I read somewhere (Twitter) “that reading is a social act” and “we aren’t done with a book until we pass it on.”
As an avid reader, I truly believe these statements to be true. I am a huge book lover. I worked for the Regina Public Library during university. I started my teaching career as a teacher librarian. After being in the classroom for ten years, I would love to return to a library position.
During university I kept a book journal and recorded all of the books that I wanted to read. I would then highlight the title once I had finished reading them. Now some genius has developed the goodreads.com website. I don’t use the website but I am obsessed with my Goodreads app on my phone. I have some family members and friends on Goodreads and I can see what they are reading and what they want to read. I can read their reviews and their ratings. I can search books by authors and titles. Goodreads sends me book selections based on the books I have read. When I am out and I come across a book I want to read I just scan the barcode and it will bring the book up and I can store it in on my “to-read”shelf. I have even had an author send me a message because I added his book to my “to read” shelf.
Looking at the classroom, kids love to share things that they have read. Funny things, mysterious things, factual information. We must encourage our kids to share, talk and listen about others book choices so that they will develop a love a reading. If they don’t love reading then chances are they haven’t found the right book.
A classmate from EC&I 831 mentioned her students using Aurasma to create book reviews for the library at her school. Students recorded a review and then she placed a sticker on the book showing a review had been done. I looked at this program and it seems like a great idea. Here is a a video of someone doing a quick review.
How do you have your students share books with other students?
Do you have kids rate the books in your classroom and if so, how?