There is little that impacts student success as much as strong literacy skills, and we are pleased to invite you, your children, and your community to join our statewide efforts to develop a culture of reading in Oregon. ODE is partnering with organizations including schools, libraries, Boys & Girls Clubs, scout troops, schools, faith-based organizations, United Way and other non-profits statewide to promote reading over the summer months. Join us by including reading within your summer programs this year.
Thanks to a new partnership with myON BOOKS, students and their families across the state will have unlimited access to thousands of digital books on myON, giving families an opportunity to share rich, grade-appropriate, literacy experiences together regardless of socioeconomic status, access to a local library, or whether or not there is a proficient reader in the home.
Through this summer partnership, Oregon students and families can access:
- More than 3,000 digital books from Capstone and additional publishing partners, ranging from illustrated and picture books to chapter books, graphic novels, literary non-fiction, photo and informational texts spanning multiple eras and cultures.
- Capstone imprints include Capstone Press, Heinemann-Raintree, Picture Window Books, Compass Point Books and Stone Arch Books.
- Digital books from the following publishing partners will also be available: August House Little Folk/ Story Cove, Bellwether, Hothouse, Mikaya Press, Orca, Reference Point, Saddleback and Sylvan-Dell.
- The collection includes 70% nonfiction, 10% Spanish or dual language, 20% high interest books for struggling readers, and is continually growing.
- A wide range of titles and topics provides varying levels of text complexity and supports close reading in a range of genres and content areas, including history/social studies, science and technical works.
- Users can read the books independently or listen to them, and they can choose whether or not to have sentences highlighted while in narration mode.
- Through a secure environment, students have unlimited access to the entire digital library, within the parameters set by the Oregon Department of Education.
We are encouraging all of our readers to read anything that interests them –including graphic novels, non-fiction books, magazines and newspapers– whether online or in print. We suggest that they:
- Read with someone
- Read to someone
- Share with someone what he/she has read
- Listen to someone read
- Help others read
- Read independently
The Oregon summer reading partnership with myON will be available at NO COST until September 15, 2013.
For more on gaining access to myON BOOKS at http://myOn.com, please see the myON User Login Details for directions. If you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact Carla Wade at Carla.Wade@ode.state.or.us or Drew Hinds at Drew.Hinds@ode.state.or.us. Please share this resource and opportunity with your communities and help build a strong reading culture in Oregon this summer!
For even more reading opportunities, take advantage of the magazine, newspaper, and reference book content in the Gale databases available on OSLIS (www.oslis.org). For example, students can read articles from Cobblestone, Faces, and The New York Times or learn about their favorite creatures in Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia. OSLIS is an information literacy website from the Oregon Association of School Libraries in partnership with the Oregon State Library and is supported with an IMLS grant. For database login questions, please contact Jennifer Maurer, Jennifer.Maurer@state.or.us, the School Library Consultant at the State Library.