CCSD Summer Reading Program 2021
FAQ for Parents
How does my student sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge at school?
Students are automatically enrolled through our reading engagement platform called Beanstack; no activation required!
How does my student sign up for the Summer Reading Adventure at the public library?
Go to the Cobb County Public Library website at http://www.cobbcat.org/summer/ to sign up for the Summer Reading Adventure, which begins June 1st. City of Smyrna residents can also use the City of Smyrna Public Library.
Can I join my school and public library Beanstack accounts together?
Yes! When you are logged into Beanstack, you'll be asked if you would like to sync accounts. Follow a few steps to connect your public library and school accounts. If you have multiple children, each child can be a part of your synced account. As a parent, you'll be able to see your child's reading logging and activity.
What is Beanstack?
Beanstack is a fresh, new platform to support reading! It's easy to use the free Beanstack app to scan books to your reading list, log minutes, complete activities, and earn badges. Beanstack has been called a "fitbit for reading."
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 20 minutes each day and 15 hours this 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 20 minutes each day for a total of 15 hours?
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 15 hours.*
What should we do if we have difficulty accessing the internet?
Students may print and use the Cobb County Public Library Reading Log, or write their minutes on their own paper log that contains the following information: student’s name, date, minutes read, title of book. A Spanish version is available here.
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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