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Summer Reading 2013

The Classroom Bookshelf will be taking a summer vacation, returning on Monday, August 26th. 
During this time, we would really love to hear from you. If you have used teaching ideas from our blog in your classroom, how did it go? What worked? What didn’t? How did your students respond?
Please email one or all three of us. No story or classroom anecdote is too small!
Grace, Erika, Mary Ann

2013 Summer Readings Lists 

First and foremost, check out what is happening at your own local library! 
Collaborative Summer Library Program
The Horn Book Summer Reading Recommendations
Children’s Choices (International Reading Association)
Teachers’ Choices (International Reading Association)
PBS Parents Summer Reading Challenge 2013

Scholastic Summer Reading 2013

New York Public Library Summer Reading Resources (Useful no matter where you live!)

Audio Books for Families 

We love audio books for long car rides with the family. Many public libraries now have downloadable audio books that you can listen to on an MP3 player, iPad, or iPod. Check in with your local public library and share the details with parents and students before the year is over. You might want to search for some of the books included in these lists below.

The Audies Awards 2013 (Audio Book Awards)

2013 Notable Children’s Recordings (American Library Association)

2013 Notable Young Adult Recordings (American Library Association)

Resources for Teachers/Parents

Literacy Tips for Parents (Reading Rockets)

Summer Reading Loss (Reading Rockets)

Summer Reading Loss: School Library Journal Interview with Dick Allington

Reading Nonfiction for Pleasure: “Curriculum Connections,” School Library Journal

American Library Association Great Websites for Kids

The Cooperative Center for Books for Children Bibliographies

50 Bilingual Spanish/English Integrated Books (CCBC)

International Children’s Digital Library
Free digital PDFs of children’s picture books from around the globe in their original language. There is an iPad app that allows for easy viewing on your iPad.

Mary Ann Cappiello About Mary Ann Cappiello

Mary Ann is a professor of language and literacy at Lesley University. A former public school language arts and humanities teacher, she is a passionate advocate for and commentator on children’s books. Mary Ann is the co-author of Teaching with Text Sets and Teaching to Complexity.