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Here is the hit that many of you requested regarding Children's Book Week
celebrations. Thanks to all who responded.

This is my first year of celebrating CBW, but here are some activities I
have planned:

*       book-related trivia questions
*       guessing jar of chocolates (best guess gets copy of Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory)
*       reading quotes posted
*       handing out CBW bookmarks
*       "Guess Who" display of faculty/staff - photos of them as a baby or child
with their favorite book as a child.  Students have to guess who the
person is

Malena Bisanti-Wall
Media Specialist

We run a "Mystery Museum" with the kids trying to figure out titles of
books by looking at visual and verbal clues.- IE mouse, a spool of thread,
and a can of soup for "The tale of Despereaux". The verbal clue may be
along the line of  "This unlikely hero with enormous ears was awarded the
Newbery last year!"  The kids come in by class and try to figure out all
the clues. We have different levels of books and try to include some
everyone is familiar with (Holes, Stuart Little, Harry Potter). The kids
can share ideas if necessary. We have done this for a couple of years, and
the kids all enjoy it.
Hope this helps!

Betci Weldon
Elmwood Elementary School
Hopkinton, MA

Last year I invited "Mystery Readers" to come to each class and read
their library class.  I invited all of our specialist teachers, principal,
secretary, school board members, other admininstration, retired teachers
etc.  It was a big success!  This year we are holding a "Book Character
Election" in conjunction with CBW and also having a "book party" to unveil
all of the new books bought over the summer.  Hope this helps!

Susan Hanlon
K-4 Librarian
Northwestern Elementary
New Tripoli, PA

We asked community members,teachers, administrators to come in and read
to classes.  It went very well.
Jeanne Claridge
District Media Specialist
School District of Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan
Lincoln HS LMC
124 School St.  Box 308
Alma Center WI 54611
715-964-5311 ext. 210

Last year I did an idea that I think I saw in Library Sparks:  "Look Who
Caught Reading."  I dressed up as Sherlock Holmes and took candid pictures
of kids/staff reading.  I posted them on the outside of the library wall.
Very easy - but so well received.

I have not done this before, but this year we are having a Door Decorating
Contest - each class will decorate their door to reflect their favourite
author or book.  Each class will vote on their favourite (cannot vote for
their own class door).  Winning class will receive a bookmark or pencil
me per student, 3 students will win a book and classroom teacher will win a
book for their class.
Donna Baker
Clark Blvd PS
Brampton, Ontario, Canada

We have done fun/dress-up days the last several years and they have been
very popular with our students.  Days we have done include:  Reading is
BEARY fun.-students bring teddy bears; You have a bright future. READ-wear
sunglasses; Hats off to reading/books-wear hats; Hair-raising reading-wild
hair day; Team up with a good book.-wear something from your favorite
sport/team; Don't sweat it. READ!-wear sweats, sweatshirts, sweaters; READ
IT!-wear clothes with words on it.  Friday is always Favorite Book
Character Day.  Students dress up as their favorite book character.  We
have a parade in the gym in the afternoon.  Students who don't dress up
are the audience.  Out of a school of 195 students we usually have over
100 students participate.  To get away from having Halloween costumes with
no connection to a book character students have to carry a copy of the
book with the character they are dressed as.

Have fun!
Theresa Bermingham
K-12 Libary/Media
Big Piney, WY  83113

Last year we had a Storybook Character Parade on the Friday of National
Children's Book Week.  It was very successful and students in all grades K
to 5th participated.  Last year was my second year at this school and
during my first year there, they attempted a Storybook Character Parade at
Halloween as they had in the past several years before that.  Of course,
students tried to force Halloween costumes into it and it wasn't fun.  So
last year I moved the date to November for National Children's Book Week
and created a PowerPoint presentation to show the students examples of
students from other schools (pulled from various websites) dressed as
characters from books.  I used this PowerPoint presentation with them in
class the week before the parade.  I encouraged homemade "costumes", using
clothes/things you already have, thinking about what that character looks
like, could you use any props, etc.  I also had the teachers tape an i
ndex card to the child to identify their character.  Students were
required to have the book present with them in order to walk in the parade
and participate.  We had lots of fun and are looking forward to creative
costumes this year.
Melissa Toner

This is the second year with our new principal. She likes to invite guest
readers to read aloud to each classroom throughout the week; board
members, the supeintendent and vice superintendent of curriculum; the
parent club president; and other members of the community, including
herself. Both she and i coordinate our efforts to invite readers. She has
me do the confirmation and formal scheduling with both the readers and
teachers. At the end of the week i do a Book Swap in the Library during
lunch recess open to all students who wish to participate.
Hope this helps.-Phyllis Libbe
Stanton Elementary Library
Castro Valley, California

Last year I had the GREAT BOOK SWAP when students brought in old books
they no longer wanted and at the end of the week they were all displayed
and everyone was allowed to come to the library to choose different books.
The kids loved it! Cheers - Ingrid

Thanks again,
Virginia Lake, Library Media Specialist
Lambert Elementary
Manchester, IA

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