If you’re like us, you may have signed your children up for the Books on the Go summer reading challenge and then thought, “Wait – where will I find 10 books in English that they haven’t already read?” Look no further! LIBRARIES 1. The Prague City Library *Books on the Go Sponsor!* The library system has more than 1500 children’s books in English. Most of this collection is located at the Korunní branch in Vinohrady, but there are usually a few English children’s books at most locations, and you can order a book from their catalog and have it delivered to any branch for only a small surcharge. Books checked out after June 16th can be kept until the end of the summer! Children’s library cards (up through age 14) are free of charge! Contact: www.mlp.cz 2. Prague Christian Library *Books on the Go Sponsor!* The Prague Christian Library, which is located in Prague 3, has more than 2000 children’s books in English. They’re open Monday through Thursday and two Saturdays each month as well. A 3-month family membership costs 175 CZK (annual membership is 500 CZK), and members can check out up to 6 books for 3 weeks at a time. Contact: http://www.christianlibrary.cz 3. School Libraries Check your school library’s policy for summer lending – policies vary from school to school. BOOKSELLERS 4. Brown Box Books *Books on the Go Sponsor!* Brown Box Books offers more than 5000 used children’s books in English ranging from board books to chapter books at great prices. BBB has an on-line shop and makes frequent appearances at schools and markets all over Prague. Their bricks-and-mortar shop will open in August 2014. Contact: www.brownboxbooks.cz (catalog) and http://www.facebook.com/brownboxbooks?ref=br_tf (event/store info.) 5. Usborne Books *Books on the Go Sponsor!* Usborne sells thousands of titles for beginning readers through young adults. Their books, which are sold though sales agents, include fiction not sold through other publishers and readers designed for ESL / English learners. Contact: Kara McAllister (sales in Prague) *Books on the Go Sponsor!* E-mail: email@example.com GSM: 773 218 160 and http://www.usborne.com/ (catalog) BOOKSTORES 6. Amadito & Friends *Books on the Go Sponsor!* This children’s bookstore in Prague 5 is the first to focus exclusively on foreign-language children’s books. They offer approximately 1000 children’s books in three languages: English, French, and German. Amadito also features a reading area in the back of the store and offers activities for children. Contact: www.amadito.com 7. English-Language Bookstores Sadly, with the closing of Big Ben and Anagram, the selection of children’s books in this group of stores has narrowed. Currently, Oxford Bookshop has a large selection of ESL readers, and Shakespeare & Sons and The Globe (which offers occasional storytelling for children) offer some children’s books. 8. Czech Bookstores While Czech bookstores have increased their selection somewhat over the years, their English books can be quite expensive. Neo Luxor is probably the chain with the largest selection of children’s books. Most Czech used bookstores (antikvariáty) will have a few children’s books in English, but it’s very much the luck of the draw. E-READING 9. Free E-Books If you have a library card from a library in an English-speaking country, you may be able to have children’s books sent to your Kindle, Nook, or other E-reader at no extra charge. Check your hometown library’s website! You can also download children’s books in the public domain from Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.org). Although these tend to be older books, the site is a good source of classics for older children. 10. Books On Line Children’s Story Books Online (www.magickeys.com/books) and several other sites provide children’s books on the internet for free. For a subscription fee, MagicBlox and Raz Books provide access to books that children then read over the Internet. These are good resources when you want something to read quickly. OVERSEAS BUYING If you’ve ever purchased books overseas, you know that delivery times can be long and shipping fees exorbitant. However, there are some ways to minimize the disadvantages. 11. Used Booksellers If you’re looking for a particular book, www.abebooks.com will search independent used bookstores for you – they have millions of titles, and you can filter the search by country. Unless you’re picking them up in the U.S. or the UK, however, the shipping fees usually make them more expensive than local options here. 12. Auction Sites On any given day, eBay will have tranches of books being sold by everyone from attic cleaners to retiring kindergarten teachers. Keep in mind that many sellers will only ship domestically). LAST BUT NOT LEAST! 13. People You Know Friends with children are an underestimated resource. Don’t be shy about offering to trade a few books for the summer! You could even plan a book swap for your next meet-up – the kids bring 5 books they think others would enjoy, everyone swaps, and someone keeps a list of who borrowed what (the last step is necessary only if you want your books back…).
Why have a summer reading contest? Library-based and “virtual” summer reading programs are common in the U.S. and the U.K., because they have multiple benefits. They prevent the “summer slide” in learning, they can set children on the path to becoming lifelong readers, and they can build lasting relationships between families and libraries. They can even bring together English speakers and English learners. How it works:
- Register your child or children here. You’ll receive a reading record to download and print out.
- As your child reads books in English, enter them into the reading record.
- When your child has read 10 books, sign the reading record and return it to Class Acts (you can scan and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- When Class Acts receives the completed reading record, your child will receive a certificate, and your child’s name will be entered in a raffle for prizes. You will also receive information about the end-of-summer picnic for Books on the Go readers.
Come and enjoy the sunny weather (hopefully) in magnificent Stromovka park with us. You can invite your friends and other bilingual and non-bilingual families. Bring your own picnic and whatever fun toys you can think of (frisbee, balls, etc.). There will be treasure hunt for children. Register here
Sunday (25th May): this season's last Puppet Tales. Dress-up costumes (bring your own), crazy parade, world music and dance will be the vibe this month! We'll have face painting, and through stories and songs explore how others live, play and experience around the world. Brown Books Box will be on site, selling best loved English kid's books. There are couple of free spots left. Register here
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Myths in Nature * Nature in Myths Join us for a fun and fantastic week as we learn about Myths and Nature through storytelling, drama, art, science experiments, sport activities, treasure hunts, star exploration, field trips and much more. The focus of the camp will be on working together in an ensemble, creativity, and cooperation. It will be a busy, fun-filled week! When: 30th June - 4th July, 2014 What time: 8:45 am - 5:00 pm Where: Kampa Community Center Who: children 7-12 Price: 3000 CZK (does not include snack or lunch) To register click here!
Another Art for Tots workshop takes place on Sunday 23rd March. Starting time for both group is at 10 am.
Wild Pets and Tamed Beasts Which one would you take home; a cuddly little guinea pig, a big soft lion, or a skipping rope snake? Curious, funny and exotic animals will be popping and hopping over to story time this month to enrich that special bond that children have with the animal kingdom. We'll sing some favorite doggy songs, make lollipop pet puppets, dance a jungle jingle and of course meet some new characters both furry and human along the way! When: March 30, 2014 from 10:30 – 11:15 (Kampa is open from 10 am until 12:30 for us) Where: Kampa Community Center, U Sovových Mlýnu, Praha 1 Fee: 120 Kc per child or 240 per family in advance 150 Kc per child or 300 per family at the spot Register here!