Kelly the Reader – Her Story

Kelly has learned to read.  She is so proud!  Most children are happy to just keep reading, once they have crossed that threshold.  Not Kelly.  She wanted to show her skills to the world, to read aloud on YouTube, but Mom and Dad said no.  She wanted to show her stuffies on YouTube.  No again.  After thinking long and hard, she wanted a ‘cozy corner’ a place to read, just like Jennie’s Cozy Corner at school.

My goodness.  Yes, I have a cozy corner in the library.  It was a gift when I celebrated 35 years of teaching.

It’s a lovely spot, a place to just be, a place to read.

Mom and Dad thought this was a wonderful idea.  For Christmas Santa brought Kelly a giant wall hanging.  It is stunning, stairs that are books leading up to a castle and bright sun.

She named her special place, Kelly’s World of Wonder.

I was invited to Kelly’s World of Wonder as the first guest.  First!  I was so excited.  She wanted to read an Elephant and Piggie book.  I was Gerald the elephant, and she was Piggie.

Then, Kelly wanted to read aloud on her own to me.  The book was tricky, as I had to guess different animals.  Clearly, Kelly was confident and a terrific reader-aloud.

Here’s to Kelly, and the readers of the world.  More importantly, here’s to Kelly’s creativity and imagination.  In the words of Albert Einstein,
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

I am proud of you, Kelly.  Thank you for inviting me to be your first guest.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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76 Responses to Kelly the Reader – Her Story

  1. That is SO lovely Jennie!

  2. willowdot21 says:

    What a lovely post Jennie I wish I had had a kind teacher like you. Kelly’s room looks amazing.
    Unfortunately the links you added had expired.💜💜

  3. Ritu says:

    This is SO lovely, Jennie 🥰

  4. Brenda says:

    Beautiful. Its so wonderful to see excitement about reading.

  5. Darlene says:

    What a perfect cozy corner, yours and Kelly’s. I love that wall hanging. I also love that Kelly’s parents are so supportive of her reading ability.

  6. beth says:

    how very, very wonderful!

  7. I love this! The wall hanging is beautiful and the name she has chosen is perfect!

  8. K.L. Hale says:

    Kelly, way to go! You’re world of wonder is stunning! Jennie, you’re an inspiration! I love the Cozy Corner and the forever impacts you make on our precious children. I have to share this with my daughter-in-law’s and little grands (ages 1,2, and 3) who have been holding, loving, and pretend reading (videos sent to me by Momma’s). This post, and you and Kelly, warm my heart and soul! Thank you for sharing! 💕🥰

    • Jennie says:

      That’s so nice, Karla. Thank you! I hope you share- who wouldn’t love that backdrop as a cozy corner? Those little grands would. Anything to inspire the love of reading is such a good thing. I updated the blog post so that the reading videos come through. 😍

      • K.L. Hale says:

        It’s my pleasure, Jennie! I appreciate your thoughts and encouragement (and superb ideas). I’ll have to view the videos now. On a side note, because I’m observant and weird (tee hee) I noticed we wear the same socks! I absolutely love my wool Darn Tough from Vermont. I’m a sick snob I guess? I’ve been wearing wool for so many years I can hardly wear any cotton. Like I said, a strange observation but because I have the same pair I had to comment! Lol 😆 🥰🤗

      • Jennie says:

        I love my Darn Tough socks!! I’m glad you noticed. Many thanks, Karla. 💕

      • K.L. Hale says:

        You’re welcome, Jennie! Take care!! ❤️❤️

  9. I absolutely love this! Kudos to you for your influence and support. Kudos to her folks for creating such an amazing space for her. (That wall hanging is marvelous.) What an awesome place to get lost in a book. Your invite is proof of the impact you continue to make and the connections that make a difference.

  10. Don Ostertag says:

    I had so many things to say about this post, but the comment from nostagicitalian beat me. So I will say kudos to Kelly, her parents, and her teacher.

  11. Lovely to have a special comfy spot to read. We’ll done Kelly and Jennie. Creativity is intelligence having fun!!!

  12. That was special! I hope her love for reading continues and grows all her life.

  13. beetleypete says:

    A world of wonder indeed. She is starting out on an amazing journey through the world of books. And you were there to guide her.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  14. you are a inspiration to Kelly and many children through out your teaching career Jennie!

  15. Ally Bean says:

    This is delightful and charming and practical. Good job, Kelly

  16. Yay for Kelly! Jennie, you bring so much coziness to the world — thank you. Hugs.

  17. Opher says:

    Genius Jenny!! You provide the pathway to all possibility!!

  18. restlessjo says:

    Lovely to be able to share her pride and excitement.

  19. This is absolutely wonderful!

  20. Dan Antion says:

    Kelly has a great place to read and a wonderful companion. Thanks for sharing this, Jennie.

  21. quiall says:

    I always had a reading nook. Love this story.

  22. Oh, this is so wonderful and nearly unbelievable. What a great gift for a very engaged girl. Thanks for the visit and giving her the push strait forward to great achievments, Jennie! Best wishes, Michael

  23. petespringerauthor says:

    It doesn’t get much better than having a special place to read named after you. Great idea, and kudos to Kelly’s parents for recognizing the importance of reading. What an honor to be her first guest! I’m so glad Jennie’s Cozy Corner planted the idea in her head.

    • Jennie says:

      You totally understand, of course! From my special place, to Kelly’s parents encouraging reading and letting her create a cozy corner like mine, to being the first guest. Sounds like a hat trick to me! Best to you, Pete.

  24. It has to be so rewarding to be a part of setting the foundation and sparking the interest in students becoming attracted to reading like this, Jennie. Well done to you, Kelly’s parents…and of course Kelly!

    • Jennie says:

      It really is very rewarding, Bruce. How many jobs are there where you can make a difference, connect, and be rewarded? Not many. I am the lucky one. My hat is tipped to Kelly and to her parents.

  25. That is beyond precious. I bought reading chairs–big oversized chairs that would hold about four people snuggled together. We still call it that, even as adults.

    Kudos to mom and dad for guiding their daughter to a good choice.

  26. Steevens says:

    Keep reading! 😉

  27. Elizabeth says:

    What loving parents to respond so perfectly to her needs. My daughter was not so specific and tended to read anywhere she landed, usually on the floor!

    • Jennie says:

      Yes, they are terrific parents and provided a perfect reading spot. Maybe if I’d had a cozy corner I would have been a reader as a child. Hmmm… Reading anywhere you land sounds like someone who is a good reader. You did a good job, Mom.

      • Elizabeth says:

        I didn’t know you weren’t always a reader. Yes reading was always encouraged throughout my family. Grandparents sent books as presents. My granddaughter’s favorite gift is a Barnes and Noble gift card. Her mother passed on my parenting.

      • Jennie says:

        People are always surprised to learn I wasn’t a reader as a child. See, it’s never too late, right? I encouraged my children and grandchildren, and they are good readers. Mine love a B&N gift card, too.

      • Elizabeth says:

        I was certainly surprised. Thank goodness you passed on the love to all the children who have come your way.

      • Jennie says:

        Thank you, Elizabeth.

  28. Hi Jennie, it is interesting how readers like a cozy place to read. I used to curl up behind the couch in the sitting room when I was young. A terrific poster and reading corner.

    • Jennie says:

      Behind the couch- what a cozy place for you to read! The wall hanging really transforms the reading space in Kelly’s room. Readers do love special, cozy places. Best to you, Robbie.

  29. toritto says:

    Nice. Really nice!

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