Summer Reading 2018 - Love to READ!

Summer reading packets are being sent home for summer. If you need another copy, here is the PreS - Grade 1 version and here is the Grades 2 - 4 version. Enjoy the activities centered around Mo Willems' books. If you want to make the Elephant and Piggie puppets we made with Preschool through Grade 1 classes, you can download the instructions
Show us what you're reading this summer by:

1. Listing your book titles on the Packet's “Love to READ!” paper (look on the reverse side) and return it to school in August.

2. Or posting a photo on our Summer Reading Padlet : (password: read). You can open it by scanning this code: 


Happy reading! Bonne lecture! ¡Disfruta tu lectura!

eBooks - TumbleBooks - free for WIS community

Tumblebooks is a collection of online "talking" ebooks in English, French and Spanish aimed at PreSchool to grade 3. Choose your language from their home page. Books include picture books, early readers and chapter books. There are also excellent videos from National Geographic and other publishers in Spanish and French. (username: wis , password: books)

Spanish and French at local Public Libraries

The public libraries below have children’s books available for borrowing in French and Spanish, even to residents in the DC area living outside their borders. Their online catalogs do not represent their language collections well so we recommend going into the branches detailed below to browse. Ask a children's librarian to help you select more from their catalog and the books can be brought to you at your branch of choice.  

If you are looking for French then we recommend 1) Montgomery County Public Libraries' Bethesda branch (7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, MD) and Rockville branch (2100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD) and 2) DC Public Library's Georgetown branch (3260 R St, NW) and Cleveland Park branch (re-opening June 16, 3310 Connecticut Ave, NW). And although it's not a public library, Alliance Française makes available its library collection to its members. 

If you are looking for Spanish then we recommend 1) Montgomery County Public Libraries' Bethesda branch (7400 Arlington Rd, Bethesda, MD) and Rockville branch (2100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD) and 2) DC Public Library's Mt. Pleasant branch (3160 16th St, NW) and 3) Arlington Public Library's Central library (1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, VA).

Book Recommendations

We encourage children to explore new titles and choose their own reading, particularly during summer. If children can make their own reading choices then they will be more motivated readers. If a child would like suggestions for good books, here are some recommendations:

Book Reviews

Book reviews are a wonderful way to share recommendations within a community. WIS students can write book reviews in the library and often in their classrooms. We can also share them via our online catalog. If you'd like to read book reviews written by students outside of WIS and perhaps even write your own, visit Scholastic's "Share What You're Reading."

Updated May 29, 2018 

External Sources of eBooks

International Children's Digital Library

A free source of eBooks from around the world, in our WIS languages. Give it a try on a rainy day!

Fundación Leer

Free Spanish ebooks are available from this Argentinian non-profit (parent registration is required).

Subscription Services like Epic

Parents, you may want to subscribe to a service. There are lots of them, one aimed at children is:  
Epic! (with books in English and Spanish).

TOON Book Reader

Clever and creative, these graphic novels for different stages of reading ability are offered as eBooks in English, French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese. An optional "read to me" feature is offered.

Public Libraries

Our local public libraries offer free eBook and audiobooks to their residents. Here are a few:

Encouraging Reading

Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.