Book Whisperer - Chapter 1

It's finally here! BW time! :) 

There were so many things that stood out to me in Chapter 1. I've taught Reader's Workshop for 10 years, but I feel like it's gotten really "dull" for me. And there are still kids I'm having a hard time reaching. Don't get me wrong -  I know those kids will always be there but I feel like this book will give me more tools to reach them. 

I certainly have favorite read-alouds that I love to share with my kids every year. I know my enthusiasm for each chapter, each character and their journey carries over to the students. I hear it in the groans when read-aloud time is up, and in the excited whispers when we sit down to get started.

My Top 3 Read-Alouds:
3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

My struggle has always been after the read-aloud. I've always been frustrated with my inability to help kids carry their enthusiasm for the read-aloud carry over into their independent reading time. Sure, there are kids who are in love with books already. I want to get to the ones that don't! :) 

"...Reading shows you how to be a better human being." ~Donalyn Miller

With our push in the 7 Habits, I know examining characters and their intrinsic traitswill be a bigger focus for me this year. How can you read Harry Potter, Edward Tulane or Charlotte's Web and not discuss those things?? I can't wait to have more consistently meaningful discussions with my kids!

Finally, here's my Wordle. I pretty much heart Wordle. I can't wait to use it with my kiddos next year!

Wordle: BW 1

What are your Top 3 Read-Alouds?
I would love some new ideas!!


  1. Your blog is so cute! I really like Frindle and my kids enjoyed me reading it to them last year. I love reading them picture books. I need to do more of that. I enjoyed reading your post!

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  2. Frindle is such a good read! I just made an Andrew Clements basket for my library next year. I can't wait to introduce my kids to his books. Thanks for the reminder! :)

  3. I started the year last year with Bewcause of Winn Dixie, Their other favourites were: Edward Tulane, Stone Fox, Tale of Desperaux.