November is Picture Book Month. It’s a month to study the fine art of picture books and their importance in our lives no matter what our age. We’e been celebrating Picture Book Month since its creation 3 years ago by author Dianne de Las Casas. Each year, she rounds up a month-long celebration with posts by numerous authors each describing the importance of picture books in our lives.
Each year our own celebration grows. This year, we are holding a shelf challenge. Last year, Matthew Winner (aka The Busy Librarian) did a shelf challenge for School Library Month, so we are borrowing his model and modifying it for Picture Book Month. Here are our “rules”:
Who can participate:
Any students, teachers, or families at Barrow!
Where to find picture books:
Any book in the Everybody section
Any book in 398.2 or 811
Any book in the holiday section
Any book where the story is told through pictures or pictures & text.
What to do:
Set a goal for yourself. Examples: Read every book in the Everybody section A’s. Choose a shelf and read every book on that shelf. Set a specific number of picture books to read. The possibilities are endless!
Write your goal on the back of this sheet and keep track of your progress. Add sheets if you need to.
Turn your sheet in to Mr. Plemmons on December 2nd.
If you finish your challenge, you will get:
- A chance to win a hardcover picture book such as Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses, Bugs in My Hair, That is Not a Good Idea, Green, and A Ball for Daisy. (Many thanks to Edie Crook for donating 2 of these books for our contest!)
In addition to our shelf challenge, we are recording students and teachers for our morning broadcast talking about their challenge goal and a favorite picture book they have read for the challenge.
We are also planning some connections with other libraries to share favorite picture books as well. I love to see how this celebration grows each year. I hope that this year we set our own record for the number of picture books checked out in November.
I love this idea! I’d like to try it next year. I hope you will post the results at the end of the month!
Reblogged this on Once Upon a Page and commented:
I’m always looking for new ways to get my students involved in these “celebration” months. This year I created an opening lines challenge bulletin board, and I had already started worrying about what I would do next year. I like this idea. I may be all set for 2014!