Independent Reading

This page is designed to give students, teachers, and parents advice on quality reading material for teens. It combines some reliable online resources, local Glastonbury resources, and the Smith Library Media Specialists’ picks.

NOTE: As always, parents are invited and encouraged to monitor and speak with their children about the books they are selecting to read. Teachers and librarians will suggest books to read if the student requires or requests suggestions. No book for this initiative will be required reading.

SMS Independent Reading Initiative

Below is the rationale for sustained silent reading in the middle school.

Independent Reading Initiative

Mr. Landry's Reading Suggestions

The list is for list lovers that want suggestions. No requirements attached.

SMS 2019 summer reading list final by Author (1).xlsx

7th Grade Independent Choice Unit

Below are the book titles offered to students during this unit.

Independent Choice Titles

SMS Teacher Picks!

Teacher Champions and the book that they will read this summer.

Summer Reading 2019: Teacher Picks

Quality Reading Resources

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is the branch of the American Library Association (ALA) that specializes in everything “Teen.”

The library has created a database for checking the order of titles in your favorite young adult series. It can be searched by author, book title, or series title.

Smith Middle School students are encouraged to participate in the Nutmeg Book Awards program every year in several ways:

  • All Nutmeg titles are added to the summer reading list.
  • In June, Nutmeg books are highlighted in “summer reading” book talks conducted by the Library Media Specialist and the Welles Turner Young Adult librarian.
  • Nutmeg Book Award banners are distributed to all English teachers every year.
  • Students may write reviews of the Nutmeg books to earn extra credit in English class.
  • Students who have read two or more of the Nutmeg Book Award nominees are invited to vote for his/her favorite in May.

The Teen Librarian at Welles Turner Library has put together a great collection of online resources to help teens and their parents find good books to read.