Family Reading Night 2012

Students are lined up in the library this week, signed contracts in hand, hoping to get their book for Family Reading night before they have to report to class.  A tradition I began when I came to this school in 2011, it has grown every year.  Last year we had almost 70 families participate. (We have 240 students, and we don’t include kindergarteners, so that’s not bad!)  If you leave a comment to this post, I can email you more information if you’d like to do something similar in your school.

In a nutshell, I booktalk a selection of books for which I’ve purchased multiple copies for the event.  A letter goes home, children indicate their top 3 choices for a book, parents sign off, and then they receive their book. We give families about three weeks to read the book and then we gather at school one evening in February.  After  cookies and milk in the library, we break into discussion groups in nearby classrooms.  Families chat with other families that read the same book.  Generic open-ended questions are provided to aid the discussion and I generally tap one parent in each group to serve as facilitator.

Here are the books I’ve chosen for this year:

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lpapplegirl
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 14:14:36

    There are so many other special nights at school like Science Night and Math Night, so why not a Family Reading Night? What a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing. I would love to receive information on your organization of this special night, so I may share it with our librarian/media specialist.


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