asked, I would like you to write about books you get for your classroom! :D
I'm answering this question within a week of reorganizing my library, a fact which probably amuses only me. ( Rambling about my library center layout.Collapse )
I wanted to give a sense of the layout of the library because it houses only about 50-60% of my book collection! ( Where are the rest?Collapse )
answer Becca's question, I get books for my classroom based on a few key factors. My children love books starring kids who look like them, so I own a ton of books featuring children of color. (Shoutout: The books my school provides are also fabulous on that front and pocky_slash
is like my own personal librarian.) My children love books with fun or beautiful language, so my amazing mother scoured used book sales to ensure I had multiple copies of every Dr. Seuss book. My children love books with fun or beautiful artwork, so sometimes I buy books with no words at all. My children love books about animals, the deadlier/grosser the better! My children love books they can read all by themselves, so there is an entire Elephant & Piggie section of my library. My children love books that I
loved as a child, because I have a special voice when I talk about them.
I still shop for my classroom as a book lover--a book lover with specialized knowledge! I still love the shine and smell and weight of brand new books. The best kidlit can still make me laugh out loud or burst into tears. Now when I pick up One
by Kathryn Otoshi, I can also mentally plan my class's ensuing discussion about bullying, plus a counting activity, plus a color mixing activity that meets science and
art standards, thank you very much. In writer's workshop, I can use it to show how authors change text size and shape to indicate how characters are feeling, or maybe how simple illustrations can tell a powerful story.
Ugh, children's literature is just the best. It delights adults as well. I gave an art teacher a copy of Ish
. She had never read it before and broke out into the biggest smile reading it. KIDLIT. ♥♥♥http://littledust.dreamwidth.org/539378.html | comments | Comment at Dreamwidth