60 Days of Summer Fun… #2- The 3 Rs Starts with READING – Part 1-The Booklists

We’re so passionate about READING that we’re giving the topic our undivided attention.

PART 1- The Booklists
PART 2- Making Reading Fun from the Get Go
PART 3- Books for Girls
PART 4- Books for Boys
PART 5- You’re Never Too Old for Read Alouds

So be sure to check out our multi-part series on READING, starting with, of course, the master booklist resource below.

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The single most important thing you can do to prevent learning loss is to read. Involve your child in the process by making an outing to the local library for a library card, spend a rainy afternoon at the main library or head to your local book store to wander the shelves for your favorite titles.

Not sure what to read? Consult our Summer Reading list below for choosing the classics, award winning books, books by theme, best books for girls and for boys, books by level or various other reading lists.

Be sure to explore multiple genres in your summer reading list including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, chapter books, picture books, graphic novels, newspapers and magazines and more. Take advantage of reading opportunities on the go, subscribe to the weekend paper and make it a family affair, sharing what you learn as you read.

Here are GREAT READING RESOURCES to get you started this summer with book lists for your child:

The Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street College of Education strives to guide librarians, educators, parents, grandparents, and other interested adults to the best books for children published each year. In choosing books for the annual list, reviewers consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes. Nonfiction titles are further evaluated for accuracy and clarity. Each book accepted for the list is read and reviewed by at least two committee members and then discussed by the committee as a whole.

The Children’s Book Review, named one of the ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Great Web Sites for Kids, is a resource devoted to children’s literacy. We publish reviews and book lists of the best books for kids of all ages. We also produce author and illustrator interviews and share literacy based articles that help parents, grandparents, teachers and librarians to grow readers.

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA’s 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States. This reading  list was tabulated from an online survey taken by children.

Summerreading.org is a great tool to encourage your child to read! Help them create an account and add books to their online shelf throughout the summer.

The ALA-Children’s Book Council (CBC) Joint Committee, with cooperation from ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee, created the four Building a Home Library bibliographies featured here to provide guidance to parents, grandparents, and others interested in assembling a high-quality library for their children at home. When creating these lists the committee looked to include tried and true classics; under the radar gems; multicultural books; and new, yet notable, reads for all ages.

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children.  From creative programming and best practices to continuing education and professional connections—ALSC members are innovators in the field of children’s library service. This list provides links to medal award winning children’s books.

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children.  This list provides links to 2014 Notable children’s books for young and middle readers.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library began more than a century ago as a treasured repository of knowledge. Although people have evolved to read, explore and acquire knowledge in many new ways since then, one important feature has endured: Their services remain free to all who come to them with a desire to research, learn and experience. The Book Hive is a searchable guide to children’s literature brought to you by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Bertha Mahony founded The Horn Book in 1924 to herald the best in children’s literature. The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide are the most distinguished journals in the field of children’s and young adult literature and the core of the company.  The Horn Book Guide Online is a fully searchable database of more than 80,000 reviews.

A reading list with a twist! Children themselves evaluate the books and write reviews of their favorites. Since 1974, Children’s Choices have been a trusted source of book recommendations used by teachers, librarians, parents—and children themselves.

The CCBC has created bibliographies and booklists of recommended books on a wide range of themes and topics. They are organized them into the following categories: Books for Babies, Toddlers, and PreschoolersBooks for Elementary AgeBooks for Middle and High School AgeComplete List (All CCBC Bibliographies of Recommended Books)Many of the lists include books for a wide range of reading ages and will be found under more than one category.

The Database of Award-Winning Children’s Literature was created by librarian Lisa Bartle to provide a quick reference, searchable database for exemplary children’s literature. You can search by age of readerpoint of viewgenderethnicitylanguage and many more categories.

In one place, TeachingBooks.net provides all of our instructional materials (lesson plans, Meet-the-Author interviews, author websites, video book trailers, and more) aligned to the books and authors on any reading list you’re using.

HarperCollins Children’s Books is one of the leading publishers of children’s books. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality books for children, HarperCollins is home to many of the classics of children’s literature, including Goodnight MoonWhere the Wild Things AreThe Giving TreeCharlotte’s Web, the Ramona books, and countless other award-winning titles. This list provides printable Teaching and Reading Guides for hundreds of titles.

A large collection of reading lists compiled by The Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page. Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page consists of over 1150 pages of information on gifted children and adults, including 650 pages of Hoagies’ Page collection, plus 500 pages of ERIC Clearinghouse for Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERICEC).

Includes 160,000 book reviews for librarians, book groups and book lovers- from the American Library Association.

A selection of Common Sense Media editor picks for family reading this summer including books about camp, books with characters of color, beach reads, coming of age books, fantasy books, adventure books, books for reluctant readers and more.

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