursor over the Summer Reading tab above, then click on Summer Reading for the grade your child will be entering in August in order to view the Summer Reading lists and projects.


Dear Parents and Caregivers, 


Henry Barnard School has a required Summer Reading program for students entering grades 2 through 5.  Summer reading is an essential component of the reading process, which reinforces developing skills.  Our program is designed not only to support and maintain the reading progress your child has made during this academic year, but also to introduce them to topics relevant to the next year’s study.  Most importantly, the reading program is meant to be enjoyable. The attached material explains our program and lists books and projects that the students are expected to complete. Please note: students will read three books and complete one project.



There are several other reading programs in which your child may wish to participate if they wish to do more reading than the required HBS Summer Reading. I've included some suggestions below for your convenience. 

Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominees
The Rhode Island Children's Book Award (RICBA) program nominates 20 titles each spring. These books are selected for students in Grades 3-5. If students are looking for quality children's literature beyond their required Summer Reading, they may wish consult the RICBA 2020 nominees. These books are available at all RI public libraries.  HBS students in Grade 3 must read (or have listened to) a minimum of 3 titles by March in order to be eligible to vote for the RICBA winner (Ms. Nagib will read the RICBA picture books aloud to 3rd grade classes during 2019-20 school year, so 3rd graders do not need to read these books over the summer. It is only mentioned in case they are looking for quality books to read this summer. Students in Grade 4 are asked to read 8 of the RICBA books by February in order to prepare for participation in the 4th Grade Rooster Games, a competition among HBS 4th graders based on information gleaned from the RICBA books. Students in Grade 5 are asked to read 10 of the RICBA books by February in order to prepare for participation in the Rooster Games, a 5th grade competition with Moses Brown school based on information gleaned from the RICBA books.


There are a couple of other reading programs in which your child may wish to participate.  

The State of Rhode Island, Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) also offers a summer reading program at public libraries across Rhode Island. They also provide performances for children throughout the summer. For more information, follow the link below:


Public libraries typically offer summer reading for various ages. Visit or contact your local branch for more information. 

HBS Summer Reading assignments are also available on the HBS Library website.


Happy Reading! 

Holly Nagib, HBS Librarian