Kind of like ordering “Animal Style” at In-N-Out, here are four lesser-known features in Bookopolis that help teachers turn a classroom of kids into a community of readers.
If you’re looking to learn more about the most commonly used features in Bookopolis, start here.
1. “Like” a Review
Students can “like” reviews from classmates or other Bookopolis readers by clicking on the thumbs-up button under the Bookopolis Community Reviews listed for a book. The reviews with the most ‘likes’ are shown at the top of the page.
Student Activity idea: Have students read three book reviews and assess the review. Did it help you decide if you wanted to read the book or not? Was the writing clear? Was it engaging? How would you improve this review? If it was a good review, “like” it!
2. Share “My Book List” with friends/family outside of Bookopolis
Students love to create custom book lists using our “My Book List” feature, but they might not know that they can share their lists by email. Click on the Share Book List button at the top of a Book List and add the email(s) of friends or family that would want to see your custom list. Many Bookopolis readers use this feature to create a “Wishlist” that they send to parents or grandparents.
Student Activity idea: Have students create a “My Book List” of their favorite books from their favorite genre (e.g. Best Creepy Books) and then share it with a friend or family member.
Teacher Activity idea: Use the “My Book List” feature to create a “Classroom Wishlist” and share it with parents or other community members who might want to buy books for your classroom. Of course, let students help you create this list.
3. Enter to win one of our Book Giveaways
Every week we offer opportunities to win free books on our “Giveaways” page. Students must include a parent or teacher email to be considered as entrants. We typically add new books every Friday.
Student Activity idea: Once a week, have students go to “Book Extras – Giveaways” and see if there are any books that fit their interests and reading level.
4. Search for Missing Books from Teacher Dashboard
If students have trouble finding a book on Bookopolis, teachers can use the Search for Missing Books button in your Teacher Dashboard to access a database of books that includes children, YA, and adult books. You can send the book link to a specific student or a whole class and they can add it to their Bookopolis bookshelf. Learn more in this short tutorial video.
A few other tips to try if a student can’t find a book:
- Check the spelling of the title. For a series, try the title name and the series name.
- Use the Young Adult (YA) search option. There’s a toggle button between Kids and YA in the Bookopolis search bar.
- Send Bookopolis a Feedback message – Students or teachers can send us a request to add a book using the FEEDBACK button on the bottom of each page.