1. motorcycles – Bring one on stage. Have someone explain it. Start it up. Maybe even explain some things about motorcycle safety or maintenance. That’s all. The spectacle and sound will be thrilling. And more than enough to get students to want to dive into the book – with their families.
4. Beverly Cleary – Collect all the Beverly Cleary books that your school library possesses. If you have any kind of relationship with a local children’s bookstore (if your town still has one) see if you can borrow any of their’s too. For the assembly, have the school librarian show off the Beverly Cleary collection. She can even talk about some of the books and characters – Ramona and Henry Huggins and so forth. (Very likely this will get some in the audience talking, “I’ve read that book….” That is a good thing – even if you have to quiet them down before proceeding.) Then pull out the three Mouse and the Motorcycle books. Explain about how exciting it is to find a book you like – and know that there are other titles to be explore and enjoyed and gobbled up waiting afterwards. (Plenty of students will already know this. But many – and their families – could use the reminder/encouragement. This assembly is for them.) Then have the Librarian (or a chosen rep) open up The Mouse and the Motorcycle – and dive in and read the first chapter. Or two. When she’s finished – send the book home w/ your students; explain about One School, One Book. But before you’re done – remind them about the other Beverly Cleary books awaiting them when you’re all done reaidng together. Wave those two Mouse follow-ups at them one more time before they leave…