SUMMER READING 2019girls reading


Palm Springs Middle School


1025 West 56 Street

Hialeah, FL 33012


Mr. Torres




Dear Parent:


Miami-Dade County Public Schools recognizes the importance of ensuring that students continue to strengthen reading skills and develop a passion for reading beyond the time they spend in school. Cultivating pleasurable reading helps build vocabulary and enriches students’ knowledge base. In addition, increased independent summer reading of both fiction and non-fiction books helps prepare students to be successful in meeting more rigorous academic standards as we transition to Language Arts Florida Standards.


Summer reading provides students with an opportunity for recreational reading, personal exploration, and continued intellectual growth. It may also serve as an essential component of the instructional process in schools. Research shows that students who are actively engaged in reading throughout the summer demonstrate improved academic performance during the following school year.


Attached to this flyer is a list of titles for summer reading. Additionally, we have included activities for your child to do during the summer to enhance the reading and learning experience. Your child must read one of the books assigned to their grade level and complete the two activities. Books may be purchased at book stores such as Barnes and Noble or through online retailers such as,, or, or you may find them at your local library.


girl reading   Titles selected for the Summer Reading List reflect age appropriate literature representing diverse cultures, different genres, and varying perspectives.  Titles have been arranged by grade level to assist you or your child in making appropriate reading choices.



boy reading   The suggested activities are reflective of different learning styles and several of them focus on high-order tasks. They are included to help enhance the reading experience.                     


2019 PSM Summer Reading List

Incoming 8th Graders

Novel Author Genre
Romiette and Julio Sharon Draper Multicultural Fiction
Treasure Hunters James Patterson Fiction / Adventure

Incoming 8th Graders in Intensive Reading

The Leanin’ Dog K. A. Nuzum Fiction / Adventure

Incoming 7th Graders

Novel Author Genre
The Girl Who Drank the Moon Kelly Barnhill Fantasy
Treasure Hunters James Patterson Fiction / Adventure

Incoming 7th Graders in Intensive Reading

True Confessions Janet Tashjian Fiction

Incoming 6th Graders

Novel Author Genre
Anything But Typical Nora Raleigh Baskins Fiction
Treasure Hunters James Patterson Fiction / Adventure




The activities below are used to enhance the summer reading experience for students. The activities are reflective of different learning styles and focus on high-order tasks

as required by Language Arts Florida Standards. The Summer Reading Assignments are due the first week of school and will count as the first two grades in Language Arts. The student must read one book and complete activity #1 and activity #2.

Your child must read one of the books assigned to their grade level and complete the two activities.


Activity #1: Design a T-shirt

  • Purchase a plain t-shirt or use an old one. (preferably white)


  • Gather old markers and/or crayons or purchase fabric glue or paint


  • Decorate your t-shirt to promote your book and write a jingle to sell it.


  • Use words and/or pictures that highlight a character, scene, theme, plot, main idea or a combination of several attributes about the book.


  • Write your name and the jingle on an index card.


  • Be creative and neat. These will be worn on a specific date.


Activity #2: Character Diary

  • At the top left-hand corner of the page, type your full name (last name, first name), the title of the book (capitalized and italicized), and the words Character Diary.


  • Use Arial font style, 12” font size and double space all lines of print.


  • Write at least six journal entries as if you were the main character in the story. Write about events that happen during the story and reflect on how they affected you (the character) and why.


  • All reflections should be four to six sentences in length and should be numbered and dated.