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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Family Reading Night

It's time, teachers, to celebrate National Children's Book Week.  

At my school, we have Family Reading Night in which families return to school in the evening. They are encouraged to visit up to 3 rooms where guest readers are sharing some favorite books. Our committee works hard to find some local celebrities to read.  We implore radio personalities, the weather girl on the local TV station, a player or coach from the U of I's athletic teams, ...  Ironically, the most popular reader is always the retired kindergarten teacher who touched so many of our children's lives and invoked their love of literature.

One of my favorite activities for National Children's Book Week incorporates my passion for poetry.  I share the following poem with my students:

I love to challenge my kiddos' creativity while helping them focus on the /ook/ rime.  To that end, I point out the lines,
          "Chefs read cookbooks,
          Pirates?  'Hook' books!
          Little kids read lift-and-look books!"
Working together, we think up other "-ook" books and readers.  For example, fishermen read bait and hook books.  Or, Chess players read rook books.  My students never fail to amaze me with the lines they create.   The all-time favorite line came from a student who had just returned from vacation in the Pacific NW.  Her line was "[Native Americans] read Chinook books."  (I inserted the pc term; she actually said, "Indians.")  Can you imagine???

If you are looking for a set of books that promote reading and a love of literature, I recommend the following:

  • Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair by Patricia Polacco
  • The School Mouse by Dick King-Smith
  • Wild About Books by Judy Sierra
  • Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
  • Born to Read by Judy Sierra
  • Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr
  • The Best Book to Read by Debbie Bertram & Susan Bloom
  • The Best Place to Read by Debbie Bertram & Susan Bloom
  • The Best Time to Read by Debbie Bertram & Susan Bloom
  • Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don't) by Barbara Bottner

If you like this poem and activity, you can find more fall poetry, teaching points, skill lessons, and activities in my product, Poetry Possibilities - Fall.

It is available in my TpT Store or in my TN Shop.

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