It seems as though there is a holiday or day of remembrance for almost everything. But Book Lovers Day? That’s a day I can get behind! Here are some ways to celebrate your love of books.
We’ll take any excuse to celebrate our love of the written word, and this weekend’s National Book Lovers Day gives us a great one. Here are some of our favorite ways to get in the holiday spirit. Let us know in the comments below how you plan to celebrate this weekend!
- Visit your local library – Libraries are magical places. Visitors can learn about far-away lands, find out how to do new things, follow the fantastic adventures of fictional and real-life heroes, and even solve mysteries and find the answers to burning questions. With a child, explore the many free programs and resources available in a local or online library to find out ways to keep active all summer long.
- Host your own book club – Book clubs have come back as a popular way to allow readers to discuss books in an informal setting. Children can enjoy the same kind of community-building experience by meeting with friends to choose, read, and discuss books together. Their meetings can come to life with discussions, arts and crafts, and activities.
- Reread an old favorite – Encourage readers to explore their reading history as they remember books they liked reading as children and then revisit these old favorites.
- Contact your favorite living author – Sometimes a book’s impact is so great that readers seek a connection with the book’s author. This activity guides folks in reaching out to authors of books they love by composing personal letters or connecting to authors through their websites or blogs.
- Host a book lover party! What if guests researched characters and then assumed those personas for the party? Get some ideas here.
How do you show your love for books?
When school is out for summer, many summer blockbuster movies are released. The last few years, there have been a number of films released based on books. Book-to-film adaptations provide great ways for children to explore their favorite books in new ways. Here are some resources from NCTE and ReadWriteThink.org that can be used in anticipation of viewing the movie version of a favorite book.
In “Get the Reel Scoop: Comparing Books to Movies” students compare a book to its film adaptation, and then perform readers theater of a scene from the book that they feel was not well represented in the movie version.
Students compare and analyze novels and the movies adapted from them in “Cover to Cover: Comparing Books to Movies“. They design new DVD covers and a related insert for the movies, reflecting their response to the movie version.
In “You Know the Movie is Coming—Now What?“, students read a literary text with the eye of a director, selecting scenes from the text and putting a cinematic spin on them.
“From Text to Film: Exploring Classic Literature Adaptations” invites students to create storyboards to compare and contrast a book and its film adaptation.
In “Reading in the Dark: Using Film as a Tool in the English Classroom” the author makes direct links between film and literary study by addressing reading strategies (e.g., predicting, responding, questioning, and storyboarding) and key aspects of textual analysis.
Interested in more? Check out Teaching With Film in the English Classroom from NCTE!