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Celtic Summer Reading 2018

Saint Hedwig School's summer reading program is based on the Catholic Church's Social Justice Themes: Care for God's Creation, Solidarity, Call to Family and Human Dignity. 
 
The Church's social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the modern challenges. 
 
Students will read one assigned book connected to their social justice theme and additional free choice books appropriate for their individual reading level. Upon returning to school in August, students will complete assignments across the curriculum based on the books they read. 
 
Each book below is linked to Amazon Smile. Choose St. Hedwig Catholic School as your charitable organization and the proceeds will benefit our school programs. This list is also available under Celtic Summer Reading 2018 on Amazon. 
 
Care for God's Creation (Grades K-2)
We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God's creation. 
 
Incoming Kindergarten Students: 
Assigned Reading: The Earth Book by Todd Parr
Free Reading: one free choice book to be read together with a parent
 
Incoming First Grade Students: 
Assigned Reading: The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
Free Reading: one free choice book to be read together with a parent
 
Incoming Second Grade Students: 
Assigned Reading: One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul
Free Reading: one free choice book at individual student reading level
 
Solidarity (Grades 3-4)
We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic and ideological differences. We are our brothers' and sisters' keepers, wherever they may be. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. 
 
Incoming Third Grade Students: 
Assigned Reading: Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? by Bonnie Bader
Free Reading: one free choice book at individual student reading level
 
Incoming Fourth Grade Students: 
Assigned Reading: The Earth Dragon Awakes by Lawrence Yep
Free Reading: one free choice book at individual student reading level
 
 
Call to Family (Grades 5-6)
The person is not only sacred but also social. Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. 

 

Incoming Fifth Grade Students: 
Assigned Reading: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Free Reading: one free choice book at individual student reading level

 

Incoming Sixth Grade Students: 
Assigned Reading: Loser by Jerry Spinelli
Free Reading: one free choice book at individual student reading level

 

 

Human Dignity (Grades 7-8)
The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of humans is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching. 

 

Incoming Seventh Grade Students: 
Assigned Reading: Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Free Reading: two free choice books at individual student reading level

 

Incoming Eighth Grade Students: 
Assigned Reading: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Free Reading: two free choice books at individual student reading level