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How to Create a Summer Reading Book Box

By Beth Newingham on June 1, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5

We ask students to bring a large cereal box to school at the end of the year to create a book box. They cut the top and sides off, cover it with construction paper, and then use photos or computer clip art to decorate their book box. Having a book box at home allows students to easily transport their books when taking summer vacations or long trips in the car. Some of my students even take their book box to the local library when checking out new books.

We also found inexpensive mini notebooks that we give to each student to keep in their book box. We encourage them to use one section of the notebook to record the title and author of the books they read during the summer and another section to write about the books. Students are asked to bring their reading journal back to school in the fall. I create a special certificate for students who write in their journal over the summer, and I write a personal note in the journal to express my admiration for their hard work.

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