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Summer Reading and Free Stuff!


First of all, thanks to all of the kids, families, and teachers for a great year in the lab and library. Hanging out with kids, books, teachers, and computers everyday isn’t a bad way to spend my time – you should be jealous. Special HUGE thanks to everyone who volunteers in the lab and library. I couldn’t do any of this without you. I hope your summer is full of fun, learning,  and, of course, reading – which is really, really, really fun.

This week, Miss Miriam (who is crazy cool) from the Oakland Public Library visited Crocker to talk to the kids about the summer reading program. It’s important to keep kids reading through the summer to help retain and build reading skills.  Crocker really is a community of readers so our work as adults isn’t too hard – connect our kids with books they’d like to read. Having said that, there are lots of summer reading lists and programs to choose from.  I’ll give you a few links, but first, a little advice.

Keep summer reading fun:

  • Visit the library or bookstore with your child – once a week, once a month, once this summer. Just do it. You can check out 40 books at a time – seriously!
  • Let your child choose what they want to read.
  • Read with and to your child, no matter their age, especially if you want them to read something they aren’t terribly interested in.
  • Keep books in your car.
  • Ask a librarian or bookstore clerk to make recommendations to your child. Sometimes recommendations are easier to take from someone other than your parents.
  • Don’t forget about audiobooks – in the car, on the plane, or boat, or train – on the way to the grocery store or on vacation.
  • Or e-books on your phone, tablet, e-reader, or computer – you can download them free from OPL.
  • Or magazines, comic books, and websites.
  • Don’t forget to stop somewhere for lunch, dinner, or lemonade on your way home from the library or bookstore.  Keep it fun!

The links:

Oakland Public Library: This is where the free stuff comes in. Sign up for the summer reading program, check out up to 40 kids’ books at a time, check out e-books and audiobooks, and get free admission to local museums. As a librarian I’m a little biased, but PUBLIC LIBRARIES ROCK! FREE, friendly, fun, and OPL works hard to serve the entire Oakland community. One of the best ways to let the city know you value you the library is to use it. Get there ASAP!

Bank Street Book Lists: Great book lists for everything, including summer reading lists.

Scholastic Summer Reading: Sign up for summer reading at OPL. If that’s not enough, check out Scholastic’s Summer Reading Program and information.

Story Snoops: Find books for kids between the ages of 9 and 18. Great descriptions and reviews from (very well-informed) parent point-of-view.

NPR Bast-Seat-Book Club: Best for 3rd grade and up – these are some great books!

My personal recommendations:

  • Anything by Mo Willems and Mac Barnett
  • All ages, super funny, great to read together, the nanny is a pig: The Adventures of Nanny Piggins
  • Read the fastest and most loved book this year by all 4th and 5th graders who read it: Because of Mr. Terupt
  • Made us cry (even me!), but we loved it anyway (4th and 5th grade): One For the Murphys

Have a great summer! I’ll see you at the library!


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