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Tech-Inspired Ideas for Students' Summer Reading

Summer is just around the corner! What a perfect time for kids to get swept away in the plot of a great page-turner. Our latest research report, Children, Teens, and Reading, shows that adolescents aren't reading much for fun; a third of 13-year-olds and 45% of 17-year-olds say they've read for pleasure one to two times a year, if that. However, we know that kids read on their devices all the time -- whether to check their social media feeds, look up a random fact on Wikipedia, or keep up with text messages from friends.

Take advantage of your students' passion for tech and introduce them to ereader apps like iBooks, Nook, or Kindle. Consider including a link to our Essential Books for Kids and Teens in your end-of-the-year email to parents. Parents can help kids find a good read from the library or bookstore to download onto their devices. In addition, before they take off for the summer, consider sharing these six apps and sites that support reading for fun. 


This safe, simple social network lets kids share their reading success with friends, creating healthy competition and confidence. Read full review.

Fantastic digital library service provides a powerful sense of independence for students with print-related disabilities. Read full review.

Lively community for bookworms can enhance teens' reading experience and help them become thoughtful, enthusiastic readers. Read full review.

Harry Potter Reading Club
With activities, discussion questions, and lots of free access to the books, this site is a great place for Harry Potter fans new and old. Read full review.

National Geographic Kids
Amazing collection of multimedia resources, where kids can read about animals, habitats, countries, and cultures. Read full review.

Reading Rainbow
Vast book and video library is a wonderful and practical way to get kids excited about learning and reading. Read full review.

Subjects & Skills (click to expand)
English Language Arts

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Colleen Goodwin

Overdrive is used by the Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries and our school district. It is a great resource for downloading e-books and audiobooks. If you have a Buffalo & Erie County Public Library card you can access all the e-books and audiobooks they own. In addition, our District, students can access approximately 150 e-books and audiobooks (just got Overdrive this school year). Overdrive truly makes downloading or reading books (audiobooks) in your browser easy. They do take the device out of the equation, it doesn't matter what device you are using as long as you have Internet access originally when downloading your e-book or audiobook (IPAD, IPOD, Kindle, Booknooks, IPHONE, Android Phone, etc.). I recently found out that you can read an e-book offline on an IPAD without Internet access with the Overdrive Media Council App. This is a great way to read e-books during the summer while traveling or at the beach where there is no Internet access. Students love using technology, it makes reading more fun and interactive. No more are the days when you have to look up words you don't know in the dictionary, Overdrive's dictionary is integrated into the e-books. If you don't know a word, simply click on it and the definitions appear like magic. Overdrive also includes a highlighting and bookmarking tool. If you haven't yet experimented with reading on Overdrive, you haven't lived - It has re-inspired me!