As I indicated yesterday, I get very motivated when it comes to getting young adults and Tweenies to love reading. All too often the old school values in our educated selves want us to promote the classics, the good things we grew up on and those reads we were taught were of meaningful worth.
So I started with a non-existent library at our school 5 years ago. It was an emergent middle school at the time, and while small funds were made available, all I could do was grow it term by term... so what to do?
1. Bought in current fabulous reads which were top of book store lists
2. Started taking part in the international Kids Lit Quiz event and the termly inter-school lit quiz events, to raise excitement around reading and a broad general knowledge of children's fiction and literature. Fantastic philosophy to allow kids to pit their strengths on a literary sports field!
3. Created a monthly Challenge. On a bright poster set 5 literary classic reads and challenged anyone who dared, to read one of them. This list included Treasure Island, Black Beauty, The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables, Peter Pan, Little Women, Five Children and It... you know - the real classics - and guess what? They were up for the challenge.
4. THE READING CHRONICLE: This is an elaborate A3 sized ring-bound booklet which I set up. It is all olde worlde and saturated in patina. It has three sections
- Running Record and Reviews
- Wish List
- Members of the "Secret Society"
- everything by Rumer Godden
- Michael Morpurgo
- Alan Garner
- Susan Cooper
- Sharon Creech