The Book Tree explores the importance of the written word and what happens to a community when books are banished. Get students thinking and talking about all the places reading happens and why words are important in your community. Design a walking field trip together to explore and Read Across your neighborhood! Ask a local restaurant, theater, library, health center, and others to host your students, discuss why words (in all different languages) matter, and read aloud. If distances are too great, recreate your neighborhood with stations set up by local businesses or organizations throughout your school or school grounds. Conclude your Read Across adventure with:
Where are some places that you like to read?
Why are books and stories important?
What would a world without books be like?
If someone told you that you couldn’t read something or talk about an idea, what would you do?
If you planted a book tree, what kinds of books would you try to grow?
The Book Tree Resources from Wander, Ponder, Write
Bookjoy Wordjoy by Pat Mora
How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander
Hooray for Books! by Brian Won
I Am A Story by Dan Yaccarino
The Mermaid’s Purse by Patricia PolaccoMore
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