Local and National Resources

Do you want your children to stay "in shape" academically over the summer? Whether your child is going into Pre-K or 12th grade, reading is the best way to keep their minds active and CCISD offers many valuable resources to help families and their kids be successful.

Below you will find a list of local and national resources on how to help you keep your student on track this summer. Dive in!

Local Library Resources

Harris County Public Library (HCPL) - Evelyn Meador and Freeman Branches

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HCPL's Summer Reading Program will be conducted virtually this time around. Click here to sign up for Summer Reading 2020 and learn more about safe, online event programming, fun weekly activities to pair up with books, and how to bring the library into your home over the next few months. Follow this link if you're looking for book reviews, STEM activities, and crafting how-to's. Looking for a wide array of virtual story times? Check out the HCPL Youtube channel where you'll find a wide variety of stories read aloud by HCPL librarians.

Click here to learn why summer reading is great for kids of all ages and review a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding participation in the HCPL's Summer Reading Program.

Helen Hall Library

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Helen Hall Library is working on translating its planned programs (Story Time, Teen Writers Club, etc) to a digital platform. Once it is ready, all programming will be posted on the library's website and Facebook page.

The Summer Reading Program for children, teens and adults started on June 15. Click here for more detailed information about online logs and prize pickup.

National Resources

¡Colorín Colorado! is the premier national website serving educators and families of English language learners (ELLs) in Grades PreK-12. It has been providing free research-based information, activities, and advice to parents, schools, and communities around the country for more than a decade in English and Spanish. Click on the following links to learn why summer reading is importantaccess parent resources, and learn how to encourage your child to keep reading over the summer.

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) promotes family education solutions across three approaches by engaging families, educators, administrators, and advocates to drive results and ultimately reduce education inequities. Click here to read about how to combine books and fun learning activities for kids of all ages this summer.

The National Council of Teachers of English promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language. Visit this link to explore different ways of engaging your child in summer reading that range from collages and challenges to podcasts for kids.

The National Education Association presents the Read Across America initiative year-round to help parents motivate kids to read, bring the joys of reading to students of all ages, and make all children feel valued and welcome. Visit this link to access reading lists, tips and web resources.

Reading Partners is a national nonprofit that mobilizes communities to provide students with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade. Click here to read about free or low-cost summer reading resources.

Reading Rockets is a national public media literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. Click here to read their summer reading tips.

ReadyRosie is an online resource that emails daily activities to adults to do with their children ages 0-5. Each activity is modeled with a two-minute video. The activities are simple, take about two minutes, and help prepare children for success in school. It is available in Spanish. Click here to learn more and subscribe for free.

School Library Journal is the premiere publication for librarians who work with children and teens. SLJ produces award-winning features and news coverage on: literacy, best practices, technology, education policy and other issues of interest to the school library and greater educator community. Visit this link to review a wide range of recommended reading lists to take advantage of this summer.
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