Summer Fun!

Summer is a great time to read for fun.
Try something new or revisit some of your favorites.

My recommended reading list for Frost students is here:
Mrs. Benkard's 2013 Summer Reading Recommendations

My suggestions for Teens and Adults are here:
2013 Summer Reading beyond Fifth Grade

Earn Free Books!
Barnes and Noble Book Stores will give you a free book if you read and record 8 books and bring your log into a store.  Look at (here) to find the details and print out the reading log.

Join GoodReads
You can track your reading, find similar titles and see what other readers (like me) say about your favorite books.

Check out some free e-books
All grade levels have looked at e-books this year: TumbleBooks and TumbleReadables via the East Brunswick Public Library, as well as books in an array of languages from the International Children's Digital Library (they have Apps, too--search for ICDL in the App Store).  Click on the links above or find more information here.  

The New York Times Summer Student Challenge
Read the New York Times (read the print edition or access the online edition for free at and submit your thoughts about an article or event.  Your opinion may be chosen to be published on the NYTimes Blog for all the world to read!

If you are visiting any museums this summer, be sure to check whether they have kids' guides like these:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art-where we first meet Percy Jackson
The American Museum of Natural History-where much of the story in Wonder Struck occurs
(Here is a video tour of the museum with author Brian Selznick)

These are some great places to find ideas for your next book.
Dive in and see what you find!

The Stacks for Kids
A great place to find interviews and other stuff about your favorite Scholastic characters: Allie Finkle, Animorphs, Harry Potter, 39 Clues and more!

Family Playground
Scholastic's site for younger kids, this is the place to find Clifford, Ms. Frizzle, ISPY and lots more fun and favorites.

East Brunswick Public Library Kids' Page
Check out the bottom corner boxes to find the "Website of the Month" and "What Should I Read?"  This is also the place to access TumbleBooks and TumbleReadables, free e-books.
Reading lists from the Association for Library Service to Children are available at EBPL, or here.

A site set up by author James Patterson that offers great book ideas for kids and parents.

Another great resource for books that boys will like, put together by Jon Sciezska, author of The Stinky Cheese Man along with a number of other hilarious books.  (Girls can visit, too, just don't tell the boys...)

Recommended Reading from East Brunswick School District
Recommended Leveled Book Lists
K-5 Language Arts Parents' Page