Online Summer Reading/Game Sites for Kids

Dear Students,

Summer in Phoenix is Hot. Hot. Hot. 120 degrees hot. You are making a mistake hot.

Max hiding from the summer sun at Barnes and Noble

And when we aren’t abusing the hospitality at Barnes and Noble, you might find me on the  We Give Books site,

We Give Books–pick a storybook, book displays. Page through the book as a read aloud. Finish the book, click to donate a copy to a charity (you choose). Create account. Go from there. Easy easy easy. Pro, expands your library. Con: requires flash so can’t read books on the ipad. Give it a test run, I’m sure they will work around the ipad problem, this is a natural fit for a tablet.

 This is an empowering, well done site.

Browsing We Give Books Facebook albums to see books reach their destinations. Incredible!

Does your child like logic, puzzles and mystery?

Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation is for the 8-13 year old. I like this site because it helps you acquire skills in internet research, critical thinking and covers a wide range of topics. The writing is so good, it was Webby Award nominated. It’s funny and weird. Kids dig it. For older kids (13) check out Ruby Skye PI, Smithsonian Museum of American Art Meet me at Midnight is another mystery with an art history twist!

My guilty pleasure: Harry Potter

My personal favorite: Pottermore,  an interactive, illustrated companion to the books. J.K. Rowling wanted to create a site where her stories could live on and where readers could explore them in a new way. In addition to discovering new material from J.K. Rowling about Harry’s world, you’ll be able to interact with key story Moments (the Sorting Hat sequence, for example) and upload your own comments, thoughts and artwork.

Get to know the kid’s reading resources at Changing Hands, the best independent bookstore in the Phoenix area

A 21st century reader makes connections with the community, both locally and globally. Reach out to your local independent bookstore and become a part of the community. Sign up for the emails, go to the events, contribute to the conversation. Engage, produce, communicate. write to your favorite author, create fan fiction, put yourself out there.  Summer is a the time to create content for your e-portfolio, write reviews or create lists on sites like Shelfari or Goodreads. What are you reading this summer?

Warmest Regards,
Mrs. Kenney

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