I was chatting with our Grade 5 students towards the end of the year about 3 ways you can do some summer reading. Personally, I love to cuddle up with a real book. I like the feeling of turning a page, using a bookmark and seeing how big of a chunk of pages I am able to read in a sitting. This, however, is not the only way to read a book. One of my reading goals for the summer is to listen to an audiobook, read some books online with Hunter, and borrow some new library books on my Kindle.
2. Audiobooks - Perhaps one of the kids in this picture could have their earphones in, listening to a great narrator read an audiobook. They could be following along in a print copy too. Audiobooks are great for long car rides, or even as a regular feature on a long commute. There are many ways to get audiobooks. You can borrow them from the public library (CD + print copy) for many picture books and beginning novels, or you can use the Overdrive software to borrow them online.
3. Online Reading - There are some great websites out there which make picking up a book as easy as a quick click. Here are a few of my top picks
Tumblebooks (access via Calgary Public Library) - is a huge collection of online books that you can view on your laptop or iPad (search iPad for compatible titles). I especially love watching and listening to the Robert Munsch books because he does the narrating. There are many wonderful story books and non-fiction books to choose from. It would take you all summer to discover them all! A great choice for emerging readers.
BookFlix (access via Alberta Education Online Reference Centre) -
StorylineOnline - you can listen to celebrities read a small selection of classic and modern picture books here. We love Betty White reading Harry the Dirty Dog!
What is your favourite way to read in the summer?