Summer Reading

How to Raise a Reader
Summer is the perfect time to get kids excited about reading.   Here are some of our favorite tips to encourage a lifelong love of reading.
1.  Get a magazine or comic subscription for your child.  Everyone loves mail!  There are numerous magazines for children.  Some of our favorites are:  Ranger Rick, National Geographic Kids, Kids Discover, and American Girl.  For kids who love sports, try Sports Illustrated for Kids.  For young chefs, try Yum for Kids!  Comic book subscriptions are fun, too.  (Tip:  make sure your comics are rated E for everyone.)  
2.  Get Cooking!   Cookbooks show a real world application for both reading and math.   Put your child in charge of reading the recipe.   
3.   Put your children in charge of your grocery list at the store. They can read the list to you, help you find the correct aisle by reading the signs, and check off items as you find them.  
With younger students, explore letters by asking questions such as, "What letter does "pepper" start with?" 
4.  Start a collection or find a new interest!  Let your child become an expert on something this summer.   Help them visit web sites and look for books at the public library to learn more about their new hobby.  Some of our personal favorites are rock collecting & butterfly gardening!   
5.  Visit the local public library.   Sign up for the summer reading program, and check into free summer programs that are available.  Summer is a time for children to learn to enjoy reading.  Let them have fun making their own choices by picking out a book that is interesting to them.     
6.   Let them see YOU reading.  Be a reading role model; if they see you reading for enjoyment, they will want to read, too.  


May 8 - September 8, 2017

Calling all happy campers! Are you ready to take a reading adventure? Join the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge by grabbing your favorite books, logging your reading minutes, and most importantly, having fun all summer long!

Georgia’s Summer Reading Challenge

All students are challenged to read every day this summer, for at least 15 to 30 minutes. Parents and students are encouraged to visit the Find a Book, Georgia website and make a Summer Reading Pledge. Then they can use the site to find book recommendations throughout the summer, all tailored to a student’s interests and Lexile score.  (If the child’s Lexile score is not known, the site can estimate reading level based on answers to a few simple questions.) 
Suggested summer reading goals for students based on grade levels are: 

  • K-2 - students: 10 books
  • 3-5 - students: 8 chapter books
  • 6-12  students: 5 fiction books and 5 non-fiction books

Students need strong reading skills in order to be successful at school and, later, in the workplace.  Research shows that students who read proficiently by the end of third grade are more likely to be successful later in life. Students who fail to meet this milestone falter in the later grades. 
“Georgia’s Summer Reading Challenge will provide access to the language nutrition that all children need, year round, to succeed in school," said Arianne Weldon, director of Get Georgia Reading – Campaign for Grade Level Reading. "Use of summer reading resources supports a climate of learning in the home and community during the summer months, and assists as a bridge to the next school year."     
Research has found that when children leave the structured environment of the classroom for summer break, many stop reading – and their reading abilities start to slip. Strong readers plateau. Struggling readers fall even farther behind.

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library has a great Summer Reading Program
that begins on  June 1st!

You may register online for the program here.

2017 ALSC Summer Reading Lists

The Association for Library Service to Children has updated their Summer Reading Lists with new and exciting titles!

The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. Four Summer Reading book lists are available for Birth-Preschool, K-2nd, 3rd- 5th and 6th-8th grade students.

Each list is available download for free.  Titles on the 2017 Summer Reading List were compiled and annotated by members of ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee.

Summer Reading 
Need a way to entice your child to read this summer? Play a game of BINGO! Agree on a small reward for any completed row, column, or diagonal, and then a super treat if they finish the entire card.   Have fun!!

 Fulton County Schools
 Additional Summer Reading Options
Archived from Previous Summers
The suggested summer reading lists are the result of collaboration between all Fulton County Elementary media center personnel, and represent our personal choices for wonderful summer reading for our students.   All books were read by media staff who made the recommendations.  The lists do not contain any duplicates, so we are including lists from past years.  Enjoy!
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Your student has access to MackinVIA eBooks.  This platform contains our databases, as well.  We have added many fabulous new eBooks this year!  To log-in, you should type in Hembree Springs, select our school, use your child's school ID (lunch card #).   The password is your child's birthdate in an 8 digit format, i.e. 06012015  


Through a partnership between Get Georgia Reading – Campaign for Grade Level Reading and myON, all educators, librarians, students and parents in Georgia can have free access to thousands of enhanced digital books from myON through August 31st.

These enhanced digital books, with flexible reading scaffolds, are the core content of myON's award-winning personalized literacy environment.

During the summer, all readers in each county will share a single account that provides them with unlimited 24x7 access to myON's enhanced digital books, without the personalization elements. 

Getting Started is Quick and Easy! 

Check out this short video with your students for tips on finding and reading great books on myON!  Then follow these simple steps to access the myON platform. 

1.    Go to:

2.    Click the Log In Now button and enter the following information:

3.    School Name:  Get Georgia Reading, Georgia   Campaign for Grade Level Reading (Begin typing the     first few letters and select from the drop-down menu.)
          User Name:   fultoncounty

          Password: read

4.    Click on the "Sign In" button, select a book and start reading!

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program - Grades 1-6. Kids Earn a FREE Book!Kids Earn a Free Book:

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017.
Find a Store
3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

We hope you have a GREAT summer!  Play some games, play outside, read books, learn something new, and go somewhere you've never been.   We will be waiting to hear all about it in August when you come back to school!