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Summer Reading

Summer Reading for Success

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Students who read more, know more. By the ninth grade, students should know about 88,000 words! Wide and varied reading is the best way to learn vocabulary!  Wide and varied reading means all kinds of text: magazines, how to manuals, poetry, picture books, news articles, novels and more. Research has shown that year round reading closes the gap between success and struggle. Check out the resources on this page to keep your family reading all year long!

Links to Literacy

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program - earn a free book!

Children's Storybooks Online

NewsELA non-fiction text for grades 2-12

NY Times Learning Network for teenagers

One More Story the best picture books read anytime anywhere

Reading is Fundamental Resources

Reading Rockets Reading Tips for Parents

Science News for Students for middle school students

Shorter news stories and longer features, all written with a vocabulary and sentence structure aimed at readers 9 to 14 years old

West Florida Public Library Children's Programs

Family Read Alouds

Repeated reading is a technique for building fluency. Fluency is an important part of reading because when we can read words automatically, we can spend more brain power thinking about what we are reading. When we understand what we are reading, we can add expression to make the reading fun for ourselves and our listeners. We know when to pause for dramatic effect, how to group phrases so that long sentences make sense, and how to speed up or slow down for excitement or suspense. We get better with practice. Here are some tips and strategies for your family read aloud practice. 

Reading aloud to children

Fluency record sheet

Read Aloud to Build Fluency

K-2 Parent Resources

Grade 1 and 2 family activities Read, Write, Think Resources

Sight Words  printable sight word cards and activities

Vocabulary flash card games

Phonemic Awareness Activities

Raising Readers Phonemic-Awareness

PALS Grocery Store Activity PALS_Grocery Store Sound Shopping

Kindergarten Phonemic Awareness Lesson Teaching Phonemic Awareness

Model Reading Lessons Phonological Awareness Lessons

One of the best things parents can do to reinforce phonemic awareness is to read aloud every day with children.

Check out this Phonemic Awareness Booklist

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West Florida Public Libraries 

West Florida Public Libraries Youth and Adult Summer Reading Begins May 28. Keep track of time spent reading or being read to for a chance to win prizes! Click here for more information. Students can also access E-books and E-audio books using their library card.

MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Log in to your ECSD Beanstack account to log your minutes!

Wanting to do a little research or just increase your knowledge? Check out World Book Online

Log in with your library card.

Around our Community

Florida Association for Media in Education Sunshine State Young Readers book list.

Neighborhood Free Little Libraries

Free little libraries are "book swaps." If you take a book, then return a book. 

Look to see if there is a registered free little library in your area 

Library Map

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Programs-This link will take you to the Barnes and Noble site. 

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Journal for Kids in Grades 1-6. 

Just Read, Florida!

Just Read, Families! 

More resources from Just Read, Florida

FL DOE Reading Standards for Families

ELA Parent Page

Students Reading

Click here for more ways families can support their students all year long!

Places to Get Book Recommendations

Ask your school if they publish a list

Scholastic Book Lists and Reading

Sunshine State Books Scroll down on their page to see lists from this and past years.

Lexile.com Find the Right Book for You

New York Public Library Summer Reading packet  Recommendations from the NY Public Library and a reading packet of activities

Reading is Fundamental Literacy Central digital tools to encourage summer reading: 

      Interactive Literacy Calendar

      Reading Logs and More

      Read Alouds

      Reading Passages