Reading Goodies and a Surprise Pack to WIN

Keeping kids reading over the summer is a perennial goal of teachers everywhere. This week’s fun freebies will help!

And here’s more good news: we have free books for you, too. Submit a comment to this blog to let us know what’s on your summer reading list. We’ll randomly select one lucky teacher to win a prize pack of great books. Submit your comment by 11:59 pm EDT on June 20, 2017. Then hurry to check out these freebies—and let students’ parents know about them too:

The annual Barnes & Noble Summer Reading program is underway. Kids read any eight books, complete a journal page, and turn it in for a free book from the list. The program is for grades 1–6 and runs through September 5. Click here to learn more.

Send your happy campers on a reading adventure with Ms. Frizzle, Clifford, Harry Potter, and other Scholastic reading pals. Log minutes, unlock activities, earn rewards, and enter a sweepstakes. Click here to get started.


Immerse yourself in literacy at the annual International Literacy Association conference. You’ll find hundreds of sessions and exhibits at the show, held July 15-17 in Orlando. Learn more at




Happy reading!



PS: Here’s a reading resource that you can use year-round: Book Adventure. Kids read, take quizzes, and earn points. Visit

49 thoughts on “Reading Goodies and a Surprise Pack to WIN

  1. For the kiddos the little House series and for me James Patterson. Love the reading resources and I
    Never forget to send home my local library info on the summer reading challenges

    • I’m reading the Little House books with my second grader. It is a magical experience to revisit those stories together!

      • A lifelong South Dakotan, the Little House books are especially loved! If you ever get to South Dakota be sure to visit the real Little Town on the Prairie!! Each summer they present an outdoor pageant based on the Little Town on the Prairie three weekends in July. This year, “Nellie” and “Almanzo” from the TV series are honored guests!! There are tours and activities all summer long. 🙂

  2. My book list this summer is a revisit to some of my most beloved books…Gone With the Wind, The Thornbirds, Christy, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Moon Over Manifest, The Wall, The Hiding Place, The Last Bridge, and I Remeber Mama. 🙂

      • Oh, I so do, too!! What a wonderful, wonderful book! It just “spoke” to me on so many levels. Also, it is such a great read-aloud for intermediate grade kids. Love, love, love it!! 🙂

  3. I’m hoping to read more books from the Children’s Choice Lists in between running a summer reading program at my public library.

  4. My good reads are: Daily Splash Of Joy- by Barbara Johnson.
    Catching Fireflies- by Patsy Clairmont. And more…

  5. I’m looking forward to reading medical books by Atul Gawande as well as other physicians who have written about becoming doctors, their medical experiences, etc.

    I also plan to check out new children’s books so that I’m set for the upcoming school year.

  6. I plan on reading A Long Walk to Water and a few professional books. Other than that, anything that looks good. 🙂

  7. This summer I am reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, and for school, I am reading Joy Write: Cultivating High-Impact, Low-Stakes Writing
    by Ralph Fletcher.
    Thanks so much for the summer reading resources – I love passing this information on along to the parents of my students!

  8. I’ve started with Raymie Nightingale because she has the same name as me and that never happens. It’s kind of a Judy Bloom type of book. I brought home 2 professional books and I have about 8 books on my iPad I’m hoping to get through.

  9. We are going to go through the Chronicles of Narnia Series, or at least as many of the books as we can get through!

  10. I am reading the nominations for the 2018 Nene Award, one of which will be selected by children in Hawaii as their favorite book.

  11. I’m excited to read all the mystery books I’ve been hoarding all year to read over the summer. I’m especially excited about the new Carola Dunn mystery.

  12. I am reading Maya Banks. Can’t put it down. Love summer so I can read for pleasure! Best ever!!!

  13. I am enjoying Book Scavenger the Unbreakable Code now. I plan to read as many other books I can finish. I like mystery, historical fiction, and romance.

  14. I am happy to grab any fast-paced book that I can sit with and read by the pool or at the beach! I look forward to using my local library over the summer break with my daughters.

  15. I have already purchased two books to read over the summer….The Growth Mindset and Making Number Talks Matter.

  16. I just read The One Memory Of Flora Banks, next read is Into The Waters by Paula Hawkins. For my students I am recommending Fast Freddy, Franny K. Stein, Magic Tree House books that we didn’t get to, and of course Captain Underpants because of the movie????⭐️

  17. Wonder and my new anchor texts for our district’s new ELA curriculum. I also send home our local library rdg program info.

  18. I am reading a child called it, the lost boy, and a man named Dave. All are written by Dave Pelzer and revel the horrible childhood he had. I would recommend these to all teachers. In addition I am beginning a book study, unsure of the books at the moment.

  19. I’m also reading The Shack. I’ve enjoyed getting good ideas from what others are reading too! My kids are reading Junie B Jones and The Magic Tree House series.

  20. My son is reading anything that has to do with Pokémon. He just can’t get enough. I’m reading a variety of books including the new series by Linda Lael Miller.

  21. As much as we can! For myself, anything I can get my hands on, including some new titles from my favorite authors. I currently have books by Nora Roberts, Nancy Thayer and Gilly McMillan waiting for me. For my students, I would like to find some new titles that teach kindness and working together. For my children, the Erin Hunter Warrior series and some good teen girl stories.

  22. I will be catching up…. I have a pile on my shelf that I have been stashing all year!
    I will introducing the Harry Potter Series to my little ones. Great excuse to read them again!!

  23. My CDA coursework books, What if Everybody Understood Child Development, and all the new books I have ordered for my class…so I can make up silly voices ahead of time!

  24. I am busy this summer reading graduate level texts and working on my master’s. Inbetween, once I end up back in Arizona, I will be finishing the Harry Potter series and romance novels.

  25. I have a very large To Be Read Pile. I am attempting to read a book a day. I am starting with a book about World War II.

  26. I’ll be reading a book that my 93 years young father just completed about his 67 years of marriage to my mother who is 85. They called it, “Marriage: An Adventure of Faith.” I am the youngest of ten children – seven boys and three girls. I can’t wait for it to arrive in the mail!

  27. I read daily anything I can get my hands on, but this summer I promised myself to read all my pins on pinterest to do with school. (SMILE!)

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