ASIJ iRead Summer Challenge

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Reading Takes You Everywhere!

Reading takes you everywhere, all it takes is a stack of great books and a commitment to read every day. Vacation reading will keep students’ learning moving forward — and there’s no better time for them to develop a lifelong habit of finding pleasure in books. So make books part of your vacation fun. What will your family’s summer reading “story” be?

Don’t forget…summer checkout for the ASIJ elementary library is June 4, 5 and 6!  Students and families can check out a maximum of 25 books each. Books are due back August 24th. Please complete the digital permission form prior to summer check out click here. 

This summer the ASIJ Elementary Library challenges all students in Grades K-5 to take the 10 book ASIJ iRead Challenge:


  1. Complete the reading log.
  2. Send us a virtual postcard of you reading somewhere in the world this summer.
  3. Repeat
  4. Return your summer reading log to the elementary library in August.

iRead Virtual Postcard (click here)

(Click on the reading log above to print.)

RECOMMENDED READING LISTS (click on links to open)

American Library Association

K – Grade 2

Grades 3 – 5

2018 Notable Children’s Books 

Bank Street – Best Children’s Books of the Year

Ages 5-9

Ages 9-12


Preschool – K Reading List

Grades 1 & 2 Reading List

Grades 3 & 4 Reading List

Grade 5 Reading List

International Literacy Association

Teacher’s Choices 2018 Reading List

Children’s Choices 2018 Reading List

Mighty Girls

Summer Reading List


Scholastic’s 50 Brilliant Books for Summer

Looking for your next favorite series? 


Award-Winning Authors Visit the ES

Candace Fleming
Visiting author, Ms. Candace Fleming generously hand-tailored her writing workshops to specifically support ASIJ’s curriculum. Grade four students fast and furiously put their pencils to paper describing a humorous historical fiction scenario: “You and a friend are invited to lunch with Ben Franklin…” Rewriting several scenarios from different points of view provided grade five students with a unique writing challenge. Students pushed themselves as writers to write from the perspective of a mouse, an old man, and a vampire. Most importantly, students in grades four and five were inspired and encouraged to value his or her own ideas and to share with confidence and without fear of failure. Ms. Fleming provided elementary students with an interactive writing experience that left them wanting to write more.
Eric Rohmann
During Mr. Eric Rohmann’s classroom visits with Grades K-2 he used his Caldecott Award-winning books, Timeflies and My Friend Rabbit, to demonstrate how to purposely advance a story using simple text and illustrations. He delighted children by drawing animals, characters, and other creatures on the spot. Students were intrigued that illustrations could come alive using simple lines and shapes. As a guest in the Grade 3 art classes, Mr. Rohmann guided students through the illustration and revision process with a hands-on story sequencing activity.
The week culminated with an authors’ book signing. Many thanks to the PTA for sponsoring another successful authors’ week with acclaimed authors.
Photo credits:  Jarrad Jinks ©ASIJ

Visiting Authors – May 2018

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 Candace Fleming & Eric Rohmann

May 14th – May 18th, 2018

Meet Award-Winning Author –  Eric Rohmann 

Caldecott Medal “My Friend Rabbit” & Caldecott Honor for “Time Flies”

Meet Award-Winning Author –  Candace Fleming


Excerpt from The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary

Book Trailer of The Great and Only Barnum

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