In the fall, my classroom participated in the Global Read Aloud. It was our first time, so I wasn't sure what to expect. For next year, I am all in to make some solid connections with other classrooms reading the same book. I can't wait to see what is chosen. This year, I read The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. To say that my kids liked this book is a vast understatement. I'd finish a refreshingly short chapter, and shut the book to the following statements:
"You can't stop there!"
"Nooooooo!" (actual number of o's)
This is not a reaction you get from every read aloud. My second graders were captivated. We finished the book hoping for the best for Roz, Brightbill, and their friends. This week I surprised my class with the sequel, The Wild Robot Escapes. For dramatic effect, I sneakily put the copy into one of our bookshelves before the kids walked in for the day. I wanted to see how long it took them to realize it was there. It took less than a minute for one of my students to bring it to me, ask if he could read it, and then promptly shout "LOOK WHAT'S FINALLY HERE!" to his classmates. My little I-waited-for-the-release-of-every-Harry-Potter-book-at-the-stroke-of-midnight heart was overjoyed. I am thrilled that my students have that same anticipation for a brand new book. With the exception of one student who matter-of-factly stated, "that was not my favorite." Which, I was also thrilled with, but that's a post for another time. We began the book together on Monday and I can't wait to hear more "nooooooooo!"
Teacher, reader, tea drinker, and dog mom.