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Founded in 1866, Fay serves 475 students in Pre-K through grade nine on its 66-acre campus in Southborough, Massachusetts.


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Great Summer Reads for 5-8 Year-Olds

Posted by Fay School on May 28, 2020 12:06:07 PM

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This summer may be different from the usual routine, but one way to make those long days fly by is with a good book. At the close of each school year, Fay School's librarians curate lists for the students in each of our divisions (Kindergarten - Grade 2, Grades 3-6, and Grades 7-9). These books are designed to challenge and inform - but, most importantly, to entertain, and to reinforce the joy of reading.

Here's the Summer 2020 list of recommended books compiled by Primary School Librarian Carol Knowles. This summer's theme is "The Wonder and Beauty of the Outdoors," and the selection features fiction and non-fiction focusing on our natural world.


Beach TailThe Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams
Birdsong by Julie Flett
Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris
Birdsongs by Betsy Franco
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Camp Tiger by Susan Choi
The Camping Trip by Jennifer K. Mann          
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe
Flotsam by David Wiesner
Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger
Gone Camping by Tamera Will Wissinger
Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall  
The Honeybee by Kristen Hal
The Hike by Alison Farrell
Hey, Water! by Antionette Porter
Jules vs. the Ocean by Jessie Sima
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Miss Maple's Seeds by Eliza Wheeler
Outside In by Debra Underwood
Prairie Days by Patricia MacLachlan
Poppy & Sam & the Leaf Mystery by Cathon
Poppy & Sam and the Mole Mystery by Cathon
Sally Goes to Beach by Stephen Huneck       
Sam and the Firefly by P.D. Eastman
A Stone Sat Still by Brendan Wenzel 
Summer Song by Kevin Henke
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Linstrom          
What About Worms!? by Ryan T. Higgins & Mo Willems


Beetle is SHyA Beetle is Shy by Dianna Hutts Aston
Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart
Inky’s Amazing Escape by Sy Montgomery   
Living Color by Steven Jenkins
Up in the Garden Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner
Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner
Outside Your Window by Nicola Davies
Owling: Enter the World of the Mysterious Birds of the Night by Mark Wilson
What Lives in a Shell? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Wilderness: Earth's Amazing Habitats by Mia Cassany         
Woodpecker Wham! by April Pulley Syre
Seashells: More Than a Home by Melissa Stewart                


Boy Who Drew BirdsThe Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon by Jacqueline Davies
Buzzing with Questions: The Inquisitive Mind of Charles Henry Turner by Janice N. Harrington
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne                
Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement by Stephanie Roth Sisson
The Tree Lady by Joseph H. Hopkins 
The Watcher: The Story of Jane Goodall by Jeanette Winter


Chapter Books (for reading aloud)

Secret GardenThe Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame






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