Lincoln Suggestions for 2018 “Summer of Magical Reading”
Top 10 Ways to Read More this Summer!

  1. Join the reading fun online by checking out Scholastic’s Parent tips at and click on the link for Parents. Then go to “Parents Home”, where you can find all sorts of suggestions for different age groups and a helpful guide to “1.Lexile Levels Made Easy” under the “Most Viewed”on the lower left side under the Orange Star “Most popular on Scholastic Parents”.

  2. Parents, you can also make copies of the included links to an example of a “Reading Log”, 2018 Lincoln Summer Reading Goal Sheet and Log, and “Reading Goal Sheet”,. This might help your child feel organized and gain a sense of pride in seeing how much reading time has been spent or how many pages have been covered. You may certainly create your own as well!

  3. Find new books on these awesome websites:

If you scroll to the bottom of the Good Readssite, there is a list of The Best Books from 2017; you can also search for Newberry Award Winners, Picture Books Winners and Caldecott Winners, as well as Top 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime.

  1. Get inspired to read some of the books your own Lincoln Teachers recommend. Click here, or if you have some intrepid, adventurous Third, Fourth, or Fifth Grade Readers who wish to get a jump start on the BOB-Battle of Books reading list, check it out here.

  1. You can also read on vacation or in the car while traveling. Read an e-book or listen to an audio book. No cost, all you need is a library card!, or click here for a reminder of how to access OverDrive!

    • Wait a minute, is it Wednesday, July 18? Then head over to Lincoln for a Magical Summer Book Party and Book Swap from 5:30-7:00 pm!(Rain date, July 19, same time) Bring books you no longer read and find new ones to take home! There will be popsicles and some other magical crafts and things to do and see!

  2. Use your student’s MAP reading scores (Lexile range) on the Trimester Report. It’s found on the Map Student Progress Report under the Reading Section, and it’s highlighted in gray. My son’s example is like this: Lexile Range 350-570L. Knowing your child’s Lexile range will be very helpful when you go to the Public Library and ask the Children’s Librarians to help you find appropriate books for the levels your child is at!

  3. When it’s too hot outside or the weather is rainy or yucky, head over to any Milwaukee Public Library and find leveled books, as well as new books! There are always bookcases that display the new books! You can also use this site to find a new library to visit, or how to get a library card. (A fantastic library that is worth checking out is the Central Library in downtown Milwaukee! The Children’s Section is so huge and amazing!)

  4. If you are in need of a book gift, grab your bike and head to the Little Read Bookstore in the Tosa Village! You can never go wrong with a Gift Card to get a new book! It’s the best gift for all ages, from 1- 102!

  5. Another idea for a boring, rainy day, is to get creative and give your child sheets, pillows, blankets, and chairs, and help build a tent or fort in the comfort of your own home! Check out this video on You Tube, “How To Make The Coziest Blanket Fort Ever”, for inspiration. You and your child can hide inside and read some books to each other, to the favorite stuffed animals, or even have older kids read to their younger siblings or neighbors. You can further the fun by getting into character and read, dressed like a Pirate, a Cowboy, a Fairy, or a Queen! The possibilities are endless!

  6. Lastly, if you and your child are bored with the books you have in your house, go on a walk or a bike ride to check out all the “Little Free Libraries”that are around Tosa! You might be surprised at what reading treasures you may find! Get out and explore!

Happy Summer Reading!!!-
Maureen Millmann and Kathleen Konkol