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.
and a lot of books