2015 Bookmark Exchange & Literacy Challenge

I don’t know about yours, but my students LOVE bookmarks. And right now, I’m almost out. I was thinking about how much fun my students would have with a bookmark exchange, so I sent out a tweet:


And this is why I love Twitter! Thanks, Mary Clark, for sharing this awesome information about the Literacy Challenge by the Students Rebuild program!

Here’s the plan for this Bookmark Exchange:

1. Register a team to participate in the Literacy Challenge here. For every bookmark that’s sent in for the challenge, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $1 (up to $300,000) to Save the Children’s Literacy Boost program in Latin America (Peru), Africa (Mali) and Asia (Nepal). AND if your bookmarks are postmarked between now and February 14th, they’ll double their donation (check out the info here on the Bookmark-athon). Check out this FAQ page for more info about the Literacy Challenge.

2. Sign up to participate in our Bookmark Exchange as well using this Google Form. For this, we’ll be sending bookmarks to each other for our own students to enjoy. Sign up now through February 6th to participate. Register to “swap” bookmarks in sets of 25. Then, after February 6th, I’ll email you the addresses of the school (or schools, depending on how many you make) where your bookmarks will be enjoyed.

3. Have your students make bookmarks! Each student should make two — one for the Literacy Challenge and one for the Bookmark Exchange. Plan to mail all of your bookmarks the week of February 9-13.

Doesn’t this sound like fun? I hope you will participate!

9 thoughts on “2015 Bookmark Exchange & Literacy Challenge

    1. No need for laminating…I find that sometimes it doesn’t “stick” so well, especially if there’s texture to the bookmarks. Just make sure they’re fully try before putting them together to mail.

  1. I love the idea of a bookmark exchange, and having students create two. Do you pick up bookmark templates from a craft store for students to design? Something I think would be neat to have students do is to create a bookmark book cover. It could be for their favorite book, or just one they are reading at the time. Doing so could be a way to have a classroom book club during library visits, where students exchange book suggestions with each other via bookmarks.

  2. I know the challenge was last year, but I found this post and think it sounds like great fun for a quick activity. Did you create your bookmarks online or by hand? I think it could be a fun activity for Maker Space.

    Thank you for your input!

    1. It was lots of fun, but it was a lot for me logistically so I didn’t try to do it again this year. You could easily find another school somewhere to trade with, though. We did them by hand — you’re right — awesome for the makerspace!

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