Reading Campaigns

Lead a Brownies -n- Books session! It’s a ten-minute “EASY!”

Choose your Reading Challenge and amaze yourself by achieving a personalized learning goal:

Your options?

  • One idea is to record your progress by using NoodleTools.  (The software is easy to use and handy for long term research projects done in HS and college.) For each book that you read for this challenge, you could create a citation. Next to the citation on the sources screen of NoodleTools, use the “options” button to record an annotation that completes the instructions in column III.
  • Alternatively, record your citations and Column III task on a Google Doc to share with your TA, English Teacher, Librarian or Grandparent….
  • Just write the goal down ANYWHERE and set a calendar date to check back on your progress and feel proud.  (Some of us, —ahem, H-B’s librarian included– just sometimes accomplish our goals when we feel “accountable” to someone in addition to ourselves (like a reading group.) H-B’s librarian can help you be accountable to yourself or get additional support with this super short form here.)




 Challenge #:


What to record in your annotation:


Read a book from one of the “collections” listed in the library’s catalog, Destiny Discover. Choose a book on a theme (or from a genre) that would push you out of your own experience into a culture or historical situation different from your own. Using at least 5 sentences, explain how the book helped you develop your empathy for a person from a cultural heritage that is not your own.


Use the “collections” inside the library catalog, select an ‘award winning book’ to read.  Explain in at least 5 sentences why you agree or disagree that this book was worthy of an award.


 Read one of this year’s March Book Madness contenders. Or listen to the audiobook version that we have.  Explain what qualities this book has that would earn it votes as one of the best books in the bracket.  Feel free to compare it to others you have read.


 Read a book from the “immigration” collection list.  Explain in a few sentences how the book reflected struggles to immigrants that (perhaps) were not so obvious to you before reading.


 Read a chapter from a book about an event that matters in US History.  (Use the library’s search and you’ll discover some e-books and print books.)  Explain (in at least 5 sentences) if the book relates something historically important to put into the spotlight if we want ALL of Americans’ heritage shared and honored in American public schools.


 Read a book that won the Belpre Pure award. (We have them on a ” collection” in the library’s catalog.)  If the Belpre award focuses attention on Hispanic culture, what did this book share that provides a positive spotlight on the culture contributions of Latinos? Explain in a few sentences.


 Read a historical fiction novel based on an event in history that really interests you.  In what ways did GEOGRAPHY affect the plot of the story? Explain in a few sentences and use the vocabulary that you are developing in your class with Eleanor.


 Select a non-fiction from Dewey Decimal #910 – 980 and read a chapter of the history of a part of the world that interests you.  In what ways did GEOGRAPHY affect the events of the chapter that you read? Explain in a few sentences using very specific examples, and use the vocabulary that you are developing as you study social studies.


Read a book from an author you wish TAB would invite for an author presentation.  Record 4 REALLY GREAT QUESTIONS you can ask when you attend her author presentation if we set it up.  E-mail Maggie with your questions at margaret . carpenter @ (no spaces)


Listen to one of our audiobooks in MackinVia or with Destiny Discover. Learn how. Record your observations of what it was like to use MackinVia or Destiny Read and your i-Pad to enjoy an audiobook. Do you think you’ll enjoy audiobooks more in the future?  How well was this story read to you?


For any book that you feel is particularly well written, create a collection of your favorite quotes by using the “notecards” feature of Noodletools. Instead of using the “annotation,” follow these directions to link note cards to your book citation. Record the exact page number and the quotation on the note card.  Option, do this on a Google Doc or post-it notes, instead. Consider these types of connections:  Text-to-self, Text-to-world, Text-to-Text.


Suggest a book title that you would recommend for a friend because the opening is SO AMAZING and hooks you from the first pages. Follow the directions immediately above.


Visit the 398.2 section of nonfiction to find a folktale from somewhere in the world. (Or find them easily online.) Read it to choose a project:

  • Re-tell to your class or in a video a folktale by applying storytelling technique (repetition, rhythm, word choice, animated dialogue…)
  • Critique how the author and/or illustrator conveyed the mood and message.
  • Deeply read and critique what the folktale tells of the VALUES being conveyed from generation to generation by the telling of that story
  • Create an adaptation for modern day to give the same lesson.
Summarize the main points of the project that you have chosen from column II as an “annotation.”


Find Cross-Cultural Dialogues by Craig Storti in the library. Read pp. 1-11 slowly to understand what norms are.  Then select at least 10 dialogues to study. After you read a short dialogue, use the “Explanatory Notes” in the chapter that follows it to learn about cultural differences. Write 5 statements that explain something you learned about how Americans might communicate differently from someone who follows norms of a different culture (and how that might cause misunderstandings.)  Mention the specific culture that you are contrasting.


Keep a record of the books you have read by developing your own personal “Collection” in the library’s catalog.  You will be able to share that colorful list with book covers on it with others via a “sharing link.” Likewise, keep a record of books you are considering to read in the future (either based on recommendations of others, looking at TAB’s past Top Ten Pics, or the Resource Lists in the Library’s Catalog, New and Notable, etc. Choose your top five books for the past year. Record what your love of that book says about your developing interests in reading.  Why was it so satisfying and worthy of YOUR recommendation?  Would other students relate to the book in the same way you did?


Set up a session during I-block or online Library Office Hours to learn from Maggie how to apply one of the following book databases that recommend great books to read:  NoveList, Books and Authors, or  Log in to our Destiny Discover Catalog using your One Login. Compile a list of “What I’ll read next” using the “Collection” section of the Destiny Catalog “hamburger menu.” Explain in at least 5 sentences why you feel drawn to read each book. What does it say about your interests as a reader?


Peruse and select 5 popular books or authors to read from past TAB Top Tens. Explain in at least 5 sentences why you agree or disagree that this book was worthy of being a Top Ten Pick for TAB.


Examine the following blog by H-B’s former Librarian and graduate of H-B, Theresa. This is a place where she reviews books, TV shows and Movies for all ages.  Ask yourself how you like the length and type of reviews that she offers. Ask yourself what the blog says about Theresa and her interests. In what ways might your own blogging be different? Discuss with Maggie during I-Block.

Consult with Tyler, our Instructional Technologist, during I-block for advice on how to set up a blog in which you might share your book reviews.  Or explore WORDPRESS on your own. Make sure you establish the privacy settings that minimize your digital footprint. It’s okay to skip blogging and record your book reviews on a Google Doc, instead, and share with your English teacher, librarian or TA, (or a few selected book lovers such as those you meet in TAB).

Your TA does love to learn what you are reading!  Draft your book reviews in NoodleTools and ask for Maggie’s feedback before you post publicly. Yes, it is possible to take your bibliography in NoodleTools and get a publicly accessible URL with one click there on your dashboard. Then you can share that URL with your audience.


Examine the purpose of Good Reads at  Look up a few books that you have enjoyed and see how they are rated and discussed there. Select some comments that either resonate with your feelings in a well worded way, or that made you disagree. For 5 new books you have read, use the comments by Good Reads readers as a basis, and then “write a response” to them in your NoodleTools annotation.  Even though your response will not appear online, you can use the following template to imagine a conversation. “Dear ___ , I agree with your statement…, I disagree with your statement ___ because, and your statements made me wonder….”


Become a more regular reader of a blog or newspaper or magazine. Establish a goal to read at least “X” times a week. It can help to target one type of story that you follow closely. You might surprise yourself to see how much that opens the gateway to additional news reading. If it helps, select your news feed from our Science Research Guide or News Sources Research Guide. For a series of postings or articles (do at least 5), record briefly how the “story” has developed and how you are adding vocab, stats, and/or actual “people in the news” to your understanding.


Use the “TeachingBooks.Net” database to access one of the following:  a) read-aloud folktales from different geographical regions around the world, b) a poem read by the poet or a presenter, or c) a particular picture book.

What “values” appear to be promoted by the work you read or listened to? What symbol or character from this work stands to “represent” those values?

(Such become iconic in literature.)