August Theme: Motivating Readers
Recommended Grades: 3rd -5th grade
In Book Fair Day, Dewey Booker, a real bookworm, is horrified to learn that his class will be the last to visit the Book Fair at school this year. Will any books remain? Once he finally arrives, all of his classmates look to Dewey for recommendations. When he’s done he looks around to notice all the books are gone! What will he do?
Lesson Idea: In the first month of school, consider combining building your classroom community with activities and lessons that motivate readers. Read aloud this book and discuss with students how despite Dewey’s fear that all of the best books will be gone, he stops to help his classmates find books that are just right for them. Consider having your own “Book Fair Day” in your classroom. How? Ask students to bring in 2-5 books they read over the summer that they would like to recommend to their classmates. Pick a day and have students walk around to each of their classmates and hear book talks about their books. If students are willing, ask them to recycle their reads so that their classmates can read what they recommend.
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