Kittredge Summer Reading
2017-2018 Georgia Children's Book Award nominees

Better known as the Reading Bowl books, these books would be a great choice if your student will be interested in trying out for the Kittredge Reading Bowl team in the fall. Print your own list here.

The 2017-2018 Reading Bowl list has been released and as always, there are many wonderful books on this list! Many of the books touch on complicated topics that are relevant to what is happening in our world today. 

Of course, not all of these issues are in one single book, and those present are entwined with other themes such as family, friendship, and courage. These current topics encourage exploration of classic themes like “how do I react to “otherness?” and “things are not always as they seem.” Reading allows students to safely test how they feel about certain issues or people without having to deal with a real-life experience.

Issues explored in these books include (but are not limited to):

 depression & mental illnessgrief & loss  extraterrestrials
 September 11th  robotics orphans & foster homes
 adoption juvenile delinquency prejudice
 transgender people  bullying war & survival
 homelessness gay marriage time travel
 parental & peer acceptance runaways self-acceptance

As always we encourage parents to know what your children are reading and have healthy conversations about their books.

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
As Brave as You
by Jason Reynolds
The Best Man
by Richard Peck
by Kwame Alexander

Drowned City
by Don Brown
by Pam Munoz Ryan
House Arrest
by K.A. Holt
Lily and Dunkin
by Donna Gephart
Once was a Time
by Leila Sales
Orbiting Jupiter
by Gary D. Schmidt

by Sara Pennypacker
Projekt 1065
by Alan Gratz
Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys

The Seventh Most Important Thing
by Shelley Pearsall
Some Kind of Happiness
by Claire Legrand
Waiting for Augusta
by Jessica Lawson
What Elephants Know
by Eric Dinerstein
When Friendship Followed Me Home
by Paul Griffin
Wolf Hollow
by Lauren Wolk
by Karen Harrington

Literary Guild

The Kittredge Literary Guild is a voluntary reading program designed by the first Kittredge Magnet School Librarian, Mrs. Freddie Ford. Although the Literary Guild has undergone many changes over the years, the purpose has remained the same: to expose students to a broad variety of literary styles and authors and to supplement the curriculum and Georgia Performance Standards.

Summer is a great time to finish or get caught up on lists that you didn't complete previously. Each level (Alpha, Beta, Gamma) corresponds to a different grade level (4th, 5th and 6th respectively) with a fourth list (Literary Scholar) that goes above and beyond. Don't try to get too far ahead because the content of many of the books, particularly the historical fiction, correlates to what is being taught in each grade level. 

These are the lists:
Alpha (Fourth Grade)
Beta (Fifth Grade)
Gamma (Sixth Grade)
Literary Scholar (Above and beyond!)

DeKalb County Public Library Summer Reading Program

Learn all about the Summer Reading program offered by the DeKalb County Public Library here.


You can read anywhere, anytime, and virtually anything this summer, because Get Georgia Reading partner myON is delivering thousands of free books to your computer and mobile devices that you can access 24 hours a day—every day—from May 3 through Aug. 31.

You can search from more than 50 different categories and genres, fiction and nonfiction, picture books, graphic novels, chapter books, titles for struggling and reluctant readers, and Spanish and bilingual titles. It’s like having your own personal library right at your fingertips.

Getting started is quick and easy!

Check out this short video with your students for tips on finding and reading great books on myON. Then follow these simple steps to access the myON platform.

1.    Visit to get registered. Under the Job Title field, type in: Reader. Once you have registered, instructions on your county-specific log-in will be sent to you within 24 – 48 hours.
2.    Go to and click the Log In Now button.
3.    Enter the following information:

  • School Name: Get Georgia Reading, Georgia Campaign for Grade Level Reading (Note: DO NOT cut and paste. Start typing “Get Georgia…” and select the school from the drop-down menu.)
  • Username: included in registration instructions
  • Password: included in registration instructions

4.    Click on the Sign In button, select a book, and start reading!

Tip: To be sure your system is myON-ready, click here

Scripps National Spelling Bee: Great Words, Great Works

For the first time this year Scripps National Spelling Bee tied the School Spelling Bee Study List to a list of engaging, grade-appropriate books. This program will continue for next year! When your students return to school in the fall, all of their spelling and vocabulary words will come from the Great Words, Great Works book list. Here is a link to the list.

--Matt Osborn, Teacher-librarian

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