The Adventure Continues
It's Time to Cruise in to Reading!
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-
- Caldecott (for picture books)
- Newbery (primarily-but not always chapter books)
- Texas Bluebonnet Award books are great places to start for grades 3-6.
- The Texas LoneStar List is geared for older students (6-8)
- The TAYSHAS reading list is for students in grades 9-12
- The Association of Library Service to Children (American Library Association) provides lists of notable children's books.
Where Can You Find a Treasure Trove of FREE books?
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.
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.).
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!
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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.