To start the school year, I always pick a random selection of books for my classroom bookshelf. Nothing theme-y, just good literature. Poetry, rhyming, humor, old favorites and new award winners. So take a look, go reading, and get lost in a good book.
I collected the books late in the afternoon, the day before children arrived. Most teachers had left for the day, so I was alone in the library at school. I felt like one of the children in the book, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. The only difference was that I was in a library, not a museum.
When I placed the books on the shelf, I wondered which one the children would like most. I thought Otis, or Dr. Seuss. Yet, I never second guess or underestimate children, as their minds are always one step ahead.
And the children’s first favorite? Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems. As you can see, children are crammed together, because they desperately want to hear this story read aloud. They can’t get enough:
As we read aloud over the next few weeks, every book on this bookshelf will become a favorite. They are some of the best. Each time we change and add books, the pattern and thrill will be repeated all year long – new books, new favorites.
“If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books.” -Roald Dhal-