The Teacher's Book-A-Day Summer Challenge
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
Last spring I read a post written by Donalyn Miller (author of The Book Whisperer), about a book-a-day challenge she had given herself and other educators. She challenged teachers to read one children’s or young adult book per day during the summer months. I wish I could tell you I completed that challenge, but I didn’t. Summer got busy and most of the books in the stack I had chosen for my summer reading ended in that same unread stack when back to school rolled around. So, this year, I'm trying again and am determined to succeed!
On this, my last post of the 2012–13 school year, I would like to share my tips for completing this challenge and making it a useful part of your summer routine, as well as an investment for next fall. I'll also suggest a few books to put on your reading list.
Keep a book bag close by and full of children's literature.
Snap pictures of books with your phone while visiting a bookstore. I also take a picture of a page that is representative of the text inside the book to help me remember why I liked it.
Jot down notes and ideas that come to mind about using different books for future lessons. I keep a little journal and pen in my book bag along with my books. Attaching sticky notes filled with ideas and connections to the inside cover of a book I want to use later also works well for me.
Enjoy the books with a child for added enjoyment! My children are grown, but I have a grandson who loves books! If the child is old enough, ask for his opinion about the book.
Keep in mind important topics or skills that come up during the school year. I may miss my opportunity to connect a special book to a topic if an idea hits me at a time I'm grading papers and teaching class. So jotting down a note at that busy moment allows me to pull it out when I have more time during the summer to look for that special title.
A Book a Day! Where Will I Get That Many Books?
Bring a few books home from school that you have forgotten or haven't read at all.
Borrow books from another teacher and also ask for her recommendations.
Browse bookstores and read in the store. Purchase or make a record of the books that fit your needs.
Some Book Suggestions
Are you ready to accept the challenge? Just a few minutes with one book per day during the summer can put you miles ahead for the next year.
This is the last post of the year for me on Top Teaching. I've enjoyed sharing my ideas with you this year. The school year is over, but the learning continues!