Last summer was the first year that I really got involved with #bookaday. I loved reading so many fabulous children’s books and connecting with the other enthusiastic participants. If you’re not familiar with #bookaday, you can check out Donalyn Miller’s blog for more information.
I learned so much from my participation in #bookaday. This experience helped me grow as a teacher because I was exposed to a variety of books that I then shared with students over the course of the past year. For the first time, I explored graphic novels. I was introduced to authors such as Lynda Mullaly Hunt and Linda Urban. I laughed and I cried over so many books that I might not have read had it not been for #bookaday.
I’ve been a little slower with #bookaday this summer, though. While I’ve read some fabulous books (The Terrible Two, Ranger in Time #2, and The Island of Dr. Libris, just to name a few), I haven’t read as many as I had by this time last year. I reminded myself that I’ve been involved in several projects that include time revising my presentation for ILA and a project for my reading council. I’ve also been distracted by some books that are not education-related. I’m currently reading Cokie Roberts’ Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868 and I have Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly in my queue. I’m a former history major and still enjoy reading books in that area. However, I don’t want to miss out on expanding my kid lit repertoire. As I reflect, though, I realize that this is not a bad a dilemma to have. Either way I go, I’m going to have some excellent reading experiences!