Just a note to remind you of the awesome power you hold in your hands when you choose to read a book aloud to your students.
When you read a book to your class, you have just endorsed the act of reading more powerfully than those athletes who sweat multi-colored perspiration in Gatorade commercials.
And I bet you didn't know it, but that simple act of sharing a book with kids has far reaching impact.
Allow me to illustrate:
Each year, when I begin teaching writing with my 3-5 grade students, I ask them to call out the names of books that they love (the goal being to fill the entire chalkboard with names of great books). Yes, Captain Underpants and all of it's sequels receive a huge number of shout-outs. But so do books that the teachers read to kids....Island of the Blue Dolphins, Fever, Charlotte's Web, Patti Reed's Doll, The Whipping Boy, Esperanza Rising, Shiloh, The Witch of Blackbird Pond,......
The best part is the appreciative sigh that winds its way through the class at the mention of one of these titles. Ah yes, that was a good book.
So teachers, as a personal favor to me, and as a long lasting gift to your students, please read to them. Lots.
No child is ever to old for a good story.
P.S. What was your favorite book read to you by a teacher? Mine was James and the Giant Peach!