Wednesday, May 15, 2013

It's Time For Summer Reading!

For the past two years, we have offered a parent workshop about summer reading in our library.  The workshops are a great way to educate our parents about the resources that are available to them to keep their kids reading over the summer.  Our parent workshops are organized by our amazing guidance counselor, Ms. Filtness.  This year, we decided to make our theme an ice cream theme.  The picture above shows the items we are including in the packet to send home with the parents for each child.  The fancy packet, with labels created by our own amazing music teacher, Mrs. Shepherd, included:

a big white envelope with a label we printed off with our fun theme, the school's name, and the year of the program,

a Scholastic Storyworks magazine,

a summer reading is cool bookmark,

an ice cream cone reading log (students write title of book and color scoop any flavor they'd like-15 scoops included in book),

summer reading popsicles made out of Mike and Ike's candies and toothpicks,

a free milkshake coupon from our local Reeves-Sain soda shoppe and

a reading BINGO game with tickets that parents can fill out with rewards for reading in different places this summer.  We found this great free resource from the Happy Home Fairy site.

At our parent workshop, we will share our favorite local as well as online summer reading programs.  I've also pinned the best resources on my summer reading board on Pinterest.  Visit my website to try out some great sites for online storytime this summer as well.  The following information is included in the handout we provide to parents:

Local Summer Reading Programs

Discovery School
Bring your summer reading booklet back to school for a special celebration this fall!

Linebaugh Library
Summer reading logs will be available starting June 3rd

Barnes & Noble
Journals are available and can be turned in starting May 21st

Discovery School Summer Reading Links

Summer Reading Pinterest Boards
Fun ideas to make summer reading more interesting, book lists, incentives, etc.

Read Kiddo Read
Book lists sorted by age and type of book.  Very comprehensive list with popular suggestions!

Good Reads
Share book recommendations with your friends and join virtual book clubs.

Common Sense Media - Essential Books for Kids and Teens
Browse 150+ titles by age and category

Online Storytime
Online alternatives for enjoying some of your favorite books and discovering new ones too.

The Lexile Framework for Reading
Find the right book for your child by using their unique Lexile number.

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