Summer Reading 2018

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Summer is here! That means lots of time to soak up some really great reads. With so many amazing books written for children it's hard to know where to dive in first. Picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, informational books, biographies, the list goes on. Summer allows children an opportunity to engage in reading for pleasure as they explore various genres and navigate their way towards the books and stories that bring them the most pleasure.

Beyond the sheer joy, there are also many benefits to summer reading that support student learning and prevent a loss in reading abilities while away from school. Access to reading materials (think public library) and time spent engaging with text are the most critical components to ensure children don't suffer reading loss over the summer months.

Below you will find resources for families to take advantage of this summer to support the summer reading habit with your child. From national book challenges to local programs at the public library there is something for everyone. You will also find book lists, read-alikes and more that will be helpful as you navigate the world of children's literature with your child.

Lift Your Voice -- Summer Reading Style!

Are you blasting through books this summer? Lift your voice and share what you are reading with others using our Northside Voice Flipgrid! We want to see and hear all the ways you choose to read this summer and what books are capturing your attention! Tell us about your book and why others should read it too! Together we will share our amazing reading lives and the great books that are keeping us engaged in reading all summer long! You can post your Flipgrid video to our digital summer Flipgrid reading link below. Happy relaxing, happy reading and happy summer vacation! (Password: Northside)

Recommended Summer Reading Lists

CHCCS Recommended Summer Reading Lists

Looking for summer reading suggestions? Want to know what authors and books are great for your child to read independently or together while on break from school? Click the links below to access recommended titles compiled by the CHCCS team of librarians. Titles are arranged based on the grade level your child will be in for the 2018-2019 school year. CHCCS Recommended SUMMER READING LISTS can be accessed here.

Scholastic has also published suggested reading lists based on age range of children. There are some great titles on here too and perfect suggestions for the whole family!

Summer Reading Book Suggestions (In English and Spanish)

American Library Service to Children Booklists

ALSC's Summer Reading Lists are filled with new and exciting titles! The lists are full of book titles recommended for children from Birth-Grade 8. These titles are sure to keep children engaged in reading all summer long.





"Just Right" Booklists

Check out these book titles based on "Just Right" reading levels that we developed to support students, teachers and parents for independent reading.

Click here to access these lists.

Diverse Summer Reading Booklist

Lee and Low Books is committed to publishing award-winning, diverse books for today’s children! Check out their selection of summer reading books and ask for them at your library! You can access the Diverse Summer Reading Booklist here.

Chapel Hill Public Library Summer Reading

Each year the local public libraries offer a multitude of activities and programming over the summer months. This year's theme is "Summer Blast!" The summer reading program officially kicks off June 1. On Friday, June 8 from 2:00-6:00 the library will host a Summer Reading Kick-off party. This event will include entertainers, food trucks, and more! Click here to learn more about the Summer Reading Challenge at the CHPL and how you can participate in the fun! Simply visit the desk at the CHPL to sign up and receive a reading log.

June 1 - August 15, 2017

Summer Reading means summer fun! Read all summer long, track your reading progress, and win fun prizes. Plus, reading helps keep your brain in shape. So, let's get started!

  • Print a log or pick one up from the library. You get a color changing cup, too
  • Read for 10 hours and get a pocket notebook
  • Read for 20 hours by August 15 and get a free book, a great coupon, and a bumper sticker
  • Keep reading! You can pick another bumper sticker every 20 hours

What counts as reading?

You can read to yourself, to someone else or have someone read to you. You can read books, magazines or comics, or listen to recorded books.

How much should I read each day?

We all read at our own pace, so you can go as fast or as slow as you want. Aim for at least 20 minutes a day. If you have any questions about the Summer Reading Program or how to use this Chapel Hill Public Library website to register, please call the Youth Services Desk at 919-968-2778.

Buy Local - Read Local: Flyleaf Books Summer Reading Promotion

Check out the summer reading program from Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Northside, you can visit this fantastic bookstore, load up on summer reading selections and participate in their in-house summer reading program.

How does it work? Simply:

1) Pick up your summer reading bookmark in store.

2) Fill it out with your 3 summer reads.

3) Turn it in for awesome prizes!

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading

Each summer Barnes and Noble holds a special summer reading promotion in which children can earn free books. With two locations nearby at New Hope Commons and Southpoint Mall, it's a quick and easy way to support the summer reading habit while also getting more books in your child's hand. To learn more about this program click here.

Here Is How:

Step 1. Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal (PDF).

Step 2. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. Find a Store.

Step 3. Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store...

Enjoy reading!

The Importance of Reading During the Summer

Please use the links below for suggestions on supporting your child as a reader over the summer months.

Summer Tips for Parents - Reading Rockets

Summer Reading Tips - PBS

The Importance of Reading Aloud to Big Kids - Brightly Reading Website

Why Reading the Same Book Repeatedly is Good for Kids - Brightly Reading Website

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