Monday, November 10, 2014

Book Reviews

A while back, Tammy at Forever in First shared some book recommendations -- for people like me, you know, over the age of say 8 or 9.  So I did a quick little post about some of my recommendations.

But part of that conversation included the idea that part of the reason we read what we read is because somebody recommended it to us. And how do we do that with our students? 

Every month, I do a Scholastic Book order. I always get either some freebie books or have bought some with points. I try to let some kids who didn't order be the special first student to read one of these new books. And then I like to have them write a little about the book on an index card. Then I want them to get up and share a little about the book with their classmates. Well, they do share, but it didn't seem like that was enough.

So I made a Book Review notebook.

So if they want to read what Belen thought about the Fly Guy book she read, they can go check it out. Or if they want to read what Emily said about Ready Set Boo, they can. 

I just tape their book review cards to a piece of colored paper, put it in a three ring binder and put it in our class library. I don't know how much difference this makes to my students and what they read.I do think it makes my students who review feel a little important. And that's nice.


  1. This is a great idea, and you've authentically integrated both reading and writing into the concept that readers need each other.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. When I saw I had a comment, I wondered if it was you! I like the idea, and you've made it sound super :) I think I need to stress the needing each other idea more. Thanks for the words for that!