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Family Reading Night

J.E.S. Family Reading Project 2020

Details about this year's Project are coming soon!



Dear J.E.S. Families,


It’s time again for the Family Reading Project!  Our thanks go out to our P.T.A., who is generously helping to sponsor this project!  Here’s how it works:


I decide on a theme for this year’s event and find 4-5 books of varying reading levels to go along with the theme.  This year’s theme is   ????


You and your child decide which book you would like to read together.  A student may read with any adult in their household.  Please note that I sorted the books with the easier reads first, but also by theme.  Themes that are appropriate for 6th graders might not be for 1st graders!


Now comes the fun part:  reading with your family!  Try reading aloud a chapter (or three  J) each night! Or take turns reading, so everyone gets a chance!  Have your student read to you while you’re driving!  Try reading aloud while doing chores; it makes housework much more fun.  What other ideas can you think of? 


Come to our Family Reading Night, currently scheduled for Tuesday, January ??, from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.  We’ll share cookies, juice, potluck desserts, and, best of all, we’ll talk about the books we’ve read!


On the back of this paper is the list of books with a short description.  Your student will receive his/her book once the contract is signed and returned.  Your family will get to keep this book for your home library!



Cut here.  Save the top to remind you of the date and time  J


Student’s Name: _____________________________________________________ Grade: _________

Adult:  __________________________________ Teacher:  ___________________________________

Our choice for Family reading night:

  1. ___________________________________________________________
  2. ___________________________________________________________


We will be happy to bring (circle one)       Juice          Cookies          Other Dessert


Read Together:


Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight by Wendy Mass


Archie Morningstar learns a big family secret and helps save the universe. All before breakfast!

It's not every day a regular kid like Archie gets to wake up at midnight. But today is Take Your Kid to Work Day, and Archie is finally allowed to ride along in his dad's taxi cab. He has been waiting eight years, eight months, and eight days for this moment to arrive.

But he's about to discover his dad is no ordinary cab driver...In fact, he drives an intergalactic space taxi! All night long, he shuttles aliens from one corner of the universe to another. And being a space taxi copilot is no easy task: Archie must steer them into wormholes, keep them from crashing into planets, deal with a very unusual cat...and save the universe from an evil mastermind!


Stink: Solar System Superhero  by Megan McDonald


When Stink learns that Pluto has flunked out of the Milky Way for being too shrimpy, he feels like he might just explode with a Big Bang. Stink has no choice but to take a stand for the sake of little planets (and little people) everywhere. Will he be smart enough to defeat a panel of big-shot scientists? Will he be strong enough to beat know-it-all Riley Rottenberger and her "Team KPB"? Will he succeed in rescuing Pluto from a fate worse than being swallowed by a black hole? Start the countdown for a funny (and very informative) out-of-this-world adventure — and prepare to have your universe rocked!



More Advanced:


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle


It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.



For Explorers


Space Case  by Stuart Gibbs


Like his fellow lunarnauts—otherwise known as Moonies—living on Moon Base Alpha, twelve-year-old Dashiell Gibson is famous the world over for being one of the first humans to live on the moon.  And he’s bored out of his mind. Kids aren’t allowed on the lunar surface, meaning they’re trapped inside the tiny moon base with next to nothing to occupy their time—and the only other kid Dash’s age spends all his time hooked into virtual reality games.

Then Moon Base Alpha’s top scientist turns up dead. Dash senses there’s foul play afoot, but no one believes him. Everyone agrees Dr. Holtz went onto the lunar surface without his helmet properly affixed, simple as that. But Dr. Holtz was on the verge of an important new discovery, Dash finds out, and it’s a secret that could change everything for the Moonies—a secret someone just might kill to keep...


Cosmic  by Frank Cottrell Boyce


Liam has always felt a bit like he's stuck between two worlds. This is primarily because he's a twelve-year-old kid who looks like he's about thirty. Sometimes it's not so bad, like when his new principal mistakes him for a teacher on the first day of school or when he convinces a car dealer to let him take a Porsche out on a test drive. But mostly it's just frustrating, being a kid trapped in an adult world. And so he decides to flip things around. Liam enters a contest with his friend Florida posing as his daughter.  The prize?  To get onto the first spaceship to take civilians into space, a special flight for a group of kids and an adult chaperone, and he is going as the adult chaperone. It's not long before Liam, along with the kids, is stuck between two worlds again—only this time he's 239,000 miles from home.


Book Blurbs modified from Barnes & Noble website, with thanks