A Bridge to Success


On Friday, March 21st, I was honored to visit Chicago Public Schools’ Norman Bridge Elementary School. If your brain is nimble (from reading on myON, of course!), you’ll remember from this post that Norman Bridge won the national Celebrate! Reading in the New Year winter reading challenge! Naturally, we had to celebrate.

We wanted to do something special for these super readers, so we enlisted the help of Capstone’s very own, Michael Dahl. Now, most elementary students would be excited just to get out of class for any old reason. The Bridge students? They walked into the auditorium and knew exactly who Michael Dahl was! It was incredible. To hear excited murmurs–“I’ve read all of his books!” and “He wrote The Library of Doom series!”–made it quite clear just why these students won the national reading contest. They were excited about reading, and it showed.

Michael shared with the students his journey to such a prolific writing career. He said that authors write about what they know and what they like. He encouraged the students to keep reading because everything they read will stick with them and provide ideas for writing their own stories in the future. Ever wonder where Michael got the fun and fascinating idea for the Princess Candy series? He asked the students in what other story the character eats something and experiences a change in shape or superpower. A veritable answer, of course, and one that many students guessed, is Alice in Wonderland! Like the lore of Alice, Halo Nightly–aka Princess Candy–samples different candies from her Aunt Pandora and–POOF!–takes on the persona of different elements, like fuego and agua. 

In this way, Michael championed reading as the foundation not only of successful writing, but of a fulfilling career and personal life that bridge interests, abilities, and the stories we all share. From Michael and all of us at myON, congratulations to Norman Bridge Elementary School in their quest to Celebrate! Reading. 

my MAGICAL summer

my Magical Summer_UpdatedYesterday in Minneapolis we reached a high temperature of nearly 50 degrees. Those of you myON customers who are lucky enough to populate the warmer climes of the United States might’ve been appalled at the swarms of Minnesotans gracing the sunny sidewalks yesterday…in shorts! It’s as if we’ve been living under a glacier for 5 months. Oh, wait…

In any case, yesterday’s brief glimmer of sunshine and hope got me thinking about this summer. Visions of boats, beaches, and books danced through my head. The first glimpse of spring weather is surely occasion to share our summer reading materials with you. Because there’s no way that Minnesota will get any more snow…right?  Summer’s almost here, right?

Admittedly, we only just recently shared our spring reading materials with you–and we hope that you’re actively springing into reading! This weekend, I will be diving into Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, an old favorite that I’m revisiting for the third time. Maybe you want to join me and check out Saddleback’s accessible version of this old classic on myON!

So though it’s only just becoming spring,  we know that many districts need to make decisions about summer learning programs and funding in the coming weeks. Because of this, we are thrilled to present myON’s national summer reading challenge: myMAGICALsummer! 

Our idea behind this campaign is to encourage students to find their own magic in reading: what are the titles that will teach them something new? What are the genres of literature that will inspire them to write their own stories? What is the magic content that will unlock new areas of knowledge for them?

Our exciting summer reading promotional kit is available for customers on our Professional Development portal, as well as through your account manager in your region.

At myON, choice matters.

Choose adventure.

Find the magic.

Read on myON.

Jump into a James Patterson Title

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Have you sprung into reading yet? How about jumping into a new James Patterson title on myON?

James Patterson has published hundreds–and I mean hundreds–of books with Little, Brown and Company. Even if you haven’t read James Patterson, you’ve heard of him. You know exactly who he is because he is one of the most prolific American writers of the last few decades.

That’s why myON is thrilled to present new titles for kids (!!!) from James Patterson. If you haven’t checked out “I Funny” yet, you’re missing out on the incredible tale of aspiring comedian Jamie Grimm, a wildly funny and inspiring young man who chases after his dreams and tells a few knock-out jokes along the way.

You might also check out Patterson’s other titles on myON, including the Witch and Wizard and Maximum Ride series. Patterson’s content is accessible and interesting for middle school readers–the sort of content that will grab students’ interest and keep them reading. All of this is par for the course with Patterson’s personal commitment to engaging kids in reading. Patterson’s reading campaign–“Read Kiddo Read”–seeks to help kids find content that interests them so that they become lifelong readers.

myON is so proud to present Patterson’s content on our platform. Our shared commitment to creating a diverse library of engaging content makes for an incredible partnership in literacy. Spring into reading with a James Patterson title!

March (Spring!) Into Reading

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March has always been my favorite month of the year. That’s probably because it’s the month in which I graced this world with my presence so many years ago, but that’s neither here nor there. If you don’t love March solely because of my birthday (ahem, the 28th), there are plenty of other reasons to love myON in the month of March.

March is Women’s Month, Music in Our Schools Month, National Craft Month, National Nutrition Month, and—most importantly—March Into Literacy Month. myON has myriad titles to match all of these exciting topics this month to help you and your students March Into Literacy!

If you’re interested in celebrating Women’s Month, you might check out these titles about famous women in history: Helen Keller: Courageous Advocate or Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.

If you’re interested in celebrating Music in Our Schools Month, here are some books for you: The Bremen Town Musicians or the “Instruments and Music” series.

How about National Craft Month? We’ve got a whole DIY series called “Green Crafts for Resourceful Kids.”

National Nutrition Month—a personal favorite of this birthday vegan—could excite your taste buds with these myON titles: Food Technology or Healthy Eating with MyPlate: Vegetables.

And, finally, March (Spring!) Into Reading with these fun titles to engage your students in reading: Goodnight, Baseball and Kylie Jean Spelling Queen.

March will be an exciting month at myON. We’ve got a webinar on 1:1 implementation on March 20th and you can (should!) register for that here. We’ll be attending the Illinois Reading Council on March 13-14th. We’ll be throwing a party to honor Norman Bridge Elementary (Chicago Public Schools) as the winners of the national Celebrate! Reading in the New Year contest on March 21st.

We’re marching forward this month. Spring into reading with us!