Reader to Reader


I am a reader.  I have always been a reader.  I am a reader down to my bones.   I can spend hours exploring the shelves of any library or bookstore and leave with stacks of books.  When I was young, my mom would take me to the library at least twice a week.  Some weeks I could have gone more often.  She read to me from the time I was born. I was the girl who hid under the covers to read just one more chapter, and I am still the girl who stays up way past my bed time because I am lost in another world.  There are always at least five books on my nightstand waiting for me to dive into them and another five patiently waiting on my Kindle.  I am a reader, and I have never had trouble picking “Just Right” books.  So how did this happen?  How did I learn how to pick the books that I needed to read and was dying to read?  How did I know how to pick the books that would support my reading life?  Because I can tell you this, I have never had a mini lesson on how to pick “Just Right” books.  The answer is simple.  I read and have always read books I am interested in, and I learned that simple lesson from my mom.  I was allowed to become a reader and develop an interest in all sorts of books because of what I experienced at home.  I became a reader on the lap of a reader.   Unfortunately, not all of our readers are as I lucky as I was.  However, it is never too late!  Teachers have a responsibility to create readers, develop readers, support readers, and grow readers that know how to pick “Just Right” books each and every time even if the reader has never held a book.

Easy to say.

Hard to do.

But we have to start somewhere.

Start with

a reader

a lap

a passion

a conversation

and a lot of books




Filed under just right books, SOL

4 responses to “Reader to Reader

  1. I am right there with you. I feel a good chunk of my youth was spent lounging on the floor of my local library. And I loved it! Thanks for bringing me back to that space.

  2. I love the “conversation” component of how to choose right books. That’s a great point! I know that we readers love to talk about books and we do it constantly. Why would we think it should be differently for our students, right? Thanks for the reminder! Happy Slicing!

  3. Leigh Anne

    I wish all of my students could have this same experience! If parents only knew what a difference reading could make in the lives of their children!

  4. I am right there with you, from taking stacks of books home from the library to hiding under the covers with a flashlight and book. It breaks my heart to see students who have never fallen for a book, but there is no greater joy than seeing a student find that “just right” book for the first time. I just wish they didn’t have to wait until 7th grade to find it.

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