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Summer Reading and Learning

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Summer Reading and Learning

Keep the learning fresh all summer long with mysteries, sci-fis, graphic novels, biographies, historical accounts, or any other cool topic under the hot summer sun. Browse through a roundup of reading lists, check out local library activities and inspire year-round reading.

Reading Lists and Activities
Find everything you need to make reading fun this summer, from grade and theme-based reading recommendations to page-turning activity ideas.

Family Education
Explore entertaining books that will encourage your kids to love reading, while improving their language arts skills.

Summer Reading Lists on the Web
Link to a great “list of lists” with bundles of reading suggestions. Find book lists for students by age group, and resources to help parents find quality books.

Public Library
Events, Books and Activities

Visit a local library to keep the learning fresh and fun this summer. You’ll find exciting activities, summer reading programs, cool events and a great selection of books to suit the whole family.

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Book Award Lists and Honors

Caldecott Medal
Take a look at award-winning picture books for children that earned the acclaimed Caldecott Medal. Check one out this summer and bring the beauty of books to kids.

Black Eyed Susan Book Award List 2013-2014
Introduce children to Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Book Award winners.  This children's choice award is given to authors and/or illustrators of outstanding books chosen by Maryland students.

Newbery Medal and Honor Books 
Share the love of learning and reading with children and introduce them to outstanding American literature. Expand young minds through the creativity and talent of inspiring authors.

Reading Resources on Thinkport

Just because school is out for the summer, doesn’t mean you have to leave the educational reading behind. Thinkport’s robust portal of activities provides imaginative ways to boost children’s knowledge. Make special family memories exploring famous poems and literature, deciphering the National Anthem, discovering passages from notable people in history, or reading about important topics such as bullying.

Arguing for Change
Thinkport’s website Arguing for Change helps students gain knowledge and skills as they write a persuasive argument based on the scenario of bullying. The site features fiction and non-fiction content and an empowering poem titled “Respect,” written by Will S. Bunin. Use this poem as a doorway to discussions about an important issue affecting many children.

Knowing Poe
Thinkport’s Knowing Poe website explores the interesting and mysterious life and literature of Edgar Allan Poe. Sift through some of his famous poems and tales to build fascinating family learning experiences this summer.

Exploring Maryland’s Roots
Thinkport’s Exploring Maryland’s Roots takes a look at colonial Maryland history through 12 interactive activities. The site features more than 15 biographies of men and women with roots in Maryland. Use these history-rich reading resources to enlighten and engage your children in purposeful summer learning.  

Pathways to Freedom: Maryland and the Underground Railroad
Thinkport’s website Pathways to Freedom takes students on an interactive journey to learn about the Underground Railroad in Maryland, why it came to be, and what it meant for us as a state and a nation. Go back in time with your children and explore one of the site’s intriguing autobiographies, stories, interviews and passages featuring notable people in history.

War of 1812
Thinkport’s War of 1812 website helps build rich learning experiences around the people, places and events surrounding this significant war that inspired the Star-Spangled Banner. Show your patriotic side and create a meaningful family experience delving into the verses of our National Anthem.

Reading Resources and Tips

Explore and Read with PBS KIDS
Play, explore and read with the best of the best from PBS KIDS. Kids will enjoy reading adventures, online games, videos and digital word quests.

PBS Parents Reading Tips
Find great tips, articles and handy resources you can put to use right away to encourage your kids to read.

Reading Rockets
Blast off to a cool place on the Web for teachers, parents and librarians. Find book suggestions, strategies for struggling readers, parent tips and articles, and a treasure trove of resources to engage children in quality learning.



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