• Summer Reading Challenge

    Print Books: Where to get them

    Oak Grove Library ; open most Wednesdays, 5-7pm.   Enter from the bus loop (back of building)

    Wednesday, June 5th
    Wednesday, June 12th
    Wednesday, June 19th 
    Wednesday, June 26th

    Wednesday, July 10th
    Wednesday, July 17th
    Wednesday, July 24th

    Digital Books

    • Digital Books on oges.org
      • Destiny e-books
      • BookFlix: Fact and Fiction paired books
      • TumbleBooks: Animated picture books, read-along chapter books, chapter books, fact book, and videos
      • TrueFlix:  Fact books with video 'hooks' on a variety of topics
        • The last three require login credentials. Look to any recent IC email blast with a link to a list of those credentials.

    Summer Reading Tips for Parents

    Parents should remember that children need free time in the summer to relax and enjoy the pleasures of childhood. So summer reading should be fun. The following are a few tips to make reading enjoyable for your children this summer:

    Read aloud together with your child every day.

    Make it fun by reading outdoors on the front steps, patio, at the beach or park. Also, let your children read to you. For younger children, point out the relationship between words and sounds.

    Set a good example!

    Parents must be willing to model behavior for their children. Keep lots of reading material around the house. Turn off the TV and have each person read his or her book, including mom and dad.

    Read the same book your child is reading and discuss it.  This is the way to develop habits of the mind and build capacity for thought and insight. 

    Let kids choose what they want to read, and don't turn your nose up at popular fiction.  It will only discourage the reading habit.

    Take your children to the library regularly.  Most libraries sponsor summer reading clubs with easy-to-reach goals for preschool and school-age children. Check the library calendar for special summer reading activities and events. Libraries also provide age appropriate lists for summer reading.

    Subscribe, in your child's name, to magazines like Sports Illustrated for KidsHighlights for Children, or National Geographic World. 

    Encourage older children to read the newspaper and current events magazines, to keep up the reading habit over the summer and develop vocabulary. Ask them what they think about what they've read, and listen to what they say.

    Make trips a way to encourage reading by reading aloud traffic signs, billboards, notices. 
    Show your children how to read a map, and once you are on the road, let them take turns being the navigator.

    Encourage children to keep a summer scrapbook. 
    Tape in souvenirs of your family's summer activities picture postcards, ticket stubs, photos. Have your children write the captions and read them and read them aloud as you look at the book together.