Thursday, March 7, 2013

#7 of 31: WRAD and Book Love


How did I spend World Read Aloud Day? Well, first, I picked up the two boxes of new books that my friend the At-Risk coordinator ordered for me. Once again I watched the live stream of the ALA Youth awards, so I wrote down books. And I followed the conversation on Twitter to see what books were mentioned and loved. I made my list.







I lamented on Facebook about wishing I had money to buy them all. And Mrs. At-Risk told me to bring her my list.  So of course I did. Never tell a reader to bring you a list of books if you don't intend to buy them for her!



And yesterday I was finally able to get them to my room. I spent first hour going through the boxes. I looked at each and every book. Reading the summaries. Reading first pages. Checking reviews out online. And 2nd hour, I was ready to share with my freshmen. The lesson plan got put aside. We were talking books!







First, we read our ten minutes. I love that time of day. Many times I can't sit and read because someone will ask me to help them find a new book. You know how I love that! I do have a few squirrelly kids who want to mess around during that time, but the other kids are starting to get tired of their antics.
And then I read aloud from The One and Only Ivan. I had heard so much about it that there was no way I was going to leave that off my list!  I fell in love in the first four pages. I'm going to have to wait to read it, though. It was checked out right away this morning! And the love didn't stop there. I also bought some Carl Dueker books for my boys. In my afternoon class, there was an arm wrestling match to see  who got Payback first. I never thought I'd see the day....

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  1. Ivan is a beautiful book....it's been in circulation all year, and is in tatters, now! We read aloud on WRAD...and then talked about Malala, and saw the video of her vowing to keeping speaking out about literacy for girls in Pakistan. It was a great day in our classroom too, Deb... Book Love lives!

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  2. Do you know how cool you are?

    And I think Mrs. At-Risk just gained another admirer. So cool that she bought the books for you.

    Teachers who are readers change kids for LIFE. Here's to you for connecting kids and books.

    Happy reading,
    Ruth

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  3. We had a snow day Wednesday and a guest Science Museum encounter today...do you think it is against the rules to celebrate WRAD a day late? I think I may just gift wrap a box tomorrow and unwrap a pile of books for each class...hmmmm...you've got me thinking!

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    1. I think you can celebrate WRAD any day you want! How about every day

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  4. What an awesome day! And so many great books to share! Lucky you and lucky students! And just like Mrs. Bean! (I just read Ruth's post!)

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    1. As I said, I want to be Mrs. Bean

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  5. Wow! I wish I was in your class, those are some great titles!!! Happy Reading!

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    1. The only trouble is, I'll have to wait til summer to read some of them. They were getting checked out fast and furious

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  6. I share your excitement over these book purchases (I still remember the last one). Thanks for letting us sift through the titles with you! Do you have Cracked by K.M. Walton? If not, add it to your next list.

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  7. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Looks like you got some incredible titles! And I classify any day where kids arm wrestle for books as an enormous success!

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  8. What a wonderful day of school--a Christmas morning kind of day. Opening that box of books, I bet, was like running your fingers through a treasure trove of golden coins. And a wrestling match to top it all off--a very, very, good day.

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  9. What a great event - I love books, especially new books!

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