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FVRL Children's Summer Reading - July 2012
Parents: Why is it important to join Summer Reading?
It’s fun, it provides ideas for meaningful activities to share with your child and it helps to maintain your child’s reading ability while out of school!
Studies have suggested that summer reading is an effective way to prevent summer learning loss.  Some of the Dominican Study results indicate that:
  • Students who participated in the public library summer reading program scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those students who did not participate.
  • Parents of children enrolled in the public library summer reading program reported that their children spent more time reading over the summer and read more books, were well prepared for school in the fall, and read more confidently.
  • Teachers observed that students who participated in the public library summer reading program returned to school ready to learn, improved their reading achievement and skills, increased their enjoyment of reading, were more motivated to read, were more confident in participating in classroom reading activities, read beyond what was required in their free time, and perceived reading to be important.
General Rules
Sign up is June 1 through August 15 at any FVRL library or bookmobile.
Game boards (a total of six): Pick up a game board and complete all the activities.
Prize and entry for drawing: Return the game board, receive a prize and enter into the Grand Prize drawing.  Pick up a new game board until you have completed all six.
Bonus no-prize game board is available here to download and print:  Early Learning: birth to 5 (en español), Kids: 6-11  (en español)
Certificates: Ask library staff for an official FVRL certificate when you have completed all six game boards.  You can also print a Summer Reading Certificate of Recognition signed by Governor Chris Gregoire.
Programs: From magic shows to wild critters, we have programs lined up for the whole family to enjoy. Pick up a Summer Fun Calendar at your local library or use our online children's events calendar to find out what’s happening at your library!
Early Learning Summer Reading
Who can play?
Children birth through five can participate in Summer Reading when someone shares books, plays games, sing songs or talks with them.  All of these activities lead to positive school-readiness experiences.
What do I do?
Sign up is from June 1 to August 15. Visit and sign up the child at any FVRL location or bookmobile to obtain a game board.  Each game board has 15 activities.  Your child can work through either the Early Literacy Game Board (for ages birth to 3 years) or the School Readiness Game Board (for ages 3 to 5 years.)
As you and your child complete an activity, mark it off. Bring the finished game board to your library to receive a prize.  You can enter your child in an end-of-Summer Reading grand prize drawing that will be held at each library. A child can do both sides of the game board, but you can only enter once for each game board.
We would love to have your feedback on Summer Reading.  Please tell us what you think in this survey.  If you're completing game board #6, this is the survey you want to take.  Thanks!
School-Age Summer Reading
Who can play?
Children age 6 (by August 31) or going into 1st grade through age 11.
What do I do?
Sign up at any FVRL library or bookmobile to receive a game board.  Read and complete all of the activities on the game board in any order you like.  Return the completed game board to a library or bookmobile to exchange it for a prize.  Fill out and return the grand-prize entry form at the bottom of the game board for a chance to win a grand prize at the end-of-Summer Reading drawing to be held at each library.
We would love to have your feedback on Summer Reading. Please tell us what you think in one of the surveys below. If you're completing game board #6, this is the survey you want to take. Thanks!
Kids 6-11 (participants)
Picture books to read together
No go sleep! - Kate Feiffer and Jules Feiffer
Check Library Catalog ISBN-13: 9781442416833
ISBN-10: 1442416831
A baby does not want to go to sleep, even as everything else around her wishes her a good night.
Good night, world - Willa Perlman and Carolyn Fisher
Check Library Catalog ISBN-13: 9781442401976
ISBN-10: 1442401974
Rhyming text bids good night to the world and everything that is in it, including stars, streams, animals, and roads.
Mama, why? - Karma Wilson and Simon Mendez
Check Library Catalog ISBN-13: 9781416942054
ISBN-10: 141694205X
A sleepy polar bear cub asks its mother questions about the night sky as he gets ready to go to sleep.
Sweet dreams - Rose A. Lewis and Jen Corace
Check Library Catalog ISBN-13: 9781419701894
ISBN-10: 1419701894
Rhyming text depicts a mother preparing her child for bed by telling her about the different animals that live nearby and their nighttime activities. By the best-selling author of I Love You Like Crazy Cakes.
Good night, Good Knight - Shelley Moore Thomas and Jennifer Plecas
Check Library Catalog ISBN-13: 9780525463269
ISBN-10: 0525463267
When three little dragons are left to fend for themselves in a cold and lonely cave, a kind young knight befriends them and helps them along by reading them stories, singing them songs, and giving them food.
Books for independent readers
Minnie and Moo : the night of the living bed - Denys Cazet
Check Library Catalog ISBN-13: 9780060005030
ISBN-10: 0060005033
Minnie's barnyard friends find a way to make her feel better when a bad dream upsets her and sends her bed rolling into town on Halloween night.
The birthday ball - Lois Lowry and Jules Feiffer
Check Library Catalog ISBN-13: 9780547238692
ISBN-10: 054723869X
The Newbery Award-winning author of The Giver presents the story of a princess who escapes her birthday preparations and three undesirable suitors by passing herself off as an intelligent peasant, in a tale featuring illustrations by the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist of The Phantom Tollbooth.
3-D space - Carole Stott
Check Library Catalog ISBN-13: 9780756690199
ISBN-10: 0756690196
Using the magic of cutting-edge augmented reality technology, special images throughout each title in this informative series come to life when held up to a webcam, creating an incredible interactive experience for computer-savvy readers.
Underground - Shane Evans
Check Library Catalog ISBN-13: 9781596435384
ISBN-10: 1596435380
A pivotal moment in American history is shared with young readers by following a slave family's escape to the North by crawling on the ground, running barefoot through the woods, sleeping beneath bushes and eventually reaching freedom.
Prizes and Programs
Grand prizes:

Grand Prize winners will be notified in September.
Children 0-5 years
One winner per branch.*
Winner gets to choose 1 prize on their entry form from the following:
Portland Children’s Museum Premier Membership
OMSI Patron Membership
Oregon Zoo Patron Membership
Children 6-11 years
One winner per branch.*
Winner gets a $300 gift card toward an overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark Resort in Grand Mound, WA.
*North Bonneville and bookmobile entries will be included in the nearest branch drawings.

Programs and Events:
There are plenty of fun activities for children of all ages throughout the library district this summer. You can find them by visiting the online children's events calendar, or by clicking on a link below to view a printable Summer Fun Calendar for each library:
North Clark & Cowlitz Counties
Battle Ground -- en español 
Greater Vancouver Metro Area
Vancouver Mall 
Skamania & Klickitat Counties
White Salmon Valley  -- en español 

Summer Reading Programs are made possible by the generous contributions of our sponsors.  Thanks to the following:
Presenting Sponsor:
Programs Sponsor:
Additional Supporters:

Games & Puzzles:
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