100 Books Initiative
Formally recognizing our commitment to fine literature and developing lifelong learners.
Library Director, Summer Reading UNC-Greensboro—B.S.
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Recent research indicates that extensive and engaged reading helps students develop stronger writing skills, larger vocabularies, better communication skills, and increases empathy. The 100 Books Initiative formally recognizes our commitment to fine literature and developing lifelong learners. This is a collaboration between family, school, and student ownership, as we all have a part to play in creating a shared literature experience among our students at a high level. Graduating from Ellis Hall will afford every student the opportunity to share in this experience, as well as to be recognized for additional effort in pursuing these goals at a higher level.
100 Book List for Lower School
The list of 100 books is representative of a North Cross Lower School education, but is by no means exhaustive. The list was created to provide an overview that will give our families a feel for the richness of the literature available in their children's lives each day here at North Cross. Like our Lower School curriculum, this list represents a variety of subject areas, literary styles, and artistic styles. These books support a range of curriculum areas while also representing a wide array of cultural backgrounds, ideas, and experiences. In addition to the diversity of titles, these books are used in every subject area, including those such as art and guidance and in our library classes. Many of them are award winners, having been named as Newbery, Caldecott, or Coretta Scott King Award winners, to name a few.
Eighty-five of the books on this list are covered by our curriculum in Lower School, but in creating this list we felt it would also be representative of our Lower School curriculum if we included a few books that would allow our students to extend themselves even further. It is always our goal to help students go beyond even where they might believe they can go, and this 100 Books Initiative is no exception. Thus, we have included fifteen books that students will have the option to read on their own beginning in about third grade.
Entries in bold are required as part of the Summer Reading program. Books read independently to earn the 100 Book Certificate are underlined. Entries followed with an asterisk (*) are included on the Summer Reading list.