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  • Welcome!

    For the Love of Reading

    Hampstead Middle School Reading Specialist: Mrs. Hansen

       If you have concerns or questions please contact:

    • Scholastic Book Orders

      If you are interested in ordering books from Scholastic Books online, please use class code H3QLM.

      Book order catalogs are also available at the middle school. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Hansen.

      • "Just Right Books"


           Tips for Finding "Just Right Books"

        Preview:  Read the front and back cover of the book. Flip through the pages.  Look at the chapter titles. 

        Interest: Is the topic interesting to you? Can you make connections to the topic?

        Five Finger Rule:  Open the book, and read the second page.  Hold up one finger for each word that you do not know.  A just right book might offer a little challenge; there might be one or two words that you do not know.  However, if there are more than five words that you do not know, the book might be too difficult for you.

        Genre:  Are you looking for fiction or nonfiction? If the book is fiction, is it realistic fiction, science fiction, historical fiction or mystery?  What genres do you enjoy reading?

        Author: Have you read books by this author before? You might enjoy new books from an author that you have already read and liked.  

        Recommendations:  Ask someone else about books they like! Ask: parents, teachers, and friends.  Go to the Hampstead Middle School library Moodle page and look at the Destiny catalog.   There are book recommendation websites on Destiny! Don’t forget about Biblionasium!

      • Finding Books by Lexile

        Do you know your Lexile level?  Visit to find book recommendations based on your personal Lexile.

        Don't know your Lexile Level? See your Language Arts teacher.

        Open  Go to "Find The Right Book for Your Reading Level".  Enter your Lexile number.  Continue to follow the on-screen instructions. will provide book recommendations  based on your personal interests and Lexile level.

      • Additional Resources For Books

        Please feel free to contact Mrs. Piccolo with questions:

        The Hampstead Middle School Library is a wonderful place to find books.  Visit the library in person, or visit the HMS Library Moodle page.  You can even find ebooks to read at home.  To find electronic books, visit the HMS Destiny catalog found on the library's Moodle page.

        While you are visiting the HMS Library Moodle page, be sure to log into EBSCO so that you can try out NoveList.  NoveList is a site that will help you find age appropriate and leveled books based on your interests.

        The Scholastic Book Wizard will help you select books by subject or even Lexile.

        Go to the Hampstead Public Library!

        Visit Big Universe, a website featuring thousands of electronic books that you can read online.  You can even search for books by Lexile level.

        Username: Use your last name followed by the first letter of your first name.

        Password: big28

        Group Username: nhhs

      • Current Events and Research

        Newsela is an online source for leveled current event news articles.

        You will need to set up your username and password the first time you visit Newsela:

        • open the Newsela Web page
        • click: "sign-up"
        • select: "I'm a student"
        • use one of the access codes below to set up your account
          • 5th grade: JGIKE
          • 6th grade: PHFSM
          • 7th grade: IVFLQ
          • 8th grade: GEMZK
        • follow the on-screen instructions to set up an account
        • suggestions:
          • use your last name and first initial for your username

        The HMS Library Moodle page:  From the library Moodle page, you have access to the online Grolier encyclopedia, EBSCO data bases, and Webpath Express.  Webpath Express is a wonderful resource for locating age appropriate and leveled non-fiction Web sites. 

        The Reading Room, room 208, is also a fantastic resource for non-fiction research materials.  Check out our Reading Room book inventory.  Select the Subject tab along the bottom of the screen to search for books by subject.  Helpful Hint: These books are already Lexiled!

        Visit the Hampstead Public Library in person or via the Web.