SUMMER READING IS HERE!! 
Let kids escape and explore! Open up new worlds and windows into the lives of others! Celebrate reading this summer. Help your child track their summer reading with the attached LOG and coloring activity. Each child who participates will receive a surprise in the fall.

Looking for great ways to get books this summer?
Screenshot of PS 261 virtual book fair website
SHOP LOCAL, SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLWe’ve partnered with local independent bookseller, McNally Jackson—at City Point Brooklyn—to offer a Virtual Book Fair. There’s a diverse blend of paperback and hard cover title lists for all grades—including picture books, nonfiction, chapter books, graphic novels, activity books, and more! 
Each purchase you make earns a 20% credit* for school to help replace lost library books and continue to diversify our collection.
*BE SURE TO USE CHECKOUT CODE: PS261 
And shop the fair throughout the summer!
Explore online options from the Brooklyn Public Library
READ ALOUDShttps://www.storylineonline.net/https://kidlit.tv/ 

EPIC!Epic is an online library of over 40,000 children’s books. To use Epic over the summer:Parents can create a free 30-day trial account for up to four children, which includes a parent dashboard to see what your child is reading and help them choose books. https://www.getepic.com/The cost of an Epic account after the trial is $7.99/per month for up to four children. These lists can help you find some good stuff fast! (You will need an Epic account—and to be logged onto it—to access these links.)
Art, Activity, Experiments, Etc (All grades)https://www.getepic.com/app/user-collection/15755895
Black Stories Matter  (All Grades)https://www.getepic.com/app/user-collection/15495077
Picture Books (preK-3)https://www.getepic.com/app/user-collection/15680776
Nonfiction (Gr preK-2)https://www.getepic.com/app/user-collection/15755810
Chapter Books (Gr 1-3)https://www.getepic.com/app/user-collection/15680820
Young Comic/Graphic (Gr 1-3)https://www.getepic.com/app/user-collection/15863618
Nonfiction (Gr 3-5)https://www.getepic.com/app/user-collection/15755840
Older Chapter Books (4-5)https://www.getepic.com/app/user-collection/15679259 
Older Comic/Graphic (4-5)https://www.getepic.com/app/user-collection/15863650 

BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARYApply for a card!Explore summer reading lists, e-books and audiobooks. Follow the site to see when additional services will open.
Want to read more books by and about People of Color? Consider a variety of books—from titles about historical struggles to biographies of innovative heroes to books where kids are just being kids in joyful moments. Check out the lists below for more ideas! 

THE BROWN BOOKSHELFhttps://thebrownbookshelf.com/ HERE WEE READhttp://hereweeread.com/2019/11/the-2020-ultimate-list-of-diverse-childrens-books.html
WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKShttps://diversebooks.org/resources/where-to-find-diverse-books/

HAPPY SUMMER READING!! ☺
Ms. Lauren & the 261 PTA Book Committee