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    Summer Reading for Parents

    Summer Reading for Parents II

    • "But Mom, I hate to read!": Tips for reluctant readers
      Show your reluctant reader that books can help him do the things he loves.
    • "I Was Saved by Summer Reading"
      Alan Silberberg writes, "I fell in love with summer reading by accident, or maybe I should say by survival."
    • 10 ways to keep your child reading this summer
      Use these creative ideas to get your child hooked on reading this summer.
    • 8 Fantastic Apps for Summer Reading on iPads
      It's so important for them to continue reading throughout the year even when school is out of session. If your students have access to tablets, they can prevent the summer slide by downloading e-books to their device. Many of these choices give kids the option to read independently or listen to a book read aloud to them.
    • Ask Dr. Lynch: Preventing the “Summer Slide”
      EducationWorld Q&A columnist Dr. Matthew Lynch is an associate professor of education at Langston University. Dr. Lynch provides expert advice on everything from classroom management to differentiated instruction
    • Book Adventure
      Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child
      to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read
      them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read,
      and earn prizes for their reading success.
    • Field Trip! 10 Books That Will Send Kids Exploring
      From NPR: Spring 2013 has been a very good year for children's books that spark the imagination and make kids (and grownups) want to do a little more exploring.
    • Fun ways to read with your child
      You have a big influence on your child when you read together. Learn how to make the most of this special time.
    • Help Students Beat the "Summer Slide" in ELA
      What can you do to help mitigate the loss of academic progress in English language arts? If we can agree to focus on reading and writing (rather than grammar or speaking, for example), the following tips can help.
    • I-Hated-to-Read-Til-I-Read-This Booklist for Boys
      Ask a boy who hates to read what he does like to do, and you’ll get a surprising array of answers. Everything from playing sports to building models, to dinosaurs and animals to cars, machines, and movies – the funny ones, the sci-fi ones, and the scarier the better. So let that be your guide. Find books that plug into his hobbies and interests – books he’ll want to tell his friends about – and he’ll be hooked.
    • James Patterson's Read Kiddo Read
      The best way to get kids reading more is to give them books they’ll gobble up — and that will make them ask for another. Yes, it’s that simple. 1 + 1 = 2. It just does. Kids say the number one reason they don’t read more is that they can’t find books they like. Freedom of choice is a key to getting them motivated and excited. Vampire sagas, comics, manga, books of sports statistics — terrific! — as long as kids are reading.
    • Parent-proven tips to get kids reading
      Try these ideas from Great Schools parents to get your child excited about reading.
    • Reading Rockets parent page
      This site is filled will parent resources to help support your child’s reading development!
    • Reading Tips and Picks for Tweens and Teens
      Summer is a great time to help your middle or high school student prepare for challenging reading assignments in the fall.
    • Resources to Prevent Summer Slide: Virtual Field Trips, DIY Projects and Summer Reading
      Too often students scowl at the idea of summer learning, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, summer is the perfect time to dive into some fun, engaging learning activities.

    • Sophia's Choice: Summer Reading (Lin, Shin & Krashen, 2007)
      “I really enjoy reading when there are no strings attached, when there is no book report or assignment …. I also like the freedom of choosing any book I wish to read. … I believe that people would read a lot more if they find books they are fascinated by. No pressure of doing well on an assignment, but the pleasure of reading … I know when I find a book I like. I just can’t put it aside. On the other hand, when I am being forced to read, I lose interest instantly.” Sophia.
    • Summer Reading Recommendations: a Dive Into Young Adult Fiction
      If you're looking for some good summer reads, consider diving into the world of young adult fiction. For those of you who teach grades six to nine, these novels will equip you with reading recommendations for your students, and they're also great for starting book discussions with your students.
    • What to Do When Your Child Hates Reading
      Would your child rather empty the dishwasher or fold laundry instead of reading a book? Do you have to beg your child to sit down and read—for school or for pleasure? When you see other kids with their noses in books, do you wonder why you never see your own children doing the same? It’s hard to know how to react when your child hates reading, and even harder to figure out how to motivate children to read. Try these simple, but meaningful steps to help move your reluctant reader toward a book-filled future:
    • What’s On Your Summer Reading List? | Authors Tell All
      "Summer is what made me a reader—and reading made me a writer.” I love this Deborah Hopkinson quote. It’s both telling and evocative. For many of us it was the books that we enjoyed during those long, leisurely months that turned us into lifelong readers. Days when taking a trip meant going to the public library and returning home with a pile of books of our own choosing. As adults, the idea of summer reading makes us nostalgic for those unfettered times when we were free to explore and travel anywhere we wanted in a book, emerging hours later, transported. You’ll notice how many of these authors’ summer reading lists leave work behind, hoping to recapture that spirit.

    CCPS K-12 Summer Reading



      SYNC Audiobooks: FREE Downloads for Teens

      SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for young adults. Starting again May 5th 2016, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or required summer reading title. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at

      From Virginia Department of Education 

      • Keep Learning Alive in the Old Dominion This Summer
        Research shows that children who read for pleasure in the summer do better and forget less when they go back to school. And it's not just in reading. Kids who don't read over the summer can slide backward in all subject areas. This means the summer months and other breaks from school offer great opportunities for families and caregivers to help improve reading and writing.


      Summer Reading Message from Dave Pilkey

      Inforgraphic on Achievement Gap

      Summer Reading is Fun!


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