What better way to kick off the exciting summer season of fun in the sun than by hosting a book swap?
Book Swaps are a simple, worthwhile way of getting kids excited about reading during the long months of homework-free afternoons, and they are a great reason for getting friends together. But more than that, Book Swaps are a super-awesome, totally sneaky way of getting kids to talk about books they've read.
How do you host a Book Swap? Easy.
- Send out an invite to some pals;
- Ask them to bring 3-5 books that they are ready to share;
- Have a few snacks ready for hungry bellies;
- Get ready for some fun!
Once the Book Swap day arrives, it's safe to say that the attendees will be ready to get their hands on a few new books. In order to have the swap run smoothly, we suggest you:
- Put the books out on a table;
- Spread the books out and allow guests to look at each one;
- Draw straws or numbers for the "choosing order" (small straw goes first, largest last, and then run through that order until books are gone);
- Encourage each child to do a quickie "1-Hand" book review of 2-3 of their favorite books;
- Talk to the kids about how to share their book reviews.
1-Hand Book Reviews are quick and easy ways to guide kids through an abbreviated book review. Children hold up a book and one of their hands, using their fingers to make sure they hit on five points:
1. Thumb: This book is about . . .
(Remember: before you can give it a thumbs up or down, share a quick summary.)
2. Pointer Finger: I liked that . . .
(Remember: first thing on first finger)
- the characters were interesting.
- the mystery kept me wondering what would happen.
- the book took place at the beach.
3. Tall Man, or Middle Finger: I wish that. . .
(Remember: big wish on biggest finger)
- It was longer/ shorter because. . .
- they explained more about . . .
- this was part of a series.
4. Ring Finger: One thing . . .
(Remember: one thing on the ring finger)
- I would ask the author . . .
- you should know . . .
- I loved/didn't care for . . .
5. Pinky Finger: I think . . .
(Remember: I thinky on the pinky)
- that anyone who likes animals will like this book.
- that this is a little easy/just right/difficult to read, because. . .
- that most people who like sports will like this book.
- that this was one of my favorite /least favorite books.
Use the 1-Hand Book Review sheet for your Book Swap, and have a blast kicking off Summer Reading!
How does your family kick off Summer Reading? I'd love to hear what works for you!