Summer Reading Session 3
July 19 – August 20

Book Summer is an online reading program that will guide tweens and teens to create (or reignite) a joy for reading. During each 5-week session, readers will meet each week, both individually and as a group, with highly skilled and enthusiastic Reading Guides. Our Guides provide coaching to help individuals find books that match each child’s interests and guide meaningful discussions.  Book Summer’s virtual platform will provide a place for our community of readers to engage daily through discussions and activities that promote reading in their everyday lives.

Each session will include:

  • Weekly one-on-one meetings with highly skilled and enthusiastic Reading Guides who will
    • Match kids to books that fit their interest
    • Help kids quickly locate books
    • Ensure the books are “a fit” by tracking child progress and enjoyment along the way
    • Teach reading strategies specific to the individual
  • Weekly group meetings, led by Guides, where kids will
    • Learn skills and tools of how to become a better reader
    • Participate in group discussions about books they are reading
    • Learn how to set daily, weekly, and long terms reading goals for themselves
    • Meet guest speakers
  • 24/7 access to our community platform which includes  access to resources, activities, and discussion forums designed to help keep kids engaged and excited about reading

The curriculum for each session includes various reading strategies, resources, and methods to help kids create a reading habit that leads to a lifetime of enjoyment and building the skills for future intellectual and professional stimulation, growth, and success. Our curriculum helps kids to become readers through discovery, community, and fun!

Our weekly group and individual meetings led by our Reading Guides will focus on various reading strategies, topics, and activities each week. Access 24/7 to our reading community platform is also an essential part of our curriculum.

Program

  • Week 1: Group meets 5x / week
  • Week 2-4: Group meets 1x/ week
  • Week 5: Group meets 1x/week + Celebration
  • Individual meetings available 2x/ each week
  • Daily engagement occurs through the Challenges, Activities, and Discussion Boards on Book Summer’s online community platform

Themes

  • Week 1: Connecting to our personal lives: What is your book hook? What makes you feel connected to a book?
  • Week 2: Connecting to the world around us: How can we learn about the world around us through exploring the texts we are reading?
  • Week 3: Connecting to the future: How can reading help us to learn about the goals and dreams that we hope to accomplish in our future?
  • Week 4: Connecting to life lessons: How can we use literature to inspire ourselves and those around us to work towards a better and brighter world?
  • Week 5: Connecting to the community: How can we be members of a global community of readers and learners that impact each other positively and stay connected?

Goals

  • Each child identifies himself/herself as a reader by the end of the five-week session
  • Each child understands the benefits of reading for pleasure
  • Build confidence so they can choose their books
  • Give them strategies they need to be lifelong readers
  • Feel confident being a reading influencer
Option 1: Morning
Week 1 July 19 - July 23 Monday-Friday @11:30-12:00 EST
Week 2 July 29 Thursday @11:30-12:00 EST
Week 3 August 5 Thursday @11:30-12:00 EST
Week 4 August 12 Thursday @11:30-12:00 EST
Week 5 August 19 Thursday @11:30-12:00 EST
August 20 Friday Celebration
Option 2: Midday
Week 1 July 19 - July 23 Monday-Friday @2:30-3:00 EST
Week 2 July 29 Thursday @2:30-3:00 EST
Week 3 August 5 Thursday @2:30-3:00 EST
Week 4 August 12 Thursday @2:30-3:00 EST
Week 5 August 19 Thursday @2:30-3:00 EST
August 20 Friday Celebration
Option 3: Afternoon
Week 1 July 19 - July 23 Monday-Friday @4:30-5:00 EST
Week 2 July 29 Thursday @4:30-5:00 EST
Week 3 August 5 Thursday @4:30-5:00 EST
Week 4 August 12 Thursday @4:30-5:00 EST
Week 5 August 19 Thursday @4:30-5:00 EST
August 20 Friday Celebration

* Once a Readers has registered, they will complete the Reading Questionnaire and schedule their first individual 1:1 with Guide before the program begins

  • Week 1: Group meets 5x / week
  • Week 2-4: Group meets 1x/ week
  • Week 5: Group meets 1x/week + Celebration
  • Individual meetings available 2x/ each week
  • Daily engagement occurs through the Challenges, Activities, and Discussion Boards on Book Summer’s online community platform
Up to 10 people per group, 30 in each session
Individual goals may vary; we anticipate at least 2-3 books read per session
  • Visit our individual bookstore, Bookshop.org
  • Your local independent booksellers
  • Your local library
No, purchasing or borrowing of books is the individual’s responsibility
The first book should be ready to begin reading by Monday of the first week. Each reader will receive and complete a Questionnaire before the session begins. Based on the Questionnaire, our Reading Guides will send a personalized book recommendation list in which the reader will select a book before beginning a Book Summer session. We highly recommend having two books available at all times so there is not a delay in starting a new book.
  • Complete daily touch-points:
    • Post reading minutes every day
    • Post comments to at least one discussion thread
  • Have multiple (at least 2) books ready to read
  • Come with questions for your Reading Guide
  • Be on time for virtual discussions
  • Book travels with you wherever you go
  • Participate in challenges and activities
Our Reading Guides monitor daily touch-points: posting daily minutes read, uploading content for activities and challenges, keeping track of top readers by ranking, commenting on discussion boards. We also measure progress through 1-1 virtual meetings and group meetings with Reading Guides.
  • Encourage reader to have ongoing list of at least five books they would like to read
  • Visit the library (or reserve ahead of time for pick-up); make books available
  • Dedicate time for daily reading – create the time and space
  • Encourage reader to bring book for trips, errands, with him/her everywhere
This will be one of many reading strategies we will discuss in group meetings
It is the reader’s responsibility to find another copy of the book or begin reading next book, one from To Be Read (TBR) pile as soon as possible
Each reader is on a different journey to find the books he/she loves. These books may vary in length, genre, writing style, etc. Once a book is finished or abandoned, the reader will begin reading a book from the TBR pile as soon as possible.
Through email or Book Summer’s online platform’s messaging system
  • Discovering reading preferences (genre, author’s writing style, etc.)
  • Reading strategies
  • Ways to improve reading habits
  • Goal coaching
The method of discussion we use is the Socratic Seminar. Some of the many topics that will be discussed will be theme, character development, author’s writing style, and connection to real-life.

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