CCSD Summer Reading Program 2019
FAQ for Parents
How does my student log minutes for the Summer Reading Challenge?
Visit www.biblionasium.com/summerreading and choose the middle box for the Cobb County School District; students login using Office 365 user ID, typically firstname.lastname, and the password used to log into the computer at school. If prompted, enter the state of Georgia and your school. Add books to your Biblionasium bookshelf and then log minutes in the reading log.
What do I do if my student forgot his/her username or password?
Call the Cobb County School District Customer Care Center at 770-514-2500. Hours are Monday - Thursday, 7 am - 5:30 pm, from May 28th through July 31st.
When does the CCSD Summer Reading Challenge 2019 begin and end?
The CCSD Summer Reading Challenge begins May 13th and ends August 16th. The overlap with the last few weeks of school provides time for students to practice using Biblionasium. The overlap with the first few weeks of school provides time for students to use school devices to log minutes they may have recorded on paper throughout the summer.
Where can I find additional resources for summer reading?
In addition to your local school’s website, many resources are located at www.cobbsummerreading.com. The Cobb County School District has partnered with Cobb County Public Libraries, Smyrna Public Library, and Marietta City Schools to support a county-wide reading challenge for students of 1,500 minutes.
My student is a rising 6th grader or rising 9th grader. How does that impact the Summer Reading Challenge?
When logging into Biblionasium, students may be prompted to choose their school. Rising students should choose their previous school throughout the summer.
Why should students participate in a Summer Reading Program?
Research shows that many children experience what is often called “summer slide,” when students are exposed to fewer educational opportunities and, as a result, lose some of the gains made in school during the year. By actively participating in a summer reading program, studies show that students often maintain or improve their reading abilities throughout the summer.*
Why is the challenge for students to read 1,500 minutes?
Studies show that reading 20 or more minutes a day prevents summer learning loss. If students read approximately 20 minutes a day during summer break, they will reach 1,500 minutes.*
How does the CCSD Summer Reading Program encourage students to read?
Biblionasium is a subscription website that K-8 CCSD students have access to all year, starting with the ‘17-’18 school year. Students can use Biblionasium to keep track of books they’ve read and create a list of books they want to read. Log your minutes to see how much you’re reading this summer!
What should we do if we have difficulty accessing the internet?
Students may write their minutes on a paper log that contains the following information: student’s name, date, minutes read, title of book. Please bring your reading log to your school library media specialist at the beginning of the school year.
Is there a suggested book list?
A key factor in cultivating lifelong reading is being able to choose what to read, so students are free to read books they choose. For book suggestions, please visit our Reading Resources page or stop by your local public library. Your library media specialist may also provide suggestions prior to the end of school. *Note: Some schools and/or classes do have required reading. Please verify with your local school.
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