I know why. They don't read. At least they don't read Young Adult novels.
I had a list in my head.
So, I did what any teacher who reads would have done. "I'll get you a list! Put the books in my room and I'll make sure they get to the kids who need them."
"Get me a list."
Yahoo! I began rereading posts of blogging friends who write about the books they read (special shout out to Christy of Reading Beyond the Middle). We had a snow day on the day the ALA announced their awards, so I watched the webcast and followed along on Twitter.
My list contained great books. And yesterday, they arrived in my room!
"Mrs. Day, I've never seen anyone get so excited about a bunch of books."
While students worked on a project, I quickly entered the books on my inventory list. As I did this, slowly a few crept up to my desk and began looking through the piles.
"Can I read this first?"
"I want this one."
"Ooo, this looks good."
"Put a post-it note on the one you want to read," I said, "and I'll do those first so you can take them home."
As a true reader, it was hard for me to send some of these out into the world before I had a chance to savor them. Come on. You know what I mean. But, I did let them go. I made kids promise to take care of them, savor them, and bring them back to me...so I could get them out quickly to others.
Merry Christmas! (And thanks again, Mrs. At-Risk. You rock!)