Have you ever done a book tasting with your students?
Book tastings are a unique way to learn about different books, genres, and authors. It introduces students to a variety of books so that they can sample them and discover new interests.
What Is A Book Tasting?
Generally, you’ll set up “tables” or centers with a menu and you’ll “serve” your students different stacks of books to choose from. After they get some time exploring the books they were served, you rotate them out for a second stack of books.
You can organize your books by genres, topics, authors, styles, etc. It is so fun to see the students branch out and check out books they wouldn’t normally look twice at. I have found this to be a great way to encourage a love of reading in my students. Even the students who claim not to enjoy reading get engaged in book tastings!
This reading activity would be a great addition to your Read Across America Day celebrations! I love that it can be done with students no matter their age. So literally any teacher can host a book tasting.
Take Your Book Tasting To The Next Level
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good book tasting. But sometimes, you just want to add a little extra something to get students really excited about reading.
Cue escape rooms!
Escape rooms are all the rage because they are so engaging for students. They make such a big impact on students that they often remember doing these activities long after they leave your classroom. How cool is that?
Given my love of book tastings and escape rooms, I had to create a resource that is the best of both worlds.
I created this Book Tasting Escape Room activity so that you can add it into your lessons too!
This resource includes step-by-step instructions that guarantee student engagement while they learn how to work as a team and help the store owner discover new book genres and escape the room with a book tasting!
Sounds fun, right?
With just a little prep, this activity will have your students teaming up to break into the box to escape the room. The best part? You can use any books you want to with this activity!
You’ll get everything you need including directions, menus, place settings, paper keys, signs, help cards, homework passes and bookmarks, banner pennants, and more!
Have you ever hosting a book tasting for your students? Let me know in the comments!