I attended the Scholastic Reading Summit today and it was great to be surrounded by teachers who love books, who love to teach reading and foster a love for reading in their rooms. Of course we all agree that giving students choice in the reading classroom is important, but that’s not enough. We must show students we are readers, we must recommend new books, give book talks, show book trailers and truly get students excited about reading.
Let’s start with How To Read a Story by Kate Messner. Kate was actually a speaker at the conference. She has some amazing books and she talked about the power we have when giving kids books. How to Read a Story, teaches our kids, exactly that, how to read a story. This is the absolute perfect book to introduce Reader’s Workshop. It talks about choosing books, finding a place to read, reading with partners, how to read fluently and with expression, and to reread.
Of course I had to have another copy of Last Stop On Market Street. It’s covered in well deserved honors and deservedly so.
Here’s a great little video about the book from both the author and the illustrator.