I'd spent time looking up book titles and matching them to the reading level of the book. In the past, I'd look up the level and write it on a sticker. Then I'd tape the sticker onto the book.
I was going to be the guest reader in our second grade classes, and I wanted to buzz three books in each classroom. My plan was to have the kids participate in a book lottery after I previewed the three books. I didn't want book levels to play into the decisions the kids made. So I started peeling off those stickers.
Book Buzz time came, and I read the first chapter or two from 3 books. You know what? Nobody once asked what levels the books were. I saw some interesting things during the book lottery, and some book buzzes worked better than others. (Another blog about that will follow...)