Here at Scholastic, we’re on a mission to donate ONE MILLION BOOKS to Reach Out and Read - but we need your help to do it!
Last fall, Scholastic launched You Are What You Read, a free social networking site which connects readers of all ages through a love of books. Members can create a Bookprint: a visual representation of the five books that have had the most influence on their lives. Here’s mine!
For every member who completes their Bookprint during the One Million Books for One Million Bookprints campaign, Scholastic will donate a book on their behalf to Reach Out and Read!
Encourage your students to share their Bookprints and make a difference with you! (Just ask them to click the “Kids” button upon registration to proceed to an age-appropriate children’s site, or click here.) You can also register your entire class at once by clicking the “My Classroom Dashboard” section on your profile.
You Are What You Read is an excellent tool to help engage students in reading. In fact, the American Association of School Librarians ranked You Are What You Read as one of the Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning of 2011, and noted that use of the site as a teaching tool fulfills the following Social Networking Standards for the 21st-Century Learner:
- 3.1.2 Participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners.
- 4.1.7 Use social networks and information tools to gather and share information.
- 4.3.1 Participate in the social exchange of ideas, both electronically and in person.
Here are some ideas on how to incorporate You Are What You Read in your classroom!
- Involve your students and their parents with the You Are What You Read Quick Guide, which includes activities, teaching ideas, and a parent letter.
- Compare your Bookprint to those belonging to over 200 “Names You May Know” – celebrities, authors, athletes, and personalities who have enlisted to be reading role models!
- Search for Bookprints posted by teachers, librarians, or authors in your area.
- Discover a whole world of new books through tracing the Book Links on any member’s page.
- Find a book at a local library.
- Through the Pass It On feature, you can print and fill out a Bookplate recommending your favorite book, attach it to the book’s cover, and give it to a friend, student, or even a stranger – leave it on a park bench for someone to find and enjoy!
So sign up, log in, and help us reach our goal of one million Bookprints – all while spreading the joy of reading! To learn more about You Are What You Read, or for more information, click here.