Avoid the "Summer Slide." Dream Big—READ!


We know that children who read more, read better. They also write better, spell better and have better vocabularies. The foundation for future academic success is critically tied to reading habits developed while young.

We know that kids who don’t read during the summer often lose proficiency gained over the school year; experts say they can lose from one to three months of instruction. Researchers call this the “Summer Slide.”  

It makes sense that kids who learn to enjoy reading will read more. And where’s one place they can get this enjoyment of reading? THE LIBRARY, of course!

Not only does your local OC Public Library have books and incentive prizes for reading, we have lots of literacy related activities, storytime, arts, crafts and other events geared toward increased summer reading. Oh, and know what helps most? Let your kids see you reading. We’ve got an Adult Summer Reading Program as well. So, help your child to DREAM BIG--READ!


A Dream Come True  (Magic Pony Series) by Elizabeth Lindsay (2007)
Annie has always wanted a pony. Her dream comes true when she buys a poster from a magic shop. The poster is magic and the pony on it comes to life! Playing with Ned the pony is a lot of fun, but keeping him a secret is a lot of work. Annie has to figure out what to do, or risk losing her new best friend-- forever!

Sumi's Book (Fairy Godmother Academy Series) by by Jan Bozarth  (2011)
When thirteen-year-old Sumi Hara finds her family's magical hand-mirror talisman, she dreams her way to the enchanted land of Aventurine where, as a fairy-godmother-in-training, she discovers her individual power with the help of her handsome guide, Kano.

Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott (2011)
In the fall of 2004, twelve-year-old Oscar Egg is sent to live with his father in a strange netherworld under Boston's Fenway Park, where he joins the fairies, pooka, banshee, and other beings that are trapped there, waiting for someone to break the eighty-six-year-old curse that has prevented the Boston Red Sox from winning a World Series.

Willa Bean’s Cloud Dreams (Little Wings Series) by Cecilia Galante (2011)
Willa Bean, who wants to master flying before starting school at Cupid Academy, celebrates her unconventional looks and unique personality, but struggles to accept that cupids learn how to fly at different times.

The Wish Stealers by Tracy Trivas, (2010)
Sixth-grader Griffin Penshine has always believed wishes can come true, and so when a strange woman curses her with a box of pennies, Griffin fears her evil desires will come true until she returns each penny to the person who first wished upon it.

Wish Works by Stephanie S. Tolan
When he is granted his wish for a dog from Wishworks, Inc., third-grader Max is disappointed to find that his new pet is nothing like the dog of his imagination.

The Maze of Bones: The 39 Clues (39 Clues Series) by Rick Riordan (2008)
At the reading of their grandmother's will, Dan and Amy Cahill are given the choice of receiving a million dollars or uncovering the 39 clues hidden around the world that will lead to the source of the family's power, but by taking on the clues, they end up in a dangerous race against their own family members.

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