Styling Librarian: It’s A-OK to ReRead
It is “ok” to reread… As I finish some books I think to myself, if only I had the time to return to these friends… I don’t know what I’ll pick up next with my son’s influence half the time, but I am starting to revisit old friends of the past. One of the first rereads with my son was the first 4 books of the Narnia series. Then we treasured Charlotte’s Web together – as an audiobook read by E.B. White, not read aloud by me… I think it was his charming accent… Personally, I feel no guilt as a school librarian over repeating a treasured book each year with a particular grade level since I know I introduce new treasures throughout the year depending on curriculum, student interest, and my excitement. This past month, my reread treasures included Little Blue and Little Yellow by Lio Lionni and My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss… plus many others. I plan to reread a VERY treasured book this year with students and approach reflection of the book through google docs- Love that Dog by Sharon Creech. That will be a fun experience. Personally, I would like to hunker down and reread The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
Once again, I’m inspired by Jen Vincent @ TeachMentorTexts:
This time I’m participating in a rereading challenge. I think this will be quite fun.
Presently, here are some books I’m enjoying re-reading:
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
I’ve mentioned before how much I adored reading The Tale of Despereaux with my son and how I look forward to REREADING it with him in a few years to see how his understanding of the story develops…
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
I went to see The Secret World of Arrietty recently and now am reading The Borrowers by Mary Norton to my son. He’s enjoying it and finding it interesting that there’s extra pieces of the story that weren’t included in the movie. He practically exploded when he realized that we were five chapters in when we finally got to a portion of the book that was at the beginning of the movie. I love comparing the book to the movie with my son, he remembers so much more than I do and additionally finds impressive connections throughout the book.
Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann
My students provided an unexpected discussion on why they loved Eric Rohmann’s book Bone Dog so much… it was interesting to hear about how they loved the connection the boy had to his dog, the humor that was injected in the book, and how much they loved that little piece of translucent paper that showed the dog as a regular dog and then the bone dog. I don’t know how many times I turned that page when reading the book with students but I loved how much they enjoyed and connected with the book.
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Thanks to Anita Silvey’s Webpage- Book-A-Day, I was reminded that I must promote Gene Zion’s books and share the adorable Harry the Dirty Dog book. What fun it was to enjoy again since I read it last as a little girl!
I’ll see what I achieve in this challenge, from Jen Vincent’s webpage:
Reread 1 novel (MG or YA) and 3 picture books or chapter books.
Write at least 1 blog post or 1 comment that shares your rereading experience.
Any book that you have read before – whether it was 20 years ago or 20 minutes ago counts as a reread!