On June 11, 2012 the Harford County Public Library kicked off its summer reading program for children. This year’s theme is “Dream Big Read!” You can sign your child up at any branch at any time this summer.
Children of all ages will be dreaming big this summer in the Summer Reading Program with the Harford County Public Library. “Read to Me, Please!” is designed for the youngest of book lovers where babies from birth through pre-K can join and read or listen to 25 books. Children entering kindergarten through 5th grade can join “Dream Big READ!” and read 10 books. Middle and High Schoolers “Own the Night” this summer by reading 3 books.
After you register your child for the summer reading program all you have to do is complete the book logs. The completed logs can be returned between July 2nd and August 18th to receive a special completion gift (while supplies last) and certificate. The elementary, middle and high schools with the highest percentage of completers wins a trophy.
For the younger child who is not yet an independent reader, be sure to take a few minutes each night to read aloud to him. Not only is this a great way to establish a bedtime routine and wind down from the day for rest but, you are instilling a love of reading.
When reading to a child you should try and pause at different portions of the story and ask questions to reinforce comprehension. You can ask about a character, location or ask them to find an object in the illustration. Asking questions helps with comprehension. Ask your child what they might have done in the story, or if the story ended they way they would have liked. pause occasionally to ask about various characters or events in the story.
If your child is capable of reading on his or her own, make sure you continue to discuss the books with him or her. You are not doing this to test them but, to show your interest in not only reading but their opinion.
If your child is a reluctant reader, you may want to take an active role in guiding him or her toward books that focus on characters with similar hobbies or interests. There is not rule that you could not take turns reading pages in a book together.
Children love to read along with a CD, this is fantastic for struggling readers or emerging leaders. Once your child has found a book that he or she loves, try another book by that author or, try that topic or genre again. Be careful that you spice it up every now and then and introduce another author or genre!
Whether your child has always enjoyed reading or is just beginning to discover joy in it, foster reading enthusiasm by providing plenty of opportunities to read over the summer! The more your child reads over the summer, the more successful he or she will be in the upcoming school year. Most teachers will tell you they can detect which student have continued to read over the summer.
If you are stuck for suggestions of books your child could read here are a list for your child for Pre-K through 6th Grade. This list was compiled by Lakeshore Learning Centers.
Pre-K and Kindergarten:
- ABC T-Rex – Bernard Most
- Alphabet Adventure – Audrey Wood
- Are You My Mother? – P. D. Eastman
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? – Bill Martin Jr.
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
- Go Away, Big Green Monster!– Ed Emberley
- Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown
- The Grouchy Ladybug – Eric Carle
- Guess How Much I Love You – Sam McBratney
- How Many Snails? A Counting Book– Paul Giganti Jr.
- Is Your Mama a Llama?– Deborah Guarino
- It Looked Like Spilt Milk – Charles G. Shaw
- The Little Engine That Could – Watty Piper
- The Napping House – Audrey Wood
- Quick as a Cricket – Audrey Wood
- There’s a Nightmare in My Closet – Mercer Mayer
- To Market, To Market – Anne Miranda
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
- Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
1st and 2nd Grade:
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Judith Viorst
- Amelia Bedelia – Peggy Parish
- Caps for Sale – Esphyr Slobodkina
- The Cat in the Hat – Dr. Seuss
- A Chair for My Mother – Vera B. Williams
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – Judi Barrett
- Corduroy – Don Freeman
- Frog and Toad Are Friends – Arnold Lobel
- The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein
- Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Seuss
- If You Give a Pig a Party – Laura Numeroff
- Madeline – Ludwig Bemelmans
- Miss Nelson Is Missing! – Harry G. Allard
- My Father’s Dragon – Ruth Stiles Gannett
- Nate the Great Marjorie – Weinman Sharmat
- One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish – Dr. Seuss
- The Relatives Came – Cynthia Rylant
- Sharks – Gail Gibbons
- Stone Soup – Marcia Brown
- Strega Nona – Tomie dePaola
- Tacky the Penguin – Helen Lester
3rd Grade and 4th Grade:
- And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? – Jean Fritz
- Because of Winn-Dixie – Kate DiCamillo
- The Boxcar Children – Gertrude Chandler Warner
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
- Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White
- Doctor De Soto – William Steig
- Freckle Juice – Judy Blume
- Frindle – Andrew Clements
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – E. L. Konigsburg
- The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses – Paul Goble
- How to Eat Fried Worms – Thomas Rockwell
- James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
- Runaway – Ralph Beverly Cleary
- Shiloh – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- Sideways Stories from Wayside School – Louis Sachar
- The Sign of the Beaver – Elizabeth George Speare
- Stone Fox – John Reynolds Gardiner
- The Stories Julian Tells – Ann Cameron
- Stuart Little – E. B. White
- Superfudge – Judy Blume
- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing – Judy Blume
- There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom – Louis Sachar
- What a Trip, Amber Brown – Paula Danziger
5th Grade and 6th Grade:
Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery
Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
Bud, Not Buddy – Christopher Paul Curtis
The Ear, the Eye and the Arm – Nancy Farmer
The Giver – Lois Lowry
The Great Gilly Hopkins – Katherine Paterson
Hatchet – Gary Paulsen
Holes – Louis Sachar
The Indian in the Cupboard – Lynne Reid Banks
Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’Dell
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis
Maniac Magee – Jerry Spinelli
Number the Stars – Lois Lowry
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – Mildred D. Taylor
The Trumpet of the Swan – E. B. White
Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt
Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls
The Whipping Boy – Sid Fleischman
The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Elizabeth George Speare