The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds
Posted on 08/27/2020
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"It is a sweet story that encourages students to find their own meaningful words."

Carrie Vinson, North Hamilton County Elementary

The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by North Hamilton County Elementary.  Some people collect stamps.  Some people collect coins.  Some people collect art.  And Jerome? He collected words. In this extraordinary new tale from Peter H. Reynolds, Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him.  Short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multi-syllable words that sound like little songs are words featured in the work that connect, transform, and empower.

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"Captures the beauty of words and the wonder of sharing them with others...enchanting." –Kirkus

"Packs a powerful punch...captures both the joy of learning and the power of kindness." --School Library Journal

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Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools.   

Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21    
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023