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Thursday, October 24, 2019

October is National Book Month - have you embraced it yet? Read on for some ideas on how to celebrate before the month is over!
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"A room without books is like a body without a soul."

 
-Cicero

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Let's hear it for the BOOKS

October is National Book Month, and school is pretty much the best place to plan some celebrations. Today, we share a few ideas to bring into your classroom to celebrate books.
  • Host a "reading" by an author or a celebrity. Give your students a chance to experience what it is like to attend a reading. Invite a local author to visit your classroom and read a section of his/her book. Allow time for students to ask questions about the book and about the author's experience as a writer. Don't have access to an author? How about inviting a local celebrity - it can even be a celebrity within the walls of your school, like your AP, PE teacher or cafeteria server. Think of someone that your students feel excited to connect with and invite that person in to read a section of his favorite book. 
  • Read a couple of Newbery award winning books as a class, and then vote on your favorite. The Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) lists award-winning literature curated by decade. Take a walk through the past with your students, select a couple of books, give them a read and decide as a team which one is best. This opportunity allows for lively debate, critical thinking development and downright fun with books. 
  • Organize a book exchange. Recruit other teachers/classrooms if possible. Encourage students to bring books in from home that they feel comfortable parting with and set up a celebratory exchange. Kick it up a notch by tasking students with a quick oral or written report on what they liked most about their new books. 
National book month is a great opportunity to take a short break from the grind of your curriculum and celebrate something that can bring us all together: great books. 
     
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Book Month Ideas

There are some pretty obvious ways to celebrate National Book Month, like reading with your class. As that's a given, we wanted to share a post from TakeLessons.com with a nice list of ideas and activities to inspire you to take some time to celebrate books with your students this month.

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