The purpose of this activity is to expose students to great books in a fun way!
To play, please divide your class into two teams. You will place the clue cards provided inside the books listed. (Please do this before students arrive.) Place the books inside shoe boxes (optional but recommended). If you are conducting this activity in the media center, it’s easier to spot the participating books if they are in shoe boxes.
If you choose to create your own “Library Escape,” please feel free to use the blank cards included to create your own.
The books used are book award nominees, a book award winner, as well as other books that may be commonly ordered in your media center, but possibly overlooked by the majority. This is a step above the “book talk” in that students get to be hands on with the books and take ownership in them by “finding” them.
Included are the “Escape Key” and signs for students to hold up and take pictures. The signs read as follows: “#Winning,” “We Did It!,” “Maybe Next Time,” & “So Close.”
My students absolutely loved this activity and I hope yours will too!
(NOTE: Utilizing a couple of student volunteers or a collaborative effort with other teachers is highly recommended.)
The following are the books used in this activity.
New York (Use any book with this title.)
Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle
The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
Forged by Fire by Sharon Draper
South Africa (Use any book with this title.)
One for the Murphys by Lynda Hunt Mullaly
Saturday Boy by David Fleming
The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
The Iron Trial by Holly Black
The Nervous System (Use any book with this title.)
Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg
Twerp by Mark Goldblatt
How to Outrun a Crocodile when your Shoes are Untied by Jess Keating
The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Hope is a Ferris Wheel by Robin Herrera
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
Masterminds by Gordon Korman
Money (Use any book with this title.)
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper