Welcome to Summer!
Reading is fun and leads to success in school and in life. When young people aren’t engaged in educational activities during the summer, they experience learning loss--known as the "summer slide." Reading over the summer can prevent summer learning loss. Research shows significantly higher levels of reading achievement in students who received books for summer reading at home. Just like athletes lose skill if they don't practice for several months, children who do not read in the summer lose two to three months of reading development. Kids who do read tend to gain a month of reading proficiency.
When teens read more than just their classroom assignments, research clearly shows that they generally do well in school:
● Extra reading expands vocabularies.
● It shows them how different writers put down their thoughts, leading to better writing skills.
● Teens who read more serious literary works gain skills in handling complex ideas.
● The more teens read, the more information they pick up, leading to a solid core of knowledge that is useful in a wide variety of classes.
Access to books is of paramount importance, so be sure to use your public library, the Get Georgia Reading initiative, and the resources found in the DHMS library catalog (see links below).
If you are attending DHMS in the fall of 2017, click below to see your summer reading assignments.
Recommended Reading from our Book Clubs
The DHMS Library Book Clubs have created lists of books that they LOVE. Take a look at our lists, print them out, and get reading! These kids know books and have only listed their absolute favorites. Learn more about our book clubs on our Book Club page.
You can read anywhere, anytime, and virtually anything this summer, because Get Georgia Reading partner myON is delivering thousands of free books to your computer and mobile devices that you can access 24 hours a day—every day—from May 3 through Aug. 31.
You can search from more than 50 different categories and genres, fiction and nonfiction, picture books, graphic novels, chapter books, titles for struggling and reluctant readers, and Spanish and bilingual titles. It’s like having your own personal library right at your fingertips.
Go to myON.com
School name: Get Georgia Reading
User name: dekalbcounty
The DeKalb County Public Library offers many summer reading events at all of their branches. See their website for information on this year's summer reading program--Build a Better World.
Summer Reading for Kids
Summer Reading for Teens
The Georgia Children's Book Award nominees are a great list of choices for students in grades 4-8. Take a look at the list of 2017-2018 nominees and find the books at your public library or a book store.
Destiny is DHMS's online library management system--your one-stop source for excellent databases for research as well as for reading.
The Home Page tab offers links to useful and educational web sites, including GALILEO, BrainPop, World Book products and TeachingBooks. Passwords are being sent home with students in a special handout.
The Catalog tab offers access to materials in the DHMS library with descriptions and suggestions for extended resources.
Have a smartphone, eReader, tablet, or a computer? Download the free app called Destiny Discover, or from the Catalog, click on Destiny Discover to check out eBooks and audiobooks!