I'm participating in the World Read Aloud Day Blogging Challenge. If you're not familiar with World Read Aloud Day, please visit LitWorld's website here and register to participate in your classroom and school.
My week 1: February 10-16
Week 2: February 17 - 23
For this week's WRAD Blogging Challenge, I interviewed my son Coen. He's 8 and in second grade. His answers will appear in red.
1. I think everyone in the world should read…
Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman because it's a good book!
Yes! Yes I DO think everyone in the world should read!
I could never choose just one book that EVERYONE should read because books should be something readers can connect to personally. Not all readers connect with the same books. I tell my students that over and over again. Books are like clothes and fit everyone a little bit differently. Although there are favorites that I recommend to students, they don't always enjoy the same books that I do.
2. If I could listen to anyone in the world read aloud to me it would be…
My mom because I love reading with her. (Yes, my heart melted when he said that.)
My daddy because I miss him immensely. I wrote about my memories of reading together with him when I was younger in the first WRAD blogging challenge. He had such a huge impact on me not only as a person, but as a reader. In high school, we shared book recommendations and read many of the same books so we could talk about them. He introduced me to the suspense of Mary Higgins Clark and the classic westerns of Louis L'amour. He left this world 18 years ago and I still miss him.
3. When I read aloud, my favorite character to impersonate is…
Batman! I love to do my Batman voice when I check out those books from the library and read with Dad.
Any character in Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger! It's one of my favorite read aloud books because of the humor and outrageousness...
4. The genre or author that takes up the most room on my bookshelf (or e-reader) is…
Picture books because I like reading them and looking at all the pictures.
Fantasy and science fiction! I love to get lost in other worlds and escape the normal world. Give me a dragon or a dystopian society and I'm a happy reader. My students always laugh when I talk about books because I often describe the books I've enjoyed as weird, quirky, or strange. I love an unusual book!
I also love reading picture books with Coen and my students. I don't think you're ever too old for a great picture book!
5. My favorite part about reading aloud or being read to is...
listening to the story and picturing it in my head.
I love getting lost in the story. I don't often take the time to listen to a good book except when we're traveling, but a wonderful narrator can bring the story to life in my head.
I love reading aloud to students and my kids and hearing their reactions at different points in the story. A great day is when I finish reading a chapter and they beg me to continue. That's when I know it's been a good read aloud day!