Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer Reading 2016

I have had some questions about Summer Reading ideas to give to students and/or parents over the summer. As we all know, students who read over the summer do better when they return to school in the fall. In addition, that reading develops stronger literacy skills that they will carry forward in all areas of life. Below are some ideas/links/resources related to Summer Reading that you may find useful. Feel free to copy and paste anything that seems relevant or interesting to you…

Writing Camp

If you have a student who would like to work on developing writing skills, YouthWrite hosts a camp every year that targets writing specifically. The work they do is fabulous and if you have a spare 1:42, the video below is worth a watch. The camp is extremely engaging, focuses on writing, word play and creativity. More Info: Brochure,  Website

YouthWrite: a camp for kids who love to write...just about anything from Geoff McMaster on Vimeo.

Reading Programs

Every year the Strathcona County Library hosts a reading program.

The 2016 Teen Summer Challenge seeks to explore and celebrate multiple literacies. In addition to encouraging teens to read over the summer, this challenge (comprised of 27 choices) encourages viewing, listening, writing, cooking, making (e.g. crafting), creating art, volunteering etc. We have four amazing gift baskets up for grabs full of fantastic prizes. The themes of these baskets include the following: music, craft it, nerd out, and movie night. Every time a teen completes a challenge (such as reading a book/graphic novel, cooking something new, or attending a teen program), they get to submit a ballot for the gift basket of their choice. Our goal is to promote a maker culture while also encouraging teens to read. After completing six challenges, each teen receives a brand new book of their choice courtesy of Imperial Oil. Teens make complete as many challenges as they wish.

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At the time of writing this post, the Fort Saskatchewan Public library didn't have their Summer Reading info posted, but I know it is coming. Check their website for more info.

Teen Volunteer Positions

Strathcona County Library is looking for Teen Volunteers to help with the Summer Reading Program. This is a wonderful opportunity for students!  Applications here.

Summer Reading List - Books for grades 7-12

Are you looking for suggestions for book to read this summer? Here are a bunch of fabulous titles, with support resources for students and parents. QR Code Flyer Bookmark Printable

Link to Summer Reading Book Recommendations

Reading Tips - Parent Handouts

Here is a link to a blog post that contains a lot of info on reading. Most of the info is written for parents...Feel free to mine the post for info.

Take care of yourselves as you RAMP up to this year end....we all know there is no WINDING down in June!



  1. This Summer Reading Bingo Sheet was sent to me in response this post. It looks like a cool thing to pin on the refrigerator! Link: https://goo.gl/au7WUn

  2. This list was also sent to me for Summer Reading!

    Top 10 Circulated Novels in 2016. http://100scopenotes.com/2016/05/26/top-10-circulated-graphic-novels-of-2016/