Thursday, May 23, 2013

Book talks!

Just a quick post today--we had our "1/2 price book fair" and, of course, I had to make a dent in the inventory!  I am absolutely obsessed with getting new books for my classroom . . . I wonder how many thousand I have--I should get my students to estimate that!

Just wanted to share what I do when I get new books--I want to get them into students' hands as quickly as possible!  First, I "book talk" each one.  I read the blurb on the back, give any author information, page through it to see if I notice anything interesting (reading level, cool chapter titles, etc), and then I throw a post it note on the cover.  I do this for 4-6 books at a time (more than that, they lose interest) and then set them out somewhere in the room for students to explore.

If students are interested, they put their name on the post it note.  At the end of the day, I draw popsicle sticks to put the names in a sequence, move the post it to the inside cover to keep it safe, and pass the book to the first person on the list!

It helps the students get to know the books in our collection, builds excitement, and helps students add to their "I want to read" lists.

Just thought I'd share!  Have a great Friday--more posts coming about Biz World over the next week!


  1. Fabulous idea for getting kids interested in books! I just started following your blog- LauraRead-Write-Create

  2. I like that you give them a chance to explore the pages before they decide if they want to read it. I do the "book talk" but will do this next time!

  3. Love the post-it note idea. I always have more kids wanting a book than I can possibly remember!

  4. Great idea for a waiting list! I always lose track of who gets a new book next! :)

    The Polka-dotted Teacher