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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!

Collaborative Summer Library Program

ALA: Library Summer Reading Programs

ALA: 2015 Notable Children’s Books 

The Horn Book – 2015 Summer Reading Recommendations

Lee and Low Books Diverse Summer Reading Book List, K-8

We Need Diverse Books Summer Reading Series

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

Children’s Book Council: Building a Home Library

Booklist Top 10 Biographies of 2015
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

Enhancing Summer Reading White Paper 

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 2015 (Audio Book Awards)

2015 Notable Children’s Recordings (American Library Association)

2015 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 

School Library Journal article on Range, an app that locates free summer meals and libraries as safe havens

Katie Cunningham About Katie Cunningham

Katie is an Associate Professor of Literacy and English Education at Manhattanville College. Her work focuses on children’s literature, joyful 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. Her book Start with Joy: Designing Literacy Learning for Student Happiness will be released September 2019. She is passionate about the power of stories to transform lives.