It’s that time of year again – time to delve (willingly or otherwise) into summer reading. Schools are handing out their lists. Libraries are offering all sorts of wonderful programs to give our youngsters an incentive to read. I’d like to share a couple more resources with readers.
First, there is the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. http://www.scholastic.com/ups/campaigns/src-2017
This site is one to definitely check, for not only does Scholastic offer plenty of wonderful books and advice for parents and educators, you can find out locations where the Scholastic bus will be visiting this summer. Hopefully, there will be one near you!
If you are struggling to come up with ideas for books your kids might like or feel you need advice, then check out the website for Reading Rockets, http://www.readingrockets.org/books/summer/2017.
This website has so, so much! There is advice for parents, advice for educators, tons of book suggestions listed by themes. Don’t miss the “Fun Stuff” section. For young authors in the crowd, the site gives details of contests you can enter.
My personal favorite part of the Reading Rockets website is this article: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/10-weeks-summer-reading-adventures-you-and-your-kids. It’s ten whole weeks of reading and reading-related activities for you and your kids! This is especially good when one or two weeks into summer, your kids are already whining “I’m bored” and your brain simply freezes when it comes to thinking up yet another thing for them to do. (Whatever happened to the days when you simply let your kids out of the house and they came up with their own ideas?)
Another summer reading initiative by Reading Rockets is Start with a Book, http://www.startwithabook.org/summer-reading-learning.
I love the books they offer and I love the activities. I used an activity on camouflage: http://www.anapsid.org/pdf/camoflage.pdf It was easy to use/teach and also fun.
Looking for still more inspiration? I have one last site to recommend. Check out this site: https://www.thoughtco.com/summer-reading-lists-for-kids-and-teens-627024
I love the categories they offer and every time I have taken their suggestion of a book, I have not been disappointed.
What will you be readings to kick off your summer reading? Let me know in the comments below!