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“Bookalicious”: Verda James Elementary Student Group Leaves Lasting Literary Impact

Verda James Elementary student group, Bookalicious, hosted its first ever Edible Book Fest. With over 50 entries, it was an event to be seen!


Group members, fellow students, and Verda James Elementary staff contributed entries to the Edible Book Fest!


Modeled after a similar event held at the public library, the Bookalicious Edible Book Fest was just one of many great activities the group pioneered this year to excite and educate fellow students about the fun and power of literacy.

Bookalicious group members with Verda James Library Media Tech, Sue Heisner and Sarah Mailloux, parent volunteer.

Bookalicious group members with Verda James Library Media Tech, Sue Heisner and Sarah Mailloux, parent volunteer.

The group, comprised of 5th grade students at Verda James, also created a YouTube video titled “Diary of a PAWS Test Success” to share with their fellow students in preparation for PAWS testing. The creative video highlighted smart test strategies and featured members of the group, as well as staff members.

In another project, the group used technology and their imaginations to create “Book Trailers”. Similar to a movie trailer, the short “book trailers” highlight intriguing and fun parts of a chosen book. Shared with their fellow students, the group found this to be a creative and fun way to entice fellow students to read a book they might not normally be interested in.

Ingenuity and creativity are limitless in this group of 5th grade students. In fact, “Bookalicious” was their idea. In 2nd grade a majority of the group members were in a similar group and going into their 5th grade year at Verda James they inquired about the possibility of one last chapter. The students approached Sue Heisner, Library Media Technician at Verda James, with their idea and together, with the assistance of parent volunteer Sarah Mailloux, the group was formed.

Each Monday the group meets to share their love of books and collaborate on ideas to share their interest in literacy with their fellow students. Mainly though, the group is simply about having fun and enjoying the magic of books. While the Harry Potter series seems to be a favorite, each other’s individual interests and recommendations inspire the group. Staff leader, Sue Heisner, greatly enjoys the creativity and excitement each Monday meeting brings, “My favorite thing about Bookalicious is working with this motivated group of book lovers and building on their sense of engagement with their school and books! I know these Bookalicious girls will take their enthusiasm for all things book related on to middle school!”

 There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book. – Marcel Proust

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One comment on ““Bookalicious”: Verda James Elementary Student Group Leaves Lasting Literary Impact

  1. Carole L. Kruse Rockford, IL 219 Warren Ave., Rockford, IL 61107
    April 21, 2015

    As Autumn Kruse’s Grandma in IL….we are so happy she and others are involved
    in BOOKS…and not all the other media things!! Good for them!!!!! Carole Kruse

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