Suggested Reading Lists
Your children continue to develop as readers. They are gaining many reading skills that need to be practiced throughout the year. Here are some great reading lists, apps, and web sites to help your young readers continue on their journey to literacy.
Reading Lists for GRAPHIC NOVELS
American Library Association has updated their Summer Reading Lists with new and exciting titles! The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. Summer Reading book lists are below for grades K-2 and 3-5.
Kindergarten to Grade 2 Lists
Grades 3 to 5 Lists
Explore the digital resource Wonderopolis at www.wonderopolis.org/wonders for thousands of high-interest nonfiction “Wonder of the Day” articles.
Introduce stories from around the world!
The International Children’s Digital Library, an amazing (and growing!) collection of international children’s books available to read online in their original languages.
Big Universe is another online library of fiction and nonfiction books for kids 0-12. The site also offers adults and kids the chance to create and publish their own stories.
As an alternative to print, especially for kids with learning disabilities that make reading a struggle.
You can now download stories to iPods and other mobile devices, perfect for car rides or a lazy hot afternoon.
Tales2Go offers high-quality kids’ books through a mobile streaming service. Choose from a three month subscription for $29.99 or an annual subscription for $99.99
AudibleKids (an Amazon company) has an extensive collection of downloadable books, and some of them are free through a partnership with RIF. FREE 30 day trial!
Suggested Apps for Reading/ELA
Print AwarenessApps that help young children build a better understanding of letters and sounds, the left-to-right nature of reading, and recognizing that print differs from pictures.
PhonicsApps that help young children practice basic phonics skills. including recognizing the letters of the alphabet, learning upper case and lower case letters, and word building.
SpellingApps developed to help young kids practice spelling and vocabulary. You’ll find crosswords, a spelling bee, Boggle-style games, word builders, and more.
ComprehensionApps that provide practice with specific comprehension skills, including sequencing, differentiating between fact and opinion, developing word awareness, as well as several mind mapping apps.StorytellingApps that give kids practice in using simple multimedia tools to create stories and books (using audio, images, animation, and video), edit their work, and then share with others.VocabularyApps that engage young children in crossword and Scrabble-type games. Other apps focus on specific word meaning skills by highlighting word opposites, synonyms, and homophones.
WritingApps that help young children with all of the steps of the writing process — from handwriting skills to sentence construction to planning and drafting a story.Other Apps for LiteracyApps that help kids who struggle with phonics, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, handwriting, word processing, and composition. We’ve also included text-to-speech apps, audiobook apps, and apps for organization and goal-setting.Language and Communication
Apps that give kids tools for communicating with others, through simple pictures, picture-based stories, and text-to-speech.
Suggested Web Sites for Reading/ELA
Web Sites for Elementary Students (K-5)
Designed for elementary grade readers, Reading Rockets offers activities, strategies, and lessons to promote literacy. The site includes a great bibliography of magazines for students and their families seeking alternatives to books.
A literacy web site with book lists, activities, and worksheets for primary and intermediate grade students.
An online version of Time magazine suitable for elementary grade students. Current events, graphic organizers, and worksheets.
Offers learning activities, educational games, printable worksheets, and other tools designed for family, homeschool, or classroom use.
The object of this game is to infer what is being described by the clues you read.
Web Sites for Primary Grade Students (K-2)
This site for emergent readers is based on the Starfall method, a researched-based method of reading instruction.
PBS presents this web site based on their Reading Rainbow series. The site features details on the books seen on the show as well as online games and activities.
Clifford, the Big Red Dog leads beginning readers through stories and interactive games.
Games, video clips and activities for learning letters, making words, building sentences, expanding vocabulary, and creating categories.
Geared toward young independent readers, PBS’s Arthur site offers reading practice and online games based on Marc Brown’s Arthur book series.
First and second graders can interact with fairy tales in English and Spanish. This site is on the American Library Association’s list of best reading sites for kids.
Members of the Screen Actors Guild read aloud popular picture books like Stellaluna to kids. An activity guide and lesson plan accompanies each of the books.
This web site was created by Jan Brett, author of The Mitten, Hedgie’s Surprise, and Gingerbread Friends. Use the Hedgie’s Book-a-Matic to find activities for your favorite Jan Brett book.
Lil’ Fingers is a web site designed to allow toddlers and their parents to explore animated storybooks.
Children in grades PreK-1 will enjoy reading interactive stories from their friends at Sesame Street. The sight also includes theme songs and over 100 games.
Primary grade spelling games.
Web Sites for Intermediate Grade Students (3-5)
Many of the activities, crafts, and cross-curricular materials are available for free on this site. The entire contents of this huge site are available by subscription.
Books and authors, games, blogs, and videos from Scholastic’s book stacks.
Independent reading activities for students in Grades 3-5. Read Harry Potter book reviews and enjoy Harry Potter related games.
Based on the popular 39 Clues book series, this site invites kids to join the Cahill family in following 39 clues to find the source of the Cahill family’s secret power hidden around the world.
A web site based on Jeff Kinney’s best selling Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series.
Leveled cross-curricular activities and books to read online.
National Geographic’s web site presents games, activities, photos, and information about animals, geography, and other topics of interest to intermediate grade students.
Read American legends and myths online.
Read short passages and draw conclusions. Select the best answer. Online quiz format.
A prefix and suffix game for intermediate grade students.
Learn about suffixes.
Fun games with nouns, verbs, and adjectives.
Vocabulary building games for English Language Learners and native English speakers.