Thank you to Ruth Ayres at Discover. Play. Build. She hosts a link-up every week that focuses on the reasons we have to celebrate.
This week I am celebrating excitement about books. After spending the first month of school administering literacy assessments, I have finally started working with small groups of students to provide reading support. One of my goals this year is to spread the love of books and motivate my students to read more in school and at home. I plan to do this by seeking out books I think will interest and excite my students. I also want to give book talks more often. In addition, I have been looking for book trailers and videos of authors discussing their books. I recently read Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth. This is a graphic novel and by the time I had read the first few pages I knew it was a book my students would love to read. Through searching YouTube I found a short video of the author, Judd Winick, discussing what the book is about. I played the video for a group of my students and they were absolutely hooked. When I asked who wanted to borrow the book all hands were immediately in the air. I thought one student was going to climb over the table to grab the book out of my hands. As I explained how I was going to fairly decide who could borrow the book, one student argued, “But I raised my hand first.” I gave out the book and shortly had a student begging to borrow the second copy. I appeased the rest of the students by putting their names on a “waiting list.” As a reading teacher and book lover, I am overjoyed when I see such excitement about a book. It’s not always easy to hook students on a book, but when it happens it is definitely reason to celebrate.