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How parents can support their child’s summer reading

Summer checklist: ride bike, jump rope, play ball, and READ!

It’s important that students spend time reading during June, July and August.

“During the school year, it’s so much fun to see our students’ love for reading,” said Katie Salmela, the elementary media coordinator in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. “Teachers and librarians want that love to continue all summer long!”

To avoid the “summer slide” or loss of learning which can happen during the summer months, Salmela encourages parents to help their children make time for reading every day.

There are many community and school resources to support summer reading – at no cost. Public libraries are wonderful places for books and free entertainment.  

Remember that students have access to thousands of eBooks through myOn Reader and MackinVIA.

If you’re wondering what to read, start with Salmela’s favorite books for elementary students: Mrs. Salmela’s Favorites 2018 ,  2017

Here’s a quick and fun overview of reading resources (narrated by students):

Summer Reading Video for Dakota County Residents (students who attend Sky Oaks, Gideon Pond, Sioux Trail, Edward Neill, Vista View, William Byrne and Rahn)

Summer Reading Video for Scott County Residents (students who attend Hidden Valley, Harriet Bishop and Marion W. Savage)

How do you find the right books for your child? Try these resources:

If you’d prefer a written version of all the info in the video:

  1. Students have 24/7 access to all of our district eBooks. The great thing about eBooks is that you never have to worry about losing them, damaging them, or returning them on time! There are book choices in Spanish, too. Our district has two main eBook options for elementary students: myOn Reader and MackinVIA. If you need help accessing eBooks, visit to watch the tutorials on how to access online student resources.

  2. Students can sign up to take part in summer reading programs at public libraries for free. Public libraries offer many fun events, including magicians, puppet shows, coding, robotics, arts and crafts, science exploration, makerspace activities, animal appearances, reading to therapy dogs and more!  
     •  If you live in Dakota County, visit this website to learn more about the summer reading program.
     •  If you live in Scott County, visit this website to learn about the summer reading program.  

  3. Students can take part in the reading programs offered by Barnes & Noble and Half Price Books. Both stores have similar programs that basically require children to log or track their reading, and then return the log once they’ve met the specified goal to receive a free book.  Click on the store links to learn more and download the reading logs.

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 11:40