When I was working on my music degree, I loved the fact that I was required to practice playing the piano and memorize difficult pieces for a purpose. It is very similar with this class. I find it very enjoyable to ignore the world and snuggle in with a book since it is homework.
I have always done this at the end of my day, but I’m allowing more time than usual due to the class requirements.
My taste as a reader has not changed very much in my life. I enjoy non-fiction or stories with a grain of truth or history behind them. I also enjoy picture books with rich illustrations of many styles.
I keep returning to Dave, The Potter, for example. I borrowed it from the bookmobile, but it is one that I will be buying for my own.
In children’s literature I enjoy books which spark the imagination of the reader. I imagine reading them out loud to a class. I imagine their responses. Since I’ve been back in my home town for teaching, I have one other memory of why I love reading.
My own Great-Aunt Frances spent every Saturday morning in our little park with a herd of kids gathered around her as she read stories. I don’t remember the stories, but I remember her devotion. I also remember being mad at the other kids for calling her “Aunt Frances.” She was MY Aunt Frances. She truly was. Most of my childhood was spent with her. I think it’s time to pass the torch.
I’m finding that I don’t particularly care for books that ramble very much. This will be part of next week’s response, so I won’t go into too much detail.
Apparently, an author could write any book about a horse and I would love it. I re-read my old favorite, “Norah’s Ark,” by Patsey Gray, and immediately knew why I loved it as a child.
It was very well written, and I enjoyed it still. My other favorite which I read again, even before this class, was “Misty of Chincoteague.” I still have my copy from grade school. Such a treasure.
I have enjoyed the honor books of all genres which focus on people, especially those people who were historically real.
I prefer reading upper elementary books, since that is the grade level where I am teaching. I’m finding new ways to spark interest in my students. I’m finding that most of my students enjoy reading that relates to themselves personally.
One of my projects to spark reading interest has been to take portraits of my students with their books. They are printed out for a bulletin board. Many are quite creative with their poses!