A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of hearing Sara Pennypacker give a talk to children's librarians, during which she mentioned a program that she and a few of her children's author friends have launched:
"Share Our Books was born from a conversation a few of us children's authors had about how much we loved Community Reads. The idea is for an entire elementary school community from the principal and teachers to the bus drivers and nurses and, of course, the students and their families to share the experience of reading the same book at the same time. It's an honor and a joy to have our books chosen to help bond a community this way. What could we do to encourage more of it, we asked each other? The answer was obvious...provide the books."
The concept is simple:
Although some of the books have been donated by the publishers, most have been bought by the authors themselves (if I haven't already said it, aren't children's authors wonderful people!)
The books currently available are:
At the time of writing, there are two spots left for the 2012/2013 school year; and they're starting to book for 2013/2014 so, if you're a teacher, school librarian, or parent who'd like to recommend the program to your school, this would be a great time to hotfoot over to www.shareourbooks.org and find out about it!
The books are also available to borrow for the summer - perhaps an opportunity waiting to be grabbed by an enterprising camp counsellor or organizer of a library's summer reading program?