Friday, March 29, 2013

For the Love of Books

Several weeks ago one of my teammates told me about a new book she had just read to her class, Three Hens and a Peacock.  (This friend could open her own library with her extensive book collection!)  Anyway, she said her class loved the book and offered it to me to read to my class.  They loved it!  We had such a good time reading and just enjoying the story, and then, just like my friend's class, they wanted to know more about peacocks so we found a YouTube video to watch.

 This got me thinking about how we need to read more just for the joy of sharing a good book.  So many times I end up just reading books based on a theme or ones I have chosen to make a teaching point.  But there are many wonderful books available!  We read for many different purposes, and one of those is to read just for the love of reading!
With that in mind, I've set out to find new (to me) books that are just fun to read.  Here is one I read this week:

Even though I didn't intend to follow up with any sort of lesson, my class  wanted to "give back" to the teacher that shared Three Hens and a Peacock, so we wrote book review letters to her class during writing workshop.  (Unfortunately she was absent with a sick child and hasn't received them yet!)  By the way, I saved this letter to the student's notebook in Evernote and used Skitch to do the markups.  Skitch is great for making notes on the writing photo to highlight the features I want to focus on.

Not clear but she says, "We read the book Creepy Carrots!  I think it was funny.  In the story Jasper Rabbit loves carrots entil (until) one day after a baseball game the carrots start following him. Read to find out what's next."

I am now on a hunt for more new books to read "just for fun."  Please share your favorites!


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the mention. I can hardly wait to get back to read those letters!