Challenge #3: Prepare displays, table baskets, book shelves, or stacks of enticing books for every age and stage that you work with. The purpose of this challenge is to ensure that every child comes face to face with a tantalizing collection of books from the minute they enter your classroom. One of our favorite ways to do this is to have table baskets of an inviting variety of books sitting out from the first moment of the first day.
“Although I enjoy digging through the library to help students find books, my aim is to help them develop self-confidence in choosing books for themselves.”
-Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer
How Does This Help Grow A Community of Readers?
For many of our students, absolute free reign of the classroom library may be a bit overwhelming at first. Think about the last time you were at a restaurant with a massive menu- The Cheesecake Factory comes to mind. Their menu is over a dozen pages long! Choosing what to drink let alone an entire meal can be quite the task when presented with so many choices. Continue reading “Challenge #3: Prepare displays, table baskets, book shelves, or stacks of enticing books.”