Little Miami Intermediate Blog

Sharing a Book in a Day

Posted on: December 17, 2015

When is the last time you were able to set aside time to read an entire book in one day? Students at both Little Miami Junior High and Intermediate Schools were able to do just that this week during their annual “Book in a Day” events.

Students were encouraged to come to school in comfy clothes, bring a pillow or blanket and get ready to read a common book in one day. Fifth and sixth graders at LMIS had their event on Wednesday, Dec. 15. The junior high held theirs Thursday, Dec. 16.

Book-in-a-Day is based on an exemplary literacy activity from the High Schools That Work program sponsored by the Southern Regional Education Board. Students participate in fun activities throughout the day, including characterization mapping and short skits based on their book. They also listen to their teachers read, to guest readers, to recorded versions of their books, and also read aloud to their peers. At the junior high, the PTO sponsored drawings throughout the day for door prizes of spirit wear, gift cards, snacks and other items.

This year, fifth graders read “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson and sixth graders read “Three Times Lucky” by Sheila Turnage. Junior high students read the classic “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie.

Not only do students get to share a common experience with their peers through Book-in-A-Day, but LMIS Principal Marla Timmerman said that students also learn that reading can be fun.

“Kids get excited about reading a book and at the end of the day, they take one home with them in their hand,” she said. “They see that [reading] doesn’t have to be long and drawn out.”

LMIS fifth grade teacher Jason Whitaker reads a chapter of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" during Book in a Day.