It’s Back-to-School time and already I feel like my reading life has slowed down just when I need to be ready to inspire students to read! I can’t let them down and have some plans to help myself keep up with reading their books this year.
At the same time, I do have to remember that I read a LOT compared to most people and compared to most educators. I thought I’d celebrate a few things that I read all of the time.
Not a day goes by that I don’t read 5-10 stories at NPR.org. I’m caught up on some of the issues involved in the Scotland vote for independence, I know that blue whale populations are a success story in the waters of California, I know that I want to see Anna Kendrick in The Last Five Years, and more! I think I need to celebrate non fiction current events with my students more. I’m going to start showing more articles at the beginning of classes and will put a link on my library homepage to some great online nonfiction and current events. I always include nonfiction sources for their summer reading links, but I don’t promote it enough during the year. I’m going to start with the National Geographic for Kids Database (subscription), Time For Kids, Health for Kids, and Wonderopolis–all places where students can read nonfiction information.
I’ve successfully hooked my older students on Calvin & Hobbes comic strips this week! (Rubs hands together with glee!). I love these books and have enjoyed reading the commentary in the 10th Anniversary Book by Bill Watterson.
I finally finished listening to all of the Harry Potter books! I started from a challenge Julee posted at Book Egg at the end of June and just finished the final moments in the Deathly Hallows this weekend. I don’t think I’ll ever be tired fo these books or of Jim Dale’s narration. I do think though that the next time I set out to read them that I need to READ them. I need to go back to the written word. I haven’t read their print since they were released and I read them all (or the final four) in a day each.
I’m reading Humble Inquiry as part of my quest to read at least a professional book a month. I have a long reading list from the ALA Institute, but luckily, some friends to read along with me. We picked a short one to start with! Ashfall is on my Kindle with the time ticking away in my loan. I need to start it! And, The Templeton Twins have an Idea is the penultimate book I need to read on my list of Virginia Readers’ Choice nominees.