Debbie shared many great ideas in this book. One idea really stuck in my head but was slow to become a part of our classroom. Debbie shared how when a book reminded her of a child, she picked that book for the child. The next day she left the book along with a special note for the child. This idea stuck with me, but it wasn't until this week that I felt the power of these small things.
As I was conferring with the readers in the midst of a non-fiction study I noticed a few kids who were having difficulty locating non-fiction books on topics they were wondering about, some who were struggling to read challenging non-fiction text because they liked the topic and others were so excited about their topics they just couldn't get enough books!
That evening I found myself at the public library with all these thoughts swirling in my head. I took a break from browsing the picture books and wondered over to the non-fiction books. Finding book after book that seemed to scream out a child's name, snakes for Jacob, bumble bees for Jason, sunflowers for Bailey, and horses for Lily! I added about 10 books to my basket and headed to checkout. (I now have THREE full library cards!) As I left the library I couldn't wait to put these books directly in the hands of the readers, knowing each one was exactly what they were looking for!