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Happy Summer Reading!

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The Classroom Bookshelf will be taking a summer vacation, returning on Monday, August 25th. As our final entry for the academic year, we offer you a collection of links designed to keep you and the children and young adults in your life happily reading over the next several months. We wish you have a restful, peaceful, and productive summer. 

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 four of us. No story or classroom anecdote is too small!
Erika, Mary Ann, Grace, and Katie
2014 Summer Readings Lists 
Reading Rockets: Get Ready For Summer!
http://www.readingrockets.org/article/23428

Collaborative Summer Library Program
http://www.cslpreads.org

ALA: Library Summer Reading Programs
http://www.ala.org/tools/libfactsheets/alalibraryfactsheet17

Enhancing Summer Reading White Paper
http://summerreading.pla.org/paper/#focus 

The Horn Book – 2014 Summer Reading Recommendations
http://www.hbook.com/2014/05/choosing-books/recommended-books/2014-summer-reading-recommendations#_ 

Children’s Choices (International Reading Association)
Teachers’ Choices (International Reading Association)

Children’s Book Council: Building a Home Library
http://www.cbcbooks.org/building-a-home-library/?utm_source=Building+a+Home+Library&utm_campaign=Home+Library+Lists&utm_medium=email

PBS Parents: Fun Summer Science Projects for Kids
http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/science/tips/summer-science-projects/

Text Sets for Summer Reading: Cambridge, MA  
http://www3.cpsd.us/Schools/summer_reading


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 2014 (Audio Book Awards)
http://www.theaudies.com/

2014 Notable Children’s Recordings (American Library Association)
http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncr

2014 Notable Young Adult Recordings (American Library Association)


Resources for Teachers/Parents

Literacy Tips for Parents (Reading Rockets)
http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/parents

Summer Reading Loss (Reading Rockets)
http://www.readingrockets.org/article/15218/#literacy

Summer Reading Loss: School Library Journal Interview with Dick Allington
http://www.slj.com/2013/06/curriculum-connections/summer-reading-and-the-richpoor-achievement-gap-an-educator-responds-to-questions/

American Library Association Great Websites for Kids
http://gws.ala.org

The Cooperative Center for Books for Children Bibliographies
http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/books/bibBio.asp

50 Bilingual Spanish/English Integrated Books (CCBC)
http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/books/detailListBooks.asp?idBookLists=102

International Children’s Digital Library
http://en.childrenslibrary.org

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.Start With a Book

Erika Thulin Dawes About Erika Thulin Dawes

Erika is a professor of language and literacy at Lesley University. A former classroom teacher, reading specialist, and literacy supervisor, she now teaches courses in children’s literature, early literacy, and literacy methods. Erika is the co-author of Learning to Write with Purpose, Teaching with Text Sets, and Teaching to Complexity.