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MS 51 Summer Reading & Learning

We Need Diverse Books! Reading Recs

Ms. Ahart created these book lists to encourage culturally responsive reading and teaching at MS 51 as part of the D15 Diversity Plan resource committee. Happy reading!

Download Free Audiobooks All Summer!

Audiobook Sync

Ms. Ahart's 2019 Goodreads Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
Ms. Ahart has read 4 books toward their goal of 200 books.

What Is Ms. Ahart Reading?

Goodbye Stranger
Jane, the Fox, and Me
Brown Girl Dreaming
The Shadow Hero
Fire and Hemlock
I Kill the Mockingbird
Courtney Crumrin: The Final Spell
Courtney Crumrin, Volume 3: The Twilight Kingdom
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
Courtney Crumrin Volume 4: Monstrous Holiday Special Edition
Courtney Crumrin: The Witch Next Door
Rose Under Fire
Courtney Crumrin Volume 2: The Coven of Mystics
Girls Like Us
Ancillary Sword
Courtney Crumrin Volume 1: The Night Things
El Deafo

Ms. Ahart's favorite books ยป

Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge

2019 Read Harder Challenge

Great American Read on PBS

Join the Great American Read on PBS

Check out the list of America's 100 favorite books and vote for YOUR favorite daily. Joyce Valenza discusses the project and its "sweet by-products."

NY Times Summer Reading Challenge

Join the New York Times summer reading challenge for students! Every year since 2010 we have invited teenagers around the world to add The New York Times to their summer reading lists and, so far, nearly 50,000 have.

At a time when teachers are looking for ways to offer students more “voice and choice,” we hope our open-ended contest can help: Every week, we ask participants to choose something in The Times that has sparked their interest, then tell us why. At the end of the week, judges from the Times newsroom pick favorite responses, and we publish them here. It’s as simple as that.

MS 51 2019 Reading Challenge

MS 51 Library 2020 Reading ChallengeJoin the MS 51 Library 2020 reading challenge...
Spread your reading wings & push yourself to try something new this year!

All participants who complete the challenge and submit their list to Ms. Ahart by June 8, 2020 will:
1. get a coupon for our next book fair
2. enter a drawing for other bookish prizes

Each book must be new to you in 2020 and you can only count a book once (no repeats, even if they could fit in more than one category). Audiobooks and e-books count!

Download the form & get recommendations in every category. 

Winners will be recognized here as students complete the challenge. 

MyLibraryNYC at MS 51

Image result for brooklyn public libraryBorrow ebooks and audiobooks for free from home through your MyLibraryNYC Brooklyn Public Library card! 

BPL's e-reader app makes borrowing eBooks as easy as 1-2-3! SimplyE makes it easier than ever to borrow eBooks from the library. User-friendly features include the ability to search, download and read from one application in just seconds and browse for titles in an easy-to-use interface.

  1. Download the SimplyE app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. 
  2. Browse and borrow from BPL's collection of 200,000+ free eBooks.
  3. Read eBooks anywhere on your Apple & Android devices.

BPL also has several download guides if you're having trouble making your particular device talk to the public library catalog or apps. 

What is MyLibraryNYC?

MyLibraryNYC is a partnership between the NYC Department of Education and New York City’s public library systems: Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library. The program provides participating schools with:

  • enhanced library privileges including fine-free student and educator library cards;
  • school delivery and the exclusive use of 6,000+ Teacher Sets designed for educator use in the classroom; and
  • student and educator access to the unparalleled digital resources of New York City’s public library systems as well as instructional support and professional development opportunities.

*No overdue charges on books, audiobooks, or teacher sets; standard overdue charges apply on all other materials (e.g. DVDs, CDs, magazines); 

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