Summer Reading and Math K-8

  • To help practice reading and math skills over the summer, please click the appropriate links below to access activities and requirements for students in grades K-8.

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Math

Middle School Reading

  • Dear Parents and Guardians:

    The summer is a great time to relax and enjoy reading at your own pace about topics that interest you. The more we read, the better readers and writers we become. Students who read actively, often, and widely:

    • Increase their fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
    • Experience greater success in school by developing literacy skills that support critical reading of all texts.
    • Broaden their experience, knowledge, and understanding of the larger world.
    • Develop lifelong reading habits.

    In order to promote reading proficiency, continued reading must occur throughout the summer. By doing so, our students will become more capable and enthusiastic readers and will find greater success in school. Therefore, Charles Boehm, Pennwood, and William Penn Middle Schools have developed a summer reading program in which students are required to read two of the following books and/or magazines articles of their choice. After reading the books or articles, students will create a summer reading project about one of them using the directions provided. Directions regarding the choice projects are listed below. The project is due the second week of school to the Language Arts teachers in grades 6 and 7 and the English teachers in grade 8. The project will count as a homework assignment for the first marking period.

    If you are looking for additional reading activities, public libraries are an invaluable resource. In particular, the Levittown and Yardley free libraries offer fun activities designed to support summer reading. Check out our summer reading newsletter for more information.

    Let’s make reading a habit of heart and mind. Have a happy and healthy summer!


    Travis Bloom

    Derek Majikas

    Corey Turkish




    Charles Boehm


    William Penn



    Summer Project Options

    Please choose one of the following projects to complete for one of the books/magazine articles you read this summer.

    • Book Cover/Magazine Cover: Using an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper, design an original cover for the text that you've read. On the front cover, please include the title of the text that you've read, the name of the author, and a picture (can be hand-drawn or computer-generated) that illustrates an important event from the text. On the back cover, please include a one-paragraph summary of the text. Beneath the summary, write one original review which gives your opinion of the text. (1-2 sentences in length).
    • Newspaper Article: Write a newspaper article (2-4 paragraphs in length) about a particular event in your book or magazine article. Remember to include the who, what, when, where, why, and how. Include a "photograph" (can be hand-drawn or computer-generated) with a caption to accompany your article.
    • Collage: Using a paper/poster board no larger than 9 x 12, create a collage using pictures and words based on the following criteria depending on the type of text read. Be sure to include the title of the book/article, the author's name, and your name.

      • For a novel, include:
        • Major events
        • Setting
        • Your reaction to the book

      • For magazine articles, include:
        • Interesting facts
        • New vocabulary words
        • Your reaction to the article

    • Bookmark: (Click here for a bookmark template) Create a two-sided bookmark including the following components of the story:
      • Your name
      • Title
      • Author
      • Overall rating the of the book (1-4 stars) with an explanation of your opinion
      • Two personal connections made while reading
      • Three questions that came to mind while reading
      • If you read a fictional piece, include the theme (message) of the selection.
      • If you read a nonfiction selection, list five interesting facts.

    • Screencastify: Create a Screencastify advertising your favorite summer read. Be sure to include the title, author's name, your name, and three reasons why this is your favorite summer read.

    Where to find digital texts:

    • MackinVia 
      • MackinVIA access:

        Did you know that you have access to MackinVIA throughout the summer? If a book from the list below is available to use as an eBook or audiobook, it will be in the MackinVIA group called Suggested Books for Summer Reading. You can read or listen on your Chromebook, or you can download the MackinVIA app to your personal laptop, tablet, or phone and use your Pennsbury login to access everything on MackinVIA all summer long.

    • Bucks County Free Library (e-library)
    • Click here to apply for a Bucks County Free Library Card.  

    Suggested books for Summer Reading 2024

    All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat

    Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio

    Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson

    Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

    Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson

    Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

    The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

    Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

    Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo 

    Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams 

    Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

    I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

    King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender 

    Lines of Courage by Jennifer Nielsen

    Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina 

    Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir by Pedro Martin

    New Kid by Jerry Craft

    The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

    The Not-So-Boring Letters of Private Nobody by Matthew Landis

    One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

    Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

    The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

    The Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings

    Restart by Gordon Korman

    Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz

    Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Barzelay Stelson

    Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

    Soar by Joan Bauer

    Stranded by Ben Mikaelsen

    The Boys in the Boat by Gregory Mone

    The Strangers by Margaret Peterson 

    Haddix Tesla's Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman To the End of the World and Beyond by Avi

    Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin

    When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

    When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

    Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry

    Suggested Authors:

    Laurie Halse Anderson, Avi, Alan Gratz, Nikki Grimes Gordon Korman, Mike Lupica, Walter Dean Myers, Jason Reynolds, Jordan Sonnenblick, Jacqueline Woodson

    Suggested Series:

    Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard – Rick Riordan

    Seeds of America Trilogy – Laurie Halse Anderson

    Sisters Grimm – Michael Buckley

    New Kid – Jerry Craft



Middle School Math