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Recommended Summer Learning 2024


Research shows that students not engaged in educational activities over the summer can lose about 20% of their gains in reading and 27% of their gains in math. As your student moves to the next grade, we are offering a variety of suggested math and reading activities for students to complete over the summer months.

As an incentive, students may earn one 100-point daily grade in math and/or reading in August for completing one or more summer activities.

Suggested Activities:

1. IXL: Each student will be assigned the IXL Summer Boost suggested skills in Math and Reading. Students will use their IXL logins. They will then go under skill plans and click on Math Summer Boost or Reading Summer Boost. These have been selected according to the grade they have just completed. Students can also work on any skills under recommendations.

2. Read: Teachers have provided a list of favorite books for each grade level. Students can choose from the list and turn in the attached form when they return in August.

3. Math Packets: Attached are math packets for rising 3rd- 6th graders. These can be worked through over the summer months and returned on the first day of school.

2nd Grade:
  1. Amelia Bedelia
  2. Frog and Toad
  3. Geronimo Stilton
  4. Henry and Mudge
  5. The Bad Guys
  6. Magic Tree House
  7. The Giving Tree
  8. Flat Stanley
  9. Junie B. Jones
  10. Stellaluna
  11. Ralph and the Motorcycle
3rd Grade:
  1.  The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  2.  Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  3.  Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel by Nikki Grimes
  4.  Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  5.  Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
  6.  Stuart Little by E.B. White
  7.  The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  8.  The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney
  9.  Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes
  10.  Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
  11. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
  12. Stage Fright by Ann M. Martin
4th Grade:
  1. Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
  2. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by EL Konigsbury
  3. Homework Machine by Dan Gutman 
  4. A River Ran Wild (Lynn Cherry) NF 
  5. Super Fudge (Judy Blume) 
  6. Sarah, Plain and Tall (Patricia MacLachlan) 
  7. Snow Treasure (Marie McSwigan) 
  8. The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate) 
  9. Inside Out and Back Again (Thanhha Lai) 
  10. Bud Not Buddy (Christopher Paul Curtis) 
  11. Fish in a Tree (Lynda Mullaly Hunt) 
  12. Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented (Tanya Lee Stone) NF 
  13. The United States vs Jackie Robinson (R. Gregory Christie) NF 
  14. The Hockey Rink Hunt (Mike Lupica) 
  15. The Turtle Ship (Rhee Helena Ku) NF 
  16. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah (Laurie Ann Thompson) NF
5th-6th Grade:
  1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  2. Holes
  3. The Phantom Tollbooth
  4. A Wrinkle in Time
  5. The Pearl
  6. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
  7. Frindle by Andrew Clements
  8. Dolphin Freedom by Wayne Grover
  9. Any of the Who Was... books by Margaret Frith
  10. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
StR Book Log 
Download and print the book log form which can be completed for every book a student reads.




Find helpful tips from the StR Academic Planning Committee in the PowerPoint below:



Jackson/Hinds Library System (Includes ALL libraries in the Jackson/Hinds areas)

  • Summer reading program kicks off June 1st
  • Register online OR in person
  • Access the Calendar of Events with detailed information on what is planned at each  location
  • Access information in person at any library in the Jackson/Hinds Area OR
  • Access online at
  • Phone # 601-968-5825


Rankin, Scott, Simpson and Smith Library System (Includes ALL the libraries in the Flowood, Brandon and Pearl areas)

  • Summer reading program kicks off June 1st
  •  Register online OR in person
  •  Access the Calendar of Events with detailed information on what is planned at each location by using the EVENTS TAB (from this tab you be able to view the master calendar or choose a calendar at a specific location.
  •  Access information in person at any library in this system - there are calendars and pamphlets available at all locations OR
  • Access online at
  •  Phone # 601-825-0100


Madison County Library System (Includes Elsie E. Jurgens Library)