Empower your students to leave a legacy with the Follow in My Booksteps project.
In The Fault in Our Stars, John Green wrote “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
This student-centered reading experience fosters a love of books through peer recommendation and mentorship. Older students serve as guides for younger readers, with personal notes of encouragement to spark a love of reading.
What makes this different is that it is not the teacher handing a student a book with a study guide saying, “read this and answer these questions by such and such a date.” Follow in My Booksteps is giving the gift of a worthy reading experience. It is an organic means of developing reluctant and passionate readers alike. It is about looking a student in the eye and saying, “this book meant something important to someone else and I think it can mean something to you as well.:
Let students pay-it-forward. Allow them to put great literature in the hands of younger students today.
Here’s how it works:
1. Students donate books from their personal library that they loved and that they wish to share the possibility of a similar love with someone else.
2. Students write an inscription, explaining what they loved about the book and encouraging others to enjoy it as well.
3. The collected books are then distributed to younger students to foster a love of books and reading.