SUMMER READING TIPS AND RESOURCES
(Last updated April 25, 2016)
Print-Ready Summer Book Recommendation Sheets:
Click on any of the worksheets below for the full print-ready PDF; feel free to share online or print as many copies as you'd like, but please keep my copyright info intact. Suggestions: Post these up in school hallways or the library, pass them around in the class, post filled-out recommendations on a shared school webpage for students to see during the summer, use as a way of keeping track of books read during the summer. Thanks to Donalyn Miller for the inspiration!
Summer Recommendation/Review BOOKMARKS:
SUMMER READING ACTIVITIES PLUS WAYS TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO READ DURING THE SUMMER:
- Do summer reading yourself. "Best way to get kids to invest their time in reading is to be willing to invest time in it ourselves." - Laura Miller.
- Teachers and librarians: Launch a summer reading initiative at your school. Provide opportunities for students to recommend books, such as on the walls in the hallways, in the library, book commercials in announcements, school newsletters, student-created lists and podcasts. For more ideas, see Donalyn Miller's excellent Reading In The Wild.
- Let young readers choose their own summer reading books rather than giving them an assigned list. Here's why.
- Contact your local library to see what summer reading activities are being offered.
- Listen to audio books when on a car trip.
- Create your own summer book club. Here are some useful resources about starting your own children's book club. As Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan point out in this Nerdy Book Club post, summer book club meetings can be in the form of blog posts, virtual chats or in-person meetings.
- Start a summer reading challenge. Reading Rewards has a post about how to run a great summer reading program. One educator set up an online site for her students where they could share book reviews and keep track of what everyone was reading over the summer.
- Find a book that has been made into a movie. Read the book as a family or individually, then have a movie night.
- If you're doing traveling, find books (nonfiction or fiction) related to the the place you're going to be visiting or your other summer activities.
- Take part in a StoryMob, a flash mob focused on a children's book. More info on the StoryMobs website.
Top 10 Ideas To Promote Summer Reading: By Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan, with tips on how teachers and librarians can support students for making a summer reading plan.
Guys Read: Web-based literacy program for boys founded by Jon Scieszka.
TD Summer Reading Club: public library program for young readers across Canada.
Summer Reading, from Reading Rockets. Includes tips for parents, teachers, librarians, articles and research on summer reading.
Summer Reading Challenge, with UK focus.
Summer Reading Club: Australian focus.
Parent Tips: Summer Reading, by Colorin Colorado
Summer Reading Tips From Librarians, from Scholastic.com site
Encouraging Summer Reading: Summer Reading Resources For Kids and Teens - by Elizabeth Kennedy on About.com Children's Books
Summer Reading 2014, from NYC Public Library