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BookFlix Friday

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Recently, a frequent substitute at our school donated 15 books to our school library.  The books are all part of a non-fiction series that has been around for 25 years, each filled with heavy duty facts on a variety of topics.  Since our library had none of these books, I immediately began to attend to the business of adding them to our collection.  First #1, then #2...

Maybe you've heard of the series?  

It's called:

That's right.  Uncle John's Bathroom Readers.  

(insert more tasteless bathroom jokes here or even better:  reference our Twitter conversations as Brian aka HelpReaders mentioned reading one of these books last week...)

I had visions of displaying them in the library with a toilet seat or even a toilet, but refrained and went with a classic display of humorous books featuring a mixture of non-fiction and fiction titles to book talk with middle school students.  

Not familiar with this series? 

 Check out the student made book trailer I found: 

I really had no idea what a huge HIT this series would be!  After only one full day of classes visiting the library, 14 of the 15 titles were checked out.  The kids couldn't wait to get their hands on the books and then could hardly contain themselves as they read them.  Lots of whispering, laughter, and sharing from seventh grade students about books is definitely a good thing.  You can't hear them, but this picture definitely shows just a bit of their enthusiasm:

The best part?  This photo is REAL -- not staged! 

I highly recommend adding a few of these to your library.  There are even new editions just for kids!  Check out the website for more information.

So, what other books did I feature in this display?

Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka
  • This is one of my favorite books to recommend to students.  The stories from Jon's childhood and life with five brothers sound like tall tales, but are really mostly true. My husband is also one of six boys in his family and family holidays almost always feature a brother or two telling stories about growing up that sound quite a bit like Jon's in Knucklehead.  I suppose when there are six boys around in a household, craziness is sure to abound.

I Funny by James Patterson 
  • I did a read aloud of chapter 1 and the beginning of chapter 2 of this book for 6th and 7th grade classes this week.  Students also had the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a copy of the book.  Names will be drawn for the giveaway copy as well as the first two students to check out the library copies.

A few of the other books in the display included:


It's definitely been a FUN display and collection to book talk with students this week!  Why not try a similar one in your library or classroom?  


  1. This is the only thing my husband reads, but I had not thought to buy for school. Will remedy that today. My boys love the humor section and sometimes it is hard to find titles for middle school.

  2. The PHYSICS of breakfast cereal? What?! Hah!

    I hadn't seen that KNUCKLEHEAD trailer before, but will be stealing it for MY next BookFlix Friday.


  3. Absolutely great books those Uncle John's Bathroom Readers. Might I suggest their "Uncle John Plunges Into..." series? :-)

    Seriously, folks. Get past the title. It's not bathroom humor. It's fascinating nonfiction.

    Fascinating nonfiction. I always thought that was an oxymoron. Uncle John helped change that perception.

  4. Thanks everyone! Brian is right: FASCINATING NON-FICTION! Tamara, your kids will love them.

    David, just link up to MY bookflix! :)


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