Keystone Library Reading Resources
HOW TO USE THIS RESOURCE GUIDE
This guide is organized into 3 categories:
- SUMMER READING INCENTIVE PROGRAMS
- A COLLECTION OF READING LISTS
- EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY SITES
Scroll down for links to resources to help you engage PRESCHOOL - 6TH GRADE students in summer reading and learning activities. Most are offered free by a variety of providers and some share titles and activities for young adults as well.
Summer Reading Incentive Programs
I've also collected a few other local and national incentive programs.
KEYSTONE LIBRARY SUMMER BINGO
KEYSTONE LIBRARY A-Z AUTHOR CHALLENGE
TEXAS BLUEBONNET NOMINEE MAP for RISING 3rd-6th Graders
You can find more information on the list of nominees in the collection of reading lists below.
Barnes and Noble’s Summer Reading Program
HEB Summer Reading Club
H‑E‑Buddy is ready for summer fun and summer jamming, so it's time to kick off our H‑E‑Buddy Summer Reading Club. All you have to do is read ten books and record them on your reading log from the form linked (on the website). Each time you log a book, have an adult initial by the title so you get credit for reading. Once the log is complete, mail the form to the address below, and you'll be rewarded with a special t‑shirt. You have until October 1 to get in ten good reads. Texas summers are made for adventures, and some of the best adventures you find are in books, so find a stack of books and start exploring. For readers ages 3 to 12.
Pizza Hut Book It!
Back to Camp BOOK IT!
Pizza Hut is bringing back its summer reading program, Camp BOOK IT!, for its second year. The camp is part of the wider BOOK IT! program, which rolled out 36 years ago and was beloved by countless kids who grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s (and beyond). Sign up here https://www.bookitprogram.com/
Scholastic's Summer Reading
Create an account on HOME BASE where kids can join a community of readers and will be able to read books and stories; attend weekly author events; interact with their favorite characters; play book-based games and activities; join dance parties; and more!
The Twig Book Shop
HEY Twiglets! Don’t let your brain go to the dogs this summer! Read with The Twig Book Shop in the Dog Days of Summer Reading Program!
Twiglets have all summer to read and document their success on their Summer Reading Dog Days Sheet. There are rewards for every 10 books read or read to Twiglets. -Completely- fill out &turn in your sheets at The Twig for FANTASICAL goodies and a chance to win one of the $10 TWIG gift certificates drawn weekly.
Read with Libby!
If you haven't already signed up for Libby, I encourage you to learn about it. With a public library card, you can borrow ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more from your local library for free. https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby#GetTheApp
A COLLECTION OF READING LISTS
Association for Library Service to Children - EXTENSIVE collection of lists
The Association for Library Service to Children promotes reading and books through recommendations, compilations of lists, and related services. ALSC booklists are created as a resource for children's librarians to share with patrons. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to explore these titles to find resources that may match or spark their child's interest.
BANK STREET COLLEGE OF EDUCATION BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2022
Includes more than 600 titles chosen by the Children’s Book Committee as the best of the best published in 2021. In choosing books for the annual list, committee members consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes.
Horn Book Summer Reading Lists
The Horn Book reading lists range from picture books, early readers and primary grades, intermediate, middle school, and high school.
Reading Rockets Summer Reading Lists
Reading Rockets' annual summer booklist makes it easy to find great books kids will enjoy during the long, lazy days of summer. This list can be a springboard for helping your kids choose books on topics that pique their curiosity — that's what really motivates children to want to read!
Texas 2X2 Reading List (PreK to 2nd)
The Texas 2X2 Reading List is a project of the Children’s Round Table, a unit of the Texas Library Association. TLA sponsors the 2X2 Reading List solely to encourage free voluntary reading for children from two years old to second grade. These books also make perfect read-alouds for children of all ages.
Texas Bluebonnet Award
The Texas Bluebonnet Award selection committee chooses the twenty titles, both fiction and nonfiction, based on suggestions by librarians, teachers, parents, students, and other interested persons. The list is released each year at the Texas Book Festival in October. Nominees must have been published within three years of the release of the list. The winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award is chosen by 3rd-6th grade students across Texas.
WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS
We Need Diverse Books is a non-profit and grassroots organization of children's book lovers that advocate essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.
ABCya provides hundreds of fun and educational games for grades PreK through 6. Activities are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun. Learners can play word, math, strategy and skill games. Use as a free subscriber, or upgrade.
Library of Congress Minerva's Kaleidoscope
Minerva’s Kaleidoscope is a place for parents and caregivers of children and teens ages 7 through 16 to find kid-friendly activities based on the Library’s collections. We invite families to use this blog to connect with us and as way to see the Library’s resources in new and unexpected ways.
Read Together, Be Together
Penguin Random House, in partnership with Parents magazine, has activities and resources that celebrate the importance and power of the shared reading experience between an adult and a child.