A few weeks ago, a random memory popped into my head that made me smile. I was reading (nothing new there), and remembered a thing called “book swap” (or perhaps it had a more eloquent/punny name?) that used to happen from time to time in school. The concept is pretty self-explanatory: on assigned days, everyone in my class (I’m thinking this was around grade 2-4) would bring a book that they no longer wanted on their shelves to school with the purpose of swapping it with another classmate for something new.
Even though it would have made a better story if I could remember any memorable titles that I’ve received in this way, I can still clearly remember the excitement and frenzy that was caused by these book swaps. We would all sit in a circle, put our books in front of us, and then, on the count of three, we’d switch places with our classmates until we landed on a new book that interested us. Oh the thrill!
I’m almost certain that I was already a bookworm by the time these book swaps were introduced to my class, but I could definitely see how the idea of trading would excite and intrigue new readers. Luckily, I don’t ever recall these trades ending poorly – only in smiles.
I wonder: Is this a common practice in classrooms? Did your school have book swaps like these or something similar? What’s your favourite bookish memory from school?