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Why should your child read in the summer?

Reading can be one of the many fun activities children fill their summer time with. Research has shown it to be so much more! Children who participate in summer reading programs not only avoid the “summer slide” in learning, but also score higher on reading achievement tests than those who do not participate. Students who find a love for reading early in age succeed in reading later in life. Research shows that if your child reads at least 5 books they will most likely avoid the summer slide.


Below you will find many ways to encourage your child to read.


Children between 3 years and going into 5th grade can sign up at the Summer Reading Table in the Children’s area! Join us every Tuesday for a movie, and every Thursday for crafts! This year’s theme is LIBRARIES ROCK! 

You can join at anytime!
The Baldwinsville Public Library is located at 33 East Genesee Street in the heart of Baldwinsville.

The Baldwinsville School District has made it easy for all students from pre-k through high school to read this summer through a free program called myOn.

OCM BOCES School Library System is participating in the myOn digital library, which gives students access to thousands of books that can be read on computers, laptops and other devices. You can read anywhere, anytime on any device! You can also download books onto your device for times when you have no internet access. Kids can read the books or have the books read to them on their reading level.  Many great books to choose from!

All Elden students left for the summer with a username and password for their log on and will have already have taken a short quiz to determine their reading level. myON will store that information to recommend books based on their level of reading. myON can be accessed online or you may download the app on your home device.

Click here for directions to access myOn.


Kindergarten - 1st grade Reading List

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By: Bill Martin Jr
Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type By: Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin
Frederick By: Leo Lionni
Frog and Toad series By: Arnold Lobell
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie By: Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond
Knuffle Bunny By: Mo Willems
Junie B. Jones By: Barbara Park
The Rainbow Fish By: Marcus Pfister
The Story of Ferdinand By: Munro Leaf & Robert Lawson
Elephant & Piggie series By: Mo Willems
The Rainbow Fish By: Marcus Pfister

2nd- 3rd grade Reading List

Puppy Place books by Ellen Miles
Owl Diaries series by Rebecca Elliot
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osbourne
Rainbow Magic Series By: Linda Chapman
The Never Girls Series By: Kiki Thorpe
The Kicks series by Alex Morgan
Flora and Ulysses By: Kate DiCamillo
Geronimo Stilton Series By: Geronimo Stilton
Captain Awesome Series By: Stan Kirby


4th - 5th grade Reading List

Harry Potter series By: JK Rowling
Wonder By: R.J Palacio
The Fourteenth Goldfish By: Jennifer L Holm
Hatchet By: Gary Paulsen
Holes By: Louis Sachar
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe By: C.S. Lewis
Inside Out & Back Again By: Thanhha Lai
Smile By: Raina Telgemeier
Tuck Everlasting By: Natalie Babbitt
Middle School Series By: James Patterson