Summer Reading & Learning

by Mrs. Tinguely @schoolmediamom

Kate DiCamillo Community Message : CSLP 2015 PSA

Coolest Reading Destination Challenge

Are you reading at the Prior Lake beach? Are you reading in a camping tent? On the top of a mountain, the Empire State Building, Dairy Queen, Near Jeffers Pond, or are you reading on your trampoline?


You don’t need to travel far to be creative because you can read ANYWHERE!

Send me your picture this summer of your Coolest Reading Destination!

Ask a parent permission to email Mrs. Tinguely at ktinguely@plsas.org. Add your name, grade, location and book title!


The top 4 coolest pictures will win either an iTunes gift card, Barnes & Noble gift card, or free books.

Pictures will be posted on the JP/GD media center website, Twitter, & in the media center!

Search our Card Catalog! Click on ebooks!

  • Free to use!
  • Jeffers Pond Card Catalog
  • Mackin Via user name and passwords - same as the ones in class - email Mrs. Tinguely if you forget the username and passwords to these great resources.

Tumble Books Available through August 4th, 2015

Tumble Book Link the username and password are the same as the ones we used in class!
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Epic Book App

  • Parents can track their child's reading progress from any mobile device. First 2 months free with this code: EpicReading, then$4.99 /month thereafter.
  • One of Mrs. Tinguely's favorites to use with her second grader at home.
  • Link to website

FarFaria Free Books

  • FarFaria Link
  • Free app for iOs users
  • **Content is sometimes not as preferable as the Epic resource above.
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Book Sharing Sites and Book Lists

Let us know what you're reading now!

Double click on the padlet and type the title of a book you're reading! While you're there, read what others are reading. Who knows- maybe you'll find one you want to check out!

Biblionasium - Used with 3, 4 and 5th graders!

This site is a free, protected social network for children ages 6-13 designed to engage, encourage and excite young people about reading.

Free Reading Contests

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Contest

Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store.

Half Price Books

Read 15 minutes a day for a month in June and July. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning. Use the reading log, add up your minutes, and have your parent or guardian initial each week.

Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenge

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program for children. Join today and let’s set a new reading world record for summer 2015! (May 4 - Sept 4, 2015)

Fun Websites to Check out

Camp Wonderopolis

Camp Wonderopolis is headed to new frontiers this year with a theme of Mission to Wonder. Camp will enable programs, families, and individuals to customize their experience to their needs while campers explore different tracks of STEM-based exploration. Along the way they will build their vocabulary, background knowledge, and literacy skills.

Sylvia's Maker Play Lists

Check out these cool maker instructions!

National Geographic Website

Play games, watch videos, learn about animals, and places, and get fun facts on the National Geographic Kids website.

Smithsonian For Kids

Smithsonian for Kids offers students a glimpse into the offerings of the Smithsonian Museums, as well as Smithsonian Quests.