"Summer slide" is the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. The good news is that preventing summer slide is as easy as reading for 20 minutes a day over the summer. The best news is that children who read for 20 minutes a day over the summer can make a "summer leap" and actually make reading gains!

Watch this short video to learn how to prevent the summer slide!

Dav Pilkey: Be a Reading Superhero!


This is a question that librarians and teachers get a lot, and luckily the answer is simple. Your kiddo should be reading whatever interests them. According to the 2019 Kids and Family Reading Report, 89% of kids agree that their favorite books are the ones that they have picked themselves. If they love learning about dinosaurs let them read all about dinosaurs. If they are rereading Wings of Fire for what feels like the 10th time, that is okay too. If graphic novels are their thing, let them read graphic novels.

Kids who spend time reading are better readers regardless of what they read.

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Book Access

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Going on a road trip this summer? Your family might enjoy listening to an audiobook!

Listening to a story not only helps the miles fly by, but it also has some of the same benefits as reading. Listening to audiobooks helps to build an understanding of narrative structure allowing listeners to use their imagination and encourages visualization. Both of these are skills that are linked to improved reading comprehension. Listeners must process what they are hearing to comprehend and are exposed to new vocabulary.

Most importantly, audiobooks have the potential to reinforce the notion that reading is a pleasurable lifelong activity.

Some of Mrs. Edmondson's favorite family-friendly audiobooks are the:

  • Harry Potter Series narrated by Jim Dale
  • The Ramona Series narrated by Stockard Channing
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events narrated by Tim Curry and a full cast

Plano Public Library has so many awesome audiobooks to choose from. You can borrow them for free and download them directly to your phone or device for easy listening or checkout CDs or Playaways!

Plano Public Library

Summer is the perfect time to explore the Plano Public Library and discover your world! Sign up for a library card (free for Plano residents) to check out items and use the computers. Programs are free and open to anyone, no library card needed. See our full schedule on the library’s website. Here are some highlights:

· Davis Library Grand Reopening was on Sunday, May 15 - they are open to the public again!

· Enter the Bookmark Contest until June 15. Entry forms are available online and at all five library locations. For ages 5+

· Celebrate your learning goals at the Summer Kickoff on Saturday, June 4 at all five library locations: Harrington & Parr 10am-12pm; Davis 12-2pm; Haggard & Schimelpfenig 2-4pm. Learn more about the Summer Learning program at Plano Public Library with this video

· Pick up a Passport at the Kickoff or any of the libraries starting June 4, and turn in August 1-14 to get a prize

· Visit the nationally touring Thinking Money for Kids interactive exhibit at Haggard Library beginning July 13

· Workshops like Movie Maker Camp, Website Development and Youth Entrepreneurship Academy are perfect for teens

· The Buy a Bag of Books Sale, June 11-19 at Davis Library, features books, movies and more for only $10 a bag


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This summer reading program through Barnes & Noble gives children going into grades 1st-6th the ability to earn a FREE book by reading 8 books of their choice and filling out the summer reading journal available for download here.

The free book choices this year are great, it looks like something for everyone! The grade-level guides are just suggestions, kids can pick any title they are interested in. The bolded ones are some of Mrs. Edmondson's favorites.


The Alien Next Door 1: The New Kid A. I. Newton

The Bad Seed Goes to the Library Jory John

Baloney and Friends Greg Pizzoli

Henry Heckelbeck Gets a Dragon Wanda Coven

The Inflatables in Bad Air Day Beth Garrod & Jess Hitchman

Juana y Lucas Juana Medina

Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party Megan McDonald

The Kingdom of Wrenly 1: The Lost Stone Jordan Quinn

Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride Kate DiCamillo

Pete the Cat Goes Camping James Dean

National Geographic Readers: Sharks Anne Schreiber

GRADES 3 & 4

Cat Ninja Matthew Cody

Horse Country 1: Can’t Be Tamed Yamile Saied Méndez

The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter Aaron Reynolds

Laugh-Out-Loud: The Big Book of Knock-Knock Jokes Rob Elliott

Lety alza su voz (Lety Out Loud) Angela Cervantes

Phoebe and Her Unicorn Dana Simpson

Trapped in a Video Game Dustin Brady

Ways to Make Sunshine Renée Watson


Ali Cross James Patterson

Amari and the Night Brothers B. B. Alston

Camp Kayla Miller

Esperanza renace (Esperanza Rising) Pam Muñoz Ryan

Fins: A Sharks Incorporated Novel Randy Wayne White

Hooky Miriam Bonastre Tur

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus Dusti Bowling

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Free Play Arcade-Read It!

Read Books! Play Games! Repeat!

Here at Free Play, there is only one thing we love (almost) as much as authentic video games – BOOKS! So welcome to our summer reading club: Read It! All you have to do is read 5 books and fill out an online form – in return you get a free admission to any Free Play arcade AND your choice of Read It! swag when you redeem that free admission. Happy summer everyone!


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Half Price Books-Summer Reading Camp


This June and July 2022:

  • Students can earn $5 in Bookworm Bucks to spend in the store on any book they want!
  • Reading Logs: All logs will be turned in virtually this year and reading rewards sent via email!
  • Weekly Printable Activities: Each week we will offer a brand new printable activity sheet for your young readers, including mazes, coloring sheets, word searches and more!

Chuck E Cheese

Track reading every day for 2 weeks and earn 10 free play points! This reward can be earned multiple times.

Reading Tracker