Growing up I had a library. I’m a big reader because my grandmother made sure I had lots of books. If all were right in my world, every kid in our school would have their own library at their house. Thanks to local organization Books for Keeps, this goal is happening. The past two days, every single student in our school Grades K-4 has taken home 12 free books, which they were able to choose for themselves. (5th grade will receive their books on Thursday). It’s been thrilling!
I LOVE the way Books for Keeps organizes their distribution- every student self-selects their books. Afterwards, they conduct exit survey asking the kids what books they are most excited about, and what they wish we had more of. They base their entire method on this study. It works!
The past two days, I have had so many kids come up and hug me and tell me how excited they are about reading. Every time I walk into a classroom or into the hall, I spy a kid with their head in a book. The past few weeks the kids and I have had great discussions about the best way to thank Melaney, Leslie, Vicky and all of the volunteers is by reading every day. I’m already seeing this in action. Chills! Way to go, Wildcats! Keep up the good work!