Summer is a Time for Reading

Jun 17, 2020

Girl Reading Book Outside

Frisco ISD encourages families to consider making reading a regular part of the daily summer routine. District librarians have created a FISD Summer Reading website to inspire students to keep reading. 

Yes, summer is the time to sip lemonade, chase toads or explore the outdoors, but making reading a part of summer vacation does not have to be a chore. 

Summer reading is the perfect way for children to pursue their unique interests, while maintaining and strengthening important reading skills such as vocabulary and comprehension.

What better way to travel through history or to faraway lands than from the comfort of home in a book?

“What students read isn’t as important as the pure enjoyment of reading, which creates deeper engagement and comprehension,” said Stacy Cameron, coordinator of library and media services. “Every day is a new opportunity to pick up a good book, and just because schools are closed for the summer doesn’t mean that Frisco ISD libraries are closed.”

During eLearning, students set new records by accessing digital books and audiobooks at more than 5 times the regular usage rate with more than 96,000 ebooks and audiobooks read. Librarians also hosted more than 900 live or recorded read alouds and book talks.

Frisco ISD students have access to more than 9,400 books through two online sources:

  • Sora - This source has free eBooks and audiobooks from the Frisco ISD libraries 

  • Tumblebooks - This library has over 1,100 titles for grades K-6, including animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, national geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, and books in Spanish and French. The collection also features graphic novels!

Instructions on accessing both resources can be found on the FISD Summer Reading website.

Reading is more about getting students to dive deep into a book that they can’t bring themselves to put down and less about reading a prescribed list of books. However, parents can find lists here for award-winning and recommended books.

“Numerous studies indicate that students who don’t read or read infrequently during their summer vacation see their reading abilities stagnate or decline,” Cameron said. “Summer reading pays off year around and students should read at least two hours a week to continue to grow over the summer.”

Reading is crucial to a childʼs success in all school subjects so students are also encouraged to access their public libraries in Frisco, Little Elm, McKinney and Plano who all have summer reading programs.

To learn more about the FISD summer reading click here, and use the #ReadFISD hashtag to share your family reading this summer. Happy reading!

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