It's a Book Bash!
This week I am celebrating a reading reunion. I had been toying with the idea of inviting my kids (from last year) to come together to share our summer reading. When I mentioned this to my oldest daughter she quickly replied, "I would've loved that as first grader!" This was all I needed to take the dive!
As families gathered hugs were shared, squeals were heard and books were EVERYWHERE! The kids were eager to share their books and quickly spread out their blankets and gathered with other readers. I flipped off my flip flops and began to go from blanket to blanket sharing and reading with my class, just like readers do naturally. the kids were so adorable pulling book after book from thier book bags "I can read this one too you Mrs. Frazier, or "Look, I got this one from the library." A few even shared books they had brought because they wanted to share it with a specific reader, "Mrs. Frazier I brought this one because it's a graphic novel and I know you like these kinds of books!"
Donalyn Miller's book Reading in the Wild she shares startling information about readers loosing this joy and becoming embarrassed about reading and strategies we as teachers and a community can use to cultivate life long readers. You can help grow readers for life and join our Wild Readers Scavenger Hunt, #letsbringreadingback!
The Book Bash was a success the parents and the kids were excited and many asked if we could do it again before school starts, I think this was the first annual Book Bash!