Classroom Book a Day (CBAD) is my favorite activity during the school year. I love celebrating books every day with my students and giving them a visual remember of the books we have read and how many more there are too come.
This is the fifth year that I have participated and I am thankful to Julian Hiese for creating and expanding this interactive way to promote read alouds across all grade levels. You can find out more about her initiative at heisereads.com. Each year, it has been amazing to see how more classrooms are participating as well as how Julian has grown classroom book a day.
In second grade, we read A LOT of picture books during the year. However before CBAD, I didn’t really keep track. I had a basic idea of the books I had read based on units or new book purchases. I am amazed each year, the impact documenting our read alouds has had on classed. This year, I started having students vote for their favorite weekly read aloud. The winning book gets a star added to the cover on the book.
The empty chart is ignored by most students at the beginning of the year. Slowly, the rows fill up and by winter break students begin to notice and discuss how many books we have read.
“Hey, I forgot we read I Want my Hat Back! I can’t believe the bear did that.”
“There is another book about Little Elliot. I saw it in the library. Maybe, Ms. Turman will read that too.”
These conversations happen more frequently as the spaces fill up and students notice that we have read The Bad Seed, The Good Egg and The Cool Bean. They discuss the titles and how the characters in the books change. I believe as the school days progress these conversations will become more frequent and deeper and students will continue to intrincially apply the lessons that we are learning throughout the day.
My teacher brain wants to point out how much they have learned this year and praise them for using their skills but my reader heart holds back and just enjoys the conversations and is happy knowing that they are growing readers – excited about books. It’s a nice reminder that they really are paying attention even when it doesn’t look like it.
I love that CBAD is part of our class community. I hope that they will continue to revisit the books in the years to come even if they don’t have a poster to remind them.