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    2022 Summer Reading Ideas and Lists

    “At the moment that we persuade a child, any child,

    to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library,

    we change their lives forever, for the better”

    ― Barack Obama 


    Why Your Child Should Read for 20 Minutes Every Day!

     Click here to do the math!

    The effect of reading 20 minutes or more according to Scholastic


    How to Raise a Reader

    Reading to or with your child every day will help your child become a better reader.  It is never too early or too late to start reading as a family.  Here are a few tips:

    1. Find a quiet place to read together.
    2. Ask your child why they chose that book to read.
    3. Ask your child to make a prediction based on the cover.  What do you think will happen in this story?  Do you think it will be a happy story?  What might we learn from this book?
    4. After reading, ask your child to retell the story.  Ask your child to put themselves in the story.  Ask your child to change the ending of the story.  Ask them to draw a picture based on the story.
    5. As a family, do an activity inspired by the book.
    6. For more tips, do an internet search for "how to read to your child".  There is a lot of good advice for reading to/with children of various ages available.
    7. Just reading to, with, and/or beside your child will help your child grow as a reader!


    Texas Bluebonnet Award image

    Texas Bluebonnet Award

    Reading List

    Book Trailers

    Students in grades 3 - 5 are encouraged to read at least 5 books from the Texas Bluebonnet Award reading list.  Those who have will be invited to vote on their favorite Bluebonnet Book in January.  This is a statewide reading challenge.  Students who read at least 18 of the 20 books will be invited to a celebration near the end of the school year.  Ebooks can be found at SoraApp.com.

    2022-2023 Luminarias visual booklist

    This is a list of books that are either bilingual or in  Spanish for students in grades PK - 2nd.  A new list is compiled yearly by a committee of librarians from Dallas ISD.  Librarians throughout the state and country now use the list for their libraries.  Ebooks can be found at SoraApp.com.  Click on the poster for more information about the Luminarias and for lists from previous years.

    2 X 2 Reading List image

     Recommended books for children age two to grade two to encourage voluntary reading from the Texas Library Association. Click picture for list. Ebooks can be found at SoraApp.com.


    Little Maverick Reading List image

    The Little Maverick Reading List has graphic novel titles for students from kindergarten to 5th grade.  Some of these titles may be available in Ebook format at SoraApp.com.

    Click here to find out more about the Dallas Public Library Express Yourself Youth Poetry Competition open to students in grades 2 - 12.

    Poetry contest runs from September - January each year.


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    Poetry graphic from Dallas Public Library, 9/21/2020