Center Street School

Principal's Message

Dear CSS Families,


Although there are innumerable studies extolling the benefits of reading to your children, perhaps the most profound effect is the impact that spending time together with great literature has on parent/child/sibling relationship. Reading a chapter of a book each night with your family inspires the imagination and provides a common topic for conversation between older and younger family members.


Our library has a large selection and I am thinking of starting a lending library in my office as well. The basic concept is that families who have loved reading a book to their children could drop it off at school when they are finished with it. Another family could borrow it, return it, and bring others. Children and parents could even leave yellow stickies in the book with their recommendations. Please let me know if you are interested in participating or helping with this endeavor.


In the meantime, see the list below for some recommendations for elementary children (*Ms. Monahan’s favorites):

*Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

*Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

*The Trumpet of the Swan – E.B. White
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – E.L. Konigsburg
A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren
Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Richard Atwater
The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis  
The Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg
A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett
How to Train Your Dragon – Cressida Cowell
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Harriet the Spy – Louise Fitzhugh
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective – Donald J. Sobol
Socks – Beverly Cleary
The Cricket in Times Square – George Selden
Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George
James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
Homer Price – Robert McCloskey
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle – Betty McDonald
Stuart Little – E.B. White


Together Everyone Achieves More,

Martha Monahan, Principal