One of my most popular HHH posts from last year was the one about Summer Reading sites. I’m reposting because believe it or not, the Topsies are on the last week of the homeschool year, and we will be officially heading into “summer break” as of Friday!!
Can I get a collective bloggy virtual high-five??
So in honor of our summer reverie, I give you this post about summer reading…enjoy! (Some of the sites have been updated due to pages that had gone dead)
SUMMER READING SITES AND TOOLS:
I hope you will take an afternoon and drop by your local library to see if they have a summer reading program you and your kids can sign up for. Many libraries have wonderful clubs, activities, and even prizes for kids who get involved. There just isn’t anything more "summery" than stretching out in the backyard hammock for an hour or so with a good book. But for rainy days (check out my wishful thinking there – – we are in quite a drought here in my neck of the woods!) or when the kids are looking for something a little more visually interactive, there are some incredible websites that will inspire even the most reluctant reader to get excited about summer lit.
- Book Adventure – if the Library Summer Reading program isn’t enough of an incentive to read, how about a motivational program that lets parents put in their own rewards – – such as a trip to the local arcade for taking quizzes on books they read. There are also book suggestions based on your reading interests, as well as online prizes for their efforts.
- No Flying, No Tights – If you have a preteen or teen in your house, then you probably have more than a couple graphic novels lying around your coffee table. This website is the all-graphic-novel-all-the-time hub for everything to do with those adolescent reading faves. (not updated in a while!)
- Family Education Reading List – before you head to the library to pick out your next book, you might want to check out this expansive list of great books by age and grade.
- My Rocket Book – You remember Cliff Notes, right? Yeah, well that was so 1980’s. Nowadays students have access to video study guides for those literature classics. Feeling old yet?
- Guys Read – has book lists, short stories, and free classroom visuals to promote reading among boys
- MightyBook – subscription based site where children get over 500 stories, games, music, puzzles, etc. to increase reading skills
- Big Universe Book Creator – So what if you and your kids are feeling really creative and want to create your own picture book. Big Universe offers the software to make and share your very own e-book creation!
These suggestions are just a few of the incredibly motivational reading websites out there…I hope you have some super techie-fun checking them out this summer!