Friday, February 26, 2021

Our March You've Been Book'd Reading Program Is Filled With Diverse and Special Books and Conversations

It's time for our March Van Meter Readers You've Been Book'd!  

Every month, I have so much fun pulling together at least 24 new books to share in our You've Been Book'd program.  I think about the special events and celebrations that are taking place that month.  This helps me as I select the perfect books for the bags that will travel classroom to classroom to be read to our students. 
In March, we have Women's History Month, Read Across America, National Crayon Day, the first day of spring and so much more.  

I also pull from new and diverse books from a variety of publishers like these for March which include Selfie, Maxine and the Greatest Garden and Laxmi's Mooch. 
After I select the books, I put them together in a collage and add it to the You've Been Book'd poster. This is then put on each classroom door and we start passing the books.  They are read and shared within each classroom, marked off on the poster and passed to another classroom. 
I am so excited to get our You've Been Book'd bags all packed up with 24 new picture book to share with our classrooms Monday.  I will be bringing around the posters (as shown below) and the bags.  This is such a fun day! The students and teachers are always very excited to get these deliveries. 

Our students in preschool through fifth grade participate.  They love this program and get so excited to hear lots of new books each month.  And this is great for teachers too as they see and read lots of new books that will be put into our library. 

If you are interested in knowing more about our You've Been Book'd program, here is the original post from The Library Post.  Please let me know if you have any questions or would like the templates for the posters I create each time I make a new You've Been Book'd list. 

Happy Reading, friends.  I can't wait to hear if you try this too. This program is one of the best ways to share special books and cultivate a love of reading with our students and teachers. 

Here is the original post...

Saturday, May 11, 2019

You've Been Book'd! A New Picture Book Program At Van Meter!

During Teacher Appreciation Week, we started something new from the library with a little help from our families at Van Meter in the VMEPC.  
I saw this adorable idea during Read Across America Week from Weaver Elementary on Twitter called You've Been Book'd! 
I love this!  What a special way to get more books into classrooms and the hands of teachers and students.  

For our You've Been Book'd program at Van Meter, we wanted to put a bit of a different spin on it for our elementary. 
With our You've Been Book'd program,  there will be six You've Been Book'd bags.  These are little cloth bags with fuzzy, felt like letters that stick onto the bags. 
One bag will start out in each of the grade levels kindergarten through fifth grade with a...
...different picture book in each.  These books will be new to our library collections and ones that haven't been shared in the library with our readers yet.  This will make them super special and new for teachers to share and read aloud. 

I had so much fun picking out the first six...even though it sure was hard to narrow down the list. 
I went around on Thursday and passed them out explaining that after they read the book, they could pass it onto another classroom who hadn't read it yet, with a reminder to not forget to put it back in the bag for its journey around the school.  
To keep track of who has Been Book'd, I created these posters for each door so our readers can mark off which ones they have read in their classroom. 
When every classroom has read all six books, they will be returned to the library in their bags.  

These new books will then be cataloged and circulated within our library collection and six new books will be selected to make their round in the bags and book us!  With each set of books, a new poster will be created and hung on the doors too. 
We are super excited about this new program because it will be a way to not only introduce wonderful new picture books to our students and teachers, it will be a way to continue to build our library collection with a diverse selection of engaging, amazing and very special new books.  

This will also give ownership of the collection to all of our readers, as we remember and cherish the books that we read from the You've Been Book'd bags for years to come.  

Thank you to our VMEPC for helping us kick this off!  You are the best and we appreciate everything you do to make our school awesome and give our students the best experiences every day.  
You will find this file in Canva here.  Please feel free to make a copy of this template for yourself and your You've Been Book'd program. 

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