Research shows that reading only six books or a couple of hours during the summer may prevent a child from regressing!
It is essential that children continue to read during the summer to prevent the "summer slide." The summer slide is the tendency for students to lose some of the academic gains they made during the previous school year. Research shows that children experience learning loses when they don't engage in reading activities during the summer. Did you know:
NoveList is an interactive database that has the ability to recommend books based on description, author, or title. NoveList also has recommended reading lists for children, teens, and adults, as well as links to book award lists and fiction related websites.
Audiobooks are a great way to expose children to complex language, expressive reading, and fantastic stories. Listening to audiobooks also gives kids the valuable and enjoyable experience of using their own imaginations to visualize the people and places they’re hearing about. Audiobooks are a great way to experience stories anytime, anywhere.
This not-for-profit site has an abundance of books that celebrate different languages and cultures and cultivate a life-long love of reading.
The site is intended to be a resource for parents, teachers and children to easily and simply listen to a great collection of children's books. There are some books in other languages.
Storyline Online is an award-winning children’s literacy website. It streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Storyline Online receives over 100 million views annually from children all over the world and is available 24 hours a day. Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading.
Storynory is a website and podcast with audio streaming. They have been giving free audio stories to the world since November 2005. All of the content is free.
If you love hearing books read aloud, LivriVox, offers free audiobooks read by volunteers from around the world. Many of these titles are from Project Gutenberg, so if you are into classics, this is a great source for you.
American Library Association, 2021
Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) Diversity in Action (Día), 2021
Bank Street College of Education
International Literacy Association (Due to the worldwide pandemic, updates will not be announced in 2021.)
Publisher's Weekly Summer Reads 2021
Sora is offered by Shanghai American School, and it lets you borrow digital content, such as eBooks and audiobooks anytime, anywhere. Our collection has more than 5,000 titles.
To log into Sora, use your school ID card number as both your username and your password.
Shanghai American School Libraries have subscribed to Flipster Digital Magazines and has more than 30 magazines available. You can read issues on your computer (click here) or download the Flipster app from the app store to your device. Once in the app, search for Shanghai American School and then log in. The username and password are the same as the rest of the SAS databases.
Take a look at the this LibGuide to find out what magazines we subscribe to and more information.
Youngzine is a website where children can learn about current news and events shaping their world, in a simple, engaging and interactive manner. Along with news stories written specifically with a young audience in mind, Youngzine strives to inform using fun trivia, compelling visuals and videos to make the connection between classroom learning and the real world.
DogoNews is the leading source for current events, news and non-fictional content for Common Core ELA, Science and Social Studies. With thousands of news articles and new original content added daily, we are the leading online source of current events for students, teachers and schools.
Wonderopolis® is a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Each day, this site poses an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explores it in a variety of ways.
Check out the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! site for unbelievable information. It's the home of weird news, stories, incredible videos, photos, exhibits, and so much more.
The Guinness World Records Kids site is a place to discover everything you can about mind blowing feats. Read about the incredible record-holders and their stories, and browse the online collection of record titles for awe-inspiring videos and photos.
Visit the Shel Silverstein official site for kids to listen to Shel's poems read aloud. Learn more about Shel's books, watch exclusive animated excerpts, play games, and download fun activities!
The International Children's Digital Library strives to provide books to children from all over the world in their native language. Whether you are from America, Japan, Russia, China, Korean, or Africa you can find a book here to read.