Read and Win

Teachers, Librarians, and Caregivers, Every summer there are numerous reading programs available for students but what is available the rest of the year? Outside of what’s happening in schools that is. First of all, check with your local public library! There are usually plenty of fun activities and programming happening for people of all ages. Second, check with the pro and/or pro-am sports teams in your state (or nearby) to see what they have to offer. For example, in Minnesota, the Timberwolves offer Read to Achieve: Minnesota Timberwolves – Read to Achieve This program offers students the ability to to win a prize pack (if the deadline is met). The prize pack includes a poster, bookmark, Timberwolves drawstring backpack, and a ticket to a Timberwolves game during the current season. Third, if you happen to have these businesses within your community (or close by), offer your students the following opportunities Chipotle! Reading is FUNdamentally delicious with their easy logging system. Readers are rewarded with a free kid’s meal. For this program your school or library needs to apply. BOOK IT! with Pizza Hut This long-withstanding program (started in 1984) offers readers rewards in the form of certificates and/or food. Your […]

Book Awards

Since the last post was about book clubs and book discussions, this one features some great awards to give you more resources in selecting and curating the books in your home, classroom, or library. These are also great lists to consider when gifting books to young readers!   State Awards  First of all, make sure to look into whether or not your state has a “student’s choice” book award. Minnesota has the Minnesota Youth Reading Association (MYRA) which is home to the Maud Hart Lovelace and Star of the North Awards. The Maud Hart Lovelace Award is separated into two divisions: Division 1 – For 3rd through 5th grade students Division 2 – For 6th through 8th grade students To vote for their favorite book students must read at least three of the twelve nominees within their division. One thing a few classroom teachers I worked with did was to choose three of the titles and use them as read alouds. This way all their students were able to vote. It’s easy to become a member of the Minnesota Youth Reading Association as it’s only $15/year. Being a member means you have access to more resources and can submit student votes. I […]