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203 Summer Reads: Read for the Win!  

Last Updated: Aug 20, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Recommended Reading

In addition to lists you can pick up from your public library, several organizations offer great ideas for what you can read to keep busy over the summer. Notice the tabs above:  Rebecca Caudill, Illinois Reads and Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Investigate each page for great ideas of what to read next!


    Family Extension Activities

    Did you enjoy your book?  Get your family involved!  Visit a museum, volunteer, grow your own sunflowers, and more.  Take a look at the family extension activities for some new ideas for summer fun. Simply click on the book program tabs at the top of this page and look for the Family Extension Activities box that appears in the upper right hand corner of each of those pages.


      Make a READ poster!


      Bring a picture of yourself reading a great book and bring it to school this fall.  There will be a summer reading bulletin board!


       Be as creative as you want!


        Public Library Links

        Here are links to all the public libraries patronized by D203 students.  Click on the links below to find out more about your public library's summer reading program.  You'll also be able to check which books are in and/or put them on hold right from the online catalog.  Just have your library card ready!


        Inspirational Stories

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        I Am Malala - Malala Yousafzai
        ISBN: 9780316327930
        When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

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        Gabe and Izzy - Gabrielle Ford; Sarah Thomson
        ISBN: 080374062X
        Gabrielle Ford discusses how a rare disease left her unable to walk and caused her to be bullied at school, but when she got Izzy, a coonhound with a disease similar to her own, she decided to start talking to children across the country and speaking out against bullying.

        Welcome to Summer Reading 2016!


        The Summer Olympics bring together people from all around the world through the medium of sport.  All eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this August as athletes put their years of training to the test and compete for one of the ultimate titles:  Olympic Gold Medal Champion.

        But the Olympic Games aren't just about athletics.  They are about promoting peace and unity in the international community.  They are about personal goal setting and acheivement.  They are about the triumph of the human spirit. For these reasons, countless inspirational stories stem from the Olympics, and that's why "Read for the Win" is the theme of this year's summer reading program.

        This summer, set a goal and challenge yourself to read as many books as possible, and don’t forget to include your family. Follow the steps below to get started!

        1. Click on the tabs at the top of the screen to view the Rebecca Caudill, Illinois Reads, and the ALSC suggested titles.
        2. Book covers and summaries are provided so you can easily find a good read.
        3. Get the whole family involved by doing one or more of the suggested family activities for the books you’ve read.  These can be found in the Family Extension Activities box in the upper right-hand corner of each of the program pages.

        Consider taking a picture of youself with your favorite summer read and submit to your LRC in August to create a summer reading bulletin board.  Be creative!

        On your marks, get set, READ!


          OverDrive: Your Library at Your Fingertips

          The LRCs in our school buildings may not be open for summer, but you still have access to HUNDREDS of books in our collections.  How, you ask?  Through OverDrive, our D203 junior high digital library.  You can access this phenomenal resource from any device with an internet connection and either download a book or better yet, just read it in your browser. 

          Below are links for two options for accessing these eBooks.  You can go directly to our OverDrive library OR you can access it via Atriuum.  The advantage of accessing it from Atriuum is that you're used to searching our OPAC and can find ebooks that are on lists like Rebecca Caudill.  Either way, log in with your ID number and last name, and you'll be good to go.

          If you're already familiar with OverDrive from your public library, simply add "Naperville Community Unit School District 203 - Junior High Schools" to your list of available libraries and it'll be super easy to get results from both places.

          • School Online Catalog Links
            Click "Display" to access your school's Atriuum OPAC to find eBooks in our collection. Search for specific titles or browse lists and look for eBook icons or the Overdrive tab. Or, click the Visual tab and look for the icon to go directly into OverDrive.
          • NCUSD Junior High OverDrive Library
            Use this link to get directly into OverDrive. Be sure to choose your school before trying to login. Your user/pin is the same as for Atriuum: ID# and lower case last name.

          Read a good book? Review it in Atriuum!

          Did a book really strike a chord with you?  Inspired to the point of sharing?  Tell others what you think about the books you read this summer by writing a review in Atriuum, your school library's circulation system.  All you have to do is go to your school's online catalog, log in with your barcode number as your login and last name as password, and look up the title you read. Click on the title link to open the details screen and look for the "Write a Review" button, and you're good to go!  You'll be leaving your mark on your library's collection and helping your classmates find good books to read.  Plus, your librarian and future LA teacher will know you're a serious reader.  It's a win-win for everyone.  

          See below for links to the D203 online catalogs and for more a more detailed explanation of how to submit a review.


          Winning Titles

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          Rush for the Gold - John Feinstein
          ISBN: 9780375969638
          Two teenaged aspiring journalists who are dating solve a mystery at the 2012 Olympic Games, while one simultaneously competes for a gold medal in swimming.

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          Winning Ways - Sue Macy
          ISBN: 0805041478
          More than one hundred black-and-white photographs chronicle the ever-growing social history of female athletes, from oil-smeared English Channel swimmers to the strong and talented ice-skaters of today


          Olympic Champions

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          The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown
          ISBN: 9780451475923
          Out of the depths of the Great Depression comes the astonishing tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant.

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          Babe Conquers the World - Rich Wallace; Sandra Neil Wallace
          ISBN: 9781590789810
          A portrait of the world record-setting woman athlete traces her early childhood ambitions through her courageous final battle with cancer, providing coverage of such topics as her achievements at the 1932 Olympics and her later dominance in professional golf.

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          Jim Thorpe, Original All-American - Joseph Bruchac
          ISBN: 9780803731189

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          Jesse Owens - Chros McDougall
          ISBN: 1617147583

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          Michael Phelps - Barbara Sheen
          ISBN: 9781420502824


          Learn About the Olympics

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          Swifter, Higher, Stronger - Sue Macy
          ISBN: 0792266676
          Looks at the history of the Olympic Games, from their origins in ancient Greece, through their rebirth in nineteenth-century France, to the present, highlighting the contributions of individuals to the Games' success and popularity.

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          The Nazi Olympics - Susan D. Bachrach
          ISBN: 0316070874
          Recounts the story of the Olympics held in Berlin in 1936, and how the Nazis attempted to turn the games into a propaganda tool for their cause.


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