Book Fair and Summer #Bookaday Challenge!

Our May Book Fair was this week and as always, I love it when it gets here, but I love it (even more, maybe) when it is over 🙂 It is fun to see what books kids pick out on their own (I don’t put any of the STUFF out, so our kids are buying only books for the most part). The I Survived series, the new 39 Clues book, and Pete the Cat were popular at our fair.

In addition to shopping with K – 2 (and a little lesson about sales tax), I talked about SUMMER READING! I shared with them some information they will be getting about summer reading in their report card as well as encouraged them to participate in the Lexington County Public Library Summer Reading Program.

I also shared with them something I am going to do this summer! I am going to participate in the Summer #Bookaday Challenge! Basically, I am going to TRY to read (and finish) a new book EVERYDAY! Here are the rules, copied from the original blog post by Donalyn Miller (a hero of mine…author of The Book Whisperer – a MUST READ for parents and teachers and librarians):

The rules (more guidelines, really) are simple:

Read one book per day for each day of summer vacation. This is an average, so if you read three books one day (Hey, I have done this!) and none the next two, it still counts.

You set your own start date and end date.

Any book qualifies including picture books, nonfiction, professional books, poetry anthologies, or fiction–children’s, youth, or adult titles.

Keep a list of the books you read and share them often via a social networking site like goodreads or Twitter (post using the #bookaday hashtag), a blog, or Facebook page. You do not have to post reviews, but you can if you wish. Titles will do.

I told my students that it would be great if they wanted to join me in a summer reading challenge! I let them know it was okay to change the challenge if they wanted – maybe they would try to read a book a week or 100 pages – whatever. I did ask that they let me know via email or a letter mailed to the school if they decide to challenge themselves. I promised to let them know how I did at the beginning of next school year.

My Summer #Bookaday Challenge will begin on June 6 and end on August 15. I will post my titles to this blog (which will then post to Twitter) and to Goodreads. I will also post a weekly (or so) wrapup to my library Facebook page. I’m excited!

This is a long weekend for us…we have Monday off, but we still have ONE MORE WEEK OF SCHOOL left! I feel like we are the only ones 🙂 This coming week will be full of fun though – field days, special events, and getting ready for the end of this year (and the beginning of next year)! WHEW!

Enjoy your weekend!


PS – No Memorial Day is complete without watermelon, so be sure you enjoy some this weekend and think of my mom when you do. That was her favorite summer food 🙂


About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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