Publishing Books with Students

This past Monday I heard Kwame Alexander, who is a poet (He trained with Nikki Giovanni at Virgina Tech!), author, and founder of Book-in-a-Day, speak at the KSRA Conference in Hershey, PA.  My handwritten notes from his talk about engaging students with poetry are at the bottom of this post.

Alexander founded Book-in-a-Day, Inc., or BID,  an organization that works with middle and high school students, a few years ago.  BID’s purpose, as per the organization’s website, is:

Book-in-a-Day (BID) is a non-profit, educational services company that fosters literacy skills through a groundbreaking writing and publishing workshop, which focuses on student-run publication—in one day. Educators spend hours looking for exciting ways to bring literature to life. The solution is Book-in-a-Day, a new fun-filled, hands-on literacy project that teaches students the fundamentals of creative writing, through poetry and book publication.

As many of you know, I worked with my students to get their writing published in 2007.  It was a lot of work, but was worth all of the long nights and weekends that were put into the project.  If you’re interested in doing something similar, then consider BID, which brings people with expertise in publishing students’ work quickly, to your school.