LOL For Young People In the Classroom and Beyond
One of the goals of our One Book, One Community Reading Program is to make reading and related activities an enjoyable experience for children.
Children especially love books and programs that make them laugh. To help bring that about, AAUW’S One Book, One Community children’s reading adventure, in collaboration with the Fremont Unified School District and the Fremont Main Library, will include several programs and events that will hopefully make children giggle, grin and guffaw. Here are some of those programs:
Laugh Corners in FUSD Libraries
This is a special section in school libraries that features amusing books for children and young people. There will be a poster that announces the One Book One Community program in the corner along with books that are guaranteed to amuse (see collection of humorous elementary, junior high and high school books below.)
Share-A-Humorous Book Event
On Monday, December 10, 2012 there will be a Share-A-Humorous Book Event at the Fremont Library from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Fukaya Room A and B, 2400 Stevenson Boulevard, Fremont.
Elementary, middle and high school students will have one-minute to read their favorite funny stories to attendees and then will donate the book to a community charity for needy children.
The Principal of Oliveira School, Linda Anderson, will host this delightful event for kids and adults. She has asked elementary schools in Fremont to work with their school librarians or leadership teams to come up with the names of readers; and for junior and senior high school students to work with their department chairs to determine readers’ names.
Elementary students will read from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and middle and high school students will read from 7 to 8:00 p.m.
This holiday event is open to the public.
Service Learning Opportunities
High school students have the opportunity to do community service for school credit in the Fremont Unified School District. This Service Learning One Book One Community program will encourage the young people to read their favorite humorous books to those in nursing homes, hospitals, and other institutions and even private homes where seniors need a good laugh and some amusement. They will also be encouraged to read to younger children in elementary schools in the district.
Program for Adults and Children in May
A special program is being created for adults, children and young people that will feature either a puppet show or storyteller to delight a young audience.
Other Suggested Possibilities
- A poster contest that highlights amusing books or moments in books that students find hilarious. The winners to receive humorous books as prizes.
- Children and young people create their own puppets and stage a puppet show for an AAUW Fremont Branch, FUSD parent and general public audience.
- Half Price Books will create a young people’s Lots of Laughter corner where the young people can read books or where children can be told stories from laugh-out-loud books. This program will do so, and will also give us greater collaboration with the Fremont Unified School District and the Fremont Main Library.
Here are just a few of the books we might suggest on humor for children:
Elementary School Books On Humor:
Dr. Seuss (Happy Birthday to You)
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Jaffe
Miss Nelson series by Harry Allard
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Curious George series by H. A. Rey and Margaret Rey
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka A. Wolf
Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald
Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Weird Parents by Audrey Wood
Madeline series by Ludwig Bemelmans
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
The Stinky Cheese Man by Jan Soieszka
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Junior High and High School Books On Humor:
I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Middle School, Get Me Out of Here! By James Patterson
Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry
Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Nasty Stinky Sneakers by Eve Bunting
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Dude, Where’s My Spaceship? By Dan Greenburg
Smart Aleck’s Guide to American History by Adam Selzer
Shark vs Train by Chris Barton
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams