April 25, 2014

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Summer Reading: STEM Fun with Ooblek of Dr. Seuss, MaKey MaKey, and Scratch

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Integrating STEM with your summer reading program doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Got a banana? Some cream of tartar? Let the fun, and learning, begin.

Scholastic Kicks off Free Teacher Registration for Summer Reading Challenge Starting April 7


Starting April 7, Scholastic opens registration for K-8 educators who can register their students for the 2014 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, an online reading program geared to tackle summer slump. Also, find out more about Scholastic’s Google+ Hangout to provide successful summer reading strategies on April 16.

How to Create a Knockout Summer Literacy Program


Close the achievement gap with powerful summer reading programs like these.

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Mid-Continent Public Library Proves Summer Reading Programs Boost Student Achievement


The results of a pilot study of Missouri’s Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) suggest that summer reading programs actually raise student reading levels by their return to school in the fall—particularly among at-risk kids.

YALSA Summer Reading Grants; LOC’s Twitter Feed for Educators | News Bites

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YALSA and Dollar General Literacy Foundation are offering two $1,000 grants for Summer Reading programs: one for employing a teen intern and another for purchasing resources. The Library of Congress has launched a new Twitter feed for K–12 educators which can be found @TeachingLC. ALSC members are encouraged to send suggestions for the 2013 Theodor Geisel Award to the committee chair, Penny Peck. Capstone Interactive ebooks are now compatible with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

Fusenews: Like a common peasant

The Yellow Birds

They say that there are more children’s book authors and illustrators in Brooklyn than any other city in the nation.  How appropriate then that they should be the ones behind the inaugural Atlantic Avenue Children’s Literature Contest.  The rules are simple: If you have never written a published children’s book then you are eligible.  You [...]

Alexie’s ‘True Diary’ Removed from NYC School’s Summer Reading List

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The inclusion of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian—winner of the 2007 National Book Award—on a required summer reading list for sixth graders has raised the ire of a group of parents in Belle Harbor, NY, who have successfully called for its removal, the Daily News has reported.

Fight the Summer Slide—with a Library Card | Annie Murphy Paul


How to counter the “summer slide”? Simple, kids during the out-of-school months should read more books, according to journalist and author Annie Murphy Paul. And libraries play a critical role

A Summer Reading Theory: A Cockeyed Query for the Edu-ma-cation Types

A Summer Reading Theory: A Cockeyed Query for the Edu ma cation Types

Yesterday I spent the bulk of my working day engaged in an activity that I suspect many of my fellow librarians deal with each and every summer.  As the summer reading lists start walking into my branches I’ve been encouraging my librarians and information specialists to copy these little beauties and send me copies of [...]

JLG’s On the Radar: Summer Reading for Middle School Students


From solving the mystery of a sister’s untimely death to stepping into the shoes of a female journalist from the Roaring Twenties, young teens will want to dive into these new fiction titles selected by Junior Library Guild editors.

Pictures of the Week: Double-0 Darien Summer Reading Program

The children's services staff (l. to r. Krishna Grady, 	
Marian McLeod, Elisabeth Gattullo, Kiera Parrot, and Claire Moore) at Darien Public Library, CT kicked off its spy-themed summer reading program on June 21.

The children’s services staff (l. to r. Krishna Grady,
Marian McLeod, Elisabeth Gattullo, Kiera Parrott, and Claire Moore) at Darien Library, CT kicked off its spy-themed summer reading program on June 21.

SLJ Resources for Summer Reading

Summer Reading Programs

As the end of the school year approaches, school media specialists and teachers are equipping their students with lists of books to read over the summer break. Meanwhile, public librarians are prepping for their busiest season. From audiobook classics to DIY fun, the following is a compilation of tools that can be used in the summer months (or even throughout the year). SLJ’s summer reading resources page will be updated continuously, so check back for new materials.

Dog Day Delights | Great Books for Summertime

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Help youngsters celebrate summer with a selection of alluring books bursting with vacation-time fun. From picture books to graphic novels, there’s something here for every reader.

Celebrate 15 Years of Harry Potter; Summer Reading for Latino Kids | News Bites

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Libraries can win a Harry Potter party pack to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, complete with new paperback editions of the beloved series, illustrated by Kazu Kabushi. Entries are due July 17. Latinas for Latino Literature has launched a Summer Reading Program for summer camps, youth groups, and cultural centers serving Latino students and families, running through August 12.

Summer Reading Programs

Summer Time, and the living is easy. Unless you are a children’s or teen services librarian in a public library. Summer Reading Programs can be a tough time for librarians: it’s a busy time, with lots of prep work. There are all sorts of demands, and expectations, and stresses. It can be frustrating; and it [...]

Reading Nonfiction for Pleasure | On Common Core

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How can we use the summer to provide kids with more opportunities to grow confident as nonfiction readers? The authors offer suggestions and recommend a few reading lists to share with students.

What’s on YOUR list?

  Katie Bircher and Elissa Gershowitz bring you our annual list of summer reading recommendations for kids. Strictly recreational, of course, and librarians are welcome to place a “COMMON-CORE FREE!” sticker on the PDF. What about your own reading? I’m juggling audio editions of The Woman Upstairs and Inferno on my phone; The Oracle Glass and [...]

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We’re Ready for You! Planning for Summer Reading | Fresh Paint


The Summer Reading Program is Loudon County Public Library’s biggest event of the year, and for the first time, residents of the Gum Spring area will have the chance to experience it at our new library. We’re hoping for a record turn-out for our 9-week program, In Your Backyard… and Beyond.

Thinking beyond the (summer) list

Thinking beyond the (summer) list

I hadn’t thought about it till today, but our summer reading list is a snooze. A dinosaur. A relic of a time when reading lists looked like, well, reading lists. Today, two things woke me up. 1. Finished with her AP exam, Sierra asked me for a book recommendation.  I excitedly booktalked Libba Bray’s The [...]

Giveaway: Win a Barftastic Backpack of Boredom Busters!

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Fifth grader Louie Burger figures that with a goofy name like his, he must be destined to be a king of comedy like his idol Lou Lafferman. One huge problem: he has stage fright. With the school talent show coming up, Louie’s wondering if now is his moment to kill (that’s comedian talk for “make actual people laugh”). Four lucky winners will receive a copy of The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger by Jenny Meyerhoff, and one grand prize winner will receive a Barftastic Backpack of Boredom Busters (great for summer reading programs!) filled with joke items including a whoopee cushion, a rubber chicken, Groucho glasses, and more, plus a copy of the book and a T-shirt.