<img class=”alignnone size-large wp-image-2012″ src=”″ alt=”” width=”584″ height=”428″>Just when I thought that I was done writing about this year’s <em>Summer Reading Program</em> – I remembered something. I had been&nbsp;completely and utterly inspired by <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Bryce Don’t Play’s</a> <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Story Action Pod: BOT Edition</a>. She even shares her printables – you should go get yourself some!

We’d never tried having the kids create a book before, and I thought it’d be a fun passive activity to put out for July. I made my own version of the activity pages (because I’m particular about using a particular font in our printables) – the only thing I kicked myself for leaving out was putting a spot for kids to write their names.

And here’s how the display/program&nbsp;looked:

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Two quite important things that we&nbsp;figured out about this after no children had turned in a worksheet after two weeks:

1. Notice how everything’s up in a window sill? That sill is directly&nbsp;above our activity table. I thought that everything looked perfect there and was very eye catching. After all, when we put things up there that we don’t want checked out – people try to check them out.

Our newest team member Julia suggested that I move everything&nbsp;onto the table directly below, and move our monthly coloring sheets up to the sill. I did that.

2. Many of our children are&nbsp;wildly shy and have yet to discover the obsessive joy of<em> firsties</em>. So, I seeded the book with three fake robots that I created showing various skill levels in drawing/writing.

My most advanced creation:

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And what happened after we did those two things? We started getting submissions! The day that I moved the&nbsp;items&nbsp;six inches lower and put in the fake entries we had a girl bring up a worksheet for our book. I think that we ended up with around a dozen different robots. After this experience&nbsp;I’m very encouraged to try another “create a book” passive program.

Here’s a few of my favorites (even though all had their charms, and one was downright freaky – I’m not sharing the freaky one):

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<img class=”alignnone size-large wp-image-2011″ src=”″ alt=”” width=”584″ height=”755″> A&nbsp;<strong>HUGE&nbsp;</strong>thank you to <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Bryce Don’t Play</a> for sharing such a great idea – I can hardly wait to try more!

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