This is another wonderful post from an excellent teacher!
To start the school year, I always pick a random selection of books for my classroom bookshelf. Nothing theme-y, just good literature. Poetry, rhyming, humor, old favorites and new award winners. So take a look, go reading, and get lost in a good book.
I collected the books late in the afternoon, the day before children arrived. Most teachers had left for the day, so I was alone in the library at school. I felt like one of the children in the book, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. The only difference was that I was in a library, not a museum.
When I placed the books on the shelf, I wondered which one the children would like most. I thought Otis, or Dr. Seuss. Yet, I never second guess or underestimate children, as their minds are always one step ahead.
And the children’s first favorite?…
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