GCISD Reads 2016

@ O. C. Taylor Elementary

Good-bye 25 Book Challenge...

The 25 Book Challenge of 2015 was a tremendous success, and in response to feedback from students, families, and educators across the district we have modified the challenge to be even better in 2016!


Get ready for the 2016 Book Challenge: GCISD READS!


Students are invited to begin this reading challenge on June 1 and avoid the dreaded “summer slide”! The recording form is available here: http://www.pearltrees.com/octlibrary/reading-challenges/id12551615

What is Summer Slide?

Children who do not read over the summer can lose some of the ground they worked so hard to gain during the school year. So what can we do to help them? Take time to read of course!


To read more about Summer Slide go to http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/developing-reading-skills/three-ways-to-prevent-summer-slide

Is there a summer reading list?

Students are encouraged to make individualized summer reading lists.


Tools like Biblionasium make it fun and easy to do. Biblionasium (https://www.biblionasium.com/ ) is a free web resource where kids can read and write reviews about books and keep a digital log of what they’ve read or want to read. Keep in mind Biblionasium is a reading log - NOT an e-book reader like EPIC for Kids (discussed below).

Not sure where to begin?

1. Scholastic has a tool to help you help your child find great books! Check it out here: http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/


2. Award winners-



3. Reading Rocket has amazing theme-based book lists here: http://www.readingrockets.org/books/booksbytheme

Where can I get FREE books this summer?

Colleyville http://www.colleyvillelibrary.com/ and Grapevine http://www.grapevinetexas.gov/ public libraries both have a great line up of summer activities and excellent collections of books for the whole family in all formats (print, audiobooks, e-books, etc.).


The North Richland Hills Public Library http://www.library.nrhtx.com/ offers FREE library cards to non-residents, and even has 3D printers available in their Maker Spot http://www.themakerspot.org/ .


EPIC for Kids https://www.getepic.com/ is an e-book collection that is free to all O. C. Taylor students. If your child does not remember their username and password - email me.


For access to over 5,000 audiobooks try Tales2Go https://www.tales2go.com/ (firstname.lastname/listen)


Students also have 24/7 access to our MackinVia https://www.mackinvia.com/ (ebooks, Databases, and educational websites) year round.

Photo Opportunity

Take a picture of your child reading a book in their favorite spot around the house or somewhere special while on vacation. Bring the photo to school in August to be included in a special display.
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