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Summer Reading 2012

Wilson Pond, Maine, © Mary Ann Cappiello

As you scramble to finish up the school year, complete grading, pack-up your classroom and say goodbye to your students, we thought you might want to share the following resources with your students and their parents.

The Classroom Bookshelf will be taking a summer vacation, returning on Monday, August 27th, in time for school to start in our neck of the woods. 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? How did your students respond? What books or teaching activities were real standouts to you? Please feel free to comment on any of the entries, email us, and share your stories. You can email one or all three of us. No story or classroom anecdote is too small!

Mary Ann Cappiello
Erika Thulin Dawes
Grace Enriquez

2012 Summer Readings Lists 

The Horn Book Summer Reading Recommendations

Children’s Choices (International Reading Association)

Teachers’ Choices (International Reading Association)

Teen Reads (National Public Radio)

PBS Parents Summer Reading Challenge 2012

Scholastic Summer Reading 2012

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 2012 (Audio Book Awards)

2012 Notable Children’s Recordings (American Library Association)

2012 Notable Young Adult Recordings (American Library Association)

Audio Books (Listening Library/Random House)

Resources for Teachers/Parents

Literacy Tips for Parents (Reading Rockets)

Summer Reading Loss (Reading Rockets)

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 (2013) and Teaching to Complexity (2015) and Text Sets in Action: Pathways Through Content Area Literacy (Stenhouse, 2021). She has been a guest on public radio and a consultant to public television. From 2015-2018, Mary Ann was a member of the National Council of Teachers of English's Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction (K-8) Committee, serving two years as chair.


  1. Wow! I just discovered your blog doing a search for A Ball For Daisy and I love it! (I realize this comment reads like spam but it isn't 🙂 I teach kindergarten and first grade and look forward to reading your posts over the summer.



  2. This is great! I will check out the audiobooks that you have for our family road trip. Just the other day we were wondering where we could find good audiobooks, and now we have some! Thank you so much!