I Can Name that Book in One Pic!

Can you name that book in 5 pics?

A bit earlier this summer, my good friend Cathy Nelson shared her thoughts with me as she began planning for this fall’s Teen Read Week (sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association). She has several great ideas (see her post here), but the one that immediately captured my attention was her Books2Pics slides.  For each book, she created a slide containing pictures of several of its key elements. Her plan is to have one displayed each day during Teen Read Week and challenge the students to identify the book.

Because the idea looked just plain fun to me, when I finished reading one of the 2012 South Carolina Young Adult Book Award (SCYABA) nominees, I created a Books2Pics slide and shared it with Cathy and another good friend (and the third of the original Three Media Musketeers) Heather Loy, challenging them to “Name that Book.”

After I had created three of these slides (I’m telling you, it’s addictive!), I finally had that light bulb moment.  All of the YA books I am currently reading are from the 2012 SCYABA nominee list (gotta be familiar with those books!).  Why not sponsor a “Name that Book” contest during Teen Read Week similar to our YA Lit Jeopardy contest last year?

Name that Tune

For those of you not old enough to remember the “Name that Tune” game show, during the Bid a Note portion of the show two contestants vied for prizes by identifying songs from just a few notes.  A bidding “war” took place before one contestant had to name the song.  Contestant One would say, “I can name that tune in 5 notes” and Contestant Two would either counter by saying, “I can name that tune in 3 notes” or “Name that tune,” placing Contestant One in the hot seat to name the song from just the number of notes he/she had bid.

Each of the book slides I have created contains five photographs of key elements in the book.  I have used PowerPoint’s Customize Animation feature so that only one photograph will appear on the slide each time the mouse is clicked.  Two students, or teams of students, will challenge each other to “Name that Book” in 5, 4, 3, 2, or 1 photograph(s).  Since all books in the game come from the 2012 SCYABA nominees, there will be no need to give individual hints before each new slide.

“Picture It @ Your Library” is this year’s theme for Teen Read Week making this contest a perfect fit.  I can only hope that the students will have as much fun playing “Name that Book” as I have had creating it!

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11 Responses to “I Can Name that Book in One Pic!”

  1. Cathy Jo Nelson Says:

    I am looking forward to this–maybe I’ll put this in my plans for that special week too. You are getting me even more jazzed!!!

  2. Heather Loy Says:

    You know I am so loving you guys’ idea and am thrilled you’re going to share the final product with me to stea.. ahem, borrow! This will make one activity. Now I just need three more to finish out my TRW plans. Gotta work karaoke and pictures in there somehow. Can’t have TRW with out karaoke – or my kids will kill me. It’s the only time I’m willing to abuse my ears with their screeching, ahem, singing.

  3. Mary Says:

    Great idea!

  4. Tamara Cox Says:

    I love this idea. Maybe I can find someone to help me make some for the JBA.

  5. Martha Taylor Says:

    This is a fabulous idea!

  6. Julianne Kaye Says:

    How are you going to display them? One at a time or all at once. I would be great to do these for the children’s books too!

    • Fran Bullington Says:

      Julianne,
      I plan on doing a game show with the slides. Each slide will be shown separately, and the bid (I can name that book in three pics) will determine how many of the photographs I display at first.

      I think Cathy’s Books2Pics idea will work with many age levels. If you decide to use it, I’d love to see some of the slides you create!

      It was so good to see you at the SCASL Summer Institute. Your idea for a session at the next SCASL Conference (tips and tricks) sounds intriguing!

  7. Patty Louis Says:

    Loved your idea! Created a whole slideshow for our state award books and posted on my school book award blog site: http://aesnene.blogspot.com/

    • Fran Bullington Says:

      Patty,
      Love your slideshow! I am slowly working on the slides for ours as I continue to read the titles. Once we’ve had our Name that Tune contest, I think I will follow your lead and post a slideshow to our library’s website.
      Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Module 1: Library Blogs | SLM 508 Learning Log –pdb Says:

    [...] Types of Posts:  There are links to book trailers.  In another post I found a fun idea to promote reading entitled,  “I can name that book in 5 pictures”. [...]

  9. Name that Book Contest « Informania Says:

    [...] was the Name that Book Contest and Luncheon held on Friday. (I first wrote about the activity here but did alter my original plans to only use 2012 SCYABA nominees.)  Again, I bow to Cathy Nelson [...]


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