Thank you to Ruth Ayres at Discover. Play. Build. She hosts a link-up every week that focuses on the reasons we have to celebrate.
Students unpacked their backpacks, listened to morning announcements, and then headed down to the gym or cafeteria with blankets and books tucked under their arms for Books, Breakfast, and Blankets. Students spread their blankets around the floor and settled in to read and snack. In the gym, I read Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio to first and second graders before they began independently reading their own self-chosen texts. This humorous picture book was a big hit.
This event was planned as a series of reading celebrations that are intended to build students' enjoyment of reading. A committee has been meeting since the beginning of the school year to discuss ideas to get students reading more. We want our students not only to read more, but to read because they are intrinsically motivated rather than because they will get a prize for reading a certain number of minutes.
Previous to this event, we had a bookmark contest in which students were invited to design a bookmark and one winner from each grade level was selected. Each winning design was printed as an actual bookmark. Each grade level winner passed out the bookmark he/she designed to the students at that grade level during Books, Breakfast, and Blankets. The students who won the contest were pleased and proud that their design was made into a bookmark and they got to pass it out to their peers.
Books, Breakfast, and Blankets was a fun event. Not only did students relax and read during this whole-school reading break, but teachers did as well. When I asked students about their thoughts they remarked that they appreciated the time to just read and to read what they chose. The bookmarks students designed were adorable and creative. The second grade bookmark had the slogan, "Reading is a superpower" written at the top. This week, I celebrate students who are learning to use and appreciate their reading superpower and teachers who are helping to instill students' love of reading.