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Dear Parents,


We all know that summer reading is an important part of our goal to help every student see reading as enjoyable and useful. As a school district, we want to encourage your child to read. For students to improve their reading skills, they need to read whenever possible. 

Over the years, many studies and research have found that the break without any work at all can be extremely damaging. We would love your help in supporting you and your student  this summer at home by offering many options for your student to boost their reading skills. 

We hope you can utilize these resources for  a journey of continual reading this summer! Listed below are some ideas and programs that we as a district are offering or other local/online options.  Hopefully this will help make the transition into next year a little bit easier! 

  • Summer Reading Contest- Do S’more Reading this summer

 Read books and take the AR Test at home. If you accomplish your goal you will be invited to attend a back to school s’mores party (Food, waterslide, and lots of fun). See attached letter for more details! 


  • Local Public Libraries- Some have summer reading programs. Check their website and facebook pages for more information.

        Kountze Public Library- 800 S. Redwood Ave. Kountze, Tx. 77625


        Liberty Municipal Library-1710 Sam Houston St. Liberty, Tx. 77575


        Alma M. Carpenter Public Library- 300 South Ann Street

                                                                                 Sour Lake, Tx. 77659


  • Our Very Own Oiler Book Nook-Designed to expand reading access to all ages!

                Location: Batson, Tx. Car Wash- Follow them on Facebook at Oiler Book  Nook-Batson.

                Volunteer and donor based. Take a book, leave a book , share your book, or take a book  

                and return it when you finish.    

  • Library of Congress online-    


  • Amazon ( if you have an amazon account)

  • Barnes & Noble ( if you have an account)


  • TexQuest ( Digital Resource Program)-

(Username- Select WestHardin County CISD, Password- Learn

  Ebsco only password- learn20!) Go to library page on school website also to get to link.

Online Programs with minimal fee

Programs that give away free books or other items

  Free Summer Reading Programs 2021

Do your kids love to read, too? If so, this is our big list of all the FREE summer reading programs that are available nationally!

Amazon — Kids who read any eight books this summer can bring their list of books to the nearest Amazon Retail Store to receive a Star Reader Certificate and their choice of a free book.

Barnes & Noble — Earn a free book through the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program for kids in grades 1-6.

  1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (PDF download). Tell them which part of the book is your favorite, and why.

  2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between July 1st and August 31st, 2021.

  3. Choose a FREE BOOK from the selection on the Reading Journal list at the store.

Books-A-Million — Read any four books from the Summer Reading Adventure section in-store or online, write about them in your summer reading adventure log book, and receive a free Because of Winn Dixie Notepad and Pen (while supplies last).

Chuck E. Cheese — Kids can fill out their Reading Rewards Calendar when they read every day for two weeks, and then trade it in for 10 FREE play points at your local Chuck E. Cheese location.

Half Price Books — Kids 14 or younger can read 15 minutes per day to reach a total of at least 300 minutes. After that, they can turn in their completed reading log to their local store to earn Bookworm Bucks to spend. Each week they will also offer a brand new printable activity sheet for young readers, including mazes, coloring sheets, word searches and more!

H-E-B — Read any ten books and record them on your reading log to score a free t-shirt! Once the log is complete, mail the form to the address listed, and you’ll be rewarded with a special prize. Note one of the books read must be a Read 3 book.

Pizza Hut Camp Book It — In addition to their annual school year program, Pizza Hut has rolled out a summer reading program this year called Camp Book it! Simply track your child’s reading during June, July, and August. Once they reach their monthly reading goal, they can redeem for a free one-topping personal pizza at Pizza Hut!

Goals to attend the S’more back to school party for the upcoming 21-22 school year are listed below.Remember you are reading for fun so it does not matter what grade level your book is. Please remember you have to take an AR test to prove you have reached your goal. 

Incoming kindergarteners do not have user name or password yet. Please keep track of books read by writing down on your own paper. You will be required to turn in the paper to get credit for the books read. 


1st- 6 ptsKinder-  Read 10 books


3rd-10 pts

4th-10 pts

5th-11 pts

6th-12 pts

Stay tuned for information on dates.

           Happy Reading over the summer!


We Wish you a wealth of wonderful reading opportunities and a restful summer. Your continued support with summer reading is appreciated!

Charlene Zwahr


Library Links

OPAC ( Online Public Access Catalog) –

TexQuest ( Digital Resource Program)

Renaisance( AR)