My Book Bears reading group at the library meets every month. We read a book, and have a discussion about the book the following month. If that was the only thing that happened at Book Bears, it would be dreadful. These are the Big Kids, second and third graders. They read. They’re smart. And they have Jennie.
While I’m a preschool teacher who reads aloud zillions of picture books and great chapter reading books, this is different. They’re older. They get it. I love it.
We talk about deep things, funny things, and important things when we discuss the book we have read. It’s lively and fun. Children take turns reading aloud their favorite part of the book.
And then we get to the best part – “Bob”
Over a year ago I brought along my favorite summer read, like all the other Book Bears did. We shared our favorite books. Bob was a big hit (understatement), so I began to read aloud the book at the end of every monthly meeting. And I never looked backed. Neither did the Book Bears.
Children stare and are gripped in silence when I read this book so they don’t miss a word. Really. They’re hooked. So am I.
Here is the end of what I read aloud today:
“You remember a lot about when I was here before”, I tell Sarah.
“Well, we don’t get a lot of visitors. Hey, speaking of your invisible friend, have you dug up your time capsule yet?”
“You’re time capsule! That’s what you called it. You said you were going to bury it before you went back home.”
This feels important. “Do you happen to remember where I buried it?”
She smiles. “Sorry. I can’t remember things I never knew. You said it was for your invisible friend. Maybe you should ask him.”
And then she laughs.
Time capsule? Are you kidding? This is the best story. No wonder Book Bears chant, “Bob. Bob. Bob.” Rylan and Mason are die hard fans!
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”