Student comments and feedback

General comments & suggestions from students:
“The Nook was cool”
“More books for girls”
“I think we should get more of todays [sic] books.  And some a little more challenging”

The third one is my favorite…If only they realized how expensive “today’s books” are, compared to the free classics I downloaded.

Suggestions for ebooks (Each line is from a single student; prices added and spelling corrected by me):
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series by Jeff Kinney (sadly not available on Nook)
“Series of Unfortunate Events” series by Lemony Snicket ($6.99 each x 13 books)
“Titanic” series by Gordon Korman ($4.91 each x 2 books I don’t have)
“Baseball [Card] Adventure” series by Dan Gutman ($5.99 each x 11 books)
“The Penderwicks” by Jeanne Birdsall ($6.99) or “Heidi” by Johanna Spyri ($5.99 for Sterling Publishers’ version)
“Scumble” by Ingrid Law ($7.99), Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord (not available on Nook), and “Finally” by Wendy Mass ($5.59)
Another request for “Finally” by Wendy Mass

By combining the remaining amount on 2 gift cards, I was able to purchase “Finally” since that got two votes, and I’m asked at least once a week if we have more copies.  The rest of the ebooks available might be possible if I can purchase a gift card with a P.O.  Barring another donation, the gift card balances are expired.

My takeaway – Students know what they like when they are introduced to it, and their friends are a big influence on their choices.  I have booktalked other books by Wendy Mass and Cynthia Lord, and there is higher demand for them as soon as one students reads it and tells his/her friends.  I’ve known this in theory, but it helps to see it played out.  Now I just have to harness that social influence and keep students excited about discovering new books.

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Collette J., or Mrs. J in the Library, is a full-time elementary teacher-librarian, blogger, and mama from Pennsylvania. She loves technology, books in any format, makerspaces, and all things Harry Potter. The information and opinions represented here are her own and are not the views and opinions of any business or organization.

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2 Responses

  1. Erin says:

    I love the student comments! As I begin my own Nook program my thoughts are running to how I will purchase books in the future. I have several gift cards for my initial purchase, but what happens next? I am considering running a library fundraiser just to raise funds to purchase Nook books, so that I don’t have to take money from my already limited budget. What are your thoughts on fund raising?

    • Collette J. says:

      Hi Erin! I understand your issues as I’m also out of Nook gift cards at this time. For a fundraising idea, you might want to try a B & N book fair. Students have to get to B & N to shop, but you could get all the rewards put on a gift card for your Nook books. I’ve been blessed to have the HSA help me out. They purchased the gift cards for me and give them to me. Also, if your district lets you collect and use fine money, that’s a possibility.