Summer Reading

Rock Chapel Elementary Media Center Newsletter 2020

Why Your Child Should Read During the Summer Months:

Reading during the summer is especially important for children. Research shows that an extended break from school can create something called the “summer slide.”


“Summer slide” is the tendency for students, to lose the reading and literacy skills they have learned during the school year. This may create a gap in reading that can have long-term effects on your child’s reading and comprehension. To keep this from happening students need to continue to read for 20 minutes or more daily while out during summer break.

Helpful Tips That Will Make Reading Fun

The summer months can be a very busy time for children. They may take trips, attend summer camps, hang out with family, visit friends, spend time on social media, or play online games. But we shouldn't forget that summer reading is a critical activity that children should engage in so that they can not only retain the reading and literacy skills earned the previous school year, but also to grow in knowledge and skills for the upcoming school year. Parents, make summer reading a priority for your children. Here are a few tips to make reading enjoyable for both you and your children this summer:


  • Read 20 minutes daily. Reading promotes brain development and makes you smarter. Students who scored 90% better than their peers on reading tests, read for more than 20 minutes a day.
  • Pick a just right book. If a book is to easy it will not challenge your child and if it is too hard it will frustrate them. Use the Five Finger Rule.
  • Read aloud together with your child every day. Reading books aloud helps to develop vocabulary, oral language skills, listening skills, and fluency.
  • Encourage Reading by Setting a good example! Keep plenty of reading material around the house. Turn off the TV and have each person read his or her book, including mom and dad.
  • Make connections between books and life. while reading aloud to your child or reading the same book as your child don't forget to ask probing questions to help make text to self, text to text, and text to world connections.

  • Let kids choose books about his or her interests. They will develop an enjoyment of reading and can become lifelong readers.
  • Create a reading space. A quiet comfortable space free of distractions always makes reading more enjoyable.

  • Encourage all forms of reading. Children need to read for information using magazines and newspapers as well as reading for enjoyment by reading chapter books, picture books, comics, and graphic novels.

Summer reading programs & Resources

Summer reading programs are a great way to encourage your child to read over the summer months. Preventing summer loss is the main objective of summer reading programs. Below you will find some excellent programs that will encourage your students to read for pleasure while they brush up on their reading/literacy skills.

"Imagine Your Story" - Summer Reading Champion Carmen Agra Deedy 2020

DCPL Summer Reading Program

The DeKalb County Public Library will operate its summer reading program between June 1, 2020, and July 31, 2020.


Fairy Tales, Folklore, Storytelling, Castles, Magic, Dragons, Knights, Unicorns… How will you ​imagine your story​ ?


  • Open to all ages.
  • Introducing ​Beanstack​, our new reading challenge software and mobile app.
  • Track reading progress and activities in Beanstack to earn digital badges, prizes and more!


Be sure to visit ​dekalblibrary.org​ ​and our social media sites for upcoming information about registering, programs, getting a library card, and more.

Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza!

Scholastic has committed to providing at-home learning over the summer months with Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza.


The free program unites students in a nationwide campaign that celebrates reading for fun while providing access to books during the summer months. This summer children will experience more books, reading, games, and excitement with a free destination: Scholastic Home Base in a safe online community for readers. Kids can track their reading streaks to earn points and prizes while striving to reach the goal of donating 100,000 books by July. Please read the fact sheet below for detailed information and the Home-Based flyer for login details.

Get Georgia Reading

Get Georgia Reading, in collaboration with Renaissance is providing free access to thousands of enhanced digital books–plus engaging daily news articles–this summer for all children, parents/guardians, educators, and librarians. The free summer reading program will be available

through August 21, 2020.


Select the flyer below for login information.

Get started now!

Destiny Discover

Destiny Discover provides one discovery interface for students and educators to search and access all of the Rock Chapel media center print and digital resources, including eBooks, audiobooks, and interactive books, as well as free and paid subscription databases. You Click this video link to learn how to gain access and use Destiny Discover. Remember to login using your s# (sxxxxxxxxx) and the password is destiny.

Sora By Overdrive

Sora is a gateway to the best selection of ebooks and audiobooks available to students, with millions of titles for all interests and abilities. Students can access Sora by logging onto Launchpad and finding the Sora app. They will then gain access to the Rock Chapel ebook collection and the DCSC collection of ebooks and audiobooks. Please click and view this video clip to discover why the Sora by Overdrive app will help your child enjoy and grow as they read this summer!