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Summer Reading Challenge 2011

It’s really easy to set goals. It’s really hard, sometimes, to keep to them. I have found that making a public declaration of my goal often helps keep me honest. for example, when I decided to run my first marathon, I registered and then promptly told all of my Facebook friends that I had done it. That way, I had to finish the marathon or risk public humiliation.

Each summer, I set out with great intentions thinking of all of the books I’m going to read. I make a big list. I take a bunch home with me at the end of school. I make a big “wish list” on my public library account.

And then the inevitable happens.

I spend most nights watching reruns of NCIS and Bones.

Not this summer! I am publicly declaring my intention to read at least a book a week (and to listen to a few more). And I’m posting it here so that I am accountable for it.

So, you know where this is leading, right? I’d like to challenge you all to come up with a summer reading goal. Make it a book a week. A chapter a day. X number of pages a day. Whatever you want. Declare it in the comments section.

You’ll see there’s now a summer reading tab on the blog. Over there, I will post a form that you can fill out each week to tell me what you’re reading. Basic stuff: author, title, how many stars you’d give it, a funny line that’s in the book somewhere. And I’ll keep track of what we’re all reading and keep it posted there. (The form will be private to me…I’ll link your name to the book on the list only if you tell me it’s okay to do that.)

When we come back in September, I will have a plethora of prizes for everyone. Anyone who participates will be eligible for the “prize of participation.” Other prizes will include things like Most Books Read, Greatest Number of Pages Read, Funniest Title (this will be a tough one because I’ve already read I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President), and any number of other categories that your reading list inspires.

All books and reading materials qualify: graphic novels, magazines, whatever. The only condition I ask is that you not repeat books you’ve already read (I’m looking at you Twilight fans).

If you think you’ll need reminders to stay on track, let me know and I’ll send weekly emails to the email address of your choice reminding you to keep me posted. I may even throw a few trivia questions in the emails for extra prize opportunities.



Summer Reading 2010

Aahhhh, summer.  Time to hang out at the pool.  Lie on the beach.  Get caught up on all those books you’ve been waiting to read.  Okay, maybe that’s just me.  But you do need to make time to get that required reading done.  Just a reminder, if you’re going into:

5th thgouth 8th grade, read Schooled by Gordon Korman

9th grade, read Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja

10th grade, read Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison

11th or 12th grade, you can choose to read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (a book that has a special place in a librarian’s heart) or A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines

Then there is the oh so wonderful A List of Books You Are Absolutely NOT Required to Read This Summer, developed by your teachers to enahnce your summer reading fun.

Don’t forget about the free downloadable audiobooks available through Sync and Audiobook Community.  Two new books are available for download each week.  I’ve downloaded all so far and have really enjoyed finding new books!

Also, remember to stop in at Children’s Book World in Haverford if you want to get your hands on some books before they’re published.  Read a book, write a review, get store credit.

The mid-summer mailing will be heading home soon. In there, you’ll find some postcards. They have a space for author, title and a quick review of anything you’ve read, including the required reading.  If you have a chance, fill out the postcards and send them back to me (they’re even stamped).  If you’re reading a lot this summer, send me an e-mail if you run out of postcards.  Every book review you send in gets you an entry into a drawing for some absolutely fabulous junk come September.

Continue to enjoy your summer!