Summer Reading 2017

Northside Elementary School Library

Summer is here! That means lots of time to soak up some really great reads. With so many amazing books written for children it's hard to know where to dive in first. Picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, informational books, biographies, the list goes on. Summer allows children an opportunity to engage in reading for pleasure as they explore various genres and navigate their way towards the books and stories that bring them the most pleasure.

Beyond the sheer joy, there are also many benefits to summer reading that support student learning and prevent a loss in reading abilities while away from school. Access to reading materials (think public library) and time spent engaging with text are the most critical components to ensure children don't suffer reading loss over the summer months.

Below you will find resources for families to take advantage of this summer to support the summer reading habit with your child. From national book challenges to local programs at the public library there is something for everyone. You will also find book lists, read-alikes and more that will be helpful as you navigate the world of children's literature with your child.

Your Summer Reading Life in Photos!

Are you blasting through books this summer? Snap a picture that captures how you are enjoying the summer with books in it reading on your couch, under a tree in your backyard, in the backseat on a long road trip, or laying on a towel at the beach?? We want to see all the ways you choose to read this summer and what books are capturing your attention! Tell us about your book and why others should read it too! Together we will share our amazing reading lives and the great books that are keeping us engaged in reading all summer long! You can post your photo or video to our digital summer selfie wall using the link below Be sure to tell us what you are reading in your summer reading selfie. Happy relaxing, happy reading and happy summer vacation!

Recommended Summer Reading Lists

Looking for summer reading suggestions? Want to know what authors and books are great for your child to read independently or together while on break from school? Click the links below to access recommended titles compiled by the CHCCS team of librarians. Titles are arranged based on the grade level your child will be in for the 2016-2017 school year.


** Be sure to keep up with your summer reading log. 20 minutes a day to keep the summer slide away! All students received a Chapel Hill Public Library reading log in the EOY packets.

Scholastic has also published suggested reading lists based on age range of children. There are some great titles on here too and perfect suggestions for the whole family!

Summer Reading Book Suggestions

American Library Service to Children Booklists

ALSC's Summer Reading Lists are filled with new and exciting titles! The lists are full of book titles recommended for children from Birth-Grade 8. These titles are sure to keep children engaged in reading all summer long.





"Just Right" Booklists

Check out these book titles based on "Just Right" reading levels that we developed to support students, teachers and parents for independent reading.

Click here to access these lists.

Chapel Hill Public Library Summer Reading

Each year the local public libraries offer a multitude of activities and programming over the summer months. This year's theme is "Summer Blast!" The summer reading program officially kicks off June 1. On Friday, June 9 from 2:00-6:00 the library will host a Summer Reading Kick-off party. This event will include entertainers, food trucks, and more! Click here to learn more about the Summer Reading Challenge at the CHPL and how you can participate in the fun! Each student received a Summer Blast reading log. Be sure to bring us your reading log at the start of next year so we can celebrate all our summer readers.

June 1 - August 15, 2017

Summer Reading means summer fun! Read all summer long, track your reading progress, and win fun prizes. Plus, reading helps keep your brain in shape. So, let's get started!

  • Keep track of the hours you spend reading throughout the summer.
  • When you reach 5 hours of reading you get your first prize. More prizes are earned every 5 hours thereafter.
  • When you reach 20 hours of reading you will receive a book sack and a paperback book from the library prize cart.

What counts as reading?

You can read to yourself, to someone else or have someone read to you. You can read books, magazines or comics, or listen to recorded books.

How much should I read each day?

We all read at our own pace, so you can go as fast or as slow as you want. Aim for at least 20 minutes a day. If you have any questions about the Summer Reading Program or how to use this Chapel Hill Public Library website to register, please call the Youth Services Desk at 919-968-2778.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge!

Participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge "Happy Camper: Take A Reading Adventure" and help break last year's world record! The Scholastic Summer Challenge is a free online reading program designed to motivate and excite your kids around reading books this summer. Kids can log the minutes they spend reading, earn digital rewards and prizes, read free ebooks and enter sweepstakes, all in an effort to set a new world reading record for summer 2017. Click here to create a login and begin recording those minutes.

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading

Each summer Barnes and Noble holds a special summer reading promotion in which children can earn free books. With two locations nearby at New Hope Commons and Southpoint Mall, it's a quick and easy way to support the summer reading habit while also getting more books in your child's hand. To learn more about this program click here.

Here Is How:

Step 1. Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal (PDF).

Step 2. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. Find a Store.

Step 3. Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store... Enjoy reading!

The Importance of Reading During the Summer

Please use the links below for suggestions on supporting your child as a reader over the summer months.

Summer Tips for Parents - Reading Rockets

Summer Reading Tips - PBS

The Importance of Reading Aloud to Big Kids - Brightly Reading Website

Why Reading the Same Book Repeatedly is Good for Kids - Brightly Reading Website

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