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Summer Reading 2015

The Classroom Bookshelf will be taking a summer vacation, returning on Monday, August 31st. 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!
2015 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

ALA: 2015 Notable Children’s Books

http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb 

The Horn Book – 2015 Summer Reading Recommendations
http://www.hbook.com/2015/05/choosing-books/recommended-books/2015-summer-reading-recommendations/

Lee and Low Books Diverse Summer Reading Book List, K-8
http://blog.leeandlow.com/2015/06/08/2015-diverse-summer-reading-book-lists-k-8/#more-10911

We Need Diverse Books Summer Reading Series
http://weneeddiversebooks.org/summer-reading-series/

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

Booklist Top 10 Biographies of 2015
http://www.booklistonline.com/ProductInfo.aspx?pid=7521555&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
Note: Classroom Bookshelf selections listed-
Brown Girl Dreaming
Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Trees
The Family Romanov
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus

Great Kid Books: Berkeley School Libraries K-5 Summer Reading Suggestions Based on Fountas and Pinnell Levels
http://greatkidbooks.blogspot.com/p/summer-reading-suggestions.html

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

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 2015 (Audio Book Awards)
http://www.audiopub.org/audies-contest.asp

2015 Notable Children’s Recordings (American Library Association)
http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncr

2015 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

http://www.startwithabook.org 

School Library Journal article on Range, an app that locates free summer meals and libraries as safe havens 
http://www.slj.com/2015/05/technology/applications/indiegogo-campaign-for-an-app-to-help-kids-find-safe-havens-during-summer/#_

Katie Cunningham About Katie Cunningham

Katie is an associate professor of literacy at Manhattanville College. Her work focuses on children’s literature, literacy methods, and literacy leadership. Katie is the author of Story: Still the Heart of Literacy Learning and co-author of Literacy Leadership in Changing Schools. She is passionate about the power of stories to transform lives.