SUMMER READING

CURATED BY THE DESOTO ISD LIBRARIES

AVOID THE SUMMER SLIDE

We know summertime can provide tremendous opportunities for kids to accelerate reading, to experience the social-emotional impact of good literature and stories, and to make up for any lost learning time as access to instruction and reading has had to be completely rethought due to the pandemic. Research has proven that in a typical year, summer reading supports skill gains, and its absence leads to widening skill gaps. With this in mind, the DeSoto ISD Library Program has prepared a list of summer reading opportunities to help get books in the hands of our learners, support social-emotional well-being, build skills and create community among students.
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June 7th join in the Conversation with New YA Authors! Student, Teachers, Parents, Librarians are all welcome.

Is there anything more exciting than reading an incredible debut novel? No! Because in the book world, we’re always excited to celebrate new voices, and these three YA authors are no exception.

Join #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn and The Beautiful series, Renée Ahdieh and Penguin Young Readers on Monday, June 7 at 1PM CT/2PM ET for this free, hour-long discussion where debut authors will be introducing attendees to their first novels and participating in a panel discussion about YA, publishing for the first time, and how they’re excited to work with librarians to meet readers.

We’ll hear from:

  • Olivia Abtahi, author of Perfectly Parvin, a fun rom com about a young Iranian American teen navigating high school, homecoming, and the ramifications of a Muslim ban on her family in Iran.
  • Ryan Douglass, author of The Taking of Jake Livingston, a horror novel in the vein of Get Out.
  • Isaac Fitzsimons, author of The Passing Playbook, a novel about a transgender teen who has to decide between staying stealth or standing up for himself by revealing his identity to all.


Register on the following link: Webinar Registration

Join us in the DeISD Summer Reading Challenge. Read a book of your choice. (You might take a look at some of the books in the Virtual Library). Then, create a book review with Flipgrid that is 120 seconds or less and upload the review in Flipgrid.


We want you to convince other readers to select your book. So, give the title, author, a brief summary, and your own rating of the book (1-5 stars). The more convincing and creative you are, the more likely your classmates will be to follow your lead and read the book!

It’s that time of year again… where the DeSoto Public Library celebrates summer with the annual Mayor’s Summer Reading Club! This year all the fun and activities will begin on May 29th, beginning with a “zoo-per” exciting farm animal petting zoo and more at the Summer Reading Kick-Off Party on Saturday, May 29th, 2021 from 1-3 pm behind the library in the amphitheater.


This event is free and open to all ages. No registration to attend the event is necessary, but registration for the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club starts on May 1st, 2021. For more information, call 972-230-9666.

SMART Summer with Mayor Johnson
Join the Dallas Public Library's "Smart Summer with Mayor Johnson." The Dallas Public Library makes it easy and fun!
  • Kids ages 0-18 who read or are read to at least 20 minutes a day can earn great prizes.
  • After logging 10 days of reading, kids earn a free book of their choice.
  • Each time they reach the 10-day mark, kids can pick up another prize, up to 5 times over the summer.
  • Kids who read at least 50 days by August 14 will be entered to win the grand prizes!
  • Log reading at dallaslibrary.beanstack.org or on the Beanstack app.
  • Printable reading log

OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRE-SCHOOL THRU ELEMENTARY

Virtual Summer Camp Adventure is a twelve-week virtual camp with six bi-weekly themes around Tales and Tails, the national summer reading campaign. We will celebrate fairy tales, zoo animals, pets, graphic novels, sports tales, and others that all readers will love.
  • Each camp theme will have a special choice board filled with reading, learning, making, outside adventures, exercise, cooking, and more.
  • 20 FREE Capstone Interactive eBooks per the theme. That is 120 FREE eBooks for summer reading.
Summer is the perfect time for children to relax, read, and get swept away to places near and far. Together, we can combat the summer reading slide and keep our nation’s children reading and thriving. RIF offers a variety of resources and activities to engage young readers all summer long. JOIN US IN SOAR INTO SUMMER READING!
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 below. And remember, one of the books must be a Read 3 Book (see choices below). 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 prize. 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.*
Join us for Camp BOOK IT! and keep rewarding your kids all summer long. Track and reward your kids' reading for June, July and August in our digital dashboard. When they meet their monthly reading goal, they'll receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut! We'll also share fun activities and book recommendations each week to keep the fun going throughout the summer! Enroll today!
From Monday, April 26 to Friday, September 3 kids can participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Program where they will be encouraged to read, celebrate their achievements and help increase access to books for their peers.
Join the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program. Participation is a fun and easy way for kids to earn free books. They simply read a designated number of books – library books, books borrowed from friends or books bought at Barnes & Noble – write about their favorite part in our Reading Journal, and bring a completed Reading Journal to a Barnes & Noble bookstore. Children then choose their free book from the books listed on the Reading Journal and collect their free book from a store near them during July and August. JOIN US HERE!
Every month is an adventure with new books, fun activities, and cool prizes. So claim your official badge and start exploring! Come join us for a summer of fun filled reading and activities in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS BOOK CLUB.
Challenge your kids to explore new areas of the library. KCEdventures has created a bingo-style printable that covers 15 different genres. Try to read at least one book from each and record them on the sheet.
With the Chuck E. Cheese kids’ summer reading program, kids earn 10 FREE points each time they read for two weeks in a row. Complete the form to claim the free tokens. A food purchase is required.
The Half Price Books kids’ summer reading program hosts gift card giveaways on social media for kids who read for at least 300 minutes during the months of June and July. The program website also features printable coloring sheets, online storytimes, and mystery book recommendations for ages ranging from preschool to teens.

MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL

Now in its 12th year, SYNC is a summer reading program targeted at teens aged 13 and older. The program provides two thematically paired audiobooks for checkout each week, for free, to every registered listener, for 14 weeks. That equals out to 28 free books over the course of the program — a great way to keep your students reading and learning, even if they might not be in class.

Welcome To the Bookshare Book Club! Each month, Bookshare staff will choose books for members to read before hosting discussions near the end of the month. The conversations will take place through Zoom webinars. While we have created this club with Bookshare members in mind, everyone is welcome to join, including non-Bookshare members.

In addition to our adult book club, we have launched the Bookshare Teen Book Club. The teen book club is geared towards ages 12-18, but everyone is welcome to join.

FOR STUDENTS WITH READING DISABILITIES

Bookshare is free to students with reading disabilities. How does it work?

YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARY IS ALWAYS OPEN

Don't forget, you can always find an ebook in your school library by logging in to Destiny Quest. If you've forgotten how to use Destiny, check out the videos on the following links.

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PreK thru 5th Grade Reading Lists

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Middle & High School Reading Lists

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