The Gaston County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program
June 1-August 22, 2020
Imagine Your Story! Choose books, magazines, comic books, ebooks and audiobooks at the library or at home that you love to read. Research shows that reading at least fifteen to twenty minutes a day is optimum for slowing the summer slide. Summer slide is defined as the loss of learning which happens over the summer.
How does Summer Reading work at the Gaston County Public Library?
Babies to age 3
For babies to age 3, grab a free early literacy record at your library. Parents, complete the activities with your child to receive an animal bath toy and be entered into the grand prize drawing for early literacy toys.
Pre-K to Grade 5
For kids in pre-K to Grade 5, pick up your free reading record at the library. Read for 20 minutes a day (read anything you like!) and mark it on your record. Come back to the library later in the summer and a librarian will check your record and give you any prizes you've earned. By the end of summer, you will have a lanyard, 4 badges,wristband and two entries into the grand prize drawing.
For teens in grades 6-12, pick up a free teen reading card, read 6 books over summer and bring in your completed card to earn a bag and be entered into the grand prize drawing.
Adults, pick up a free adult reading card at your library, read 4 books over summer to win your choice of a bag or cup and a chance to win a grand prize.
In addition to printed reading records, you can also pick up a printable activity packet. There will also be an online summer reading option, for more information on that please visit bit.ly/2020GastonAdultSummerReading .
FREE Virtual Library Events
Throughout the summer, GCPL will host a variety of fun, educational virtual programs. Make sure to follow GCPL and your local branch on Facebook and check our website for virtual programming announcements and links.
Bright Star Touring Theatre presents Once Upon A Time
Storyteller & Magician Yasu Ishida presents Dreamer's Tales
GCPL Youth Services Facebook (for children’s and teen information and programming): https://www.facebook.com/gcplyouthservices
GCPL Facebook (for adult information and programming): https://www.facebook.com/gastonlibrary
Access videos made from our children’s programming staff on our Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/gaslinreglib
Online Reading Tools
Looking for an online summer reading option? Log your reading and earn virtual badges and unlock mini-games through the Gaston County Public Library's Readsquared account by clicking HERE.
Need help strengthening Reading Skills like comprehension, phonics and fluency?
Try Home Reading Helper https://www.homereadinghelper.org/
Concerned about your child’s readiness for Kindergarten?
Gaston County Early Literacy Collaborative provides fantastic resources for birth to age 5
Reading Suggestion List
Check out these fantastic books recommended and compiled by GCPL Youth Services staff:
A Piglet Called Mercy by Kate DiCamillo
The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli
Saturday by Oge Mora
Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz
Windows by Julia Denos
The Pigeon Has to Go to School! by Mo Willems
Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Hello, Crabby by Jonathon Fenske
Sleeping Ugly by Jane Yolen
Princess and the Pit Stop by Tom Angleberger
Dear Dragon: A Pen Pal Tale by Josh Funk
Maurice the Unbeastly by Amy Dixon
It Came in the Mail by Ben Clanton
Penny and Penelope by Dan Richards
Rules of the House by Mac Barnett
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
The Good Egg by Jory John
How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander
Tomorrow Most Likely by Dave Eggers
A Different Pond by Bao Phi
Ella and Owen (series) by Jaden Kent
Zoey & Sassafras (series) by Asia Citro
Princess in Black (series) – Shannon Hale
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre by Anika Aldamuy Denise
My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero
The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clark
Dory Fantasmagory (series) by Abby Hanlon
Alvin Ho (series) by Lenore Look
Mia Mayhem is a Superhero! by Kara West
Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
EllRay Jakes (series) by Sally Warner
Gooney Bird Green and the Room Mother by Lois Lowry
The Miniature World of Marvin and James by Elise Broach
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
The Witches of Benevento by Sophie Blackall
The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech
Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors
Dragon Masters (series) by Tracey West
Clubhouse Mysteries (series) by Sharon Draper
The Beast Within (Villains Series) by Serena Valentino
The Runaway Princess (graphic) by Troianowski
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (series) by Grace Lin
Rump (series) by Liesl Shurtliff
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Book of Three (Chronicles of Prydain series) by Lloyd Alexander
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Banks
The Borrowers (series) by Mary Norton
RA the Mighty: The Great Tomb Robbery by A.B. Greenfield
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
The Story that Cannot be Told by J. Kasper Kramer
Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty
Lionel Messi: The Ultimate Fan Book by Mike Perez
A Journey to Jo’burg by Beverley Naidoo
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
More to the Story by Hena Khan
The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Code Word Courage by Kirby Larson
Real Friends by Shannon Hale
New Kid by Jerry Craft
ALSC 2020 Summer Reading List
Gaston County Public Schools 2020-2021 Battle of the Books - 5th Grade Coming Soon!
National Summer Learning Week
National Summer Learning Week is July 6-11, 2020. During National Summer Learning Week, we celebrate summertime efforts to keep children healthy, safe, and learning so that they are ready for school success. Learn more at https://www.summerlearning.org/summer-learning-week/.