Summer Reading Tips 2018
Read aloud to your children to help support their vocabulary and background knowledge. We also encourage children to read in many genres: books, graphic novels, comic books, newspapers, magazines, e-books, online books, recipes, directions, etc.!
Choice and time are variables which help children engage in reading. Talk with children about the best time for daily reading this summer. Take children to the public library weekly, and have them choose books they want to read.
Here are some websites to help you find good books:
- Nancie Atwell’s Center for Teaching and Learning where students are encouraged read at least 40 books a year and recommend books for students their age.
- ReadKiddoRead is best-selling author James Patterson’s site for irresistible books by age and genre. His son was a reluctant reader, so he was inspired to create this site to help get all students reading.
- Former Library of Congress Ambassador to Reading Jon Scieszka’s Guys Read focuses on the reading needs of boys.
- MyON has over 5,000 titles from which to choose in many fiction and nonfiction genres. Students log in with their FCPS username and password.
- Tumblebooks has a wide variety of fiction texts from which students can choose. The subscription is provided by FCPS.
- The content on Wonderopolis starts with a question from a child.
Read authors’ websites and look online for book trailers.
If a book is “just right”, students should be reading about ¾ of a page in a minute. Children should be reading mostly “just right” books.
Summer Reading Choice Boards
To encourage reading over the summer, we've created these choice boards for different grade levels to encourage all of the above. Please click on the links below to download the form (Adobe Acrobat required). Return it to your teacher after the summer is over!