Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Student picks: 2nd & 3rd graders in the spotlight!

In past years we have featured staff picks to promote books. The display shows a photograph of a staff member holding a favorite book, their review, and the book itself, naturally! This has been a fun way to encourage students to read books they might not otherwise have picked up (e.g. classics from a teacher's childhood) as well as for them to see that their teachers keep up with current releases and enjoy a lot of the same books they do!

Take a look at this example from Mrs. Spadoni, one of our 2nd grade teachers:

Ms. Spadoni recommends: The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Treasury by Betty Bard MacDonald

My favorite books are in the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle collection. There are three great books in this collection, and they’re all wonderful! When I was young, I loved reading about all of the “naughty” children and the funny ideas that Mrs. Piggle Wiggle would come up with to fix the problem. This is a great book for all of you who may need the Won’t-Pick-Up-Your-Room cure, or the Picky-Eater cure!

Starting this month we are offering 2nd and 3rd grade students the opportunity to be featured as the student pick of the week. This is an optional activity that students may participate in if they are interested.

All they have to do is:

  • Choose a book or series they have read and loved and that we have in our school library.

  • Write a brief review at home that explains why they liked the book and who they would recommend it for (e.g. Harry Potter fans, people who like ghost stories, etc.).

Students may bring their reviews to me during their regular library class time and I will take their photo as they pose with the book. The photo, review and book(s) will be on display in the library (NOT on the blog!) for other students to read and enjoy.

We will rotate the student picks periodically, with the frequency and duration depending on how many we receive.

Please let me know if you have any questions! Happy reading and reviewing!

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