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Webcast Recap: Enrich Your Summer Reading Program: Tips and Resources K-12
Written by Deborah B. Ford
May 09, 2017
In our webcast today, my guest Nick Glass, Founder and Executive Director of TeachingBooks.net, and I talked about creative ways to promote summer reading programs, from supporting student choices using recommended booklists to modeling booktalks after Meet-the-Author book readings…and much more.
This webcast will be archived and posted on the JLG website at a later date. Your certificate of attendance can be printed after watching the archived video for at least ten minutes.
Join us for our next national webcast on May 23 at 3:00PM EDT for 12 New Books to Read This Summer when Kayleigh Hanlin will be back to chat with Deb about fun books to read this summer. It’s sure to help you prioritize that pile you have on your nightstand. This webcast is K-12, so everyone will want to attend. Can’t make the date? Register anyway so a link to the video archive of this webinar can be emailed to you after the event.
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In addition to providing you with great book selections, Junior Library Guild continues to build resources to help you use these titles. Webcast titles are being added Booktalk to Go LiveBinder for Spring 2017. This binder is full of resources for teaching and sharing these wonderful selections. Thanks to our marketing team, BTG LiveBinder Tabs with links are now added to the book detail page. This is a direct link to the resources in the binder. JLG BTG titles are also added to our Pinterest board and tweeted out by following Deborah B. Ford. Look for book trailers and archived webcasts on our JLG YouTube Playlists and on our website at More JLG Services/Video Resources.
Tips for Promoting Your Summer Reading Program:
You’ll find these and many other ideas on our JLG Pinterest Board: Summer Reading.
Provide a list of books on a variety of reading levels
Collaborate between school and public library systems
Help students access materials by providing online books, audiobooks, as well as printed materials
Connect the reader to the author or illustrator by showing Meet-the-Author Movies
Help readers set reasonable goals
Make it social: use social media hashtags or invite readers to storytimes
Public librarians: visit the schools in your area or send a video to promote your programming
Teachers: offer incentives to encourage your students to participate
Set up a summer beach free reading area before school gets out
Host a book swap. Let kids bring in their own books and swap for a “new book.” Have some extras for those who forget to bring a book.
Ask participants to take pictures of their summer reading and create a bulletin board at the end of the summer. Who read in the most unusual spot? Use Adobe Spark or Typorama to create an infopic.
Have a blog? Have students create blog posts of their reviews.
Connect your summer reading programs to your Makerspace. If they can build it, they will come!
If you can’t take your kids to the public library, create a video where they can see it. Give them a “tour” online. Teach them that they can check out books, movies, music and magazines.
The following is a list of today’s featured books in order of appearance:
MIYARES, Daniel. Float. 48p. Simon & Schuster. 2015. ISBN 9781481415248. JLG Category: K : Kindergarten (Grades PreK-K). This wordless story features a boy, a newspaper boat, a rainy day, and an adventure. (And that’s before the sun comes out.)
DE LA PEÑA, Matt. Last Stop on Market Street. illus. by Christian Robinson. 32p. Putnam’s, 2015. ISBN 9780399257742. JLG Category: CE : City Elementary (Grades 2-6). CJ resents spending his Sundays volunteering in a soup kitchen while other boys ride bikes and listen to their iPods. Nana helps him find joy in their routine.
PEARSALL, Shelley. The Seventh Most Important Thing. 288p. Knopf. 2015. ISBN 9780553497298. JLG Category: C+ : Advanced Readers (Grades 6-9). It’s lucky for Arthur that his aim is bad when he throws a brick at the junk man. Instead of juvie, he is sentenced to weekend community service for James Hampton, the man he harmed. Though he has strict instructions, Arthur’s first attempts at collecting the seven most important things are rejected. Who knew that gathering trash could be the catalyst for improvement in the worst year of his life?
BRYANT, Jen. A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin. illus. by Melissa Sweet. 40p. Knopf. 2013. ISBN 9780375967122. JLG Category: BE+ Biography Elementary (Grades 2-6). After a debilitating arm injury in World War I, Horace Pippin learned to draw again—and eventually become a famous painter.
LEWIS, John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. March, Book Two. illus by Nate Powell. Top Shelf Productions. ISBN 9781603094009. JLG Category: GH : Graphic Novels High (Grades 9 & Up). Faced with police brutality, mob violence, and imprisonment, John Lewis and the other Freedom Riders remained committed to changing the world through nonviolence.
WOODSON, Jacqueline. Brown Girl Dreaming. 336p. Nancy Paulsen. 2014. ISBN 9780399252518. JLG Category: C+ Advanced Readers (Grades 6-9).
Online Resources for Summer Reading Programs:
iRead Reading Programs: Reading by Design 2017, PreK, Elementary
Collaborative Summer Reading Programs: Build a Better World™ 2017, Early Literacy, Children, Teen
JLG @ Pinterest: Summer Reading
Deborah B. Ford, JLG’s Director of Library Outreach, is an award-winning library media specialist and international speaker with almost thirty years of experience as a classroom teacher and librarian in K-12 schools. Traveling across North America, she does workshops, library coaching, and professional development for school and public libraries. Deborah is the author of JLG’s Booktalks to Go and Everyday Librarian @ School Library Journal. She also maintains an award-winning coordinating online resource at LiveBinders.com. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @jlgdeborahford.
Founder of TeachingBooks.net
Nick Glass has a Master’s in educational policy and the history of multicultural education, and runs TeachingBooks.net. He has served on several book award committees, including Newbery, Sibert, and Coretta Scott King. And Nick is one of very few children’s literature experts who has worked in Major League Baseball.
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