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The Blurb Board

posted Feb 11, 2018, 12:55 PM by Jim Windisch   [ updated Feb 11, 2018, 12:57 PM ]
Blurb board
One of the big goals of the Idaho Kids Vote Book Award is to get students talking about high-quality books. Unfortunately there isn't always time to have those discussions as soon as someone finishes a book and wants to talk. Those conversations are a big part of what get kids excited about reading, so we need to make space for those conversations somewhere.
My solution has been to create a "blurb board." I put printouts of all the nominated books' covers on a bulletin board near my classroom library. I also set out a stapler and a bin full of halved index cards. When someone finishes a book, they can write a one or two sentence recommendation of the book and place it on the board. It gives students a chance to share their thoughts and it creates a buzz around the books. It keeps the books on kids' minds even when we aren't able to devote time to them in class.
Blurbs for A Snicker of Magic
This year I've decided to expand the blurb board beyond my school walls with padlet. Readers from across Idaho can share their thoughts there. Participating classes will get the link in their e-mail updates. If you are signed up and missed it, contact me at info@KidsVoteAward.org to get it.