Every year I go to a local book fair at Holland Hall School. I load up on the best stuffed animals and books for a very reasonable price. I use them to make book buddies. This year while piling up my stuffed animals – I had a great idea. Why not buy tote bags and let each child have a book buddy in their cubby for reading time? (Previously, I had sent the book buddies home on a rotating basis.) I went to Oriental Trading and found the best deal on personalized totes!
Twenty-four personalized totes cost just $45.00 from Oriental Trading.
Here's a few tips for making your own:
- Find stuffed animals at thrift stores, resale shops and local book fairs. They wash up quite well!
- Better yet, ask parents to donate stuffed animals. (You could team up with a colleague and trade stuffed animals so your students do not get their own!)
- Use this bag as a Home Reading Program. Include a reading log with the books and minutes per day recorded.