JISD Library Services

2022 Summer Reading Edition

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JISD Initiatives

Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for 5th-grade students. Students read 10 pre-selected books and then come together to demonstrate their abilities and test their knowledge of the books they have read. They work in teams of 3 - 4 to compete against other school teams in the district.

The competition will be in April or May 2023, but students can start reading now.

Click on the image below to see all of the titles.

Tackle the Tayshas Challenge

TAYSHAS is a high school reading list from the Texas Library Association. The list is put out yearly to motivate young adults to become lifelong readers and to participate in the community of readers in Texas. TAYSHAS takes its name from the Caddo Indian word meaning “friends or allies.” The TAYSHAS lists can be found here.

Go to your school’s web page to find the digital form to fill and submit to be entered into the drawings.

Judson High School

Veteran’s High School Library

Wagner High School Library

Digital E-books and Audiobooks


Users may borrow ebooks and audiobooks from JISD and the San Antonio Public Library. What's so great about Sora? Not only can you find the newest books in whichever format you prefer, but you can also get words defined within the text, highlight favorite quotes or text, save notes or annotations to your Google Drive, and select the font and text size that is most comfortable for you! If you need help accessing it, please see the directions HERE.

Sora Sweet Reads

Sora Sweet Reads started May 4th. This program offers 24 Primary School selections and 20 Young Adult titles (3 Audiobooks and 17 eBooks), simultaneous access all through August 17th. For the complete list click here.
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Sync Audiobooks for Teens

Sync Audiobooks offers two FREE audiobooks each week. Once you download the audiobooks, they are yours to keep so that one may read them at leisure. Readers must use the JISD Sora resource to download the books. Users must register HERE. You can also sign up for reminders and see the titles for each week at the same link.

City-Wide Initiatives

San Antonio Public Library

The San Antonio Public Library is offering people of all ages opportunities to read, learn, explore, and connect. Our summer library program is June 1 - July 31, 2022.

For children ages 0-12:

  • Choose a brand new book to start off a summer of reading and fun, while supplies last.

For teens ages 13-18:

  • Pick up a free Teen Summer 2022 t-shirt, while supplies last.
  • Programs and hang outs on Instagram and Discord. Visit https://guides.mysapl.org/summer/teens for details.
  • Playlists on Spotify.

For adults ages 18+:

  • Get a Summer with SAPL Goal Tracker or download it from https://guides.mysapl.org/summer/adults.
  • Track your progress toward your goal with activities of your choice.
  • Receive a limited edition set of SAPL earbuds when you have met your goal.


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Converse Public Library

The Converse Public Library is exctied to bring you this year's Summer Reading program! Registration is now open. Click on the image to the right to register.

You can also sign up at the library.

Participants must be Converse Library card holders. All JISD faculty and staff are eligble for a card.

Capstone Interactive

We’re excited to announce a great resource for reading this summer: Capstone Interactive eBooks!

This summer, Capstone is providing free access to thousands of ebooks that can be read from school, home, or on-the-go. These eBooks can be used with a laptop or desktop computer or an iPad.

Best of all, Capstone Interactive eBooks provide critical supports like text-highlighting and read-aloud audio, recorded by professional voice-over artists. Plus, the easy navigation makes it inviting for your student to find their Capstone favorites: like the spunky Katie Woo, stunning photography from PebblePlus books, and thrilling reads like Library of Doom from Michael Dahl.

And you can feel comfortable knowing your student is exploring an ad-free website bursting with resources to help them read in and out of the classroom.

Click HERE for more information, including passwords.

Barnes & Noble

Fostering a love of reading and its rewards, the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is popular with students in first through sixth grades and educators throughout America.

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.

Summer Reading Log - English

Summer Reading Log - Spanish

The Twig Book Shop Summer Reading Program

HEY Twiglets! Don’t let your brain go to the dogs this summer! Read with The Twig Book Shop in the Dog Days of Summer Reading Program Friday, June 3rd -Saturday, August 6th!

Twiglets have all summer to read and document their success on their Summer Reading Dog Days Sheet.

There are rewards for every 10 books read or read to Twiglets.

Fill out & turn in your completed sheets at The Twig for FANTASICAL goodies and a chance to win one of the $10 TWIG gift certificates drawn weekly.

All ages of TwigTwiglets are welcome to participate by printing out their OWN DOG DAYS OF SUMMER SHEET online @ www.TheTwig.com

Get your Dog Days of Summer Reading Sheet & Doghouse Punch Card @ The Twig counter!! #SummerTimeTwigletsRead

As Lloyd Alexander said, “Keep reading. It's one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.”

There are PILES of books to read, so set your sights on reading this SUMMER!

After all… The World Belongs to Those who Read!

Talking Books Program

The adventure begins on June 1 and continues through August 8!

This year we are trying something new for our TBP Summer Reading Program! The theme is Oceans of Possibilities. You will be able to get themed book lists and matching activity ideas, and enter a prize drawing at the end of summer by writing book reviews.

Sign up is open now and available for ALL AGES—children, teens, and adults!

Half-Price Books

Summer Reading Camp starts June 1! Register to receive reading lists and fun activities to keep your kiddos on their toes, and in the books, all summer long.

  • June 1 – June 19: Camp Creativity (arts and crafts)
  • June 20 – July 4: Camp Discovery (math and science)
  • July 5 – July 17: Camp Motion (sports and dance)
  • July 18 – July 31: Camp Imagination (music and drama)

Summer Reading Club Details


From May 9 through August 19, kids can visit the summer zone in Scholastic Home Base, a completely free digital destination which offers stories, characters, games, and a community of readers. Home Base is moderated for safety 24/7.

By creating an account on Home Base, kids can join a community of readers and will be able to read books and stories; attend author events; interact with their favorite characters; play book-based games and activities; join dance parties; and more!

Sign up for Home Base and visit the Summer Reading zone to start your reading streak today!


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.*

Learn more HERE.

Pizza Hut's Camp Book It!

Camp BOOK IT! is open to all families with PreK-6th grade students (ages 4-12). Parents set goals, track reading and reward their students, all in our digital dashboard.

Spurs Give Summer Reading Challenge

Our Spurs Give Summer Reading Challenge is a fantastic way to continue to train your brain throughout the summer. Designed for San Antonio Students in the South Texas Region from Kindergarten to 8th grade, this program allows for students to keep track of their reading minutes from June 13th through August 8th for a chance to win prizes!

Not only will the top three students with the most minutes read win prizes but we will also host a reading corner to keep our students motivated and sharp!

Click on the image below to register.

Reading is Fundamental Summer Reading

We invite children across the nation to join RIF this summer on a reading road trip. Here is everything needed to help your child(ren) spend their summer visiting new and exciting destinations and keep them reading all summer long!

Click on the image below for details about the program.

City-Wide Summer Fun

Planet Fitness for Teens

Teens 14-19 can work out for free all summer with us through August 31. You read that right! Sign up today to get started. Click HERE to see a video about the program.

Bowlero Summer Pass for Families

Summer Games is kicking off May 2nd and lasts all summer long! Your Summer Games pass lets you bowl 3 games, every day, all summer long for 1 low price. Shoe rental is always included with your pass. Don't wait, save BIG today.

Kids Bowl Free

Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the first ever Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.

Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games each day of the KBF program, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations.

San Antonio participating allies are:

Astro SuperBowl

Bandera Bowling Center


Please contact Lead Librarian, Pamela Arevalo-Thompson, if you have any affirmations, questions, suggestions, or concerns. Have a restful summer full of reading fun.