Summer FUN is Reading FUN!

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As our children enter the first days of summer vacation, those lovely halcyon days of summer, the last thing on their minds is homework!  They do not want to hear about tests, AR, vocabulary, comprehension questions, or book reports.  And yet, there is much in the news about the summer reading slump and the academic ground kids lose over the summer when their minds are not engaged in regular school work, required reading, etc.

We know they need to stay active and engaged over the weeks with no formal instruction so the trick is for parents and caregivers to allow plenty of opportunities for kids to engage in reading.  The undisputed key is to allow self-selection; which simply means let your child pick what and how they want to read.  Reading is reading regardless of format so it can be the good old hard copy book, it might be an e-book, or other online reading, or it might be listening to an audio book.

There are some great [and free!] reading resources available to readers of all ages.  Be sure to check out all the resources at your local public library.  You might find a wealth of activities including summer reading programs, storytelling, poetry slams, and other events.  There are many reasons every reader including the youngest growing readers should have their own public library card.  Free ebooks, audiobooks, and, of course hard copy books, DVDs, and CDs are waiting for you!  Don’t forget to check out the free databases your public library offers—great information, images, videos, interactive games, and more for all readers, many languages, available 24/7 with a public library card account.

Not sure of what the best book options are or how to guide your young readers?  Check out these book lists from the Texas Library Association, :

 2x2logo 2×2 List                         ×2-current Suggested for:Age 2 through Grade 2
 TBA Texas Bluebonnet Award  Suggested for:Grades 3-6
 VLUU L200  / Samsung L200 Tejas Star    Recommended  bilingual books Suggested for:Ages 5-12
 VLUU L200  / Samsung L200 Lone Star Reading List Suggested for:Grades 6-8
 tayshas Tayshas Reading List Suggested for:High School
 maverick Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List Suggested for:Grades 6-12
 sync SYNC   FREE audio books:  Pairs young adult titles with classic stories; released throughout summer Grades 6-Adult


Remember,  reading looks different for every reader, the trick is to offer plenty of choice and to encourage kiddos to read what THEY choose to read with no strings attached!


Terry Roper

Terry Roper

Terry Roper, Library Consultant for Region 10 ESC. has been an educator/librarian in the North Texas area for 22 years. She has worked on elementary and high school campuses as well as central administration. Ms. Roper has experience dealing with English language learners of all levels and works closely with the Region 10 Literacy Team. Terry loves dealing with literacy and information dissemination and talking about book stuff!

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