Making Creative Readers


Today I read an article called “Creating Readers” by Donalyn Miller. I knew it was going to be a good article because she is known as the “book whisperer” and it lived up the hype.

Donalyn Miller is one of the best teachers that has ever been around for getting students to read and not complain while doing it. In her classroom she would encourage reading and wouldn’t pressure them. Most teachers expect their students to read a certain amount by a due date but they don’t give the student anytime to read during the school day or if they do very little. She would also allow her students to pick their own book if it relates to the topic they are going over. The book would have to be approved by her first but this allows the students to enjoy the book. Most teachers assign a book and the whole class has to read that one book. By letting them choose their own book they can pick one that they will like. If the students likes the book they are reading they will remember more of it and having a better chance of enjoying reading.

At the school I went to we had to do a program called AR or accelerated reader. This program is that you would be giving a certain amount of points you have to reach each semester of school. Each book in the library is worth a certain amount of points and you would pick out a book and take a test on the book when you were done. If you passed the test you would get the points that book was worth. The problem with this is you are making the students read and if they fail the test they wouldn’t get any points at all. This would make them think they failed and reading the book was pointless.

The reason I brought the AR program up is that it proves that it doesn’t really work and we need more teachers like Donalyn Miller. We need to get students to love reading and the way we do that is getting each student to find the type of books they like and keep them going. If they like the book they will read more and more. I will be teaching in just under a year and I hope to bring Danalyn Miller’s method along with me and incorporate it in my classroom.


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

This week I read 20 Caldecott Medal and Honor books and I have to say they still make me laugh and enjoy reading them just like they did when I was younger. It’s amazing how the books that were in the list of winners or honors that were writing 30 years ago still connect to us. This goes to show that when your a kid your a kid and it doesn’t change much at all. We all laugh and love the same books. I am going to show and describe 10 of my favorite ones I read. These will be in no particular order.

                                                                                       Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

The first book is called Owl Moon. This book was about a dad that took his daughter to go bird watching. The part that I like about this book was is was exciting and it was about the dad showing his daughter the outdoors.I think it’s the parents job to go out and show their kids the outdoors and this book shows that in my opinion. I wish they had both parents out bird watching with the daughter but that is okay.

                                                                                               Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

The second book is called Officer Buckle and Gloria. Peggy Rathmann is the author. This is an awesome book! This book is great because it shows that just because something bad happens you don’t have to stop what you are doing. This book has a dog named Gloria and an officer named Buckle. Officer Buckle and Gloria are assigned to go to local schools and teach safety. The kids at the schools love them and they love teaching them. One day they had an accident and officer Buckle wanted to stop going to schools and teach safety because he didn’t want it to happen again. But then a little girl named Claire wrote him a letter and told him how much she loved them and that they should keep teaching. The part I liked about this book was that it shows that if your doing something and you love and have fun doing it don’t stop. If something bad happens don’t fight through it and keep going. You never know who might be watching and how much it means to them.

                                                                                           The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

The third book is called The Man Who Walked Between The Towers. This book was written by Mordicai Gerstein. This book is a great book to read for your class if they are starting to shut down early and give up on doing a project. If they think they can’t do it or if they try once and fail then they give up. The reason is because they need to know at times things my be scary and you might say to your self that you can’t do it but you just have to push through those times and do it. You have to fail in order to succeed sometimes. It was a good all around book with a lot of good life lessons if you look close.

                                                                 Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds

The fourth book is called Creepy Carrots. This is my favorite book so far. This book is very clever and has a great ending. The book is a bout a rabbit named Jasper and he loves his carrots. He would always go into Crackenhooper Field and eat the carrots but one day he saw some following him and creeping on him. So after a couple days of the carrots following him he came up with the idea to build a fence around the carrot field. After he was done building the fence the carrots started cheering because now Jasper can’t get in and eat the them. This book deals with problem solving. It gets your mind working and being strategic about your problems.

                                                                                               Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

The fifth book is called Interrupting Chickens. This was a great book because it shows and talks about what kids do at a young age. They all interrupt and talk out of turn and they don’t even know it. This is a great book to help show the kids that we need to be consider everyone that is talking and wait for them to finish their story. I loved this book because it is one of my biggest pet peeves. I understand when kids are young they interrupt because they don’t know any better but when a older person does it that’s not good. We need to start teaching them at a young age so they can learn.

                                                                                                Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

The sixth book is called Grandpa Green. This book has a lot of good lessons in life also. This book is about a great grandpa and growing a garden with his great grandson. He is giving him life lessons when the great grandson doesn’t even know it. I liked this book because it shows us that we need to teach the younger generations about life. There are many different ways in showing and teaching the these ways.

                                                                                                  How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz

The seventh book is called How I Learned Geography. This book was about being a kid in World War 2. This was a good book that through in different information that students can learn from. It shows that if we think we have it bad off that our parents didn’t cook us what we wanted we shouldn’t complain. Kids were lucky enough to get a loaf of bread every night. This book was good at little things like that. We can use this book in the class room but I personally don’t think it was the best one that I’ve read. It kind of got lost at some parts in my opinion.

                                                                                           Blackout by John Rocco

The eighth book is called Blackout. This shows that we can survive if we don’t have electricity. The power goes out in a town and the family has to find a different way to spend their time. They had to spend time together and in the end they came closer as a family. This is a great story to read to the kids because most of the kids of this generation think that if they don’t t.v., the latest game, or phone that they won’t survive.

                                                                                              The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

The ninth book is called The Lion and the Mouse. When you think of a book you think of reading words but this book is one of those exceptions. This book has no words. You look at the picture and make your own words. The lion and the mouse have their own talents and they if they put them together they are more powerful. This is good for kids because they need to know that everyone is different and has their own talents.


The tenth and last book I will share with you is called First the Egg. I liked this books lay out. It was very creative and informational for young kids. The book was good at transitioning from page to page. It was a very good and creative book.

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If someone asked me if I was a reader they would say no. Part of the reason is I’m always busy with football or working.  In my opinion reading is a great tool to learn how to be better at spelling, reading, writing papers, and just all around grammar. I also believe you have to start reading at a young age to like reading when you get older and I personally never really read at all when I was younger. There is a reason I didn’t read when I was younger and that is my big sister would always want attention from my mom and distract my mom. My mom even told me this was true; when I was older she told me. The reason I don’t consider myself as a reader is that I only read books when I get homework assignments that require reading. I don’t hate reading at all but I don’t get excited about reading either.  I will read a couple magazines and the newspapers once a week.