Here's another simple collaborative program implemented to help create a culture for reading in our school. Each month I have the honor to not only share awesome books with our school community but I am given the time to entice readers with multiple programs such as Give Thanks For Reading.
As usual it all began with a simple shared Google document with all our middle school librarians in the district. Within a few hours we had compiled an extraordinary list of middle school historical fiction along with book trailers to share with our students.
The shared information was used in designing a the Give Thanks For Reading presentation. Each librarian designed a unique lesson highlighting historical fiction by using the book trailers to promote this genre. I offered each student the opportunity to fill out die-cut pumpkins in reflecting on things they were thankful for. With World War II trailers and Veteran's Day it was easy to model and state many things in our lives of thanks. As always, my students amazed me with statements of thanks about friends, family, school, and more.
Creating a culture for reading is an ongoing process during the school year. Take opportunities to provide book talks, book trailers, and more to help not only to create but continue this culture far beyond the school day and year.