Summer reading is essential to a student maintaining his or her performance level, not only from May to August but over the course of several years. Here are some ideas on how you can encourage your students to continue reading over the long, hot summer:
“Start With A Book” is a website sponsored by “Reading Rockets.” You’ll find 24 themes that are interesting to kids, and each theme includes a list of books related to the theme (with suggestions for books at every level of reading, including ages 3-6, 6-9, and 9-12). The themes are divided into three categories: Science, Nature and Math; Social Studies; and Arts and Literature. In addition, there are suggestions for hands-on activities for parents and kids to share (both academic and arts/crafts activities), fun writing prompts, related websites for kids, and mobile apps. You’re also provided with a link to the Reading Rockets website where you’ll find a related “Reading Adventure Pack” that includes a parent information sheet, two book suggestions, a craft project, an imaginative play activity, a real-world activity, and a bookmark.
“Scholastic Summer Challenge” provides kids with an opportunity to find books to read, log their reading minutes online, and win digital prizes. Teachers can pre-register students, track their reading activity over the summer, and watch their kids compete with students in schools around the world. Parents can find book ideas for their kids, along with reading tips and activities.
“Book Adventure” is a website that both parents and teachers can use to motivate kids to read. Students in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to take a quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes based on their performance. Using the “Bookfinder” tool, you can search through nearly 8,000 books by Title, Author, ISBN, Grade Level, Reading Level, and Subject (including Fiction and Nonfiction).
“Summer Reading Community Challenge” is sponsored by iVillage. It’s a free 4-week program that runs from June 17th through July 12th. After a parent signs up with an email address, he/she will receive daily emails that include literacy-building tips, games and activities that foster a love of reading, printables and crafts to share with kids, and a daily chance to win prizes.
“Barnes and Noble Summer Reading” offers kids a chance to win a free book. Read any eight books, and record them on a printable “Reading Journal” form, take the form to a Barnes and Noble store, and pick out a free book from the selection on that store’s Reading Journal list.
The Pizza Hut Book-it Reading Program is offering a “Summer Break Reading Challenge.” The challenge runs from June 15th through August 15th for kids who are in grades K-6. Parents print an entry form, and after reading five books their child can enter to win a “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” prize package.
Many websites offer summer reading lists. Here are a few: