The Third Grade Muffin Project

Have you ever started out to do one thing only to find yourself doing something altogether different?

procrastinatingI do that all the time. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes… Well, sometimes it’s just another way of procrastinating. But this time it turned into what I call the “Muffin Project.”moosemuffinbook

The thing is, the Muffin Project has nothing to do with real muffins and everything to do with books. One book in particular comes to mind. Do you know the book, If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond? (If not, you really should read it. I’m sure it’s in your library. If it’s not, please email me. Oh no! Here I go—procrastinating again.)

Anyway, according to the book, if you give a moose a muffin he’ll want another…and another. That’s the idea behind the Muffin Project.donatemoose3

All sorts of studies have been done* and are being done about how important it is for students to be competent readers by the end of third grade. To help just a little with that goal, I’m going to give a copy of The Clue at Copper Harbor to all the third graders I visit during this school year. (And no, it doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that there is a VERY cute moose in my book too. Oops, procrastinating again…sorry!) My first visit is to Flint, Michigan at the end of September and I’m very excited.

If you would like to help give a book to a third grader (or if you know someone who would), please visit A&M’s page at this link.  And have a great school year! (No procrastinating!)


* Start with “Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters,” a report issued by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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