Hawthorne Summer Reading Ideas

from Ms Levine, DCSD Teacher-Librarian

The 2015-2016 Georgia Book Award Nominees AKA The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Books for Grades 4-5

Whether you want to be on the reading bowl team or just find a great book for summer reading, the reading bowl list is for you! Did you know that the books are in this list are Georgia Book Award Nominees? Download your own Reading Bowl list - Just click on "BOOK AWARD Grade 4-8 finalists" list and then use the 4-8 list or browse their covers below! http://gcba.coe.uga.edu/2015-2016-nominees/


Summer Vacation Reading Program Videos Below: English and Spanish! Get Motivated and Get to the DeKalb County Public Library! Be a hero, sign up for a library card!

Dekalb County Public Library Vacation Reading Program: Every Hero Has a Story!

May 28 — July 31, 2015

FROM DCPL WEB PAGE: http://dekalblibrary.org/read-and-grow/vacation-reading-program

Kick-off Programs for Wee Readers for Babies from birth to age 2 and Children ages 3-12:

Thursday, May 28 @ 10:00 a.m. at the Stonecrest Library
Thursday, May 28 @ 2:00 p.m. at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library
Saturday, May 30 @ 10:00 a.m. at the Decatur Library

Kick-off Program for Teens ages 13-17:
Friday, May 29 @ 6:00 p.m. at the Decatur Library

***Jeff McClure of Got Magic! kicks off the summer with an awesome magic show and a visit from a thrilling superhero!!

***Make a craft and bring cameras and smiles for a picture with Iron Man and DeKalb County Public Library’s mascot, Dog in the Woods.

***Don’t forget to sign up for the Every Hero Has a Story Vacation Reading Program.

***Continue reading throughout the summer and receive an invitation to a special end-of-summer wrap up celebration!

Every Hero Has a Story - For Children ages 3–12

Sign up at any branch and receive a reading log, bookmark and sticker. Earn raffle tickets for hours read and/or literacy activities completed.

  1. • Complete the top half of the reading log and receive one raffle ticket.
  2. • Complete the bottom half of the reading log and receive a certificate, bag, mood pencil (while supplies last) and raffle ticket.
  3. • Continue reading for additional raffle tickets.

Unmask! - For Teens ages 13–17

Teens can pick up a reading log at any DeKalb County Public Library or sign up online and earn raffle tickets for hours read and/or literacy activities completed. There is no limit to the number of raffle tickets earned. For more information, please visit Unmask!

VRP Prizes:

Children and teens who participate in the Vacation Reading Program can earn raffle tickets for a variety of prizes, including but not limited to books, Amazon Kindle Fires and free tickets to cultural and amusement venues around Atlanta.

Download Electronic Books at the Dekalb County Public Library! SAVE TRIPS TO THE LIBRARY!

Here is a direct link to the new Electronic Books at the DCPL. If you want to know how to get to the electronic books, there are some directions for you to follow. First though, you MUST have your library card number and PIN number. If you need help with this, contact the library branch for help!


  1. STEP ONE: http://dekalblibrary.org/
  2. STEP TWO: Click "E-Library" on green bar
  3. STEP THREE: Select "ebooks and downloadable audio books"
  4. STEP FOUR: Scroll down the page a little and find black icon that says "OVERDRIVE go now"
  5. STEP FIVE: Look at the the subject headings to find a book OR TYPE IN YOUR TITLE in the upper right hand corner search bar!
  6. STEP SIX: Hover your mouse over book cover and choose "borrow" or "sample" The sample will show you a page from the book.
  7. STEP SEVEN: To borrow the book you will need to type in your library card number and PIN number. Have an adult help you with this.
  8. STEP EIGHT: You will need to need to know how to download this and you will need to know how to choose the right file format for your device. Notice that there is an overdrive app. You will need to download this.
  9. Read the help files and the download notes on this page for extra information and support. Many answers to device specific questions can be found here!


FREE Electronic Books Through MyOn Thru Aug, 30 2015

About this myON Books account

Through a partnership between Get Georgia Reading – Georgia Campaign for Grade Level Reading and myON, all educators, librarians, students and parents in Georgia have free access toover 8,000 enhanced digital books from myON through August 30th.

During this trial, all readers will share a single account that provides them with unlimited 24x7 access to myON's enhanced digital books, without the personalization elements.

LOG IN: information is live and ready for you to access the more than 8,000 books on myON.

To login, please go to www.myON.com and click the red Log in now button.

Enter the following information:

School Name: ***** Obtain from Teacher-Librarian. It is not the name of of our school but it is the same special name for ALL GA SCHOOLS!

Username: read

Password: read


Have fun with TumbleBooks!

Remember that Tumblebooks has picture books, chapter books, and videos!

The *standard log in is needed-just ask your child what it is or email Ms Levine for help!


GUYS READ! A Reading Program for guys by Jon scieszka

GUYS READ is a set of books and also a reading club that makes monthly book recommendations for guys! The GUYS READ books are very engaging collections of short stories based on a theme. Learn about the history and mission of "Guys Read" http://www.guysread.com/

The GUYS READ anthologies are recommended for grades 4 and up.

Amazingly Interesting Capstone Interactive Books

Turn on your computer, IPAD, or iPhone to read some fascinating books. We own 210 amazing books on a variety of topics that students can read on their own, or have narrated for them. Right now, this resource is being underutilized. This is not a subscription service so these books will not expire. However, library materials funds were used to make this purchase. It is important that you give the Teacher-Librarian feedback about the Capstone Interactive books so she will know if you find them useful.

*standard log in is needed-just ask your child what it is or email Ms Levine for help!http://www.mycapstonelibrary.com/login/index.html

Watch 69 "Meet the Author Videos" on TeachingBooks.net

If you are not looking at TeachingBooks.net, you are really missing out. Dekalb County School District has generously purchased this very useful resource. Enjoy a virtual visit with familiar authors while meeting new ones too! Learning about new authors will help you get hooked on new books and genres! http://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?mta=c

*Standard log in is needed-just ask your child what it is or email Ms Levine for help!

Graphic Organizers 4 U 2 Show What U Know!

Here is the link to the downloadable pdf files for the graphic organizers!

The graphic organizers below were found on the Curriculum Corner website. I uploaded them to my Weebly blog for your convenience, since the .jpgs below won't print full size for you. But, they are great for previewing! http://thehawthornelibrary.weebly.com/graphic-organizers.html

The Pictures Below of the Graphic Organizers are For Preview Mode Only!

If you want to print the graphic organizers, click the link above, which will take you to the downloadable pdfs.


Complete the HES Summer Reading Challenge and earn an invitation to a reading celebration in the fall. Be prepared to share what you learned from your books at the celebration! Click this link to get a downloadable copy of the HES Summer Reading Challenge
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