This year we hosted a “Read Around the World” program. Participants were given a passport with seven pages: one for each continent. From there we helped them pack their (book) bags and set off on an adventure around the world!
Students chose books that related to each continent through setting, character, history, or culture. After they finished each book and wrote a brief review, I stamped their passport and gave them a chocolate globe. Students who finished the entire passport earned extra credit in their English or social studies classes. (Honestly, I think the little foil covered globes were more exciting! I got a 5 lb. bag of them from Amazon for $40.)
To help students find title ideas, I taped a giant world map to the wall and taped thumbnail sized copies of book covers to it.
We kept this program open for the entire year, so there were no stressful due dates for anyone. Overall it’s been an easy, popular program to promote recreational reading in our school!