Book Club

DSANV Book Club Summer  Challenges and Activities run through the end of August.

Monthly Activities

The Summer Reading

Below are DSANV Book Club CHALLENGES and ACTIVITIES that span September to December, 2021.

For those new to the Book Club here is how the point system works:

  • Each completed challenge equals 5 points
  • Every time a Book Club member attends an online activity, they earn two points.

A maximum of 10 points can be earned for each season: Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. Points carry to the next season. For example, if you earn 12 points over the Summer, you have two points that carry over to the Fall. Each season you can earn ONE DSANV Book Club Goody Bag. We’ll change up the goodies up each season. If you earned a Summer Book Club Goody Bag in the Fall, you will get the goodies but not the bag.

DSANV Book Challenges from September through December, 2021

 The challenges can be adapted to any reading level. For example, Pre-K Children, and non-readers of any age are invited to do these challenges. The DSANV Book Club wants to encourage all individuals to develop love of reading with family, friends or caretakers. If you complete two challenges, you will earn a DSANV Book Club Goody Bag.

SEPTEMBER – Go to the website AZLyrics and pick out lyrics to one of your favorite songs.

You may either draw a picture of what the song makes you think about or write a few sentences on why you like the song. Your sentences may either by typed by a parent or hand written by the self-advocate. Send your picture and/or a picture of your sentences to stacy.engels@dsanv.org

OCTOBER – Read about a Fall topic and create a bulleted list of what you learned.

The topics can include the following categories:

  • Animals – what do certain animals do in the Fall to get ready for the Winter?
  • Trees – What happens to trees in Fall?
  • Food – What types of foods grow in the Fall? What can you make with these foods?

You may include a picture with your bulleted list. There can be as few as one or two bulleted points. For example, you could write:

  • Apples grow in the Fall.
  • I like Apple Pie

Include a picture of an Apple Pie. The picture can come from a magazine and the sentence can be be typed by a parent.

Send both your picture and bulleted list and pictures to stacy.engels@dsanv.org

NOVEMBER – In November we celebrate Thanksgiving, so the challenge is to read a book and afterwards write a bulleted list of what you’re thankful for in your own life. There is a lot of flexibility of the type of books you can read. You can read a book about being thankful such as Thanksgiving Is For Giving Thanks or you could read a story about individuals that face challenging circumstances such a little orphan Annie. After reading the book have your child make a list of the things they are thankful for in their own lives. For example, after reading about orphan Annie you might write a list as follows:

  • I am thankful for my family
  • For all the food in my house

You may include a picture but it’s not necessary. Please email the book you read and your bulleted list to stacy.engels@dsanv.org

DECEMBER – Read a book or a poem about a holiday including Christmas, Kwanza or Hanukah.

Write a bulleted list how people celebrate this holiday. If applicable tell how your family celebrates the holiday. As always pictures are welcome but not required pictures can be from magazines or your own home.

This challenge can be as simple as taking a picture of your child to help light a Menorah and having a bulleted point saying:

  • My family lights the menorah during Hanukah. You could add:
  • My family eats potato latkes with applesauce

The bulleted list may be hand written or typed by the parent. Please send the picture and bulleted list to stacy.engels@dsanv.org

Similar to the DSANV Cooking Club, we’ll display these pictures, with the parent’s approval, on our web site and social media.

DSANV Book Club Activities from September through December, 2021

Each online activity costs $5.00 to cover administrative costs and prizes. All the Book Club activities are ONLINE.

Each time a Book Club member attends an activity they will earn two points.

Something’s Brewing– First Tuesday of months September -December 7:30pm. These programs are geared for individuals 18 years and above. We’ll be reading Something’s Brewing Short Stories and Plays for Everyone by Jillian Ober and Tom Fish. These stories and plays are about young adults with an intellectual developmental disability, IDD. The book is written using relatable adult themes and it’s written using clear and simple language. There are 6 stories and 6 plays so we’ll be reading one each month. The plan is to take turns reading a review of each story or play and then discuss what we’ve read, as well as play interactive comprehension games like hangman and a crossword puzzle using words from what we have just read. It is expected that everyone who signs up will buy the book. Each online session will cost $5.00. All Fall sessions will be led by Stacy.  

September 7–Something’s Brewing – Story Five – I Voted Today 7:30 – 8:30 pm

October 5 – Something’s Brewing – Story Six – My Friends at the Java House 7:30  – 8:30 pm

November 2 – Something’s Brewing – Play 1 – A Quick Buck 7:30 – 8:30 pm

December  7 – Something’s Brewing – Play 2 – What to Read Next 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Reading with Frog and Toad – We’ll be reading from The Frog and Toad Collection. This book includes three Frog and Toad stories. For each session we’ll read the stories and then afterwards draw pictures, play games related to the story. All three sessions last between 45 minutes to an hour. It is expected everyone who participates will have the book. 

Here are the dates for Reading with Frog and Toad:

October 6 – Story 1 – Frog and Toad Together – 6:00 – 7:00 pm

November 3 – Story 2 – Frog and Toad Are Friends – 6:00 – 7:00 pm

December 8 – Story 3 – Frog and Toad All Year – 6:00 – 7:00 pm

The DSANV Book Club is excited to offer three SPECIAL ACTIVITIES that either feature authors from the DSANV Community and DSANV Board Members and Self-Advocates

Every time a Book Club Member attends these events, they earn two points.

Eugene Tossany, has a young child with Down syndrome and wrote The Down Syndrome Super Hero (volume 1 and 2). – Will be speaking to the Book Club on  September 1 at 7:00 pm. The first seven people who sign up will receive a free copies of volume 1 and 2. Or you can order the book now here.

David Egan, Self-Advocate, DSANV Board Member and author of More Alike Than Different – Will be speaking to the Book Club on  September 22 at 7:00 pm – If you don’t already have a copy of David’s  book you can order a copy here.

The DSANV Book Club is also excited to offer a Holiday Story Hour with Self-Advocates and  DSANV Board Members  Erin Thompson and Charlotte Woodward. Plus Self-Advocate and DSANV Intern Elizabeth Eisenberg will read a story about Hanukah on  December 1 at 6:30 pm

 

MAY – Make a Book Collage

Using old magazines, pick out and/or cut out pictures, that represent the characters and events that happened in the story. Send a picture of your collage to stacy.engels@dsanv.org

June – Read a historical story or a biography. Dress up as a character from the book. Have somebody record you reading a paragraph, or somebody can read the paragraph for you.  Or you can just submit a picture. Pictures and videos can be sent to stacy.engels@dsanv.org

July – Show how many places you can read a book.

August – Compare a book and movie with the same title. Write a list about how the characters or story differ between the two. Elsie made a Venn diagram about Ferdinand.

Monthly Challenges

During each season, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring, the DSANV Book Club will feature a new set of Challenges and Activities. Challenges can be done independently and will be offered monthly. Activities are hour long online sessions facilitated by DSANV Volunteers and Staff. During each season, Book Club members can earn up to 10 points which earns you a DSANV Book Club Goody Bag which will be mailed to your home.

Here is how the point system works:

Each Completed Challenge equals  5 points, Each completed activity equals 2 points. A maximum of 10 points can be earned for each season: Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. But points carry to the next season. For example if you earn 12 points over the Summer, you have two points that carry over to the Fall. Each season you can earn ONE DSANV Book Club Goody Bag. We’ll change up the goodies up each season.

Every time a Book Club member signs up and attends an online activity, they earn two points.

Book Club – Summer Challenges, the challenges can be adapted to any reading level. For example, Pre- K Children, and non-readers of any age are invited to do these challenges. The DSANV Book Club wants to encourage all individuals to develop love of reading with family, friends or caretakers. If you complete two challenges, you will earn a DSANV Book Club Goody Bag.

MAY – Make a Book Collage

Using old magazines, pick out and/or cut out pictures, that represent the characters and events that happened in the story. Send a picture of your collage to stacy.engels@dsanv.org

JUNE – Read a historical novel or a Biography

Dress up as a character from the book. Have somebody record you reading a paragraph, or somebody can read the paragraph for you from the book. Submit the recording or pictures to stacy.engels@dsanv.org

JULY – See how many of these places you can read a book, or someone can read a book to you.

Read to a pet Read to a sibling or cousin

  • Read under a tree, on a blanket.
  • Read on a rainy day
  • Read outside with a flashlight.
  • Read in a Yoga pose
  • Read to your family after dinner.
  • Read on vacation
  • Read in a funny voice

Submit pictures and videos to stacy.engels@dsanv.org

AUGUST – Read a book, or have someone read you a book and then watch the movie. Write a list of ways that the movie is different than the book.

Are the characters different?

Do the characters look different than you expected?

How does the story differ between the book and the movie?

Submit your responses to stacy.engels@dsanv.org

Similar to the DSANV Cooking Club, we’ll display these pictures, with the parent’s approval, on our web site and social media.

We’re also looking for fun ways that people can share their “challenges” with the DSANV Book Club.

  • A Shared Google Folder
  • A Private YouTube Channel
  • A DSANV Flipgrid Account

The Summer Reading Program designed for Elementary School Aged Children.

This Summer…….

Face you Fears, Stretch your Imagination, and Go on an Adventure

The Summer Reading Program is designed for students in 3rd –  6th grade, but younger and older students are welcome.

Through reading these books you will face your fears: Jabari Jumps; Use your imagination: Guion the Lion; Go on a adventure: The Golden Glow

This program is developed by TLP teacher and speech and language pathologist, Ashley Bryda.

The program dates are July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 10.

The fee for the program is $50 which includes the three books that will be mailed directly to your registered address.

The program can be held completely online or in a hybrid model, it depends what the participant families prefer.

Click this link to register

Eugene Tossany, has a young child with Down syndrome and wrote The Down Syndrome Super Hero (volume 1 and 2). – Will be speaking to the Book Club on  September 1 at 7:00 pm. The first seven people who sign up will receive a free copies of volume 1 and 2. Or you can order the book now here.

Click here to watch a video preview of the story.

DSANV recommends that everybody read the inspirational auto biography, More Alike Than Different. David is a long time DSANV member and serves as a Board Member. Follow this link to buy the book on Amazon. The National Down Syndrome Society, NDSS recommends that every member of Congress read David’s book.

Click here to watch a recording of an online webinar that David and his mother Kathleen conducted in July, 2020

Here is a recent interview with David  on CBS News.

Sign up for an online conversation with David on September 22 at 7:00 pm

Reading Lists

He has LOVED Gary Paulsen historical fiction books. These are so well written I often find myself reading ahead a chapter.” -Gary Steele

I forgot to mention musicals and script reading, from Annie to Hamilton to Wicked.  There are books, films, shows, audio books, online scripts, CDs, and more!!!!” – Tia Marsili

My daughter Ellie is 16, We are expanding our movies and book combo into the super hero marvel universe and the star wars world as well.  We are using the stage 1-3 readers.” – Dianne

 

Books Suggestions by Age

Other Related Resources

TTAC Online: The Technical Assistance Center.  A community sharing resources to educate students with disabilities. Summer Literacy Supports

Printable Monthly Reading Challenges and Point Tracker

Click here to access a printable version of the list of the Monthly Reading Challenges.

Click here to access the DSANV Reading Challenge Point Tracker