I met the coolest woman tonight. Ms. Kapp teaches English literature to 7th graders in the Seattle, Washington area. The best thing that she and I share an incredible love of books.
So... I'm throwing out a challenge to students in Susannah Kapp's two English classes at Mercer Middle School in Seattle, Washington:
I love books. I read upwards of 300 books a year. I love books like "The Princess Bride" and I love Tupac Shakur's poetry.
In talking to Ms. Knapp, I realized something, and that is that it's important for each person to have one book that belongs to them, and them alone. I would love to share my love of literature and the power of words with everyone. But, in the real world, there are limits.
So... I am limiting my challenge to Ms. Knapp's classes. 60 students.
To each of you 60 students, here is my challenge: go to Amazon.com and pick one book -- either paperback or used. I don't care if it's literature, self-help or vocational. Do it before I get back to work on April 24th. Send your choices to gotb_50-at-hotmail-dot-com. On April 25th, I'm going to place a book order, and every one in Ms. Knapp's class that responds will get the book that he or she requests. It's your book forever.
Here's the bigger challenge: post and tell me why you really loved or hated the book that you ordered, and I just might order you another one.
Tag. You're it.