Try a Book Tasting! Stack books on the tables to be “tasted” in 5 minute chunks, 5-6 titles in the course of a class period . Dorcas Hand has personal experience with it. Twice. The first time, she offered grade 8 older titles, high school titles. It was a big hit. The second time, she offered nonfiction – narrative nonfiction like Marc Aronson, Tanya Stone, Jim Murphy. Readable, interesting, funny, graphic, sports, history, science, a bit of everything – no “lunchables” (a Marc Aronson term). Anything that didn’t scream “report resource.” The last period of the day, I overheard the teacher tell the students that he had been pretty dubious when he realized what titles I had pulled, until he started looking at the books in the same five minute chunks as the kids. “The books are really good,” he declared – “Have fun exploring.” And they did – and the books have been circulating. Even some of the nonfiction.
Submitted by AASL Advocacy Committee