[kids-lib] Reading Rockets' Start w/ a Book & Summer Reading Tips

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Wed Jun 10 16:52:50 PDT 2015

Sorry if this is a repeat, but I just learned about Reading Rockets' Start with a Book program which is aimed at helping parents and caregivers engage meaningful with K-3rd grade children through books and follow-up activities. There are 24 learning themes, and each includes resources in 5 areas:

1.      Choose books and book-related activities

2.      Explore more hand-on activities

3.      Try some summer writing

4.      Dig deeper with these websites

5.      Play and learn with interactive mobile apps

Here's the Bugs, Birds, and Animals theme as an example: http://www.startwithabook.org/booklists/bugs-birds-and-animals.

Or, try the more targeted Reading Adventure Packs: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/reading-adventure-packs-families. Library staff could gather the two related books, one fiction and nonfiction, and print the PDF of activities to give with the books.

Here's the one for Heroes: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/reading-adventure-pack-heroes and http://www.readingrockets.org/content/pdfs/literacybags/Heroes_2015.pdf or http://www.readingrockets.org/content/pdfs/literacybags/Heroes_2015_Spanish.pdf.

Here's what Reading Rockets says about the program, http://www.startwithabook.org/about.

This could be good information to share with parents or caregivers during your library's summer reading activities.


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

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