English Language Arts
Links to Award Winning Books
- Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) YALSA brings together key stakeholders from the areas of libraries, education, research, out of school time, youth development and more to develop and deliver resources to libraries that expand their capacity to support teen learning and enrichment and to foster healthy communities.
- Children’s Choices Children’s Choices is cosponsored by the Children’s Book Council and includes children’s recommendations of approximately 100 titles.
- Young Adult Choices (International Literacy Association) Young Adults’ Choices highlights 30 books selected by teenage reviewers.
- Teachers’ Choices (International Literacy Association) Teachers’ Choices identifies approximately 30 books rated by teachers, librarians, and reading specialists as outstanding for curriculum use.
- Choices Reading Lists Each year, thousands of children, young adults, and educators around the United States select their favorite recently published books for the Choices reading lists. These lists are used in classrooms, libraries, and homes to help readers of all ages find books they will enjoy. The annotated lists for the current year are posted online in May, aligning with Children’s Book Week, and are available for free download.
- Newbery Medal and Honor Books The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
- Caldecott Medal and Honor Books The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
- Coretta Scott King Award Books The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
Links to Access Reading Materials:
Students can use these sites to choose books of interest.
- Tumble Book Cloud Jr, Middle school, and High school – access under Library Resources on LCPS GO
- EBSCO Books
- Reading A-Z
- Loudoun County Public Library Curbside Pickup service is now available at nine branches Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Returns are accepted only during regular Curbside Pickup hours. Click here for complete information.
- Online Storytime with Loudoun County Public Library
Links to Literacy Activities
- What Can Families Do To Keep Students Reading in the Summer As children’s first and most important teachers, families have a major role to play in motivating children to read during the summer months. There are many strategies families might employ to encourage summertime reading. These are some tips offered by Reading Is Fundamental. https://www.rif.org
- 9 Ways to Get Teens Reading As kids get older, reading can be seen as work rather than fun -- and kids, especially teens, may stop reading for pleasure. Here are nine ways to get teens reading, either again or for the first time.
- 10 Weeks of Summer Reading Adventures for children It's not hard to help your children keep their interest in reading and learning during the summer break. Here are ten weeks of suggestions to encourage your children to open books even after school doors close.
- Themed books and activities for Summer Reading Do you know children who are fascinated by dinosaurs, planes, bugs, birds, animals, the moon and stars, art, thunder and lightning? Are there any young detectives, explorers, or superheroes at home? Do your kids love reading poetry, myths, or tall tales? Start with a book … and open up a world of discovery and learning!
- Summer Writing Summer is for exploring, reading, listening and … writing. Give kids a chance to exercise different writing muscles — from poetry to persuasive writing. We’ve put together a number of fun, simple writing activities to do with your child or as a group activity with friends and neighbors.
- Bedtime Math offers online math problems for parents to do with their kids every day, as well as lively hands-on games.
- GregTangMath provides games, puzzles, and other resources for problem solving and math centers.
- NCTM Illuminations includes numerous interactives that encourage K-12 students to explore, learn, and apply mathematics. Java‐enabled browsers (i.e., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari) can be used to access them.
- Would You Rather Math prompts students to construct a mathematical argument for choosing between two or more options.
- FigureThis! NCTM provides activities and mathematics challenges for students and families. Some challenges are also available in Spanish. Tips for parents are provided in the Family Corner.
- PBS Learning Media includes free interactives, videos, and lesson plans.
- VDOE List of Mathematics Resources - A comprehensive list of additional digital resources for grades K-12.
- Aquarium Online Academy (grades K-12)
- BioInteractive (grades 6-12)
- Citizen Science and Secondary Data Websites - (grades 6-12). These websites provide opportunities for students to be involved in collecting and/or analyzing data around a variety of research questions. With data already available, students can also identify a question of their own to answer.
- GeoInquiries™ (grades 3-12) are short, standards-based inquiry activities for map-based content found in commonly used textbooks. Each activity is designed using a common inquiry model. Explore the learn or education tab for things the students could do. Select your content area (e.g. Earth Science, Environmental Science, etc.) and complete one to two “Level 1” activities.
- Mystery Science School Closure Lessons (grades K-5)
- Project Wild Parent Resources (grades K-12)
- Science History Institute (grades 9-12)
- Smithsonian Museums Websites (grades K-12)
- Smithsonian Science Education Center - Distance Learning Resources (grades K-12)
- The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History - Virtual Tours (grades K-12)
- Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries - (grades K-5) Families can utilize the “Lessons to do at Home” and “SOL-Related Resources and Activities” sections
Social Science and Global Studies
Book Lists to Support Social Science and Global Studies
- National Council for the Social Studies “Notable Trade Books for Young People” Grades K-8 (2018 most recent list that is open to the public)
- Elementary Book Lists “Start with a Book” from WETA
- Families and Communities
- Civics and Our Government
- Geography, Travel and Cultures
- Time and Time Travel
- Middle School - Pairing Fiction and Non-Fiction from ALA
- High School - Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners 2014
- Loudoun Historical Sites and Museums
- A Guide to Virginia (and D.C.) Virtual Field Trips
- Virginia Museum of History and Culture Summer Scavenger Hunt
- Resources for Family Engagement from the Library of Congress
- Distance Learning Resources from the Smithsonian
- National Museum of African American History Digital Resources Guide
- Explore Stories through geography from ArcGIS Storymaps
- The Lazy Person’s Guide for Saving the World (The UN Global Goals)
- Dosomething.org (Find a way to do something about an issue you care about)
- Fine Arts Family Resources (Virginia Department of Education)
- Artistic Adventures: How Appreciating Art Can Promote Literacy
- Art and Artists
- Music and Musicians
Social Emotional Learning
The recommended websites below can be used to complement instructional and non-instructional activities throughout the summer. These resources include strategies designed to promote self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, and relationship skills to support learners.
- Committee for Children- Free activities to help families continue developing social-emotional skills, while fostering safety and well-being for children.
- Imagine Neighborhood.org - A podcast designed to help children and their grown ups grow their social-emotional skills.
- Grow Kinder - A podcast for families and educators featuring conversations centered around social and emotional learning, including mini-episodes specifically designed to cover topics related to the pandemic and supporting SEL at home.
- MindYeti.com - Designed for families to do alongside children, or for older children to do on their own, Mind Yeti provides a great way for everyone to practice mindfulness during this difficult time.
- ParenTeen Connect.org - For families with older children, this resource provides an online experience they can share together. It’s loaded with videos, resources, and useful advice to help teens and the adults in their lives address hot-button topics.
- Sesame Street - Tips and strategies to help adults and children navigate challenges and build lifelong skills for resilience.
- Sesame Street in Communities - Resources to help children (and adults!) with what matters most in young lives. Explore topics under 3 categories: Difficult Times & Tough Talks, Healthy Bodies & Healthy Minds, and ABC's & 123's.
- InspirED - Over 100+ activities for families to develop social-emotional competencies and well-being.
- Wingsforkids.org - Activities and conversation starters for families to continue building social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making at home.