I have continued to be inspired by this summer’s book study over at We Read, We Blog, We Teach. It is interesting to see Donalyn Miller’s Book Whisperer ideas being discussed and pondered from so many different perspectives (and grade levels).
One thing that has really stood out to me throughout the whole book is the value of sharing the love of reading. When everyone in the classroom community is active in the discussion of books, the conversations and learning opportunities are richer and more meaningful.
So how do you engage your students in these conversations? What avenues are available for them to share the books they have enjoyed and broaden their own reading lists?
Here is a book recommendation form I created that you could use to encourage your students to share what they have read. It provides space for a re-creation of the cover to aid classmates as they search for the book themselves, two areas for sharing highlights from the story, and 1-5 star rating system. (click here for pdf)