Friday, September 23, 2016

Spotlight Friday: A Child of Books 9.23.16

Time to get ready for the weekend!
Kick up your feet and find a good place to read.
Sharing #booklove for your classroom or library.
Spotlighting a book or two because these books deserve the spotlight!

This summer I fell in love with the music from Hamilton.  Like so many others, the music, the lyrics, the power of Hamilton struck a chord with me and stuck in my mind, in my heart.  But this line really hit home.

For the past two years, I've struggled with writing.  Writing is not easy for me, it's hard for me to express the thoughts that roam in my mind.  I practice it every week here on this blog.  I tell my story.  Right now, my story is my reading life.  I share it because it's my passion.  I want to inspire and give to other educators.  I'm telling my story.

A Child of Books
A Child of Books
by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston
published by Candlewick Press

Then this book was shared with me at the end of summer.  It shares a similar idea for young readers.

                 Who tells your story?                     
                           Share your story.
We are from stories.  Our stories are in the books we read.  These stories take us places.  They teach us things.  They let us do the unimaginable.  

Our words show us the way.  They take us to where we want to go.  They take us where we can't go.  They let us explore.  They tell where we've been.  

           They tell our story.

Share this story with students.  Ask them:
  • what do they believe - do their words make a difference?
  • do they tell their story?
  • what do books mean to them?
  • do they believe in the power of books?
  • where do books take them?
  • what have they learned from books?
  • what do they want books to do?
  • what do they wish they could get from books?
  • how can they tell their story?
  • what format would they use to tell their story?
I think it's a powerful conversation to have.  Let them know their words hold power.  Let them tell their story.

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