Good morning. The read-a-thon ended just a little over an hour ago. As usual, I feel asleep hours before it ended. I had been up for about twenty hours straight since I had insomnia the night before. My youngest, Avram, ended up with a fever during the event. It’s okay since the kids and I had a great time.
When the read-a-thon started at 5 a.m., my kids actually woke me up. They were so excited to start reading. Everyone had made their piles the night before. All that was needed was our warm bodies and we were off.
Event of the Event Meme
1. Which hour was the most daunting? It was probably hour 6 or so. All I wanted to do was sit down and read but iCarly was playing in the background and kicking were bickering and the dishes. . .
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Any book that’s fast-paced: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, and pretty much any graphic novel like the Fables series by Bill Willingham.
3. Do you have any suggestions on how to improve the read-a-thon next year? I wish there were more prizes aimed toward kids. I’ll probably volunteer for the prize committee of the spring read-a-thon. Or I might just have my own prizes for the kids. We’ll see.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s read-a-thon? I love how there were so many co-hosts this year.
5. How many books did you read? Altogether, the family read 34 books. Chuck Close Face book by Chuck Close was probably the one book read by all of us yesterday.
6. What were the names of the books you’ve read? Seriously? Okay. Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up by Mo Willems, The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland, Flat Stanley and the Haunted House by Jeff Brown, Toy Story: Toy to Toy by Tennant Redbank, Johnny Appleseed by David L. Harrison, Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can you? by Dr. Seuss, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems, Where are you?by Francesca Simon, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut by Dr. Seuss, Spongebob: Halloween Scare by Steven Banks, Shadow by Suzy Lee, Chuck Close Face Book by Chuck Close, Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, The Best Worst Halloween Ever by Barbara Robinson Arthur’s Halloween by Marc Brown, Spongebob: The Halloween Scare by Steven Banks,Bake Sale by Sara Varon, Scaredy-Cat, Splat! by Rob Scotton, Shark King by R. Kikuo Johnson, Bake and Make Amazing Cookies by Elizabeth Macleod, Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol, Arthur’s Halloween by Marc Brown, It’s a Book by Lane Smith, Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora, Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Facile, Dog Loves, Books by Louise Yates, Chuck Close Face book by Chuck Close, Only a Witch Can Fly by Alison McGhee, In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting, and How Children Succeed by Paul Tough.
7. Which book did you enjoy most? The Chuck Close Face Book
8. Which book did you enjoy the least? None
9. If you were a cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s cheerleaders? Nope.
10. How likely are you to participate in the read-a-thon again? What role would you likely be able to take next time? Of course, I’m in for next year! Depending on what day the read-a-thon is on, I’m hoping to do more than just read like being on a committee, cheerleading, and maybe even being a co-host.
I still have a few hours of homework ahead of me today. I also want to do a bit more reading! For now I’m going to lie down. I think I’m catching whatever it is that my son has.
Thank you Andi, Shesten, Heather, and all the co-hosts, cheerleaders, and fellow readers for making this another great event.
How was your read-a-thon experience? If you didn’t participate, how was your weekend? And of course, what are you reading today?