For the summer of 2022, Riverside Elementary School has chosen NY Times Bestseller Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, the story of a 10-year-old boy, Auggie Pullman, who was born with a facial deformity. The book, written 10 years ago, and told from the varying perspectives of his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others, challenges readers, both young and old, to wonder about the true nature of empathy, compassion, acceptance, friendship, and - ultimately - kindness.  Auggie is a hero for the ages, one who proves that you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.  



What is the “Riverside Summer Book Read”?
The Riverside Summer Read is a shared reading experience for all the students and families at Riverside. It not only encourages students to read over the summer but also becomes a reference point for conversations between parents, children, teachers, librarians, neighbors, and friends.
See how many times you end up discussing the books with your friends and family!


For Early Readers (K, 1st & 2nd Grades)
Picture Book


We're All Wonders 

by R. J. Palacio



For Middle Grades (2nd, 3rd & 4th)
Chapter Books




by R. J. Palacio


Books purchased online will be available for pickup outside Riverside School on Mon, June 13th & Tue, June 14th, from 9:00 - 9:45 am and 2:15 - 3 pm on both days.


Support Local and buy at Athena Books!
We have partnered with Athena Books in Old Greenwich. 
Purchase your discounted copy at the store at 228 Sound Beach Ave. and mention "Riverside Summer Read" with purchase.  
Free books, e-books, and audiobooks are available from Greenwich Library Online.




Who can we contact if we have any questions about which book to read or anything else?
Feel free to email Jennifer Bird or Ann Stedman


How does Riverside use these books in the fall?
This varies every year.  One year, the Summer Read was “Peter Pan,” coordinating with the 4th/5th grade play. It was also the theme of the yearbook.  Another year, we read "James and the Giant Peach” and the 3rd graders used the theme for their September programming, Play-in-A-Day. During all of the years, some of the teachers read parts of the stories during dismissal and use the texts in other ways.  This all depends on how it might work into their curriculum. 
Who organizes the Summer Read?
The Summer Read is organized by the PTA as well as two fabulous Riverside teachers, Fionnuala Browning from the media center and Stacy Mozer, one of our 3rd-grade teacher and published author!


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