Summer Reading

Click above for summer reading tips from Ms. Bentall. Read below for more.

1Book Bundles. Let Ms. Scott or Ms. Bentall know if you would like a personalized book bundle by Wednesday, June 16 for pick up by Friday, June 18 at 3:30 PM. Beth.Scott@apsva.us or Karen.Bentall@apsva.us.  Summer Reading Tips.

2. Lexia Summer Reading Plan from Literacy Coach, Ms. Cruz.

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3Summer Reading, Food for Thought at Arlington Public Library. Take the reading challenge, help our community, and win a book. Watch the video for elementary students here. 

4. Listen to an audiobook in MackinVia or at Arlington Public Library . Find thousands of ebooks and audiobooks. You’ll need a library card to access, borrow and request digital titles.  Here’s how to sign up online for a free library card.

5. How to find the books you really want to read.  In this video Ms. Bentall explains how to get the books many of you have asked for in MackinVia.  Here’s a reminder on how to log in to MackinVia, click here.

6. KidsPost Book Club: True Friends.  Starts Wednesday, June 16.  Sign-up and join the conversation every Wednesday this summer.

7. Family and friends book clubs.  Read, listen and talk about a book together. Meet virtually or in real life if you can.

8Read the book. Watch the movie.  Did you know that most movies begin as books? Click here for links to  books that have inspired movies.

9Reread an old favorite. Click on the image to see Oakridge’s Top Ten books of 2020-21 and 2019-2020.

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10What Shall I Read Next?   Looking for series or a read-alike?


Use Follett Destiny Discover  or MackinVia to access our resources.

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  • In Order to Create a More Perfect Union…
    • A collection of digital and print books at Oakridge Elementary School library that focus on the themes of action, justice, identity, diversity, and empathy. Use your APS log-in to read and request the digital books.
  • Screen Shot 2020-05-06 at 4.34.17 PMFinding Reading Joy:
    • A 7-minute video with tips from Ms. Bentall about finding that ‘magical’ book. Use your APS log-in to view.
  •  Individualized Help
    • Readers’ Advisory (What to read next?)
    • Research (access to databases and search strategies)
    • Email librarian: Karen.Bentall@apsva.us


Oakridge Library is the beating heart of our school where students learn the skills to evaluate information for accuracy, validity, social and cultural context, and appropriateness for need.  During storytimes, they contribute to discussions in which multiple viewpoints are expressed.  Their curiosity flourishes by reading widely and deeply, and they develop the intrinsic motivation that can lead to a lifelong love of reading.






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Ms. Bentall

How do you say that? Celebrating our marvelous multi-lingual community from Amharic to Welsh with Ms. Ali & me at this week's Book at Bedtime. @OakridgeConnect reads 'Little Treasures: Endearments From Around the World' by Jacqueline K. Ogburn and @ChrisRaschka. https://t.co/Ih06v2hqGX
Published June 03, 21 6:05AM

Ms. Bentall

@KateMessner I’ve become less invested in labels assigned to books and more interested in how they engage children in a critical dialogue about what is and isn’t ‘true.’ “Informational” does the job. It leaves room for students to consider the veracity & the author’s sources.
Published May 22, 21 6:05AM