GCISD READS

The Adventure Continues

It's Time to Cruise in to Reading!

"Research shows that kids who do not read during the summer months are more likely to fall victim to the "summer slide" — the learning loss that takes place during the long break from school. Parents say summer reading helps their child during the school year mainly because it helps keep their kid’s brain active and that reading requires constant practice." Scholastic.


Clearly, reading has many benefits (aside from being oceans of fun). So here are a few reading opportunities that are sure to keep your little one, tween, or teen happy as a clam.

Ahoy! Is There a Reading List?

GCISD believes in giving students a voice and a choice, so students are encouraged to make individualized reading lists. (Suggestions provided below).

Not sure what to read?

There are many book lists available online, and here are a few to get you started:


1. Scholastic's Book Wizard is a tool to help your child find great books!


2. Reading Rocket has amazing theme-based book lists.


3. Common Sense Media offers book and movie suggestions.


4. A Book and a Hug helps readers find books based on their unique personality.


5. Award winners-

Where Can You Find a Treasure Trove of FREE books?

OverDrive App

All GCISD students have access to free e-books, audiobooks, and Read-a-Longs with the OverDrive app! Click here for more Information about this resource.


Public Libraries-

Colleyville http://www.colleyvillelibrary.com/, Euless http://www.eulesstx.gov/library/, and Grapevine http://www.grapevinetexas.gov/ public libraries all 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/


TumbleBooks Library is a wonderful collection of stories, songs and videos available through GCISD ClassLink.


Your public library also offers the OverDrive app where you can access additional titles for the whole family!

Get totally "Hooked on Reading" with These Fun Programs!

How should my child keep track of his or her Reading Journey?

The 2018-2019 GCISD READS Challenge begins on June 1, 2018. The printable forms are included later in this newsletter.


If you prefer a digital option, tools like Biblionasium make it fun and easy to keep track of your reading. Biblionasium (https://www.biblionasium.com/ ) is a free web resource that allows students to keep a digital log of what they’ve read and gives them the opportunity to read and write reviews about books. Keep in mind that Biblionasium is a reading log - NOT an e-book reader.


If your child wants to keep track of the number of pages they've read try the web-based app Tookadoo (available at Tookadoo.com) will automatically enter the number of pages in their book and then calculate the total pages and number of books your child has read. Students should search by their campus name, and log in with their school credentials. Your child will be able to design an avatar and earn items as they achieve their reading goals.