I hosted my very first classroom Book Tasting yesterday, and my students were ALL IN! Book Tastings are a wonderful way to get kids engaged in reading and familiarizing them with a wide variety of genres. As an extra bonus, they get to practice Read to Self and find good fit books. At the end of the tasting, they all end up with a list of books that they can’t wait to read. No more, “I don’t know what to read!” excuses when we head to the library!
This was BY FAR my favorite lesson that I’ve done so far this year!
To prepare for my book tasting, I met with our librarian and we selected 8-10 books at my students’ reading levels per genre. We are so lucky to have a HUGE library with a VAST assortment of books! Then, I headed to the Dollar Tree and bought all of their blue and green placemats! I also grabbed a few snacks for the students to have a “taste” of while they took a “taste” of their books.
As I was planning my Book Tasting, the fabulous Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching created an amazing Book Tasting Resource! PERFECT TIMING! The Book Tasting Menus that the students recorded on as well as the genre labels came from the pack! My extra placements (Dollar Tree only had 20!) also came from her packet!
We had a BLAST doing our book tasting! They loved it so much that they begged to do another one tomorrow! I promised them that we would do another one later on this year once they have had time to read some of the new books on their “Must Read” list.