First of all, we didn't have enough time to really share 19 books in the 3-5 minute whip around. Second of all, some of the kids stopped listening because this is not so different from a Round Rob,in is it? I thought I was being innovative, but instead I was just letting them dip their toe in.
This quarter I want to really develop how we share books, how we talk about books, and how we begin to create lists of books we want to read when we finish the ones we are reading now. One of the ways I want to do this is by reserving one day a week to do a Book Speed Dating session of sorts. Each child will bring a book to the carpet where chairs are set up in a circle. The brought books will have some kind of theme: funniest book, favorite book, best character in a story, connection to self, and the list goes on as long as your list of focus lessons for reading workshop. Once at the circle, students will open the book on their chair and read it for 2 minutes. They can start anywhere. They can peruse from the middle, but they must be reading it to know what it is about. After 2 minutes, they put the book down and move to the next seat/book.
I am hoping this will bring some new ideas into these budding reading lives.