Welcome to my new book blog. I started it because it is my passion to connect children with books they will love in hopes of creating lifelong readers. I plan to use this blog to review and recommend books for children and discuss successful literacy activities from my fourth grade classroom.
But let's start with how I came up with the blog name.
I was indeed a late reading "bloomer". I did not start reading for enjoyment until I was in my mid twenties.
As a child I remember feeling smart, but I had a difficult time learning how to read. I was the kind of kid who would read a page and have no idea what happened. In third grade, my teachers tried to help me by placing me in the lowest level reading group to read our basal readers. I remember the day that I was demoted from the middle reading group to the lowest group. That was the day I learned that I was not smart and I was not expected to succeed (at least that is how my third grade self felt).
So I accepted my fate and continued through elementary school on my path of mediocrity. I have brief glimmers of enjoyable reading experiences during this time. I loved when our teacher or librarian read to us. Our school librarian read Ticki Ticki Tembo by Arlene Mosel to us and I loved it so much that now it is one of my favorite picture books to read to my students.
In school I read because I HAD to. I do not remember any teacher showing me that reading could be enjoyable or suggesting any great books for me.
To make a long story short, I finished school and barely squeaked into college. All the while I still never read for any reason other than to do my assignments and I was training to become a TEACHER! How would I ever be able to inspire my students to read?