You all knew it was World Book day today, right?
I knew you would. Just in case you need an idea for a book-themed activity, I went into my children’s school this morning to do a Book Blind Date game show. The kids, all upper primary, really loved it. Here’s how it worked.
- Pick a contestant in search of a book to fall in love with. Send out of the room.
- Have three other good readers pick a book each from a selection. They will speak on behalf of the book in their hand.
- Prime the audience to cheer as you put up a screen and invite your contestant back in. A theme tune of sorts helps. The audience should be able to see the contestant and all three readers, but they should be separated by the screen.
- The contestant asks three questions (best scripted) which the readers will answer for their books.
- On the basis of this information, the contestant should choose the book he/she thinks sounds most attractive. Audience to clap and cheer as they come face to face for the first time.
Here are a few questions I wrote to get you started:
Book Blind Date questions:
- I am easily swayed by first impressions. I like a book that grabs me right from the off. How would your first paragraph persuade me to read on?
- I normally go for _________________ books. How would you describe yourself in one or two words? What kind of book are you?
- It is said that you should never judge a book by its cover. But I do. In a few words, describe your cover and explain why I should choose you.
- The blurb on the back should give me some idea if you’re my kind of book. Read your blurb out in a way that will tempt me!
- I do like a bit of action in the books I choose. Are you action-packed, funny, informative? Choose a word to describe yourself.
- Books can take me to other times or places. Are you such a book? Where will you take me?
- Some books help you learn something. What would you teach me?
- Some books are quick to read, some take ages. Are you slim or a bit of a heavyweight?
- I’m open to persuasion, even if you’re not the book I’d normally go for. In a sentence, convince me to choose you!