Our annual Flip Flop Book Swap began today in the ADE Library, and the students have been flocking in to participate! Kids have the opportunity to bring in any books from home that they don’t read anymore (making sure it’s okay with parents, of course) and trade them for books someone else brings in so that everybody gets something “new” and different to read this summer. We also sell books from the swap tables for just 25 or 50 cents each, for those who don’t have any books at home to trade.
I’m also sharing information with students this week about summer reading programs going on at the Sumter County Library, the McElveen Library at Shaw AFB, and Borders (Waldenbooks) in the mall here. (By the way, Barnes and Noble does a summer reading promotion, too, but we don’t have one here.) Everyone who brings me proof that they participated in a summer reading program (a reading log or certificate) will be invited to an ice cream sundae party in August when school starts back.
Students will also be taking home a Summer Reading Fun brochure that I created to help parents understand the importance of encouraging their children to keep reading over the summer. It includes lists of recommended reading, including next year’s South Carolina Children’s Book Award nominees.
I’m determined to help our students beat the summer slide! Have some other great summer resources to share? Leave a comment!