Why I’m Attempting #bookaday


I’ve heard about Book-a-Day for a couple of years. Every summer it seemed out of reach. Really read a book a day? Really?! Higher volumes of reading for me are easier in the summer, but not a book every single day. Then a couple weeks ago I saw a tweet from Donalyn Miller and I thought: Well, the least I can do is check out the rules.

In summary the rules are:

1. Read an AVERAGE of one book a day. Yes, picture books count. Even wordless books count. I can get five books ahead on my camping trip if I choose and then skip days when I need to.
2. You decide when you start and end.
3. Keep a list of your titles and share via social media with the #bookaday hashtag if you like.

Donalyn’s blog is a great place to read more about the challenge and get ideas for what to read.

Yesterday I committed to starting Book-a-Day on Wednesday, June 18th and finishing on September 1st on Labor Day. That’s 76 books! I will need to up my trips to the library and make sure I’m trading plenty of books with friends. I’ll probably post a few reviews on Twitter, Facebook or Goodreads.

Here are a few books that are arriving to help me start out successfully:

I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo!

Hooray for Hat!

Okay for Now

How To Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied

Counting by 7s

This summer is no less busy than past summers, but I decided to jump in with both feet because:

1. If I don’t rise to the challenge, I can try again next year. There’s nothing to lose.
2. The more books I read, the better teacher and leader I can be.
3. My children notice how I spend my summer. I’m showing them what a lifelong learner looks like.
4. I just wanna. It sounds fun and I can’t wait to start! Isn’t that what summer is about?

What books are on your next-to-read stack? Are you up for a reading challenge?

8 thoughts on “Why I’m Attempting #bookaday

  1. Heather…
    I’ve participated in #bookaday since the very first year. I don’t necessarily read a book a day, but I figure since I’m reading every day anyway, I might as well share the titles I love and learn about titles I might. For me, it’s more about the community of readers that comes together around a love for books than about the number of books I read. I’m glad you’re joining us! I look forward to seeing your titles!

    • I participated in #bookaday for the first time last summer. I talked about it so much this spring in anticipation that it encouraged some colleagues to give it a try. Before we knew it we had a facebook group created and everyone was/is posting pictures of their book stacks and daily blurbs about the books they are reading. It has been so fun! But the best part was when I found my 10 year old daughter going through my book stacks and adding titles to her own “Summer Reading List.”

  2. Participating this year for the first time as well! Managed to talk a fellow coach into trying with me. We’re excited to be part of the experience and community.

    • Thanks, Denise. My friend Linda (the one laughing with me in the picture) is joining me too. Looking forward to more reading time as soon as I get through two more long days of professional development. Happy reading!

    • Jennifer, I loved Locomotive. It was a perfect fit for kids fascinated with Westward Expansion too. Thank you for the encouragement. Cheers to bookaday!

  3. I love it. That sounds so fun. I know. I haven’t read ALL the books in my classroom library. Maybe I ought to start checking my own books out. 🙂

  4. I think it’s great you jumped-in this summer. I will look forward to hearing how it goes for you.

    I didn’t realize picture books counted. Had I known that, I would’ve committed to #bookaday since I’ve been reading so many lately (in an effort to keep my pile low since it has a tendency to get out of control). Oh well. I will check out Donalyn’s blog post to see if I can still start it.

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