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Sharing Great Reads with BookSnaps

Parents may bemoan the amount of time their kids spend on social media exchanging emojis, memes, and LOLs, but what if students could harness their SnapChat skills to form more meaningful connections with books? 

Lower School students in Librarian Haimin Luo’s classes have been creating and sharing BookSnaps of new books that come into the library. BookSnaps are emoji and graphic laden annotations of a book that allow the reader to highlight essential themes, make connections, and ask questions that lead to a more reflective reading experience. The use of technology and graphics hopefully piques the interest of young readers bringing new energy to the process of reading and sharing books. Haimin first learned about BookSnaps at the MassCUE (Massachusetts Computer Using Educators) Conference in October when she attended a session with Tara Martin, author, educator, and creator of BookSnaps. 

In December, instead of reading a new library book and then sharing their experience by giving a book talk, Haimin asked her students in grades three through six to create a BookSnap of their book. After running a quick demo of how BookSnaps work, students spent time reading their books and choosing a page that they found engaging. Using iPads, each student took a photo of the book’s cover and the page had picked and used the PicCollage app to add text, emojis, drawings, and backgrounds. Some students used their BookSnap to ask big questions about the book, express their feelings about a character or turn of events, or perhaps to make a prediction about what will happen next. Students shared the BookSnaps on the library blog, and Haimin was impressed by what they created and by how effective the project had been in getting students interested in the library’s new books. “Kids like to create, and it can be boring to just look at a text and talk about it,” she says. “When you mix in text, emojis, and images, the kids can be more artistic and creative, and it’s a great way to encourage them to read!”  Click here to explore the Lower School BookSnaps on the Fay Library blog.
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