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D7's Recommended Summer Reading Lists

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    The librarians of Spartanburg 7 have curated lists of recommended books and authors for your summer reading pleasure. The lists below are specifically tailored to each grade level to help you connect with books that are just right for your child. 

    D7 Libraries Recommended Summer Reading lists are adapted from other published book lists such as the South Carolina Book Awards List and the American Library Association Summer Reading Lists. Parents should review titles to determine their appropriateness for their children.

    Titles that are available virtually from our Spartanburg County Public Libraries are annotated on each list.  
    Check out the Public Library Summer Reading program here for a chance to win prizes! 

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Summer Reading = Key to Success

  • Students can lose up to three months of reading skills if they don't read at least 4-6 books over the summer!

    The more access students have to books at an early age, the likelier they are to develop good reading habits and avoid the summer slide. The summer slide is the tendency for students to lose or forget skills over the summer that they learned during the previous school year. Children who don’t practice reading in the summer months risk falling behind by the time school begins again.

    Through activities like summer reading camps and programs like Imagination Library, educators are helping to make sure children build and maintain vocabulary and other skills through reading.

    It's a proven fact that Aaccess to books early on creates that interest and love for reading and learning that would certainly help students as they go through school. 

    Encourage summer reading with some of these tips:

    • Take a trip to your local library.
    • Read together at a local park, by the river, on the beach, or somewhere
    • Schedule a family reading time, first thing in morning, after dinner, or before bed. 
    • Monitor Progress and provide incentives
    • Plan rewards for completing certain milestones - after so many minutes read, consecutive days of reading, pages read, or books completed.

    Visit your local Spartanburg Public Library for summer reading opportunities!

Resources to Help Your Children Read this Summer

  • National Programs
    Barnes and Noble - Kids ages 0-12 can read eight books and earn a free one!. Check out their program information and list of books. Program ends September 3rd. More program information is available on their
    summer reading page.   

    Chuck E. Cheese - Kids can read every day for two weeks and earn 10 free tokens
    Clemson University offers summer reading programs. Visit the url to learn more. 
    Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge is a free reading program dedicated to encouraging kids to read more books during the summer months. The theme this year is A Magical Summer of Reading. Students will log their reading minutes, unlock stories from some favorite authors, and earn digital rewards. 
    Book Adventure - This program from Sylvan Learning Center allows students to read books, take quizzes, and earn prizes. 
    Newsela Summer Reading Clubs - Newsela’s Summer Reading Clubs are an easy way to encourage students in grades 2- 12 to continue reading over the summer and explore topics that interest them.
    Helpful Online Information and Book Lists 
    Reading Rockets - This website offers helpful tips, book lists, and “Meet the Author” videos as well as suggested activities and school-curriculum tie-ins and links. 
    Looking for a great book? Can’t decide what to read? - Help your child find a great book to read this summer with ALA’s Summer Reading Book Lists
    South Carolina Association of School Librarians Book Awards Lists - This list includes the picture books, children’s books, middle school books and high school books in that order from left to right.

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