The Small Virtual Library

Summer Reading Edition 2023

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All about Summer Reading!

Summer 2023

Welcome to the LAST Small Virtual Library of the 2022-23 school year! I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have enjoyed creating them each month.

This Small Virtual Library is all about summer reading to help you stay entertained and keep your brain engaged!

Need something before we leave for summer break? Come by the library or contact me via email (you will find my contact info at the bottom of the Smore.) I would love to help you find resources for summer reading or answer any questions you might have!

Be sure you check the ebook info page for how to access books ALL SUMMER and the Sora usernames and passwords.

General Summer Reading Info

Why should we read over the summer?

What "they" say: Studies show that students who participated in summer reading programs also demonstrated higher reading achievement than students who did not participate. The study suggests that children who participate in summer reading programs increased their reading skills, motivation, confidence, and enjoyment.

What you need to know: Reading SHOULD be an enjoyable way for you to be entertained while engaging your brain in ways that video games, TV, movies, videos (I'm looking at you TikTok and YouTube), even audio books, cannot. If you're not enjoying reading, you haven't found the right book. You don't have to follow a program or read for prizes, just READ!

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AISD Summer Reading Program

AISD continues with its "5 Book Dive" summer reading program. The idea behind our summer reading program is to read at least 5 books of your choice over the summer. They have created an excellent list of SUGGESTED titles for all grade levels. Click the image to the right to browse their lists.

FREE Books from Buford the AISD Book Bus!

Books are available on all levels from toddlers through young adult in English and Spanish.

Summer Book Swag Bag from the Small Library

Want to take home 2 FREE books to keep this summer and some library swag?

Fill out the form below (you must be logged into your student portal) by May 18th. The first 60 students to sign up will receive a bag.

See Ms. Sylvia in the library if you have any questions.

Summer Book Swag Bag Form

FREE Summer Reading Incentive Programs in Austin

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Austin Public Library Summer Reading Program

The Austin Public Library wants you to spend your summer with us. Read, Explore and Create with us!

Reading and learning are important all year, but in the summer it is especially important to be an active reader and learner. The Austin Public Library wants you to spend your summer with us. Austin Completely Booked is a great way for us to experience the summer together, and to keep learning. Come Read, Explore and Create with us! Plus, we’re giving away prizes for folks who complete the challenge! (While supplies last.)

Check out the APL Events Page for TEENS to see upcoming events and programs.

Scholastic's Summer Reading

Scholastic has a new platform for summer reading called Home Base. Students can read books online for free, track their reading, and earn books to be donated to areas of need in the US.

Half Price Books "Summer Reading Camp" Summer Reading Program

HPB Summer Reading Camp is where online campers, and their trusty guardians, can get their fill of fun reads and activities to keep busy during lazy days of summer! Summer Reading Camp returns Thursday, June 1, and runs through Monday, July 31. Register now to receive reminders about the camp, and to receive reading lists and fun activities to keep your kiddos busy all summer long!

WHERE to read books online or in person for FREE:

Small MS Ebook Info

Click here for info on the online ebook platforms available ALL SUMMER for Small students.

Austin Public Library

If you received your student APL library card this year or already have an APL card you can checkout books in person or ebooks online. Click the APL link to the right for more information or to get an APL card.
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More ideas for WHAT to read:

2023 Lone Star Book List

Click the Lone Star logo to see the entire Lone Star Book List.

The Lone Star Reading List is developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table. The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6, 7, or 8 to explore a variety of current books.

These books are ALL available on Sora!

2023 Maverick Graphic Novel List

Click the Maverick logo to see the entire 2023 Maverick list.

The Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List (TMGNRL) is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table (YART).

Most of these books are available on Sora! (6-12 list)

We Need Diverse Books

Putting more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children.

Where can you find diverse books? Here is a list of sites that offers diverse titles of all kinds!

NPR's List of 100 Must-Reads for Kids 9-14

Goodreads Top 100 Middle School Must-Reads

See all of the books Ms. Sylvia has recommended in the Small Virtual Library here!

Help complete the stickerboard mosaic. Click the link below to play.

Whether you are moving on to high school, or we will see you again in the fall, I hope you

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