100% of the credit for this activity goes to Mr. Andy Plemmons, L.M.S. at Barrow Elementary School and author of Expect the Miraculous blog. In looking for activities to do with National Picture Book Month, I knew I wanted to do this challenge. Andy shared this in his workshop at the West Georgia RESA in Grantville this past summer. You can read about all of Andy's Picture Book Month projects HERE.
The project is rather simple. Just create a grid/worksheet for the kids to pick up and carry all month long. As they read picture books, they earn a stamp for particular categories. Andy's categories are based on the genres in his picture book collection. I haven't genrefied my collection yet, so I chose to create my categories based on topics/themes in the picture books.
I think Andy lets his kids stamp their own sheets, but since I'm just getting to know my collection and my students, I've opted to set up my "stamp station" in the mornings and during each class's book check-out time. I have the kids share what they've read with me and I give them the stamp. This seems to be working well, but I think I would like to let the kids take control of stamping in the future.
I've shared some of this on Instagram and have had a positive response. Several of you inquired about whether or not I would be selling my form on TpT. Good news....I'm posting my form below (click image to visit the Google Doc) and it is FREE for you to use! I'm also including a link to Andy's original form HERE.
My stamps and little ink pads came in sets that I found on clearance at Michael's. They are really cute because they are all sorts of fun designs: rainbows, paperclips, check marks, and little sayings like "TGIF".
One of the great things about this activity is that it really doesn't end in any type of reward or incentive other than the value that comes from READING. It is an awesome way to engage kids in a challenge that pushes them to explore books that they might normally never choose. It has been successful in our little library this month and I hope you give it a try in your library too!
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