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What is a BookTube-A-Thon?

A BookTube-A-Thon is a week long read-a-thon hosted by Ariel Bissett. During a BookTube-A-Thon, Ariels posts reading challenges to keep the participants excited and engaged in the reading. During a BookTube-A-Thon, participants communicate via Twitter or other social media tool. This reading challenge was created for young adults, but could be modified for any age. How could a read-a-thin, such as this, look in your classroom? Check out Ariel's YouTube site (linked above) to learn more about BookTube-A-Thons.

BookTube-A-Thon Challenges

The following challenges are examples. The reading challenges do not need to be limited to these challenges. Use your imagination and come up with others, but please share your ideas on our shared Padlet.

Read 7 books
Read a book with a yellow cover
Read a book after sunset
Read a book by one of your favorite authors
Read a book that is older than you
Read a book, watch the movie
Read a book by an author who shares the first letter of your last name
Read someone else's favorite book
Read a book your really want to read

BookTube-A-Thon Book Images

Readers have enjoyed posting pictures of themselves with their stack of books for the read-a-thon. Take pictures of your students with their stack of books.

During the BookTube-A-Thon - Book Sprints

During the BookTube-A-Thon, there are sprints. The leader presents engaging questions for the readers to answer via Twitter or posts encouraging comments. This could take place in a classroom using a tool such as Todays Meet. The following are just a few examples of past questions/comments. Add your own to our shared Padlet.

Our sprint starts now! Questions every 10 minutes. Read read read!
We are 5 minutes away from a 30 minute sprint! GET READY! IT'S GONNA BE FUN!
We are 10 minutes in!! Tell me: would you go out dinner with your main character? Why or why not. And then keep reading!
Your next question is a poll. What would your main character most be craving right now?
I can't believe what just happened in your book, either! You should keep reading to see what happens next.
It's our third pit stop. Tell me: would you be best friends with your protagonist? (yes or no)
If your protagonists write a book, what genre would it be (fantasy, romance, crime, or contemporary)?
Ten minutes left in this sprint! What weather is happening in your book (sunny and warm, rainy, cold and snowy)?
If your book became an animal, which would it become (rabbit, fish, or lizard)?
Are there any dark or scary words in what you're reading now? Send pictures.