Download free bookmarks with QR codes and texts of our winning book reviews- Meet the winners of 2019 Browzly Summer Reading Challenge!

2019 Browzly Summer Reading Challenge Results
2019 Browzly Summer Reading Challenge winners and winning reviews

Meet the winners and download their book reviews as bookmarks for your library copies! Video reviews can be viewed by scanning the QR code printed on the bookmarks!

The Shapeshifter’s Guide to Running Away by Lari Don- Winning Text Review by Belle Herrera, Student of Dubai British School

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“I re-read this trilogy of books by Lari Don during the summer holidays. The books follow the fortunes of Molly and her friends Innes (a Kelpie), Atacana (a sphynx), Beth (a dryad) and Theo (an elemental desert magician). The friends make a vow to help each other lift their curses, Molly’s curse is to turn into a hare every time a dog growls. Imagine how inconvenient that would be! The book is exciting with some great humour especially from Ines who really made me laugh. Recommended if you enjoy books like Harry Potter or First Aid for Fairies.” -Review by Belle

Call Me Alastair by Cory Leonardo- Winning Text Review by Belle Herrera, Student of Dubai British School

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Video Review of Call Me Alastair By Cory Leonardo

Belle Herrera Winner- 2019 Browzly Summer Reading Challenge

Belle Herrera: Student of Dubai British School won two titles this year in 9-13 age category- ‘Writer of the best text review’ for her review of ‘The Shapeshifter’s Guide to Running Away’ by Lari Don& ‘Creator of the best video review for ‘Call Me Alastair’ by Cory Leonardo.

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Esio Trot by Roald Dahl– Winning Text Review by Karthika Manoj, Student of The Millenium School Dubai

Esio Trot By Roald Dahl

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“Esio Trot” is the story of a man who tries to please the woman he loves. Mrs. Silver is a tortoise crazy, and is unhappy that her lovely little tortoise, Alfie, is not growing up to be big! Mr. Hoppy seizes this opportunity to make her happy. He writes a few lines claims they’re magical and asks Mrs. Silver to repeat them until Alfie becomes bigger. Mrs. Silver follows his advice religiously. Mr. Poppy is able to get all different sizes of tortoises with the same shell colour as Alfie, and keeps replacing them one by one instead of Alfie, to create an illusion that Alfie is slowly growing in size! Finally, he makes Mrs. Silver so happy and asks her to marry him. Mrs. Silver, finally, becomes Mrs. Hoppy! “Esio Trot” is a wonderful book! It is so ridiculously simple and funny, and yet so lovable!- Review by Karthika

Co-winner Writer of the Best text review- 2019 Browzly Summer Reading Challenge

Karthika Manoj, student of The Millennium School Dubai was the co-winner of the title ‘Writer of the Best Text Review’ for her review of ‘Esio Trot’ by Roald Dahl in 9-13 age category

Matilda by Roald Dahl– Winning Video Review by Isha R Nair, Student of Kings School Nad al Sheba

Matilda by Roald Dahl

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Isha R Nair

Isha R Nair, student of King School Nad al Sheba was the winner of two of our very coveted titles- ‘Creator of the Best Video Review’ for her review of ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl & ‘Reader of the highest number of books’ in 6-8 age category

Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants by Dav Pikey– Winning Text Review by Edward Menadue, Student of Dubai British School

Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants by Dav Pikey

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George and Harold cause trouble at school again. The evil new science teacher Professor P wants to get rid of children’s laughter and Captain Underpants too. He shrinks the school with George and Harold in it. They get Mr. Krupp or “Mr. Pottybiscuits” help by turning him into Captain Underpants who saved the day (and the school)- Review by Edward

Edward Menadue- Winner 2019 Browzly Summer Reading Challenge in 6-8 age category

Edward Menadue, student of Dubai British School was the winner of the title- ‘Writer of the Best Text Review’ for his review of ‘Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants’ by Dav Pikey’ by in 6-8 age category

Haneya Multani, a student of Dubai British School, took the title of ‘Reader of the Highest Number of Books in the 9-13 age category, winning this title for the third time in a row! Haneya participated in the very first reading challenge by Browzly in 2017 and has been a regular and avid reader on Browzly since then. Haneya is not only a big reader but is also an accomplished writer having written a short children’s story called ‘The Cursed Fang and the Magic Paws’. The book is available on Amazon! You can order it here!

Sophie Anderson Jury 2019 Browzly Summer Reading Challenge and author of Children's Books The House with Chicken Legs and The Girl who Speaks Bear
Sophie Anderson
Simon Jodrell

“We are very thankful to our jury – author Ms. Sophie Anderson & Mr Simon Jodrell Principal Dubai British School for taking the time to assess the winning reviews and motivating the participants to give their best”

Browzly- A Proven Reading For Pleasure Program

Browzly is a proven Reading for Pleasure program created with the purpose of making reading enjoyable for every child. We have options to support and sign up families, classrooms, and schools of all different abilities and resources. All we are looking for is your belief in the power of reading for enjoyment! Learn more on http://browzly.com

3 brilliant teacher lifehacks with Browzly- reading that’s fun for students and easy for teachers to track

With Browzly reading becomes fun for students and easy for teachers to track:
Here are 3 brilliant teacher lifehacks that are made possible with Browzly!
1. If you’ve been wondering how to best communicate with your parents, students, and teachers, here’s your solution! Teachers can create and push customized social posts to their desired class students, parents and teachers with a simple web login. Send pdf files, images or videos of activities, homework, competitions practically anything you wish, you may also use Browzly as your school communicator! Read more about the Create Post feature here! this is how it appears on your target group’s app-

School Posts as seen by your users on Browzly

 

2. Reduce your workload, with Browzly, parents get committed to their child’s daily reading and tracking with the app is easy peasy. If you’ve been wondering how to get your students to read 20 minutes every day, here is your solution! Ask your students to post on Browzly every day after they read, optional book reviews – video and text may get them extra house points, then sit back and relax scrolling as your app notifies you when your students post absolutely adorable reviews or log in to your school portal in your own time and see the activity of your entire class drilled down by student.
3. Be the favorite: Run super simple fun activities on selected days to build not just reading fluency and comprehension but build enterprise, teamwork, presentation, negotiation and much more! Find more activities here

Browzly set up takes less than 2 hours of your time! Write to us on support@browzly.com and we will set up for you a free 35-minute webinar that you can attend from the convenience of your desks and get to know all about the latest innovation in reading that’s revolutionizing the way children read!
Blog post by Bhavna Mishra

5 fun & easy class activities to celebrate reading and inspiring reading for pleasure: Browzly Class Activities

The month of March is celebrated as the National Month of Reading in the honour of Dr. Seuss’ birthday! If you are looking for some easy activities to make reading more fun in your classroom, look no further, just read on and select the activities that work for you!

Please write to support@browzly.com if you would like a free and easy setup for your class or if you have any questions about how to use it? Reading will be so much more fun when you do it with Browzly!

  1. The Book Market

This fun activity will help children develop: Comprehension, Enterprise skills, Presentation, Negotiation, Teamwork, Confidence, Critical Analysis, and Creativity

The Activity
Every child brings a book from home to trade in class and has to present for a minute, talking about why everyone should read their book? Once done presenting, children should add their books to swap shop on Browzly – they can do this by scanning the ISBN code at the back of their book using the Browzly app. Children can then request to swap the books they liked from each other on the app and also accept requests made on their books by their classmates. Once requests are accepted, they can chat on the app and exchange the books right there in class!

Click here to download a printable pdf of this activity

The Reward

Announce the winning trader- the child whose book got the most number of requests and the one who made the best pitch!

Teacher Tips 

Teachers may help record book marketing videos to upload as video reviews on  Browzly so other teacher, students, and parents can watch, like and comment to encourage the students. Children can also make posters and bookmarks marketing their books to display in the class.

Have fun while you learn!

Get to be a book trader, Market your book, Discover new titles, Ask questions
Develop: Entrepreneurship, Negotiation, Presentation, Comprehension, Teamwork, Confidence, Critical Analysis, Expression, Creativity

2. Reading Tag! Who Makes The Longest Chain?

This fun activity will help children develop: Reading Fluency, Comprehension, Teamwork, Confidence, Critical Analysis, Writing and expression.

The Activity
One member of the class kicks off the chain by writing a text or adding a video book review for a book of their choice on the Browzly app. Then they tag a friend from their class by @mentioning their name in the comments of their community post. The tagged friend get notified about their turn and then he or she has to add the next review of any book of their choice and tag another child to continue the class chain till the end of allotted time (a full week is recommended)

Click here to download a printable pdf of this activity

The Reward

At the end of the week, the class with the longest chain wins a Free Dress Day or a special treat!

Teacher Tips

Sign in yourself and your students on Browzly, you can do this easily by just scanning your class QR code or through for login credentials shared with you. Start by adding a review yourself, then tag any  one child from your class to start the chain

Have fun while you learn!

Help & motivate your class to win, Read with friends, Appreciate their views
Discover new books, Learn how to review a book?
Develop: Reading Fluency, Comprehension, Teamwork, Confidence, Critical Analysis, Expression & Writing

3. It’s Chapter Book Time

This fun activity will help children develop: Reading Fluency, Comprehension, Confidence, Critical Analysis, Writing and expression.

The Activity
After a chapter of the class reader is read, children reflect on it by writing a text review on the Browzly app. Every time a new chapter is completed they just to go to their review for the same book on their Browzly app profile, press edit and add further comments about the next chapter they just finished in class, to have a comprehensive comment by the end of the book that can be read aloud in the class.

Click here to download a printable pdf of this activity

The Reward

Great pieces of children’s reflections are digitally recorded for the whole school community to enjoy and appreciate through the app or by reading aloud in class.

Teacher Tips

Seed questions for students to answer through school posts section in the school portal, then comment or chat encouraging improvisations, class group discussion including different points of view

Have fun while you learn!

Enjoy writing and reading detailed reviews and get amazing comments from teachers, friends, and parents
Develop: Comprehension, Deep Understanding, Confidence, Critical Analysis,  Expression, Writing, Group Discussion

4. Class Pinboard

This fun activity will help children develop: Planning, Creativity, Performance and target tracking

The Activity
Create a Readers Pin Board for your class.
Print and display your class reader profiles from Browzly on it
Mark star readers or stick star reviews of the week. Keep a tally of total books marked by the class as a whole
Stick favorite quotes from the books read this week

Click here to download a printable pdf of this activity

 

The Reward

Appreciation, bragging rights & house points

Teacher Tips

Ask students to update tally marks as they read. Create a whole school board in  the school reception and mark term and year reading champions

Have fun while you learn!

Get Inspired, Track Progress
Develop: Planning, Organisation, Creativity, Teamwork, Performance and Target tracking

5. Reading Pledge

This activity will help children develop: Planning, Organisation
Commitment, Love of reading

The Activity
Everyone calls a number of books they would target reading in the term, then research and select titles to read corresponding to their target.
Add the selected titles to the wishlist on Browzly app and track your class pinboard as well. Help each other find books on the wishlist through swap shop or and share the list with the library to procure.

Click here to download a printable pdf of this activity

The Reward

A class trip for the class that gets closest to their target as a team, prizes for 100% achievement

Teacher Tips 

Use recommendations from Browzly, teachers and your friends to discover books to put on your wishlist. Small or big set a target- even one from zero is progress

Have fun while you learn!

Get Inspired, get Reading, Track Progress
Develop: Planning, Organisation, Commitment, Love of reading

We hope you enjoy these activities in class. If you run one of these in your class please do share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram tagging @browzly

Happy Reading and Happy Browzly!

Blog by Bhavna Mishra

5 tips to write a great book review

5 tips to write a great book review

How to write a book review? 5 simple tips for students to write great book reviews

These 5 tips to write a great book review are created to inspire young readers to write useful book reviews that help their friends select the books they will enjoy the most. These steps can be used to review any book you read. On Browzly, you can add both text and video reviews and create a timewline record of all the books you’ve read as well as all the reviews you ever wrote

  1. A Great Start  : 

When to write a book review? A review of any book is best written when you have just finished reading that book- the plot is fresh in your mind and you remember most of it. A little nudge from the parents or teachers at this time will go a long way in getting the children started. A good start is half the battle, it will have your creative juices flowing in no time– To start off – pick a favorite quote or line from your book and write that verbatim, mentioning that it is a line or quote from your book (mention the book title and page number). Feel free to include a few words about why you chose that quote in particular…

Don’t worry, if you did not like the book  – after all, it is a review and you are supposed to give genuine feedback, mention what you did not like and set the tone of your review –  here is an example-

“I should begin at the beginning, I know that. But the trouble is that I don’t know the beginning. I wish I did. I do know my name” – Would you call that interesting?  Well, you might, but for me, it did not catch my attention as I started reading these first lines on Page 1 of Alone on a Wide Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo. I usually like his books, he is an award-winning author with many great books such as  Shadow, The War Horse, etc to his credit…”.

2. Answer these questions- you may answer all or some of them

Q1.  What was your book about?

For example- You could say- “This book is about a boy who lived and became the one to…”

Q2 What caught your attention, that you selected this book to read- was it the cover, the author, the blurb, a recommendation or a prize that this book has won- talk about what got you to select this book in the first place?

Q3. Was there a notable part or character  Did you connect with a character, did someone disgust you or make you laugh or cry?

Q3. How did this book make you feel? Describe the emotions you felt. Did they match with how the characters in the book feel?

Q4 Did you learn anything new? If you are reviewing a non-fiction book, you may have gathered interesting facts that others might enjoy too, you can talk about them. In case your book is fiction- you may have learned about a new place or time in history or noticed how different characters might behave in different situations, you may have also added new words to your vocabulary, that you would love to remember.

3. Say who might like reading this book– For example “I recommend this book for- mention age, gender, and type of readers” this would help readers select the book that’s right for them

Review your review: Read what you wrote to make your final edits- check for SPAG (spellings, punctuation, and grammar) and summarize with a title that goes with your review!

4. A star rating: Give your book a rating out of 5 stars, here is a simple star guide for you.

5 stars= I loved this book so much that I couldn’t put it down until the end and I can read it again!

4 stars= This was a great book, I enjoyed it and can recommend it as a one-time read.

3 stars= This is a good book, some people may like it, I finished reading it.

2 stars= I did not like this book much, I finished it with some effort.

1 star= I did not like this book, I could not finish it.

Reviews help everyone in making the right reading choices. You can post your reviews on the Browzly app, this will help you create a timeline record of all the books you read and what you thought about them at the time. As we grow older, we may not remember everything we learned or felt, this is a great way to preserve our thoughts and feelings. You can also help your friends select the right books when you share your reviews. Reviews are also a great encouragement for the writers who painstakingly create these books for us to enjoy!

If you have any ideas to add to these tips please, write them in comments and we may add them to this list. If you write any reviews using these tips, we would love to see them!

To use Browzly in your class or school- please write to us on support@browzly.com, you may also visit our website to connect with us through the sign-up form

Happy Browzly