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Start A Special Holiday Reading Tradition!




Greetings of the season my friends!

Thanks so much for dropping in during this busy time to share good cheer and learn about a unique type of reading celebration that you can host both at home and in your classroom!  I hope you enjoy all of the ideas, activities, and resources being offered this weekend from The Reading Crew!  Our group of bloggers is dedicated to bringing you the best in literacy resources and ideas for your classroom!  We are also each offering a FREE resource AND a gift card giveaway so be sure to
hop on through each of the posts!

This post is an updated one that I actually wrote three years ago in December as the sun rose over Bonita Beach in southwest Florida.....a place that my own family has called "home" for the holidays for eighteen years now.

Many of my siblings wake up slowly each morning when we gather there, warming their hands around a mug of coffee or cocoa, with books open on their laps.  We were fortunate to be "raised as readers" by our Mom and Dad, and I am here today to share a creative way to help other teachers and parents encourage children to make time to honor and enjoy reading magic at home!

Today's idea was inspired by a unique Nordic picture book and an Icelandic tradition that I recently learned about!  I hope that you'll find that it is an easy one to adapt for use at home during this holiday, and then implement in your classroom either before or after your winter break!



HOW TO HOST A BOOK FLOOD!


Start your own family or classroom tradition of hosting a Book Flood! This Scandinavian practice involves giving the gift of books and sharing their magic with relatives and students. Read all about it and grab some free resources to use at home or at school!





My friend Kylie from Ripper's Resources  posted this photo on her Facebook, and I was immediately enchanted!  I had the sudden urge to go to Iceland to experience their Christmas Eve tradition of Jolabokaflod, and did a Google search to find out more!  This article from NPR revealed that the tradition of "The Christmas Book Flood" began during World War II when currency restrictions limited the quantity of imported gift ware in Iceland.  Restrictions on imported paper were more lenient though, thereby making books the holiday gift of choice.  That tradition has continued ever since.


HAPPY JOLABOKAFLOD!


Start your own family or classroom tradition of hosting a Book Flood! This Scandinavian practice involves giving the gift of books and sharing their magic with relatives and students. Read all about it and grab some free resources to use at home or at school!


My twist on this "Book Flood" tradition is this...

Imagine each member in your family choosing a favorite book they already own, wrapping it up, tagging it with their name and the reason why they love the story inside the package so much, and tucking it under the tree.


GIVE THE GIFT OF BOOKS!


Start your own family or classroom tradition of hosting a Book Flood! This Scandinavian practice involves giving the gift of books and sharing their magic with relatives and students. Read all about it and grab some free resources to use at home or at school!


PUT ON YOUR FAVORITE PAIR OF PAJAMAS!


Start your own family or classroom tradition of hosting a Book Flood! This Scandinavian practice involves giving the gift of books and sharing their magic with relatives and students. Read all about it and grab some free resources to use at home or at school!


Then, on Christmas Eve night, when the family gathers together, the gift books are opened and either read to a partner, read aloud, or read alone in comfy pajamas with hot chocolate for refreshment before bedtime!

SIP A HOT MUG OF COCOA!


Start your own family or classroom tradition of hosting a Book Flood! This Scandinavian practice involves giving the gift of books and sharing their magic with relatives and students. Read all about it and grab some free resources to use at home or at school!


FIND A QUIET READING CORNER!


Start your own family or classroom tradition of hosting a Book Flood! This Scandinavian practice involves giving the gift of books and sharing their magic with relatives and students. Read all about it and grab some free resources to use at home or at school!


I am also thinking of hosting a "Welcome Back from Winter Break Book Flood" during the first week of January for my students!  I think it will be a wonderful way to introduce and enjoy the new books Santa delivered to our classroom, and get the group talking about the books they hopefully read with their families over vacation.

The "favorite" book that I will "gift" my students with during our classroom "Book Flood" will be the special saga of a sweet little girl named Anja who dreams of becoming one of Santa's elves. Even though Christmas will be over, the story's theme of perseverance and patience will be a good one to help us start the new year off on the right foot.  I hope that the opening line of
A Christmas Wish, created by the husband-and-wife team of Lori Evert and Per Breiehagen, draws my students in and captures their imagination.  I cannot wait to share it with them!  The authentic, real-life photo illustrations are absolutely stunning!


Long, long ago, in a place so far north that the mothers never pack away the wool hats or mittens...

A CHRISTMAS WISH



Start your own family or classroom tradition of hosting a Book Flood! This Scandinavian practice involves giving the gift of books and sharing their magic with relatives and students. Read all about it and grab some free resources to use at home or at school!



In keeping with the Scandinavian setting and themes of this story, I created a fun GNOME FLUENCY FREEBIE for you to use as either a small group or literacy center activity after you read The Christmas Wish aloud.  You can download it {HERE}!

My students love using these sentence pyramids to help develop their accuracy, fluency, and expression!  Once they have mastered repeated reading of the sentence pyramids, they will be ready to write their own using the templates included.  This activity helps them improve their descriptive writing skills by expanding their sentences with lots of adjectives and action words!


THE HOLIDAY READING FUN HAS JUST BEGUN!


Start your own family or classroom tradition of hosting a Book Flood! This Scandinavian practice involves giving the gift of books and sharing their magic with relatives and students. Read all about it and grab some free resources to use at home or at school!


DEVELOP READING FLUENCY WITH SENTENCE PYRAMIDS!


Start your own family or classroom tradition of hosting a Book Flood! This Scandinavian practice involves giving the gift of books and sharing their magic with relatives and students. Read all about it and grab some free resources to use at home or at school!


STUDENTS CAN WRITE THEIR OWN FLUENCY PYRAMIDS!



Start your own family or classroom tradition of hosting a Book Flood! This Scandinavian practice involves giving the gift of books and sharing their magic with relatives and students. Read all about it and grab some free resources to use at home or at school!



I also included an informational sheet to help you host a Book Flood either in your own home or classroom.  I also created gift tags and book description sheets for your use as well!  ENJOY!


BOOK FLOOD HOW-TO GUIDE



Start your own family or classroom tradition of hosting a Book Flood! This Scandinavian practice involves giving the gift of books and sharing their magic with relatives and students. Read all about it and grab some free resources to use at home or at school!




BOOK GIFT TAGS & WRITING PAGES



Start your own family or classroom tradition of hosting a Book Flood! This Scandinavian practice involves giving the gift of books and sharing their magic with relatives and students. Read all about it and grab some free resources to use at home or at school!


SHARE THE MAGIC OF A STORY!



Start your own family or classroom tradition of hosting a Book Flood! This Scandinavian practice involves giving the gift of books and sharing their magic with relatives and students. Read all about it and grab some free resources to use at home or at school!


GIVE THE GIFT OF READING!


Start your own family or classroom tradition of hosting a Book Flood! This Scandinavian practice involves giving the gift of books and sharing their magic with relatives and students. Read all about it and grab some free resources to use at home or at school!


WRAP UP YOUR FAVORITE READ-ALOUD!



Start your own family or classroom tradition of hosting a Book Flood! This Scandinavian practice involves giving the gift of books and sharing their magic with relatives and students. Read all about it and grab some free resources to use at home or at school!



If you're looking for more ways to promote family literacy and engagement in your school community, be sure to check out my friend Em's post about the Readbox At Home she coordinates. There is nothing better than putting books into the hands and hearts of families that do not have access to quality literature, and I hope to enlist the help of some of my literacy initiative parent volunteers in January to do the same for my school community! Em also set up a YouTube channel for her colleagues to upload videos of themselves sharing their favorite books!  Imagine......tuning in for a bedtime story read by teachers from your school every night of winter break! What a special experience!

LOW STRESS HOLIDAY PARTIES ARE THE BEST!


Start your own family or classroom tradition of hosting a Book Flood! This Scandinavian practice involves giving the gift of books and sharing their magic with relatives and students. Read all about it and grab some free resources to use at home or at school!


As my way of thanking you for supporting me during another year as a teacher-author, I am hosting a
giveaway!  Complete the Rafflecopter by following me on both Facebook and Pinterest to win a
$25 Amazon gift card.  My contest ended at midnight on Saturday, Dec. 8th, but the other teacher-authors are running theirs through Sunday, Dec. 9th!

The WINNER of my raffle is KIM HENRY!  





 I would love it if you would leave a comment about a special holiday tradition you host in your classroom or home in the comments section!



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Be sure to visit these posts from my friends at The Reading Crew to gather lessons and more free resources through the weekend!


As always, I thank you for your loyal readership, and wish you these important things as another year draws to a close....

Good books.
Good times.
Good stories.
Good rhymes.



PIN FOR LATER!

Start your own family or classroom tradition of hosting a Book Flood! This Scandinavian practice involves giving the gift of books and sharing their magic with relatives and students. Read all about it and grab some free resources to use at home or at school!


Be sure to visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store for more holiday resources you might like, and find me on Pinterest for more great teacher tips and ideas!

Thank you for sharing my story!  Continue to teach your children well and keep a song in your heart!













Jennifer Reynolds
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  1. I love this idea of a book flood! It makes my heart just fill up! Thank you so much for sharing. I need to think about what I can do to make this happen in my life :)

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