Ok, I admit it! I am addicted to books even more so than chocolate!
When it comes to reading there is nothing like the smell and touch of
a real book. The aroma of the freshly pressed ink, the feel of the
paper as your fingers glide across to turn the page.
A line of paperbacks resting neatly in a row along the bookshelf beckoning you over to scan their contents.
As for a bookshop, I haven’t a hope in passing by one without
venturing inside inevitably to depart arms loaded with more reading
material than I have a hope of finding the time to wade through.
I can’t stand to borrow a book from someone else, if I’m going to
read it, I have to own it myself. To be placed on my shelf for all time.
(Maybe one day I just might get around to re-reading it).
A lot of my children’s books that I have bought over the years have
been used over and over again. They are an invaluable resource to be
used in the classroom, and I treasure them.
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Where the Wild Things Are by
Maurice Sendak are two more children’s books I can’t go past when it
comes to children’s literature and their education.
I love books of all shapes and sizes, especially big colourful books for little kids.
Books that make them laugh and have fun.
Books that entertain during the learning process.
When I was still teaching my favourite part of the day was always the
literacy block. I am passionate about helping litle ones learn to read
and it always gave me so much joy to watch their reading skills grow in
cofidence until they became independent readers. When I had the
opportunity to teach ESL and Literacy Assistance I was happier than ever
as I was teaching reading all day! I admit the hardest time in my
classes came when we use to have “DEAR” time (Drop Everything And
Read).When the time was up and we had to move onto the next lesson I
found that even I (the teacher) had trouble putting down my book. So I
understood when there was always at least one person somewhere up the
back of the classroom so engrossed in their novel they found it very
difficult to re-join the rest of us.
One year I had a year 4 class I decided to read Roald Dahl’s The
Witches to. Before I began to read each day I signalled the time by
donning my own witches hat. Instantly the class knew it was time for the
book. They packed away and sat quietly ever eager to hear and laugh
along with Mr Dahl’s marvelous story telling.
Another year while
I had Kindergarten I used a dragon puppet and read How to Train Your
Dragon by Cressida Cowell. Each lunchtime while they ate, the dragon
and I read the story to an enraptured silently chewing audience.
I can think of nothing better than to engage children in the love of
books when they are young and beginning to learn. That is what has
prompted me to write my own series of books for early and reluctant
readers. I want to continue to share the joy that books have brought
into my world with the next generation of readers so that they are able
to grow and fulfill their own dreams and passions in life.