Summer Reading

Lower School Reading Requirement (K-4)

Dear Students,

Summer has arrived, and I want to encourage all of you to enjoy the days away from school.   While you are away on vacation, it is a wonderful time to do some reading. Reading is an important skill that helps you learn better in all subjects.

When you return to school in August, bring your summer reading packet and turn it in to your classroom teacher.  You will be paid "big bucks" for the reading assignments you complete.  You can then spend your big bucks at Mrs. Budge’s World Marketplace.  There will be interesting treats from all over the world for you to purchase.

Have a wonderful summer.

Mrs. Budge,
Lower School Director

Lower School Reading Packets (PK-3)

The following correspond to the grades the students will be entering in the fall.

Middle School Reading Requirements (5-8)

Middle school students (grades 5-8) must complete the summer reading requirement prior to the first day of school.  This requirement consists of reading two books in English and one in Arabic.  The books in English must be selected from our Reading list (please click here.)  

Incoming 8th graders have the option of choosing a classic that is not on the list after getting it approved by Ms. Shah, 7th and 8th grade English & History teacher.

For one of the English books, they must write on an index card the following information: Title of the book, author, main characters and a short summary. For the other book, they must follow the requirements below depending on their grade level. 

Arabic books can be purchased online at or Jarir Bookstore in Anaheim, or borrowed from Pasadena Public Library.

5th-7th Grade English Book Report Template

8th Grade English Book Report Requirement 

You will choose the following option for one of the books you read during summer:

1. Create a cartoon version of the book you have just finished.

Use a tool like Creaza, Piki Kids, or Kerpoof to inject a little fun into the book report. You can create a short cartoon or comic strip summarizing the book you just read. Include key characters from the book as well as the problem and solution. If there are no appropriate background templates to fit the book you have just finished, you can tell the story in the form of an interview between two characters or choose a cartoon character to review the book.


2. Create a short video clip about the book.

You can either use an online tool to create this video or simply do a video recording to create an interview type show where you will interview characters in the book, create a short movie trailer for the book, or actually have characters act out portions of the book.

Arabic Book Report Requirements

Arabic Book Report Template for Beginners.pdf  (This is for all incoming 5th graders as well as beginner students in grades 6-8.)

Arabic Book Report Template.pdf

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