I was talking with a mom friend on the phone this weekend and her husband kept beeping in. He had been sent to the library to pick up more books for her child’s school read-a-thon. You would think this would be a fairly easy task: choose some books around your child’s reading level that he or she would be interested in reading. Bring home a bunch since it is a competition.
But apparently it’s not that simple – at least not at my friend’s school. I can’t decide if she’s being very clever or if her child’s school is way too competitive. Here are some examples of her read-a-thon strategies:
The most important thing a mom can know is at what page number the point value of the book increases. This mom didn’t want the 136-page book because at page 137 her child would get an extra point for reading just one more page. So you need to pay attention to where the point breaks are at all levels and choose books that just barely qualify for that next point level.