Reading With You: Summer Edition 2021

Reading With You Summer Edition 2021

NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 are Reading With You this summer!

Our goal is to encourage our young students to read this summer because over the summer, children can lose almost two months of their reading and math skills. By participating in summer reading programs and activities, you can keep your children’s learning skills up to date.

This is our third year to offer the summer edition of Reading With You/Leyendo Contigo. We have excellent recommendations for children’s books from our partners at Reading Partners North Texas and the Fort Worth Public Library. Did you know that any student in North Texas can check out a book for free from the Fort Worth Public Library? Students do not have to be residents of Fort Worth to do so. We also have a list of exciting activities that students can participate in and win prizes from libraries across North Texas to keep them learning all summer long.

Check out the North Texas Summer Reading programs below to help your child stay on track!

FREE Books Available to borrow from the Fort Worth Public Library

Apply here for a Fort Worth Public Library Card or eCard. Books are also available via curbside pickup. 

Here is a collection of books from picture books to middle grade fiction. These are great books, both old and new, to share with the youth in your life.

Check Out Your Favorite Picture Books

Big Feelings by Alexandra Penfold 

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho 

Fatima’s Great Outdoors by Ambreen Tariq 

I Love You, Baby Burrito by Angela Doninguez 

Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Pena 

No Buddy Like a Book by Brianne Farley 

Something’s Wrong! A Tale of Bear, a Hare, and Some Underwear by John Jory 

Squish Squash Squished by Rebecca Kraft Rector 

The Magical Yet by Angela DiTerlizzi 

The Whole Hole Story by Vivian McInerny 

Check Out Your Favorite Middle Grade Fiction: Recommended for independent, strong, readers ages 8-12. They are also great for a family read aloud. 

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston 

Doggo and Pupper by Katherine Applegate 

Red, White and Whole by Rajani LaRocca 

Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian Heidicker 

Simon B. Rhymin by Dwayne Reed 

The Boys in the Back Row by Mike Jung 

The Dragon in the Library by Louie Stowell 

The Way to Rio Luna by Zoraida Cordova 

The Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter 

Ways to Make Sunshine by Rene Watson 

Libros Ilustrados 

La casa de algún día (The One Day House) por Julia Durango e illustrado por Bianca Díaz

¡Los zombis no comen verduras! por Megan Lacera y Jorge Lacera, ilustrado por Jorge Lacera y adaptado al español por Yanitzia Canetti

Mi papi tiene una moto por Isabel Quintero e ilustrado por Zeke Peña ; traducido por Andrea Montejo

Quizás algo hermoso : cómo el arte transformó un barrio por F. Isabel Campoy y Theresa Howell e illustrado por Rafael López.

Libros de Capítulos

Mañanaland por Pam Muñoz Ryan y traducido por Alberto Jiménez Rioja

Los tipos malos por Aaron Blabey y traducido por Juan Pablo Lombana

Luciana por Erin Teagan ; traducido por Madelca Dominguez

Lector Fácil

¡Hoy volaré! por Mo Willems y adaptado al español por F. Isabel Campoy

Pedro y sus insectos por Fran Manushkin e illustrated por Tammie Lyon

No Ficción 

Sharuko : el arqueólogo Peruano Julio C. Tello / Peruvian archaeologist Julio C. Tello por Monica Brown, ilustraciones por Elisa Chavarri y traducción al español por Adriana Domínguez 

Reading Partners Summer Reading List 

Grades K – 1st

Hair Love by Matthew Cherry

My Friend Earth by Patricia MacLachlan and Francesca Sanna

Planting a Rainbow by Louis Ehlert

Standing On Her Shoulders by Monica Clark-Robinson

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman

The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav by Sophia Golz

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quite by Maria Isable Sanchez Vegara

The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach

They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

Grades 2nd – 3rd

Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy

My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero

Pretty Tricky: The Sneaky Ways Pants Survive by Etta Kaner

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad

The Upside Down Boy by Juan Felipe Herrera

The Wolves are Back by Jean Craighead George

Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Grades 4th – 5th

Mananaland by Pam Munoz Ryan

Restart by Gordon Korman

Sitting Bull by Harry N. Abrams

The Circulatory Story by Mark K. Corcoran

The Last Last Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles

The Screaming Hairy Armadillo by Matthew Murrie

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Wish by Barbara O’Connor

North Texas Summer Reading Programs

Allen: Tails and Tales Summer Reading Club
Cool off this summer with a good book! Children can win a free book and adults can win sweet treats this summer when they register with READsquared and log reading hours.

Arlington: Discover Your Story Summer Reading Challenge
Youth, teens and adults can all discover their stories by participating in this summer’s reading bingo challenges. Complete four squares in a row on the reading logs, take it to your local public library and win your prize!

Carrollton: Summer Reading Program
Dive into a good book this summer with the Carrollton Public Library! Log your reading with READsquared to win books and other prizes like giftcards or a one-year Disney+ subscription!

Cedar Hill: Reading Colors your World Summer Reading Challenge
Color your summer and read a good book! Sign up with the READsquared app and track your pages read to win free books and prizes like a trip to the Dallas Zoo or a Kindle Fire. Check out the Cedar Hill Library's website for more fun events like Storytime in the Park!

Dallas Public Libraries: SMART Summer with Mayor Johnson
Want to win a Nintendo Switch? What about a Pacman arcade game? A bouncy house? Kids 0-18 can log their reading, win prizes and participate in summer learning events all summer long. Adults can participate too to win a Dallas Public Library tote bag.

De Soto: Mayor’s Reading Challenge
Keep reading this summer and earn a certificate and prizes! Kids 0-17 can log in with READsquared to track their progress and win prizes! Adults can participate in the Adult summer challenge too to win prizes. Plus, check out the De Soto Library’s website to find the Friday Page Turner special guest videos and other summer learning activities!

Denton: READsquared Reading Program/ 1000 Books before Kindergarten
Read for five hours and win a free book! Read another 10 hours for an additional book and entry to prizes! Parents of children up to five years old are encouraged to log in and read to their children for the library’s 1000 Books before Kindergarten program. Log in with the Denton Public Library today!

Duncanville: Tails and Tales Summer Reading Club
Jump into fun and visit the library for reading logs, take home crafts, and more summer activities! Complete the reading log and win a free book, plus entry for a Kindle Fire tablet.

North Richland Hills: Tails and Tales Mayor’s Summer Reading Club
Have a roaring good time at the library! Log reading hours online or on the Beanstalk app to earn badges and compete with friends or family. Plus, check out the many virtual and in-person learning events held in June and July, including special performances like reptile and magic shows.

Fort Worth: Tails and Tales, Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge
Curl up with a furry friend this summer to join Fort Worth’s Tails and Tales reading program. Log your reading hours online or with the Beanstalk app to win badges and prizes! All ages are welcome to participate.

Frisco: The Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge
This summer will be a real page turner when you register for the reading challenge, log your hours and win fun prizes with the Frisco Public Library! Follow the library on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube for fun summer challenges and activities.

Garland: Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program
Kids can pick up an activity card at the library or log hours virtually with the Beanstack app to complete activities and reading hours. Complete the log to enter to win a $50 gift card! All ages may participate in the reading challenge and outdoor storytime activities.

Grand Prairie: Outdoor Adventures Summer Reading Club
Get outside and read all summer with the Grand Prairie Library! Pick up a log at your closest library and turn it in for prizes and raffle tickets for all ages. The Grand Prairie Public Library is also offering a wide array of outdoor activities like a science camp, yoga and more!

Grapevine: Summer Reading Safari
Adventure into a good book! Read at your own pace this summer by tracking your hours online or virtually with the goals you can set for your child. Plus, adventure on a safari with the Grapevine Public Library and meet some critters!

Irving: Tails and Tales Summer Reading Challenge
Babies, kids, teens and adults can enjoy the dog days of summer when they pick up a reading log or register online to win awesome prizes for reading. Enjoy the many virtual programs Irving Public Library has to offer for all ages.

Keller: Find Your Happy Summer Reading Challenge
Find joy in reading this summer! Check out the Keller Public Library’s list of feel-good books this summer and log your reading on Beanstack to win a tasty treat and an entry for prizes.

Lewisville: Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program
Have a wagging good time this summer and read a book! Kids can pick the challenge to read 25 books, 25 days or 25 hours to win a free book. Teens and adults may also participate for a free book and entry to a prize drawing! Be sure to check out all of the fun outdoor activities happening all summer.

Mansfield: Summer Reading Club
Enjoy free boredom busters to pick up at your local library, as well as activities and prizes for all ages in the Mansfield Summer Reading Club. Even participate in a scavenger hunt in Historic Downtown Mansfield!

McKinney: Wild Adventures Summer Reading
Go wild this summer and log reading minutes on the Beanstack app to claim your prizes! Check out the library’s calendar for more fun events.

Mesquite: Mesquite Reads Summer Reading
Help Mesquite ISD and Mesquite Public Libraries read 21 million pages this summer! Sign into the READsquared portal to track your pages, play games, and collect badges.

Plano: Summer Learning
Explore the library this summer! Pick up a reading log at the Plano Public Library and other fun learning activities and meet your personal reading goals.

Richardson: Tails and Tales Summer Reading Club
Splash into summer by signing up with the Beanstack app or visiting the library for a log to track your reading hours. Lucky participants have the chance to win a Kindle Fire or Half Price Books gift card!

Weatherford: Tails and Tales Summer Reading Challenge
Wanna earn prizes? Well you’re in luck! Kids, teens and adults can win prizes and earn tickets for a Mega Reader’s Drawing with the Weatherford Public Library! Check out their website to register with the Beanstack app. Happy reading!

For more North Texas Summer Reading Programs, check out your local library’s website or search your city’s name and type “Summer Reading 2021.”

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