• Summer Reading 2020

     SMS Summer Reading 2020!

    Are you looking to get away but cannot do it physically?

    Then grab some great literature: either a book, eBook, or audiobook.

    Expectations for incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders 

    • Read as often and as many books as possible.
    • Freedom of choice! There are no assigned books or lists; however, there are resources below to aid in your search.

         Book Notes: Students should list books read along with notes.

    • Write a quick paragraph that details the main characters, the overall story arch, thoughts, and some favorite moments.

         In September: Teachers will use different formats for students to share their summer reading.


    I'm headed to the High School, what should I do?

    Incoming 9th graders use this list: Grade 9 Summer Reading for Sept 2020.pdf


    Reading Resources
    Explore these links to get ideas for great new books to read!

    • I have pulled together a list of recent and most popular books to get everyone started. It is in a Word document with a Navigation window on the left to find books by genre and grades. The PDF does not have a navigation pane.


    • Young Adult Library Services Associationhttp://booklists.yalsa.net/ While these books have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, the award-winning titles and the titles on YALSA's selected lists span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We encourage adults to take an active role in helping individual teens choose those books that are the best fit for them and their families.


    • New York State Suggested Reading Lists: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/explore.htm
      This summer, have fun exploring New York's history, diversity and culture. These four reading lists are designed for reading enjoyment, to provide a "flavor" of New York and spark an interest in the fascinating story of New York State.


    • Good Reads Middle School Book Listshttps://www.goodreads.com/list/tag/middle-schoolWe may not be planning our reading for far-flung destinations, but these books will transport you to anywhere their pages take you! So, get ready for a season of great reading, even if the only place you travel is in your imagination.


    • LibraryThinghttps://www.librarything.com/
      Type in books you are reading or have enjoyed to find many other titles. Click around on different genres to explore more!


    • What Should I Read Next?https://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/
      Enter a book you like and the site will analyze our huge database of real readers' favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.



    Where can I find books suggested to me?

    Physical copies may be a challenge to find, but do not fret, there are online resources to help! While no single resource will have all the books you are looking for, nor all books are either eBooks or audiobooks, these are bound to have one of the books you want. * Denote best places to start.


    *Sora: LOG in using CLEVER. This is a great source that is a part of the Onedrive system and is geared for students and school use. Libby is just an application that is outside of the school system.

    • Access through Clever and select Sora to login to Soraapp.com.
    • Select your school - Somers Central School District.
    • Add a library - Westchester Library System
    • Borrow or hold a book and reselect your school - voilá - no library card!

    *Internet Archive: archive.org A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.


    *Somers Public Librarysomerslibrary.org You will need a library card. If you do not have one click here to apply online - https://somerslibrary.org/librarycard.asp


    Audiblehttps://stories.audible.com/start-listen Access titles across six different languages. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.


    TUMBLE BOOKS (K-12) Access open until 8/31/20. Unlimited access from home. Works on any device. No check-outs. No holds. No bulky downloads. No book limits.


    Epichttps://www.getepic.com/sign-in Access 40,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes & more. Digital library ages 12 and under (K-7). Sign up for a 30 day free trial.


    The below require a library card (https://somerslibrary.org/librarycard.asp)

    OverDrive/Libby: https://www.overdrive.com/ A downloadable audiobook and eBook service offered by the Westchester Library System. Overdrive is the web-based system, whereas Libby is an app for devices. 

    Freading: https://somerslibrary.freading.com/index A downloadable eBook service offered by the Westchester Library System.

    RB Digital Audiobooks: https://westchesterny.rbdigital.com/ Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks and a key provider of digital content to the library and school market. Books and Audiobooks titles from major publishing houses are distributed along with exclusive audiobooks titles produced by Recorded Books and narrated by professional, award-winning actors. 

    New York Public Library: https://www.nypl.org/books-music-movies/ebookcentral Access to digital collections: audiobooks and ebooks. remote-resources It also has a link to apply for a library card digitally if you are a NY resident.


    Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions: jbenedetto@somersschools.org 




    Mr. Benedetto

    Teacher-Librarian Media Specialist