•  surf the reading wave Surf the Reading Wavesummer sun

    with these Reading Resources


    Dallas Public Library

    The Dallas Public Library is a great resource for reading all year long, even when school is closed. All Dallas residents may get a free library card to check out books, DVD's and VHS tapes, and access the internet. Click on each link to learn more.

    Online Books

    These are books that are read on the computer using an internet connection. Many of these stories are read aloud to you or have animations to go along with the story. They are highly interactive and fun to read! Click on each link to learn more.


    Reading Logs & Reading Games

    The internet has several different resources for keeping track of your reading over the summer and fun games that will also help you with your reading skills. Click on each link to learn more.


    Free Library Card                   Back to the top

    Dallas Public Library offers free library cards to anyone who lives in Dallas. This card can be used to check out books, videos, and access the computer. To receive a library card you will need:
    • Driver's License or other ID card
    • Proof of residency - utility bill, updated/current driver's license, or lease agreement 
    • Must be with Legal guardian
    • Dallas ISD ID# or school registration paperwork 
    For more detailed information click on the following link: Dallas Public Library Card

    Dallas Public Library Local Branch Services                   Back to the top
    The Dallas Public Library branches offer a variety of services including children and youth programming, classes for adults, books and videos to check out, movie nights, access to the internet, and more. To learn all that your public library has available for you to use, click on the following link: Public Library Services
    Branches within the Pershing School Attendance Area:
    Click on the link to learn more about specific events including storytime and children's summer reading programs at each branch.
    Preston Royal -- 5626 Royal Lane -- Bus Route 36
    Fretz Park -- 6990 Belt Line Road -- Bus Route 400
    Park Forest -- 3421 Forest Lane -- Bus Route  486, 532
    DISD Ebooks                  Back to the top
    Ebooks are books that you read on the computer. You need an internet connection in order to access these books. These books are good for independent readers although some do have a read aloud feature. To read these books:                     
    1. Click on the link to access Student Ebooks.
    2. Log in to Follett Shelf using student ID# and last four digits of student ID
           example:  username: 1234567; password: 4567
    3. Choose a book. You can search using a title, author, or keywords. Click on the book of your choice.
    4. If the book is "IN" you can read it online or check it out. Reading online is immediate but your bookmarks will not save. Checking the book out will save your bookmarks so that you can start reading in the story exactly where you left off.
    5. If the book is "OUT" you can add it to your wish list to read at a later time.

    Storyline Online                   Back to the top
    This website offers children's books read aloud by members of the Screen Actor's Guild. Many of the actors reading include famous stage and screen actors including James Earl Jones, Elijah Wood, and Hector Elizondo. Many of the stories are award winners or classic children's books. You need a computer or tablet (ipad or other) and internet access in order to listen and watch these stories.

    International Children's Digital Library                        Back to the top
    This is another database with picture books presented in various languages. This is a wonderful way to explore new cultures and stories.
    No username or password necessary

    Reading Rewards Website                 Back to the Top
    This website was created by a mom in Canada who wanted to encourage her children to read more. This is a great place to record the books and amount of time spent reading. Parents and/or Teachers can set a specific amount of reading time as a way to earn incentives. When students read a certain number of minutes they can then access fun educational games that are loaded on the website. 
    To get started, sign up for a free account. There is no cost involved.

    PBS Kids                               Back to the Top
    PBS Kids is sponsored by the Public Broadcasting System Kids shows and includes characters from their much-loved series. The games are sorted by skill type (reading, math, spelling, etc.).  This link takes you to the PBS Kids reading games.

    Funbrain                                    Back to the Top
    Funbrain is an educational games website sponsored by Pearson, a well-known name in educational materials and testing. Games include all skill areas. This link takes you to the funbrain reading games.

    ABCYA                                             Back to the Top
    ABCYA is an educational games website that is well-known for games that increase both reading and math skills as well as spatial reasoning and problem-solving. The games are divided by grade level rather than skill level. This link takes you to the main page. Hint: Sometimes you need to choose a lower or higher grade level depending on your skill level.

    Starfall                                                  Back to the Top
     This is a free educational website dedicated to helping children learn how to read and improve reading skills. A variety of games and activities are available to practice important reading skills. This link will take you to the main page.