Friday, August 14, 2009

Back-to-School Reading

I sometimes "man" the Warrenton adult and children's reference desks, and lately have had a lot of anxious parents asking for titles on their child's summer reading list. Never fear, harried parents -- the library's Web site has a variety of book lists for school-age children. Highlights include:

  • Summer Reading Lists - We've aggregated the summer reading assignments from local area schools (when the school makes available online).

  • Accelerated Reader Lists - Access the list of titles that your/your child's school is using (Fauquier County Public Schools) from our Web site. Some schools provide access to online AR quizzes. You can also use the AR BookFinder to find the AR level of a book.

  • Battle of the Books - A nationwide reading incentive program; get this year's titles for local elementary and middle school students. (Pssst...there are also practice questions available on the Battle of the Books Web site.)

  • Book Lists & Bibliographies - For adults, young adults and childrens, these lists are prepared by library staff.

  • Find a Book with Lexile - Many schools are now asking parents and children to find books based on the child's Lexile reading level. This database allows you to search by a Lexile measure range (based on the VA SOL score) as well as by grade/interest.

  • Kiddosphere - This blog, maintained by FCPL Youth Services supervisor Jennifer Schultz, provides reviews of books, videos and CDs for children, tweens and young adults. You can subscribe by e-mail, making it easy to keep up with new titles.

On the Internet, you'll find a wealth of Web sites that provide suggested reading for children, including the BookHive,, Reading Rockets and Reading is Fundamental (RIF), to name just a few.

The library also has a number of printed bibliographies and book lists for all ages, including best books for beginning readers, books for horse lovers and read-alikes. If you visit the library in-person, be sure to ask your friendly youth services librarian for recommended reads.

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