Monday, May 28, 2012

Summer Reading Contest & Linky Party {$15.00 Amazon Gift Card plus Ron Clark's Book}

It's a contest and a Linky Party all in one.

With Memorial Day being the unofficial start of summer, I thought it would be a good time to start thinking about some summer reading. Do you love to read trashy novels poolside or do you spend the dog days of summer getting inspired for the new year by thumbing through teacher resource books?

I'm a bit of a mix. I have some books I revisit year after year (Daily 5 and CAFE I'm looking at you). Last summer I read (and loved), The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark.  

You know that question that gets thrown around about, "If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be?" Well, I'm quite certain my choice would be to sip sweet tea and enjoy some southern cuisine with Mr. Ron Clark. I adore him and his amazing story. While some of the ideas in the book just don't seem practical in a normal school setting, the book as a whole will get you all jazzed for the new school year.

And because I enjoyed it so much...I am going to give a copy away to one of my readers.  As in drop one in the mail and ship it right to your door so you can stick it right into your beach bag. :)

And since I know everyone has their own taste in books, I am also going to send the winner a $15.00 gift certificate to so he/she can pick out a book of choice as well.

Here's How:

Blog about what you plan to read this summer OR write a blog post that highlights a book or book(s) you've already read that you feel others would enjoy. Add your link below. 

PLEASE NOTE: Your link must go directly to a blog post specific to this contest/linky party and not to a main page AND your post must include a link back here to:

Contest will run from May 28, 2012 - June 10, 2012. Winner will be selected by a random number generator based on the order in which the link was submitted. You must be a blog follower to enter(...just click the follow button up at the top)

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  1. Hi Jodi:
    I have to organize myself to do a book post (It will be my first!)
    So, thanks for the motivation AND a chance to enter a giveaway. Such fun!
    Once school is out, I plan to go "backwards in time" and read ALL of the posts on CFC. I am so excited... it's like having an opportunity for ice cream with extra toppings. Can't wait!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  2. I'm so excited about this contest! I got to meet Ron Clark as preservice teacher in college, and it was an awesome experience!
    Stories From Second


  4. Thank you so much for posting this linky party. I have enjoyed reading the other links and getting excited. I have already added 6 books to my Amazon wishlist. :)
    Susan at

  5. Thanks so much for hosting this linky party! I have already found a *bunch* of new books to read.

    Lynn @

  6. I have just linked up with your summer reading. I think I'm going to have to put Ron Clark on my list.
    :) Dana
    Fun in 1st Grade

  7. I have just linked up as well! Thanks for the opportunity.

    Check out my new blog- I am giving away a $25 gift card to Target to celebrate!

  8. Thanks for posting the Linky Party, its a great way to find new blogs and new ideas!

    Shannon H.

  9. I have other blogs, but no teacher blog yet!! I would love to start one soon. As for summer reading, I would love to read The Book Whisperer, Spaces and Places, and The End of Molasses Classes! For fun, I want to read many "cozy" favorite fun reading!!! I'd love to have a chance to win your give away! I love your blog and just found it recently!!

  10. I just linked up with you and posted on my blog. What a fun topic to write about. I can't wait to add books to my book wish list. So glad I found your blog.

  11. I'm reading More Than Guided Reading and I hope to get into A Good Dream as I've read it's awesome. Sheryl

  12. Thanks for hosting this Linky Party! I am your newest follower and I linked up with you. I'm going to add Ron Clark's book to my list!! Thanks for the suggestion!


  13. I just linked up! This was a great idea, thank you!!! :)

  14. Thanks for this link. I have added so many books to my wish list. Wondering if there is some sort of book swap thing for us teachers? Anyone suggest a good resource?
    Susan at

  15. I linked up! I tried to start a linky party yesterday about summer reading, and I was getting terrible response. Then I stumbled upon this and realized you already had one going- plus a giveaway! :) Kuddos. I'm excited to see what everyone else is reading this summer!
    Teaching Happily Ever After

  16. I can't wait to see what everyone is reading! I just started a teaching blog a few days ago so I made this one of my first posts.

  17. Thanks for this fun linky! It is so much fun to see what everyone is reading this summer!

    Owl Things First

  18. I have been reading TIme for Kindergarten blogs, Kreative in Kindergarten, and so many other kindergarten blogs!
    I have also been reading about some great Sheryl Woods books in my free time!

  19. For the teacher in my - Teach Like A Champion... and I reread Harry Wong every summer.
    For the mom in my - Hunger Games (catching up with my daughter)
    For the woman who needs a summer vacation in me - ???
    Happy Summer!


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