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6 Ways to Throw a Reading Party! (page 2)

6 Ways to Throw a Reading Party!

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Updated on Sep 3, 2013

5. Cookbook Cook-Off

Remember that not all reading needs to be in story books or novels. Your older children may enjoy hosting a cook-off. Choose a popular cookbook and challenge guests to prepare a dish from the cookbook. You may want to set the category of dish such as chicken main dishes, desserts, summer soups, or salads. Or you may want to set the key ingredient such as chicken, bananas, or peanut butter. You can set the theme of this party as specific or as broad as you want.

Provide the table settings, including the paper plates, bowls, cups, and utensils. Award prizes to the best dish. Have the guests vote on their favorite dishes. You may want to have categories such as “Spiciest” or “Creamiest” or “Most Visually Appealing” so that more than one person goes home with a prize.  

6. And the Winner Is…

Host your own book version of the Academy Awards. Include in the invitations a nominating form that includes such categories as Best Female Character, Best Male Character, Best Setting for a Book, and of course, Best Book. Encourage the guests to include a rationale for their nominations. Have them return their nominations to you a few days before the party. Then go through the nominations and determine the winners. Winners can be determined by popularity. If no nomination in the category receives them popular vote, then the winner can be selected based on the rationale written by the nominator. Encourage guests to prepare acceptance speeches should any of their nominations win.

Whatever party idea you choose, the theme of the party is not as important as planning a fun time to celebrate books and give your child some motivation to read this summer. You might just be setting the course for creating a lifetime reader!

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