HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Book-A-Brations!: Activities, Special Events and More to Promote a Love of Literature
Author and Illustrator: Jan Grubb Philpot
Publisher: Incentive Publications, republished 1995
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 8-12
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Philpot, Jan Grubb. Book-A-Brations!: Activities, Special Events and More to Promote a Love of Literature (published in 1990 by Incentive Publications Inc., Nashville, TN). Do your kids like to read but hate to do book reports because they find them boring? Our boys were that way. I guess that I was a bit strange because I always enjoyed writing book reports. But, hey, I’m a book reviewer even today. As parents, we want our children to remember at least some of what they read. Book-A-Brations! is a collection of activities and “celebrations” designed to involve students and teachers actively in books and learning. Some of the activities include “Ghost Story Jamboree,” “Parade Out the Books,” “Story Spinners,” “Library Bowl,” and “Love the Books Day,” along with other suggestions for various kinds of reading programs.
Although the book is written from a school librarian’s point of view, all of the ideas presented can be easily adapted by any classroom teacher, literary group, or other organization desiring to spotlight books and promote reading, including homeschooling parents and co-op classes. Everything needed to publicize and promote the events, such as eye-catching worksheets and award certificates, is included. Permission is granted to the purchaser of one copy to reproduce certain pages in sufficient quantities to meet the need each year. I surely wish that I known about this book when our boys were in their elementary school years. It would have made reinforcing what they read a lot more fun.