Bilingual Summer Reading Challenge

Bilingual summer reading books are not as plentiful as many multicultural families would hope. However, many virtual storytimes help families and educators with bilingual reading.

Many public libraries have special online reading programs for K-12 grade students. These programs could be virtual readings, paintings, workshops, or webinars.

While other options might be summer camps or learning centers, some of these places may or may not offer virtual educational opportunities. That is, a summer reading challenge offers you recommendations to select books or literary works that are the best fit for your children. 

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Bilingual Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Are you looking for summer reading ideas to keep your children motivated to learn? Try the Spanish4Kiddos bilingual summer reading challenge.

  • The schedule consists of a month filled reading suggestions to help you select the best resources.
  • Of course, you don’t have to follow each day in a structured format.
  • If your child wants to read about a particular topic, you can go to that day of the week to see a suggestion.
  • Another way to use this bilingual resource is to choose a topic for that week.
  • Then, use the tips in that block or visit your local library for a bilingual book.
  • The schedule also has recommendations that you can click and visit for a free ebook, activity, or more about the topic.
  • To better help you with encouraging your kids with reading, there’ll be several read aloud every week of the summer reading challenge.

You can visit Spanish4Kiddos on Instagram for weekly IGTV readings or the Spanish4Kiddos YouTube channel for virtual readings. All the ebooks by Spanish4Kiddos will be available at the Language section under the Reading Free Ebooks.

To sign up, you can go to the Library of Resources under the Language section. Join a virtual read aloud soon. 

Literacy Sources

Other resources to help you select topics for your young readers are the traditional Scholastic Read-a-Palooza and your local public library. The Read-a-Palooza has various lists of books in English and Spanish.

Perhaps, your local library may not have a bilingual program. You can always visit other public libraries that have either a virtual read aloud or reading program.

For instance, the Brooklyn Public Library has a collection of book recommendations for grades K-12 including for babies and toddlers. The site also contains suggestions for activities at home.

The Los Angeles Public Library offers a game theme throughout their summer reading challenge. Readers can enjoy virtual reading programs, films, and music.

The Urban Libraries Council describes different reading programs. Some programs include the Summer Spark! (Saint Paul), the Summer Stride (San Francisco), and the Reimagining Summer (Denver).

Other worthy reading programs to visit are the skills-based drop-in learning activities and the focused enrollment programs.

  • The Texas Library Association also provides recommendations reading lists by grade level or according to Spirit of Texas, Tejas Star, Texas Bluebonnet Award, Texas Topaz, and many other categories.
  • The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) association has reading suggestions based on Early Literacy, Children’s, Teen, and Adult Programs.
  • Check with your local county or state for more bilingual reading programs. 

Preventing the Summer Slide

As teachers, educators, and parents, you know the importance of reading. Reading is an essential life skill that children need to grow and flourish.

Especially when the summer months begin, the learning stops for most kids. Of course, parents, teachers, and kids want time to refresh and relax.

However, when the extended time occurs between summer break and learning, most kids forget what they learned in school. Much research and experts refer to this phenomenon as the summer slide.

Like a slide in a playground, children love to play on this equipment. Similarly, children often forget learning experiences and slide off from education.

Hence, teachers have to spend weeks reteaching material already learned. However, studies prove that when students engage in reading activities or educational programs, they are more apt to learn new concepts.

So, encourage your children to attend virtual storytimes or other educational programs to nourish that curiosity for learning and to prevent the summer slide. 

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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