If you’re wondering how to fill your children’s downtime this summer, check out the new Summer Challenge series on KidsBlog. Browse virtual “bookshelves” to find enjoyable reads with curated booklists. Learn about Kid Lit writers in Author Spotlights. Examine boredom buster ideas in Events and Activity posts. We’ll have loads of suggestions for you in the weeks ahead!
Look through the first bookshelf in the series with Mock Newbery contenders: top picks published in 2020 year to date. Click on a book cover to link to the title in the online catalog, and hit the green button to instantly <Place a Hold>.
Why do we make predictions in June when the award isn’t until January 2021? It’s just plain fun to guess and inspires kids to read!
Book award winners in prior years
Newbery lists from other libraries
Want more structure for your child’s reading this summer? Download and play the Summer Challenge reading game and/or register for the easy-to-use online reading log by Beanstack, available for desktop computers or download the app for mobile devices.
If your child is struggling to read during this tough time, extend a little grace to both of you. Jason Reynolds, author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, offers solace to kids “it’s okay to feel your feels.” He suggests trying his passion – poetry – or writing, pulling out those feeling by putting them on the page. Jason’s weekly writing prompts for kids are unique and entertaining. Give them a try!
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