I swear, pulling up to my house and seeing a brown box with that Amazon.com smiley face adorning it. Whenever I order from Amazon, 75% of my order is going to be some sort of book - either a Young Adult Lit book or a book about how to improve my teaching practice. I love reading and I adore learning, so Amazon spells t-r-o-u-b-l-e for me!
Today, I pulled into my driveway and after glancing at our garden thats overrun with bright, red tomatoes, I saw it. The box. The smiley face. Finally! After attending an amazing teacher's conference while on vacation in Michigan this summer, I ordered a slew of YA novels for my students and I to devour. These titles are supposed to be phenomenal and I can't wait to get them into the hands of my kids. They're going to love them. In this stack, I've only read three so far. After Mrs. Burzynski's recommendation, I picked up Persepolis from the public library and read it in two evenings. It's a graphic novel about a teenage girl who lives through the Iranian Revolution. Sounds interesting, eh? It is. You should grab it. Stupid Fast is an awesome book for guys who are into football or if you're someone who likes to root for an underdog. I also got three teaching books - Teach Like a Pirate, Children Want to Write, and What Readers Really Do. I have so much school work to do, but I just want to read!!
Reading is like magic to me. I love reading for so many reasons. It relieves stress, helps me travel to another world for a moment, teaches me about life, and it helps me perform better academically! So many students have such terrible reading lives because they haven't had the right books in their hands. Passionate readers emerge if you just find the right book. It can take time. It can take patience. The cool thing? I'm patient, and we've got time! I can't wait to tell you more about how amazing reading is and get you started on Day 1 with our first Book Tasting! You'll love it.
The beginning of school + a stack of new books = It feels like Christmas in August!