Reading, Writing, and Summer .... Oh my!

Summer is upon us, and these lazy days provide the perfect time to catch up on reading.  To kick off the summer, I embarked on Donalyn Miller’s (The Book Whisperer's) book-a-day challenge.   The guidelines are as follows:
  1. Read one book per day for each day of summer vacation. This is an average, so if you read three books one day and none the next two, it still counts.  
  2. You set your own start date and end date.  
  3. Any book qualifies including picture books, nonfiction, professional books, poetry anthologies, or fiction--children's, youth, or adult titles.
  4. Keep a list of the books you read and share them often via a social networking site like goodreads or Twitter (post using the #bookaday hashtag), a blog, or Facebook page. You do not have to post reviews, but you can if you wish. Titles will do.
I started with a bang! ... eagerly diving into the huge stack of books that have been awaiting me on my night stand.  Before the start of June, I had read 13 captivating young adult novels.  But then…. 

I started my first summer course.  It’s an incredible writing class based on the principles of the National Writing Project, but it has monopolized my time and swallowed me whole!  I had to leave my book stack behind, and, instead, focus on professional books and articles for the month of June.  It’s been an amazing experience … I’ve learned a TON and grown so much as a writer and educator in just a few short weeks! 

In the weeks to come, however, I will return to the stack of young adult books that are beckoning me.  I will also post and tweet about the do-not-miss titles that I have encountered this summer.  And, I challenge YOU to join me in the book-a-day challenge, which I will be restarting the day my course is completed.  Grab a book, curl up somewhere air-conditioned, and get reading!  There are so many great books out there, and this is the time to find 'em.


  1. I accept the challenge & am beginning with an ARC by a teaching colleague, to be published in Jan. 2013. Intrigued? Give me a buzz when you have the chance.

  2. Wow! A published author in our midst?? I am so impressed and cannot wait to hear more.

    So glad you are taking the challenge too. Can't wait to talk books!

  3. I am also spending my summer with the National Writing Project. I applied to the Ozarks Writing Project Summer Institute and was accepted in April. I had only heard of NWP when the funding was in danger of being cut. It is a fabulous opportunity and unfortunately, one of the best kept secrets around. We should spread the word, let everyone know that it exists and is worth the time and effort.

  4. Congratulations, Maggie, on being accepted into the summer institute! I agree: it is an incredible opportunity and one that more educators need to know about. I have learned so much about writing and wish I could have taken this years ago when I was a language arts teacher. I will definitely join you in spreading the word! :)

  5. I'm accepting the challenge but I'm a kind of slow reader. Here goes nothing.

    1. Yay, Jacqui! So glad you are doing the challenge too. Slow readers welcome. :) Let me know what you are reading and liking.

  6. Jill,
    I absolutely LOVE bookaday! Donalyn Miller is absolutely amazing! I tell everyone I know about The Book Whisperer and I've been following this for several years in my classroom.
    I've been doing #bookaday for at least 3 years, and I can tell you, IT WORKS!
    Happy reading! Love your blog!

    1. Thanks for visiting! I LOVE Donalyn Miller too and think THE BOOK WHISPERER is a must-read for every teacher. I always read as much as possible in the summer, but this is the first time I've "officially" done the #bookaday. So fun! And, because of NWP I am getting in a lot of professional reading too.

      Happy reading!



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