Last year I challenged myself to read 750 books and I reached my goal in December and celebrated with my elementary students. During our conversations, we talked about the benefits of setting a goal whether it was to finish a book or to read a certain number of books over a certain amount of time. They then helped me set my goal for 2015. We decided on 900 books.
I know 900 books sounds like a lot of books, but I read lots of picture books over the course of the year. As a reviewer for the Reading Circle sponsored by the Missouri State Teachers Association I must read lots of picture books for our publication, New Books for Missouri Students, in order to select the best books published for our students. I am very lucky to have the publishers send me their newly published books for me to read and review. It’s like Christmas every week!
This year, I am keeping my elementary students involved in my challenge by keeping track at school in the library so that we can motivate each other in our reading challenges.
Tags: reading, challenge, MSTA, Reading Circle
Christmas break is over and it is back to school today for some PDC training. Our break went fast, but I did get to get some reading in. Over break I read 77 books with 52 being picture books; 17 being early chapter books; and 8 being middle/high school books. Some of my favoites were:
My 4th, 5th, and 6th graders have given me a list of books that I should read and I read several of them over break. I read several Hank Zipper books, Dork Diaries, Magic Treehouse Books, My Teacher Glows in the Dark, etc. Many times when these books come in and I get ready to read them, the students ask for them so I always give them to them and do not get them read. My goal is to read the books they suggest so that we can talk about them even more.
I am currently reading I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. I can’t wait to finish it and then give it to one of my students so that we can talk about the book.
Celebrate reading is a blog where high school students at Stover High School will post reviews and talk about books they enjoy. Many students attend our weekly book club and they enjoy talking about the great books they read.
As the librarian, I enjoy spending time with the students and suggesting books they may like. I also can’t wait to hear about a book that they think I should read.
So let the celebration begin…..
For the past several years, I have thought about hosting book clubs in my school, but frankly I was afraid that no one would want to come and I didn’t want to be a failure. I knew the benefits of hosting book clubs but would the students and the teachers embrace the book clubs? One day sitting at the lunch table with several teachers I approached the subject of a faculty book club and to my surprise there was a lot of interest. We set the first day as the following Thursday morning at 7:15. To my surprise I had 12 staff members attend. We decided not to read the same book as we all had a huge different taste in books. We would go around and talk about the books we were reading and from this we might decide to broaden our reading tastes. Three years later, the TMZ (Thursday Morning Zeal) book club is still going strong.
This year, I had a huge number of freshmen always in the library talking about books, so I mentioned a book club to them and boy were they excited! We now meet each Wednesday during lunch and we have lunch and talk about books we are reading. They named their book club, The Page Turners. The girls would like to read the same book and then skype with an author so we are deciding on a title and will contact the author to see if we can set that up.
Now this past week, thanks to Colby Sharp (@colbysharp and Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) I have joined the Nerdy Book Club and I can enjoy talking books to other book lovers all over the United States. Boy, am I ever grateful for stepping out of my comfort zone and starting the book clubs in my school.