Sunday, June 26, 2022

~ MMGM 2022 SUMMER READING RESOURCES ~

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~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE
MONDAY SUMMER READING
2022 FEATURE WITH LINK PACK ~
 
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When I was watching the PBS Newshour in the spring of 2020, they mentioned a post on their website entitled, '18 Librarian-Approved Books for Kids of All Ages.'

Because of the continuing pandemic, summer reading programs still may not be operating the way they have for decades. In my county's library system, the librarians are still presenting their various story hours online. 
 
We all know children need to be reading each day, so a summer reading program of some sort is essential.
 
Below is a link pack that some of you and your family and friends might find valuable and useful.

📘 -- The PBS Newshour Article with information and lists of books for various age groups may be found at: 
  
 

📘  --  Imagination Soup has a fantastic '2020 Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids' up on their website. The post includes a list of businesses/companies offering free summer reading programs for children, lists of books recommended for students in categories of Pre-Reader up through High School, Book Recommendations by genre, and some fun-looking Scavenger Hunts. This post may be found at:
   
 
📘  -- The ALSC, Association for Library Service to Children, has a page on their website set up for 'Summer Reading and Learning for Children'. I was amazed to learn here that summer reading programs were developed in the 1890s to encourage children to read during their summer vacations and to develop the habit of visiting their local libraries. This page includes links to the following areas of interest:




   
📘  --  Goodreads has some book lists which I think are worth mentioning here. 
 
 
 
  
 
 

📗 -- When I originally saw the link to 'Open Culture' in an author's group on Facebook, I thought it was an archive of free, digitized historical children's books. When I went to the site, I was pleasantly surprised -- astounded really -- at the breadth of free materials available here! As you scroll down the first page of this link, you will see a plethora of resources available for free. These include:
  • Free Language Lessons;
  • Free E-books;
  • Great Lectures;
  • Great Recordings;
  • Free Textbooks;
  • Free K-12 Resources;
  • Free Art & Images;
  • Free Music; and
  • Writing Tips . . .
The list goes on and on. If I ever have any spare time after all of my writing, sewing designing, sewing, reading, blogging, family time, and home responsibilities, I keep promising myself I will spend more time on this site. Check it out at:
 
OPEN CULTURE WEBSITE

📗  --  The Library of Congress has a treasure trove of materials posted on their site, too! I'm providing a link to the 'Classic Books' page for children, but there is much exploring to do on this website, too. Free classic books have been digitized and are available for reading. I perused the titles on this page and found several that I loved as a girl or used in my classroom as a teacher:  'Anne of Green Gables,' 'Peter Rabbit,' 'The Ugly Duckling,' 'The Secret Garden,' and 'A Christmas Carol' to name just a few. There are other links here to more resources. Find it all at:
 
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS -- CLASSIC BOOKS 

📗 --  One of our other MMGM bloggers, Ms. Yingling, shared this next link with me . The Project Gutenberg Library is a library filled with over 60,000 free e-books! It is posted on the main page that these books are not protected by copyright in the United States, usually because their copyrights have expired. There are instructions on how to search for e-books. Can't wait to spend some time on this site in the future! Thank you for the tip, Ms. Yingling!  Here's the link to the main page:

THE PROJECT GUTENBERG LIBRARY 

📗 --  The Internet Archive Open Library is an archive of books for every age group that a patron can 'borrow' for free. The link below is for a search I did for the K-12 Student Library. There you can browse through books by reading level or grade level and access student guides designed for student use. This site struck me as a great resource for educators and parents/grandparents/caregivers who are working with their students at home while the schools are closed or even during summer break. Find these valuable resources at:

INTERNET ARCHIVE OPEN LIBRARY  

📗 --  The Oxford Owl Project sponsored by Oxford University has a free e-book collection targeting children ages 3 years to 11 years.  There are resources available to parents, also, to assist them in supporting their child's reading. There is a lot to enjoy about this colorful website, which I feel children will find engaging and appealing. The Oxford Owl Project page may be found at:

THE OXFORD OWL PROJECT FROM OXFORD UNIVERSITY
 
 
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Find the links to read more great Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts from middle-grade authors and bloggers at Greg Pattridge's 'Always in the Middle' Blog.
 
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6 comments:

  1. Thanks for putting together all these great links for parents.

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  2. Thanks for all these great tips! Will definitely be checking some of them out!

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  3. Thanks for publishing these useful resources. May I suggest adding one more: the Bank Street Children's Book Committee puts out an annotated Best Books list every year. The 2022 edition features books published in 2021 and is broken down by age and category. It can be downloaded at https://educate.bankstreet.edu/cbc_awards/6/?_ga=2.133783694.102929298.1656340581-2035069676.1649938215

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  4. Thanks for this list. I'll be sharing it with many of my reading loving friends.

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  5. Thanks for such a great post. This will be very useful to a lot of people.

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