Enjoying The Summer With Literature And Books

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Jul 19, 2014 1:32:10 PM

Developing Avid Readers With Summer Literature

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Summer affords children and adults the opportunity of leisure reading. One of the best ways to create avid readers is to surround kids with books! Parents, families and educators can introduce youngsters to all types of books. Families can take "book trips" and search for books in their communities. Kids and teens can create their own books. Organizations and community members can sell, trade, swap, and give books away.

Books can be found:

  • In the library
  • At schools
  • At book fairs
  • Online
  • At museums
  • At community book swaps
  • Sold at garage sales
  • At grandma's house
  • At the doctor's office
  • Almost anywhere

Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

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The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

English Language Arts Standards » Reading: Literature Grade 1 - 5

Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.

Summer Books

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles that are written about the summer. These books of various genres can be used to entice students to read everyday. These texts offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s educational skills by introducing them to new academic content and vocabulary. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts that helps students enjoy the summer at www.biguniverse.com


thumb The Twelve Days of Summer

by Jan Andrews (author), Susan R. Jolliffe (illustrator) © 2005

ISBN: 9781551438191 AR: /

Patterned on the popular carol, The Twelve Days of Summer takes readers on a joyous journey into summer, from the first discovery of three eggs in a sparrow’s nest to the day when those eggs hatch. Readers will pore over the pictures, searching for that fifth bumblebee, that tenth crow, and for the thoughtfully chosen toy that turns up on each page: a parachute with the goats beard seeds, a fan with the ruffed grouse. This is a story to delight and engage children and adults alike.






Signs of Summer

by Colleen Dolphin (author) © 2013
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ISBN: 9781614802846 AR: / Points 0.5
This fun and engaging title introduces young readers to the summer season. Beautiful double-page photos combine with easy-to-read sentences to illustrate the origins and characteristics of summer. Includes an overview of all the seasons, fun facts, seasonal activities and a quiz. This title is a great way to interest early learners in science while gaining reading practice and skills. SandCastle is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.






Summer Olympic Legends: Basketball

by Nate LeBoutillier (author) © 2012
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ISBN: 9781566601146 AR: / Points 1.0 / Quiz 153307
A survey of the highlights and legendary athletes—such as Brazillian Oscar Schimdt—of the Olympic sport of basketball, which officially became a part of the modern Summer Games in 1936.






Summer Olympic Legends: Volleyball

by Nate LeBoutillier (author) © 2012
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ISBN: 9781566601191 AR: / Points 1.0 / Quiz 153320
A survey of the highlights and legendary athletes—such as Soviet Yuri Chesnokov—of the Olympic sport of volleyball, which officially became a part of the modern Summer Games in 1964.






The Summer of the Marco Polo
by Lynn Manuel (author), Kasia Charko (illustrator) © 2007
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ISBN: 9781551438870 AR: / Quiz 123821
In the summer of 1883 a famous clipper ship ran aground off the coast of Prince Edward Island near the home of a young girl named Lucy Maud Montgomery. Lucy Maud, who became one of Canada’s most beloved writers, wrote about the grand adventure in her journals and reflected on it years later in her notebooks. The town of Cavendish was transformed by the presence of the crew, and the ship’s captain stayed with Lucy Maud and her strait-laced grandparents. Lynn Manuel has taken Lucy Maud’s memories and shaped them into a story that will transfix and enchant readers.






Adventures at Camp Lots-o-Fun

by Marilyn Helmer (author), Mike Deas (illustrator) © 2010
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ISBN: 9781554693481 AR: / Quiz 141280
Bad weather, bugs and boredom — DJ and the boys in Camp Lots-o-Fun’s cabin six are starting to call it Camp Not-so-Fun. To make matters worse, one of the boys has it in for DJ. But DJ isn’t about to let that bother him. His lively imagination and wit ensure there’s never a dull moment. A bear in the woods, monsters in the lake and a hermit’s ghost make for a week at summer camp that none of the boys in cabin six will soon forget.

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