So here's how it works. Publishers that are looking to get an idea of what kids like, or just get the word out about their book, send copies to litpicks.com, who then send it on to you. The kids read it, post a review about the book on the website, and get to keep the book (printed copy or e-book is sent). You, as the teacher, can go online and see the reviews your students have written and can help them pick which books they should request. The more books you get, the more books your kids can try and become interested in. Reading books can suddenly become techy and "cool".
So the big question is, how are you going to use this great site?? Here are a few of my ideas:
- A lot of teachers assign monthly book reports-this has never been my kind of thing. But I think it might be fun to have a book report assignment consist of reading and reviewing one of the books on LitPick. The kids would probably get such a kick out of reading each others' reviews as they were posted, which might encouraged the stragglers to get theirs done too!
- Every couple of months, we have a Parent Student Book Club, in which the kids and their parents read a book and meet together to discuss it (and eat treats, of course!). I'm planning on requesting a class set of one of the ebook versions to use as our Book Club book.
- Use one of the books as a read aloud and write a class review together.
- Have pairs of students partner read one of the books together, co-write a review, and then present their review to the class as if they were Siskel & Ebert.
- Have students use their review to create a movie-trailer-like video. You could set up a "movie theater" with the chairs, pop popcorn and watch everyone's movie-trailer book reviews. If you wanted to you could even type up a list of all the books being reviewed so that, as they're watching, the students can mark which of the books they want to go read.
- Have students create a book jacket for one of the ebook versions they request, using their review on one of the inside flaps and writing a summary of the book on the back.
- Every week, give kids time to tell the class what book they're reading from LitPick and why they gave it the review they did.
What else can you think of that you could do with LitPick?