Book Club

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

Monthly Activities

The Summer Reading

Monthly Activities

Book Club – Summer Activities – Each online activity costs $5.00 to cover administrative costs and prizes.

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

Adult Focus – First Tuesday of months May – August 7:00pm. 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 and then discuss what we’ve read. It is expected that everyone who signs up will buy the book. Each online session will cost $5.00. All Summer sessions will be led by Stacy.  

May 4 –Something’s Brewing – Story One – We Need To Talk

June 1 – Something’s Brewing – Story Two – Big Jim’s Bossy Boss

July 6 – Something’s Brewing – Story Three – The Mystery of the Missing Towels

August 3 – Something’s Brewing – Story Four – Tia’s Tunes

Reading Scripts from 12 Fabulously Funny Fairy Tale Plays This online activity will occur the 3rd Thursday of month, May – August 7:00PM. These plays are designed for Elementary School aged children. Everyone is encouraged to dress in character, and we can provide a virtual background for each character. Since the book includes 12 plays, we plan to continue this activity throughout the year. All Summer sessions will by Lina, our intern from George Washington University. Feel free to buy the book on Amazon, or we could email you a PDF of the play. Each session will cost $5.

May 20 – The Cheetah and the Sloth

June 17 – The Three Little Elephants

July 15 – Goldilocks and the Three Bullfrogs

August 19 – The Popsicle Boy

Read and Retell Games – Theses activities will be on the second and last Thursday of month starting May 27 and run to August 27 at 7:00PM. It is expected that everybody will order their own copy of the book(s) beforehand. During this online activity, our intern Courtney from James Madison University will lead a discussion about the books, and play interactive games including Kahoot. This will just be a Summer Activity, and hopefully will help motivate elementary to high school students do some Summer Reading.

May 27 – Who Is Michael Jordan – Kristen Anderson

June 10 – Wonder – RJ Palacio

June 24 – Kooties Club – the PB and J Jam – M. J. Casson

July 7- Judy Moody Was In A Mood – Megan McDonald*

August 12 – Kooties Club – The Mystery of Mr. Dodge – M. J. Casson

August 27 – Beezus and  Ramona – Beverly Cleary

* DSANV is hosting a special event on July 8, so we moved the July 8 Read and Retell to July 7

Use this link to register for monthly DSANV Book Club Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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