Help me give my students their very own copy of a book to read for our lunch bunch book club, plus one book to read over the summer.
My students are eager readers who love the magic of books. They already realize the power books have to take you to a whole new world in both a magical and literal sense. They are voracious in their pursuit of their next great read. As their librarian, I do not take lightly my responsibility to help them find great books that will inspire them to never stop that relentless pursuit of literacy.
My students need their own books to participate in a book club that encourages interaction and enriches their reading experience to inspire them to keep reading.
At our school, we truly believe that a love of reading greatly impacts our students' improved literacy levels in spite of the emotional and economic hardships that so many of them face. The majority of our students are economically disadvantaged (97%), and yet they come to school ready to learn, and ready to build foundations to transform their futures as strong readers.
Good news spreads quickly! Six of my fifth grade students participated in a lunch bunch book club last semester, and I was quickly approached by two fourth grade boys. These two boys spent the next few weeks trying to persuade me to start a book club for them. Every time they would come to the library or see me in the hall, they would ask if and when their book club would be starting. Their persistence and desire to be immersed in reading shows how deeply a culture of reading has been instilled in our students. Unfortunately, our library budget doesn't always give us much room to fill our students' every reading desire.
The persistence of these boys inspired me to find a way to let even more students in grades 2-5 participate in a lunch bunch book club.
With student input, we narrowed down genres and titles. With the help of a few volunteers, six students in each of these grades will meet once a week to read, discuss, and participate in activities related to one of the books. I also hope to give each of the 24 participating students a copy of a book in the same series or genre to read over the summer. Second graders will start with the classic Magic Tree House while third graders will read a Geronimo Stilton book. Those fourth grade boys whose love of reading sparked this project chose a graphic novel for their book club, Clem Hetherington and the Ironwood Race. Fifth graders are wild about scary stories, so they will start with The Ghost of Graylock. One copy of each book will also be added to our school library collection. As an educator, I am beyond excited about the prospect of building my students' love of reading.
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|The Kingdom of Fantasy (Geronimo Stilton) • Amazon Business||$13.43||7||$94.01|
|5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior • Amazon Business||$11.93||7||$83.51|
|Clem Hetherington and the Ironwood Race (Clem Hetherington #1) • Amazon Business||$8.55||7||$59.85|
|The Ghost of Graylock: (a Hauntings novel) • Amazon Business||$7.99||7||$55.93|
|Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye (Geronimo Stilton, No. 1) • Amazon Business||$7.19||7||$50.33|
|The Jumbies • Amazon Business||$6.95||7||$48.65|
|Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No. 1) • Amazon Business||$5.99||6||$35.94|
|Ready, Freddy! #4: Don't Sit On My Lunch: Don't Sit On My Lunch! • Amazon Business||$5.55||6||$33.30|
|Kids Bookmarks Bulk Variety Pack - 48 Bookmarks Total (12 Mermaid, 12 Unicorn, 12 Emoticon, 12 Sports) - Birthday Party Favors - Student Prizes - Teacher Supply Packs - Reading Incentives • Amazon Business||$12.99||1||$12.99|
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