Our students have a lot of opportunities for summer reading!
They can sign up to take part in summer reading programs at public libraries for free. Public libraries offer many fun events throughout the summer, many of which embrace digital learning and the Makerspace movement. Best of all, by taking part in the program, kids have the chance to win some great prizes at the end of the summer like tickets to the State Fair or a Minnesota Twins game.
Barnes & Noble offers a program that encourages summer reading. If students read 8 books, write about why they liked them, and bring a completed reading journal to B&N, they can choose from a special list of books and pick a free book to keep for their own. Half Price Books (the closest location is in Apple Valley) offers a similar program.
Another option for summer reading is to read eBooks that are provided by our school district. The great thing about eBooks is that you never have to worry about losing them, damaging them, or returning them on time! Our district has two main eBook options for elementary students: 1) myOn Reader and 2) MackinVIA. Each eBook provider has a free app that can be downloaded and students sign in with their usual username and password that they use at school.
If parents or students are wondering what to read, here are a few ideas:
Try one of the Division 1 Maudhart Lovelace Nominated Titles for 2017-2018. Every year our schools take part in the Minnesota Book Awards program. Students in grades 3-5 are invited to read the MHL nominated titles and if they read three, they get to vote and help choose which book will win. I love that students actually get to pick the winner - not teacher, librarians, or other adults - kids pick! Also, most public libraries display the MHL titles on designated shelf and sometimes provide free MHL bookmarks. This is a great place to start if you have a 3rd, 4th or 5th grader looking for a good read!
Try Bookseer.com! This fun website lets you enter the title and author of the last book you read and then gives a suggestion for the book you should read next.
Read the book & then watch the movie. This is a great motivator in my home! My children love reading books that have been turned into movies and then discussing all the differences between the two. There are many, many options, but here are a few ideas:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney is in theaters now.
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey is also showing now.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio - The movie will be hitting theaters in November.
A Series of Unfortunate Eventsseries by Lemony Snicket - There is a movie and a new Netflix series based on the book series.
The BFG, Matilda, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl all have movie versions.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan