Special SUMMER READING edition!

Why read over the summer?

Research shows that kids who do not read over the summer often suffer from "summer slide" or "brain drain." This means that it can take longer to catch up and get in the swing of things when the new school year starts and grades can suffer. Don't let this happen! READ, READ, READ! If you need a little extra push or incentive to get you reading, there are programs for little kids, big kids, and grown ups too (parents and teachers, you need to be good reading role models!) Participate in the summer reading program at the Lexington County Public Library; participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge; or come up with your own summer reading challenge (you could even join Mrs. Byrd Fort and challenge yourself to read a #bookaday this summer)! Doesn’t matter how you do it, just as long as you READ!

Don’t know what to read? Check out this list of authors and resources! Mrs. Byrd Fort will be sharing more ideas on the Learning Commons Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages throughout the summer – be sure to LIKE and FOLLOW the Learning Commons so that you don’t miss out!

Authors/Illustrators for grades K-2

David Adler *Author of the Cam Jansen series

Tedd Arnold

Brod Bagert

Phil Bildner

Jan Brett

Marc Brown *Author of the Arthur series

Peter Brown

Eric Carle

Doreen Cronin

Tomie DePaola

Lois Ehlert

Anthony Fredericks

Gail Gibbons

Kevin Henkes

Steve Jenkins *Animal Non-fiction!

Ezra Jack Keats

Jon Klassen

Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Leo Lionni

Robert Munsch

Jack Prelutsky *Funny poet!

April Pulley Sayre

Cynthia Rylant

Jon Scieszka

Dr. Seuss

David Shannon

Mo Willems

Authors/Illustrators for grades 3-5


Brod Bagert

Phil Bildner

Meg Cabot *Author of the Ally Finkle series

Matt Christopher *GREAT for sports lovers

Sharon Creech

Christopher Paul Curtis

Rahl Dahl

Margaret Peterson Haddix *Page-turners!

James Howe

Erin Hunter *Author of the Warriors series

Brian Jacques *Author of the Redwall series

Peg Kehret

Jeff Kinney *Author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

Gordon Korman

Jarrett J. Krosoczka *Author of Lunch Lady Graphic Novels

Lois Lowry

Megan McDonald *Author of the Judy Moody and Stink books

Gary Paulsen

Dav Pilkey *VERY FUNNY!

Patricia Polacco

Ron Roy *Author of the A to Z Mystery series

Cynthia Rylant

Louis Sachar

Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Jerry Spinelli

R.L. Stine

About Us

The Vision and Mission of the New Providence Elementary School Learning Commons is to ensure that students are effective users of ideas and information in regards to both print and online resources. We strive to provide library media materials and services appropriate to the curriculum of the school and to provide library media materials and services that meet the information and recreational needs of the learning community and that will encourage the 4 C's - Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, and Communication. We provide opportunities for collaboration between the Learning Commons Specialist, the Technology Integration Specialist, and the Classroom Teacher to integrate information literacy and technology into instruction.


Saturday, Jun 1st, 9am-4pm

301 Gervais Street

Columbia, SC


South Carolina State Museum, Saturday, June 1 9am – 4pm

Kick off summer reading with award winning authors Peter Brown and Will Hillenbrand.