• Why we should let kids choose their own (summer) reading books

    A great article/ research study that shows why student choice is critical in acheiving reading success, particularly over the summer to prevent the "summer slide." Click HERE to view the article.

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  • Reading Makes Cent$ Challenge from Rockland Trust Bank

    Beginning June 1 and running through August 31, 2019 children throughout eastern MA who will be entering grades 1 through 8 can enroll in the READING MAKES CENT$ program. For each book that a student reads, they will recieve $2.50 deposited into a Rockland Trust savings account. Students can earn up to $25.00 by reading a mximum of 10 books. All books read should be recorded in the student's Reading makes Cent$ SummerReading Journal (which can be downloaded from the Rockland Trust website or picked up at a local Rockland Trust Branch). Once a student reads and records 4 books, Rockland Trust will open a Saving Makes Cent$ account in the studnet's name, and begin making deposits for books read. You Must read at least four books to qualify for the initial $10 account opening deposit. 

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  • 20th annual Read to Ride Program sponsored by Dependable Cleaners

    This annual event sponsored by Dependable CleanersThe Patriot LedgerFarina’s Bicycle CenterGiant Boston and Bikes Not Bombs, the program encourages students aged 5 to 15 to read during summer vacation, with an incentive of winning a bicycle and other prizes. Winners are drawn randomly and participants can increase their opportunity to win based on the number of books they read each week. The program runs from May 1st to Aug. 12, 2019. A winner is drawn weekly between June 4 and Aug. 12.


    Dependable Cleaners Read To Ride


    *Entry forms must be completed by hand and can be obtained  using the link below, at any Dependable Cleaners location, on our website (www. DependableCleaners.com/read), local YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, libraries,  and.or local bookstores. Once completd, entries can be dropped off at Dependable Cleaners locations or with Home Delivery Drivers.


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  • Reading Rockets "Start With A Book" Summer Challenge

    Choose a topic to explore, find great kids books and keep the adventure going!


    What you'll find on the Start with a Book website:

    Twenty-four kid friendly topics such as foltales, heroes and superheroes,sports and olympics, stars and planets, bugs, animals, flight, inventions and inventors, math and measuring, nature, weather, builders and buildings, government, food and culture, geography and music and musicians.

    Themed resources, Book lists by age, specific ideas for using books and related downloadable activities to build closer relationships with children and to get them thinking, talking, creating and exploring.

    Writing prompts/ ideas related to topic of interest.

    Great Websites for kids to deepen their research.

    Tips for parents in English, Spanish, and nine other languages to support English language learners.

    Mobile App including a sign-up for weekly text messages — delivered right to your mobile phone — in English or Spanish. 

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  • Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Challenge

    The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

    1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (linked below) Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
    2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 15th and September 3rd, 2019.
    3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.
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  • Norwell Public Library Summer Reading

    The start of Summer Reading for teens (Grades 7-12) will take place all day on Monday, June 24.  Teens will receive a Hornstra Farms ice-cream coupon (while supplies last) with check out, plus a free raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing at the end of the summer.



    Norwell Public Library Summer Reading Page

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    What can parents and caregivers do to help kids stay reading over the summer?

    Have your own to-be-read list.  Go book shopping with your kids and create a list of books you all hope to read this summer.  Browse the displays at the library or at book stores, look up the bestseller lists to see what is hot in literature right now.  Count down the days together for that sequel or amazing new book to be released. Build excitement for the act of reading together.

    Visit places where books are present.  Build visits into the library, bookstores or even friends’ houses where there are books visible into your summer plans.  Seeing books within reach often entices reading and there is something about the promise of a brand-new crisp book that cannot help but be exciting.  And browse online as well. What are people sharing on the #BookADay thread? Which books are being shared on Instagram under hashtags like (#pernillerecommends) or the one NMS uses (#NMSrecommends)

    Make it social.  One of the biggest joys of summer is hanging out with people, so why not add books to it?  Perhaps every Sunday night is declared “Books and milkshakes” at your house? Perhaps you create book picnics or host a book club yourself.  Perhaps you engage in a friendly competition with each other to see who will finish their book first, no cheating. Reading can be a social event, don’t force it to be solitary all of the time.

    Embrace audio books.  We do a lot of driving in the summer as we visit family, so audiobooks from the local library are a constant companion.  They cut down on our kids arguing, creates conversation, and become a part of our summer memories.

    Create a summer routine.  One of the biggest things I discuss with those at home is to find a routine for summer reading and not leaving it to chance.  Is is that everybody reads before getting out of bed? Is it the last thing that happens at the end of the day? Create a drop-everything-and-read time and then abide by your own decisions and join in with your own books, because we know that children who see adults read, read more themselves, thanks Stephen Krashen.

    Embrace real choice.  So your child wants to read the same book all summer?  Ok. So your child wants to read super easy books all summer?  Ok. So your child wants to read only one type of book all summer?  Ok. Summers are for great reading experiences, for having fun with your reading, for keeping the joy of reading alive.  We can work on challenging texts later.

    Flood your home with books if possible.  We have books everywhere at our house, which is a privilege in itself. So if you can leave books wherever your kids are: the car, the bathroom, the living room, their rooms.   If you do not have access to a lot of books, ask the school for help, scour garage sales, or visit the library if possible.

    Be invested and interested.  Ask genuine questions about their reading experiences.  Share your own. Embrace your reading slumps together and do something about them together.  Ask questions about what they plan on reading, whether they like the book or not, or what made them pick that book.  Keep it light but keep it constant.

    Keep it joyful.  We often lose readers over the summer because it is seen as a chore, so keep it light, keep it fun.  Don’t assign journal prompts or summaries to go with it. Don’t make it homework, but instead revel in the joyful experience that reading a great book can be.


    Posted by Pernille Ripp on "The Nerdy Book Club Blog" on May 4, 2018

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