Toward the end of today's events, a student made a connection between the totem that her group was making and the Mockingjay symbol from the Hunger Games series. Well, this turned into a discussion of the books, then other books, then other authors. Other students joined in sharing their current summer reads and books they had read this past school year. Soon all of us were gleefully sharing our favorite moments in various books while busily writing down titles we had not read. It was a priceless moment.
What these kids all seemed to have in common was a love of books and the written word, carrying them around with them, even at this busy camp. We have quickly bonded these last few days through the academic challenges, but now we had found yet another tie to bind us.
I shared with them my Summer Book-A-Day Challenge, and they thought it was cool. We agreed tomorrow to continue our conversation and share more books. Like these amazing students, I am proud to call myself a reader.