No, I am not that crazy! But today I brought in my stack of books, piled them on the desk in the front of my room, and explained to my students what I spent my weekend doing. After that got over their shock, I told them that part of the reason I participated was to get a great pile of books to recommend to them for summer reading.
I passed out our summer reading plan worksheet to the class and explained that while I want them to complete their required summer reading, I also want them to read the books that they enjoy, just as they have been doing all year. Because I won’t be there to make recommendations and pass out new books, I want them to have a list of books ready for this summer (and hopefully into next year). For the summer reading plan, I planned to begin by booktalking the books I read for the Challenge. Later this week the students will recommend books to their classmates. At the end of the week they will formulate a summer reading goal.
Today’s booktalks went really well! Most of the students wrote down 3-4 of the titles I read over the weekend, and many of them wrote down even more. So thank you, Mother Reader!