Fort Vancouver Regional Library Summer Reading Program


Check out this opportunity for reading fun through the Fort Vancouver Regional Library!

Read, earn prizes, and visit the library for amazing performances and activities June 15 – August 15, 2017.

How it works:

  • Summer Reading is open to all ages.
  • Register online or at your library, then start logging time on June 15.
  • Make reading a daily habit. Set your own daily reading goal.
    • Log the days you meet your reading goal.
    • Log a day of reading if you attend a library program.
  • Youth aged 0-18 years, earn a prize when you reach 15, 30 and 45 days read — visit your library by August 15 to choose your prizes.
  • Everyone, when you reach 15, 30 and 45 days read you get an entry in the Grand Prize Drawing for one of these great prizes:
    • $200 Amazon gift card for each age group: 0-5 years old, 6-11 years old, and 12-18 years old
    • Two (2) nights at Skamania Lodge for adults

You can also:

  • Write and read reviews online.
  • Tell us a little about what you like to read and receive book recommendations via email.

Take the Challenge

reading-without-walls-logoExpand your reading horizons and take the Reading Without Walls challenge! National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang, calls us all to read without walls, exploring books promoting diverse understandings and opening readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences.   To take the challenge:

  1. Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.
  2. Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.
  3. Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun.
  4. Invite  others to do the same!

Reading with a Questioning Stance

In Reading Nonfiction: Notice and Note Stances, Signposts and Strategies (2016), Kylene Beers and Robert Probst remind readers of the importance of reading nonfiction with a questioning stance.  They share three “Big Questions” that encourage this critical and attentive stance:

  • “What surprised me?”
    • This question develops the habit of reading with the mindset of searching for the new.
  • “What did the author think I already knew?”
    • This question develops the habit of identifying prior knowledge to acquire to clarify confusion.
  • “What changed, challenged, or confirmed what I already knew?”
    • This question develops the habit of modifying, sharpening or refining understanding.

Michelle O’Neil, instructional coach, and teachers at Mill Plain Elementary, have been engaging these questions in their professional book studies.  As Michelle commented, “We have seen such traction with our students and their ability to navigate nonfiction text using these questions so we decided to try it ourselves!”

Keeping these questions in mind develops the habits of mind for closer, more attentive and meaningful reading for ALL readers.

Celebrating Writers by Calibrating Expectations and Seeing Evidence


As part of their “Digging Deeper” Professional Development Series at Columbia Valley Elementary, LeAnne Strickler, instructional coach, and Shawn Sears, teacher member of the professional development design team, planned an engaging means by which teachers had the chance to see the vertical progression of writing across the school.


Teachers shared examples of student writing from grades K-5.  The samples were posted on charts and displayed across the walls.  Teachers read, discussed and responded to the writing.  Though it is common practice for teachers to analyze student writing at a grade level, this opportunity provided for rich conversations school-wide about the evidence of common teaching language; how the learning progressions build across the grades; celebration of their writers’ strengths; and planning for next instructional steps.

The Best of the Best – Trade Books for Science and Social Studies

Reading science and social studies trade books is the perfect way for students to build literacy skills while learning content.  In collaboration with the Children’s Book Council, both the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) annually recognize outstanding trade books.  Learn more about these exceptional books reviewed and selected by teachers.

CBC-Sticker_final  2017 Outstanding Science Trade Books (NSTA)

Previous year’s winners may be found at

ncss_notablesealrp-400x400Notable Social Studies Trade Books 2015 (NCSS)

For previously awarded lists –

Supporting 2nd Grade Writers of Nonfiction – A New Unit of Study

Second grade teachers are receiving a new unit of study for 2nd grade informational writing, The How-to Guide for Nonfiction Writing.  This unit, created by  the Calkins’ team at Teachers’ College, serves to provide more foundational preparation, and as a transition between the first and third grade information writing units.

Thirty teachers became familiar with the new resource and engaged in planning for our young writers last week.  Another introductory session is scheduled with time for planning:  Saturday, January 21st ,  9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Evergreen Room, Tan Complex.

Each participant will receive a copy of the unit, and for the 3 hour session, will receive professional rate of pay and 3 clock hours. Because the majority of the time will be engaged in planning, teams are encouraged to attend together.

Please register at GoSignMeUp under Curriculum and Instruction, 2nd Grade Writing.