Summer for Georgia Readers Begins TodayPrint This Post
You can read anywhere, anytime, and virtually anything this summer, because Get Georgia Reading partner myON by Renaissance is delivering thousands of free books to your computer and mobile devices that you can access 24 hours a day—every day—from May 14 through Aug. 31.You can search from more than 50 different categories and genres, fiction and nonfiction, picture books, graphic novels, chapter books, titles for struggling and reluctant readers, and Spanish and bilingual titles. It’s like having your own personal library right at your fingertips.
Last summer, kids in 153 counties read more than 122,000 books—145,979,002 words—and spent nearly 29,000 hours reading.
Gwinnett County earned the top spot in Georgia by reading 11,567 books. Atlanta Public Schools finished in second with 7,747 books, and Fulton County took third with 7,547 books read. Here’s how the top 10 rounded out:
- Marietta City Schools: 7,508
- DeKalb County: 6,068
- Forsyth County: 5,692
- Carroll County: 5,276
- Houston County: 4,547
- Clayton County: 4,310
- Habersham County: 3,969
Ready, Set, Read
This year, we’re challenging Georgia to top last year’s numbers by reading more than 150,000 books and spending over 35,000 hours reading. We’ll keep our eye on who’s reading the most and give shout-outs to the leading regions. Gwinnett County read the most books last year, and seven counties in Georgia read more than 5,000 books each. Let’s see who turns the most pages this summer.
Getting started is quick and easy!
Watch this short video with your students for tips on finding great books. Then follow these simple steps to access the myON by Renaissance platform.
- Visit about.myon.com/GetGAReading to get registered.
- Once you have registered, instructions on your county-specific log-in will be sent to you within 24 – 48 hours.
- Go to myON.com and click the myON Login button.
- Enter the following information:
School Name: Get Georgia Reading (Type the first few letters and select your school from the drop-down menu.)
Username: included with your registration instructions
- Click on the Sign In button, select a book, and start reading!
- View the myON recommended system requirements.
- For this partnership program, all readers share a single account with unlimited, 24/7 access to enhanced digital books in myON by Renaissance without personalization elements.
We Want to Hear from You
The only thing better than reading a good book is sharing it with others. We encourage all readers—kids, dads and moms, grandparents and caregivers, teachers, and librarians—to send written and video book reviews that we will publish on getgeorgiareading.org.
Get social this summer by sharing book recommendations, snapping selfies with your favorite titles, showing off where you’re reading and who you’re reading with, and telling us how you’re incorporating myON by Renaissance into your everyday life.
Send your reviews, videos, photos, and more to Bill Valladares at [email protected], and be sure to use the hashtags #GetGAReading and #myON with your social media posts.
Giving ALL Kids Access to Literacy
For healthy growth and reading success, all children and their families need year-round access to educational and supportive services. By providing this summertime access to digital books in homes, schools, and libraries for the fifth year in a row, myON by Renaissance is helping to Get Georgia Reading in a big way.
“We’re so thankful for this longstanding partnership with myON that gives all of Georgia’s kids access to books when they need it the most,” said Get Georgia Reading Campaign Director Arianne Weldon. “Providing more books in the home during the summer months limits summer learning loss, and myON’s digital platform allows kids to keep engaged with reading while having fun with their families.”
Research shows that students can lose up to three months of reading ability over the summer. By offering a wide array of quality digital titles, myON by Renaissance is aiming to ensure that students don’t fall behind while school is out of session.
More than an electronic reading application, myON by Renaissance tracks the habits of its readers and generates a list of “just right” books for each student while providing educators more insight into what works for kids—books read from start to finish—and what doesn’t—books are rarely opened, or opened and not finished.
myON by Renaissance’s books come with features that create a student-centered, personalized “literacy environment,” with an optional audio component, word and sentence highlighting, and a sidebar with a built-in dictionary. This suite of helpful tools helps kids connect with the text while reading independently or working on assigned reading and writing projects.
For more information about myON by Renaissance, contact Saralee Parker at [email protected] or at 678-910-6661.