Teaching Ideas


Breezy Summer Reads

  • Recharge and read together with the Reader’s Theater Scripts for Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett.

  • Discover the importance of being creative and embracing who you are in this Meet-the-Author Recording for The First Rule of Punk by Celia Pérez.

  • Decode the fun of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein with the activities from Random House Teachers and Librarians.

  • Giggle along with the Complete Book Reading for Quackenstein Hatches a Family by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen.

Outdoor Activities to Pair with Books

  • Explore the Activity Sheets from Island Readers and Writers for Look Up! by Annette LeBlanc Cate. Create your own science journals by drawing and writing about the animals you see in your own community.

  • In King of the Tightrope: When the Great Blondin Ruled Niagara, readers learn that Jean-François Gravelet performed amazing feats on a tightrope across Niagara Falls. Try out your balancing skills (and more) with ideas from the Teacher's Guide by Peachtree.

  • Watch this Video Book Reading from You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang and use the ideas in the Activity Guide from Amazon to measure things inside and outside.

  • Get inspired by this Virtual Book Tour by Meg Medina and try something outside of your comfort zone.

Escape into Fantasy

  • Illuminate the excitement of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi with this Book Trailer.

  • Charm readers with a magical story of friendship with this Book Trailer for Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead.

  • Hold on to the enchantment of summer with this Audiobook Excerpt from The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles.

  • Initiate adventure with resources like the Ready, Set, Draw Interview from KidLit TV for Journey by Aaron Becker.

Summer Reading Lists

Access these summer reading program lists with examples for how to incorporate TeachingBooks resources for book promotion and enjoyment.

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