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  • 1. Research shows that kids who do not read over the summer often suffer from"summer slide" or "brain drain." This means that it can take longer to catch up and get inthe swing of things when the new school year starts and grades can suffer. Dont let thishappen! READ, READ, READ! If you need a little extra push or incentive to get youreading, there are programs for little kids, big kids, and grown ups too (parents andteachers, you need to be good reading role models!) Participate in the summerreading program at the Lexington County Public Library; participate in the ScholasticSummer Reading Challenge; or come up with your own summer reading challenge(you could even join Mrs. Byrd Fort and challenge yourself to read a #bookaday thissummer)! Doesn’t matter how you do it, just as long as you READ!Don’t know what to read? Check out this list of authors and resources! Mrs. ByrdFort will be sharing more ideas on the Learning Commons Facebook, Twitter, andInstagram pages throughout the summer – be sure to LIKE and FOLLOW the LearningCommons so that you don’t miss out!Valerie Byrd Fort, NPES Teacher Librarianvfort@lexington1.netScan the QR code above to visit our webpage!PS - Students who show Mrs. Byrd Fort their reading log by August 23 will receive a prize!Authors/Illustrators for grades K-2Best for K-2, but kids in 3-5 will like them too!David Adler *Author of the Cam Jansen seriesTedd ArnoldBrod BagertPhil BildnerJan BrettMarc Brown *Author of the Arthur seriesPeter BrownEric CarleDoreen CroninTomie DePaolaLois EhlertAnthony FredericksGail GibbonsKevin HenkesSteve Jenkins *Animal Non-fiction!Ezra Jack KeatsJon KlassenJarrett J. KrosoczkaLeo LionniRobert MunschJack Prelutsky *Funny poet!April Pulley SayreCynthia RylantJon ScieszkaDr. SeussDavid ShannonMo Willems*Ask the librarians at the public library for more ideas! ORemail Mrs. Byrd Fort at vfort@lexington1.netAuthors/Illustrators for grades 3-5Best for 3-5, but kids in K-2 will like them too!AviBrod BagertPhil BildnerMeg Cabot *Author of the Ally Finkle seriesMatt Christopher *GREAT for sports loversSharon CreechChristopher Paul CurtisRahl DahlMargaret Peterson Haddix *Page-turners!James HoweErin Hunter *Author of the Warriors seriesBrian Jacques *Author of the Redwall seriesPeg KehretJeff Kinney *Author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid seriesGordon KormanJarrett J. Krosoczka*Author of Lunch Lady Graphic NovelsLois LowryMegan McDonald*Author of the Judy Moody and Stink booksGary PaulsenDav Pilkey *VERY FUNNY!Patricia PolaccoRick RiordanRon Roy *Author of the A to Z Mystery seriesCynthia RylantLouis SacharCharles R. Smith, Jr.Jerry SpinelliR.L. Stine
  • 2. Grown ups! Here are some titles and authors YOU might enjoy!The Book Whisperer by Donalyn MillerHow to Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esme CodellReading Magic by Mem FoxThe Read Aloud Handbook by Jim TreleaseDon’t forget! YOU can join the Public Library Summer Reading Program too!Hope to see you at one of these Summer Reading KICK-OFF events!StoryFestSC Carolina State Museum, Saturday, June 1 9am – 4pmKick off summer reading with award winning authors Peter Brown and Will Hillenbrand!Lexington County Public Library Summer Reading Kickoff Party County Public Library, Main Library, Wednesday, June 5 3pm – 6pmTry these ideas to keep you reading over the summer!• Visit Comic Nirvana in Lexington for COMIC BOOKS!• Read The State Newspaper (online or the print version)• See if your favorite book or author has an APP!• Read a book on a Nook, Kindle, or iPad• Visit the public library!• Visit TumbleBooks (email Mrs. Byrd Fort for the password!) these websites and blogs for MORE suggestions ofgreat books and activities you can do this summer!• ReadKiddoRead -• GUYS READ -• South Carolina Book Award Program (check out the Picture Book list and the Children’sBook list) -• Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge –• Reading Rockets -• DayByDaySC -