December has arrived and Christmas is just around the corner. And temperatures are falling for those of us in the Northern hemisphere. Sometimes we just want to curl up with a good book in the company of our literary friends, or maybe with our friends and family. We have collected ten bookish things you can do in the classroom or at home, and you can use them to inspire your students to grab a book this month. Save the card and read the article for the description of the activities and resources.
Have a joyful December!
1 Read a book set in winter.
Plenty of heartwarming stories have been written to put us in a winter and holiday mood. From romantic stories to adventurous journeys across the wilderness, you will find something to please your students' book tastes.
Check out our collection of winter titles here.
2 Have a fun bookish snowball fight.
It might be too cold or wet outside for a snowball fight, or maybe you don't even have any snow on the grounds. Have a snowball fight in the classroom- it is safe and fun! Find the description and a printable PDF format of the game here.
3 Make snowflake or snowman bookmarks.
It's nice to have a seasonal touch on your books, and these bookmarks also make good presents. Just design the snowflakes or the snowman on heavy paper, cut and colour them, and you can add any creative touches.
4 Send a book postcard to a friend or your teacher.
This can be a fun activity and holiday homework. Whichever story your students decide to read during the holidays, ask them to send a book postcard to you (even in digital format) or a friend. You can find the description of this activity with a sample postcard here.
5 Make a literary map of winter novels.
Mapping books helps us see where the location is and how far we have travelled with it. It is easy to visualise books on a map. You can do it on Google maps or on any map application you like. Of course you can also create a paper-based illustrated map of your reading list. Here you can find a description with an example.
6 Write a holiday reading list.
It can be a collection of poems, magazines, novels, comic books. Dedicate some time during a lesson to create a list and discuss some titles.
7 Write a holiday film list.
At the end of December we can finally watch some films or even a full series of our favourite TV film episodes. Check out our list of film tie-ins if you'd like to watch some classic film adaptations.
8 Make Christmas ornaments inspired by books.
Decorations for the Christmas tree or Christmas dinner table, or just simple winter home decorations, have some creative fun. Search Pinterest or simply the Internet for 'book decorations' or 'Christmas book decorations' and search for images you like.
9 Give a book as a present.
Choose a book for a friend or family member for Christmas or just as a random act of kindness. It's even more fun if you can read at least a chapter together.
10 Read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Revisit this classic, and perhaps you can watch a film adaptation of it. You can also do our Interactive Christmas Lesson designed for the novel. You can also read the novel in a graded reader format with elementary level students.