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Slice of Life Tuesday: Who’s Having More Fun?

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I just opened the front door and found two boxes on the freezing cold front porch. I stepped outside for a few seconds to carry the unexpected, unexpectedly large boxes inside. The boxes were not heavy, but awkward, and I had to turn them both at an angle to get them in the door. Ok…I didn’t have to turn them 45 degrees or anything; the cardboard containers were not that large, about the size of vinyls or big picture books…OOH! It came!

The first box was my daughter’s new vinyl (I called them records when I was young — times have changed). She’s into music right now. But I — I got the book! I was so excited to receive my granddaughter’s birthday gift early — I Don’t Want To Be a Frog by Dev Petty! I wasn’t ready for it; I don’t need it until July, but I ordered it, and it’s here! “Why did you order it so early?” you ask? Here’s the truth: I love picture books, even more than my granddaughter, more than my kids, more than my students!

Last week, I packed my bag for school, carrying Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Blackout, Blizzard, Snow Day, and Once Upon an Alphabet. My sixth graders buzzed around the room when they saw me unload. “Are you going to read new picture books today?”

“Of course!” I exclaimed. I love to share my new picture books with my “grown-up” sixth graders. They gather in the meeting area, never quietly, always giggling, and I share my new finds. Even though these are the “little kid” books, we read them. We’ve been talking about award-winners in literature, so this was well worth the instructional minutes. (Motivating students to read is always worth the instructional minutes.)

One of my students inquired, “You get really excited about this stuff, don’t you?” Yep. True story.

Who’s Having More Fun?

I’d have to say, “Me!”

 

Author: Jennifer Sniadecki

I write about reading and literacy education. My passion is sharing titles I use for reading and writing workshop teaching. My goal is collaborating, researching, and sharing with other life-long literacy learners. Welcome to my blog!

7 thoughts on “Slice of Life Tuesday: Who’s Having More Fun?

  1. It’s always wonderful to find like-minded people who believe in the power of picture books even as kids go into the higher grades. Lots of powerful teaching comes from those books.

  2. I agree! Picture Books in the Middle School — my favorite Professional Development!

  3. Your sixth graders sound like mine – always ready for a great picture book!

  4. Absolutely nothing better than sharing a great picture book with kids, no matter how old they are!

  5. Tara, I am just as excited as you reading about how you introduced the new picture books into your sixth grade classroom. Developing the love of being a reading geek is such a worthy mission.

    To piggyback on your experience, I remember winning a NYS English Council grant years ago to bring the excitement of a literacy library/collection to the junior high school in the district I worked in. As an administrator it was necessary to find a strong instructional leader in the classroom and connect that person with the librarian to create space for a picture book library and spread the news of such a relevant endeavor. When the project was ready to be implemented I provided PD for staff and let the teachers introduce the many books purchased. Our 6th graders gravitated to the experience. One child told his teacher that he felt such a comfort listening to the read aloud. It was that familiarity he was referring to. Creating a love for reading cannot be explained any better than in the comment of the young learner who enjoyed the read aloud experience.

  6. Jen, I am just as excited as you reading about how you introduced the new picture books into your sixth grade classroom. Developing the love of being a reading geek is such a worthy mission.

    To piggyback on your experience, I remember winning a NYS English Council grant years ago to bring the excitement of a literacy library/collection to the junior high school in the district I worked in. As an administrator it was necessary to find a strong instructional leader in the classroom and connect that person with the librarian to create space for a picture book library and spread the news of such a relevant endeavor. When the project was ready to be implemented I provided PD for staff and let the teachers introduce the many books purchased. Our 6th graders gravitated to the experience. One child told his teacher that he felt such a comfort listening to the read aloud. It was that familiarity he was referring to. Creating a love for reading cannot be explained any better than in the comment of the young learner who enjoyed the read aloud experience.

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