Student Guest Bloggers Take R.E.A.L. by FORCE! #BookSnaps Challenge Winners Week 1

May 10, 2017

This past week we had a little over 300 #BookSnaps entered in the #BookSnapsWk1 Challenge. I thought the final count was 279, but there were about 25 more in a class Padlet! AMAZING! All of the participants totally ROCKED making personal connections with #BookSnaps! In fact, the creativity of the students blew my mind; check out the hashtag #BookSnapsWk1 or view our Storify presentation below.

Cara Newman’s Class, in New York, won the GHO Visit, and we will Google Hangout on Friday! I can’t wait to learn #BookSnaps tips and tricks from the students and share a few of my own.

Now, for that which we have all been waiting…

Please welcome our six student winners–my guest bloggers! These students are from various areas of the US! I’m honored to have you all writing with me and sharing your authentic connections to the text using #BookSnaps.

Have you ever watched the movie Dolphin Tales? I thought it was an amazing movie. I read the book and think it is amazing too! The characters help a dolphin, named Winter. She gets hurt because her tail and her flippers were caught in a rope.  They took her to a marine hospital. Winter was sad when she was not by Sawyer. She whistled when she saw Sawyer. You should read this book to learn about saving animals.

I liked creating the #BookSnaps because I was excited to share about my book with Tara Martin.


2nd grade, Wisconsin



What do you know about the number twelve? I found information about the number twelve in this book. I learned why the number twelve is important. People use the number twelve in counting, telling time, measuring, and understanding the calendar.

I like to do #Booksnaps because it is fun and when I am bored I can make a #Booksnaps.



The title of the book I’m reading is Warriors, The New Prophecy: Midnight by Erin Hunter. I like reading animal books and throughout fourth grade I’ve been reading the Warriors series. So far I’ve read six books of the Warriors series including Into the Wild, Fire and Ice, Forest of Secrets, Rising Storm, A Dangerous Path, and Darkest Hour. Now I am reading Warriors, The New Prophecy series, beginning with Book One: Midnight. There are 14 books in total. So far my favorite book of the Warriors series is book one of Warriors: Into the Wild because that’s when Firestar joins Thunderclan. There are four clans, Thunderclan, Windclan, Riverclan and Shadowclan.


My favorite part about this book was the cliffhangers at the end of the chapters. When my teacher stopped reading, people would always want her to read some more. The problem in the story was that Crispin was trying to make it to Iceland, but of course there are obstacles along the way. These include having to survive through cold nights, there were times when he had no food, and eventually he runs into some seemingly nice people. The book made me mad towards the beginning, yet the book is very exciting and entertaining. I haven’t really experienced anything like the characters in real life, except for some people I know who really like food like Crispin does. (He seems to be hungry a lot) I would recommend reading this book. (I would highly recommend reading the first 2 Crispin books beforehand.) This book has great cliffhangers at the end of each chapter and will make you want to read more and more. It’s entertaining and very exciting! It’s a little sad at a few spots throughout the book, but it’s a WONDERFUL book and people should definitely read it.

The book is called Crispin: Edge of the World.

My favorite part was when Crispin was trying to run away from thieves.


I read Phineas L. MacGuire Gets Slimed by Frances O’Roark Dowell. It was a really good book, my favorite part was when there was a frog in the toilet in the bathroom and Mac’s mom went in the bathroom and the frog jumped on Mac’s mom’s head. One of the problems was when Ben was running for president but no one really wanted to vote for him. Every time I finished a chapter I wanted to read on, it is really hard to find a book that I like, and this book is one of my favorites. I also loved making the #BookSnaps, it made me understand the book a lot more.

By Caitlin, 4th grade, Nebraska

The title of my book is Limu: The Blue Turtle. The problem of the story is that Lani was lost. It’s scary because something bad could happen. It was sad when the other turtles laughed at Limu. Limu should stand up for himself because that’s a brave thing to do. The book made me feel happy because Limu helped all the animals.

This is a good book to read because the illustrations are so cute. I wish it was an award winning book. I like to add emojis to BookSnaps because they help me find the emotions of the characters.


Kindergarten, New York

Thank you all for participating in Week 1 of the #BookSnaps Challenge. I’m thrilled to have you as guest bloggers on R.E.A.L. Your #BookSnaps reflections are amazingly convincing. In fact, now, our readers will have a few new books to add to their summer reading list.

Please feel free to leave comments below for the student guest bloggers. 

• Two of our guest bloggers sent me a video. Check it out here!

• Click here to see a Storify presentation of all #BookSnapsW1 entries! Enjoy!

Stay tuned for more Student Guest Bloggers over the next two weeks.

Want to join the challenge? Click here for more details. #BookSnapsWk2 Challenge is well on its way!


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  • Lindsay May 10, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    I love all your BookSnaps!! They are so creative. Keep reading, and keep up the awesome BookSnaps!