summer reading


Reading to your child every day, encouraging them to read, and letting them see you reading are all ways to help your student succeed. Even 15-20 minutes matters! Be sure to sign your monthly reading contract calendar to track progress and earn classroom rewards.

For animal lovers, check out the Peninsula Humane Society’s Paws for Tales program which allows children to improve their reading skills by reading aloud to therapy dogs. Practicing in a relaxed, fun environment where they don’t feel self-conscious (puppies don’t judge!) will build reading confidence.

If you do buy books for your reader, remember that shopping at supports our school!

Reading Resources

Our skilled & supportive Henry Ford Elementary school teachers, librarian, and reading recovery teacher are always available to answer any questions you have about your student’s reading. They can help you figure out what “level” will reinforce and/or challenge your child, and you can look up books accordingly at


Is your child reading a good book that they’d like to recommend to classmates? Fill out this form and we’ll share Student Selections on our website. S/he might even get featured in our newsletter!

Summer Reading

As we look forward to the end of a great school year, start preparing your students for summer reading & learning! Be on the look out for suggested reading lists from Henry Ford Elementary teachers, and details for “Read to a Teacher” event(s) during the summer.

Our Redwood City libraries always run an amazing summer challenge with reading prizes and weekly drawings for museum passes. More info will be published here.

Barnes & Noble has a summer program for kids to earn a free book. Print a journal for each student, read & write about 8 books, then turn in to a local store (closest one is at Sequoia Station) to choose a free book. There are some good ones on the list like a silly Judy Moody and a thriller by John Grisham!

You hate it, but your kids love it. Chuck E Cheese has a year-round reading program. Read daily for 2 weeks and earn 10 tokens! Download a Reading Reward Calendar in English | Espanol 

Do you know of any other summer reading programs? Share in comments below!

Project Cornerstone book List

The books on this list complement the Project Cornerstone program. Read these alongside your child to continue the conversation started in the classroom or to reinforce the social emotional tools students have learned.

We’ve created handy shopping lists on Amazon:

PTA Picks

Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

Teacher Recommendations

Proceeds from Amazon Affiliate links on this page go to Henry Ford Elementary PTA

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