Most Recently Read Book:
The Book Whisperer
By Donalyn Miller
I can't remember how I heard of this book but doesn't it just sound entrancing? I was so excited to pick it up from my library and I have been thinking about reading it every chance I get. I love books that have you itching to get back to them when you are stuck doing something else. This was such a book. Now, I have to say, I'm a teacher, so that's probably why this was so intriguing to me, but I think as a parent it was worthwhile to read, too.
I am a huge reader, for many reasons, but most recently because of a consultant who has worked with my school district since last school year. He would come and start off a workshop telling us about what he was reading. I would leave with a list of books I was dying to go home and read. He instilled in me the idea that I should be reading juvenile/young adult fiction so that when I could talk to my students about what they are reading I can recommend books for them. I knew what my students were reading, but I knew I could be reading more...so that's what I did. I have focused on reading as much children's/young adult literature as I can. I summarize/comment on the books on my blog to keep track of books I have read and I have a list of books that I read every month. In 2008, I read 87 books and already in 2009 I have read 52 books. Just like Miller says in The Book Whisperer I find time everywhere to read. I listen to books on CD in my car and snatch up books any free moment...my husband complains that what I consider a "free moment" could also be considered "house cleaning moments" but I tend to disagree.
I love this book because she talks about how just getting kids to read and giving them time to read and being a book lover with them and role modeling reading can truly help kids. It wasn't a short book but I read it easily and quickly because the writing is very readable and it all makes sense. To me, anyway. I was able to recognize the cool stuff I am doing with my students and I also got some new ideas for what I am definitely going to do with my students next year. Now I'm just waiting for the library in my students' neighborhood to open from a year-long remodeling so I can get them in there and get them reading.
Miller talks about building a classroom library. I have a great collection of books, but I could definitely use more! If anyone has any gently used books you want to send my way I would gladly accept them!