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Summer Reading Program


The Covenant Preparatory School is pleased to announce the 5th Anniversary of our Summer Reading Challenge! This program provides a great way to encourage students to read throughout the summer. We hope that you will encourage your child to accept the challenge this summer as he or she continues to grow and develop into a Covenant Knight reader who adheres to the wisdom of Paul when he wrote: Finally brother and sister, whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable and praiseworthy, think of the these things. (Philippians 4:8)

The format is the same as in years past with students reading books chosen from an approved reading list and providing a brief written summary of the book they read. Please keep in mind that the Summer Challenge is designed to help students develop and strengthen their independent reading skills. All students participating in the Summer Challenge will be recognized at a special awards program when we return to school this fall. At this program, students will receive a participation certificate and medals based on their level of participation. The top THREE readers from each grade will be recognized for their achievements at a special celebration dinner held in September.

A hard copy of your child’s Summer Challenge reading lists was sent home with him/her before the end of school. For your convenience, all grade level literature lists, rules, reading logs and participation forms are available below. 

Unless specified by your incoming grade level teachers, the program is optional.  However, we strongly encourage all students to participate in this year’s 2019 Summer Reading Challenge in order to help maintain their reading progress.



First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Supplemental Reading List (coming after June 1st)





In an effort to better meet the reading challenges for our 5th and 6th grade students, we are changing up the list to include ONLY books which have received the Newbery Awards or the Scott O’Dell Awards. 

The 2019 goals for 5th and 6th grade students will be based on the number of books read rather than number of pages.  Summaries are still required for all books read to meet Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Level.  Please use Reading Logs (found above) to complete summaries.  There is no need to include number of pages. 

Once Silver is reached, students may read ANY book of their choice (on or off the awards list).   Once Gold is reached, students do NOT need to submit a written summary with any additional books they choose to read.  All students who participate (minimum of 1 book) will be recognized when school reconvenes in August.  Medals will be handed out at this time.  In addition, top three Gold winners in both grades will be invited to a special Celebration event to be held in September.  (If there is a tie, page numbers will determine the top winners.)

Here is what students need to read to reach each level: 

Bronze Medal  =      3 books from either Newbery or Scott O’Dell Award List

Silver Medal    =      5 books from either Newbery or Scott O’Dell Award List

Gold Medal     =     Silver medal PLUS an additional 3+ books (*)

 (*) Additional books can be read from Award Lists provided OR free choice of any book that is at least 200 pages and written at a 4th grade or above reading level.

See below for the lists with notations made on both lists of recommended books and books that should NOT be read. In addition, I have put together a list of eleven recommended Newbery Award winners that span over ten decades of writing.  

Scott O’Dell Award List

Newbery Award List 

Eleven Newbery Award Winners

I hope in changing the selections, that your 5th or 6th grade student will find a greater selection of books that will meet their reading interest.   To help students with their reading, the Covenant library will be open every Tuesday in June and July (except July 2) from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.  All students are welcome to stop by, check out a book and/or get help in finding the "next" book! 

May your summer be filled with great times and great books!