Milton Academy’s Lower School students enjoy two libraries on campus—the Loizeaux Reading Room in the Junior Building, serving students in Kindergarten through Grade 2, and the Perry Reading Room, located in the Caroline Saltonstall Building, serving students in Grades 3 through 5.

Beginning in Kindergarten, students use dedicated library time each week—guided by teachers and Milton’s Lower School librarian—to inspire a love of reading and an appreciation of wide-ranging literature. Younger students find reading readiness support and begin the habit of exploring a book collection, and selecting books to read and share. As students are read to aloud or begin to read themselves, they strengthen listening comprehension skills and strengthen deductive and letter recognition skills.

Students experience literature from around the world that supports and enhances what they’re learning about in science, mathematics, and central thematic studies. Older students begin to learn important library research skills that will prepare them for the Middle and Upper School. Older students also expand their literacy skills to include visual literacy through photography, and book evaluation and review, through the Grade 3 Caldecott Medal unit and Grade 5 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award unit.

Milton’s Lower School librarian is a rich resource for teachers as they choose literature to augment classwork and select books for Milton’s time-honored summer reading program, which launches innovative and enriching curricular work for students in each grade every fall.

Milton’s Lower School libraries support a range of reading levels, and students beginning in Grade 1 may check books out of the library, which we encourage them to share with their families at home during nightly reading time.

What Will You Find on the Summer Reading Lists?

A mix of recently published titles and tried and true favorites
Most of the books on the summer reading lists are available in paperback, although the newer ones are only in hardcover.

A range of reading levels
If your child is struggling at all when reading a book, make it into a read-aloud and move on to another book on the list. A “just-right” book should not be at a more challenging instructional level, but at your child’s comfort level. Also, please don’t forget that picture books are for the whole family. The most important thing to remember is that summer reading should be fun. One of the best things you can do is to set aside daily reading time for you and your child and make it special.

Summer Reading Lists
Summer reading lists for grades K–5

Cox Library Research Resources

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