Friday, May 29, 2015

Website Reviews: Summer Reading Programs

It’s time to think about ways to promote summer reading. Let’s explore some resources to share with teachers, parents, and children.
ALA Library Summer Reading Programs
The American Library Association maintains lots of resources to support summer reading programs.
Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP)
The CSLP is a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer programs for youth. Most public libraries are eligible to use the materials. Many school and public librarians work together to encourage children and young adults to participate in summer reading.
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program for children. The website contains resources for kids, educators, and parents. School librarians as well as parents can register and track students.
Reading Rockets: Summer
Reading Rockets provides ideas for parents, teachers, and librarians to promote summer reading. They also link to articles and research that discuss the importance of summer reading and ways to reduce reading skills lose. Also, be sure to check out their summer book lists.
PBS: Raise a Reader!
This page provides ideas for using the PBS website and other resources to promote summer reading.
Children’s Choices Reading List…/Booklists/ChildrensChoices.aspx
Get youth involved with reading books that children say they enjoy. The International Literacy Association and Children’s Book Council maintain these Children’s Choices lists.