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Happy Summer Reading!

Photo M.A. Cappiello

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!

Collaborative Summer Library Program

ALA: Library Summer Reading Programs

Enhancing Summer Reading White Paper 

The Horn Book – 2014 Summer Reading Recommendations 

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

Children’s Book Council: Building a Home Library

PBS Parents: Fun Summer Science Projects for Kids

Text Sets for Summer Reading: Cambridge, MA

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)

2014 Notable Children’s Recordings (American Library Association)

2014 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

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.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.