To encourage a shared love of reading, for the last two years I organized a One Book, One School and this year I attempted a Donalyn Miller inspired 40 Book Challenge. There are a number of formats that you could use for something like this, including something like a One Book, One Community program.
The purpose of the One Book, One School was two fold: I wanted it to be something enjoyable that would encourage a love of shared reading, and I wanted the school community to be able to have a common point of reference for discussion. As a result, I have budgeted the last few years to use a portion of book fair funds to purchase a copy of the selected book for each adult in the building. For this program I like to purchase our books from a locally owned book store, The Blue Marble.
The 40 Book Challenge came about as a result of seeing a significant drop off in reading during the 4th grade year. I also felt I needed to do a better job of reading new books, and so this seemed like a great way to try to connect with kids and encourage them to read. I used a Google Form to help me keep track of student data, and while the first year of the 40 Book Challenge did not see as much participation as I would have hoped, the data collected will help in making future decisions.
- Donalyn Miller - the Book Whisperer - order her books from Amazon!
- Our First One Book, One School - details about how I got started
- New This Year, 40 Book Challenge - post from the beginning of the school year and the plans
- Canva - my go to graphic design tool
- Google forms - I suggest creating a Google+ Account for your Library and storing all of your Google Docs, YouTube videos etc in that account. See the video below to help you see how you can set up the form for the challenge:
- PowToon - great tool for creating videos, use it with Audacity or Garageband to create longer voice overs and upload to the site
- Smore - great for creating fast web based newsletters and fliers that can be embedded in other pages