As a 9 year old, completing a novel is a great feat! Before now, many have never experienced the mixed emotions that come with saying goodbye to newly found friends and foes. I’ve found that taking part in a book celebration helps to kindle a passion for reading, makes saying goodbye to characters just a bit easier, and encourages students to look forward toward their next big literary adventure.
So far this year, we’ve completed a kid friendly version of The Phantom of the Opera, after which we made masks as disguises for the masquerade ball, and Invasion of the Appleheads, after which we drank cider and ate peanut brittle, hoping that we were not turned into zombie children or applehead dolls. We made paper cranes in hopes that Sadako would live on, in, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, and did graffiti wall visualizations and fire safety after reading, I Survived: The Great Chicago Fire, 1871.
Most recently, we conquered Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. With a bit of pinning (thanks, Pinterest) and planning, our book celebration was a hit.
The best part is that I’ve already been bombarded with questions about what our next Shared Reading text will be when we get back from our holiday break. I’d like to jump into another classic, but I think that Sarah, Plain and Tall will be our quick read, before tackling The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, my personal favorite.