Thanks to an idea borrowed from my friend, Kirsten Murphy from Texas, I put my stack of this month's Junior Library Guild books in a big bag and closed it up. A class of 4th graders came in for book exchange and I called them over if they had any interest in taking home and reading a surprise, brand spanking new book. I had no idea the response! They ALL clamored over to me! So many of them, that we had to grab the Popsicle sticks to pick names on who would "win" the new books. It was so great to see their excitement and feel the enthusiasm around new books and reading. The "oohs" and "ahhhs" were delightful. I look forward to doing this again with my April batch. It can't get here soon enough!