Hi everyone! Happy Cinco de Mayo too! This is a very special Mentor Monday. We're sharing books we love to read to our students, kids, or books we remember being read to us. I'm going to share a sad fact with you. My elementary school teachers RARELY read to us. I could probably count on one hand the books that were read to us. One was Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Ears. That was read by my sixth grade teacher! There were no reading areas, cozy book nooks, or carpeted areas to sit and enjoy a book. We did have a weekly trip to the school library though.
My love of reading was nurtured by my parents. I was read to every night, mostly by my Dad. Tomi dePaola, E.B. White, Stan and Jan Berenstain, Dr. Seuss, Robert McClosky, Virginia Lee Burton, Beverly Cleary, and Judy Blume have been some of favorite authors growing up and I thank my parents for sharing their love of reading with me. As a fourth grader, my Mom read The Secret Garden to me. What a treat to have such a magical story come alive in my mind!
We teachers send a powerful imprint when we read to our children. Don't ever stop doing read alouds no matter how old they are! If you're a high school teacher, recite dramatic poetry like "The Highwayman" to your class. Most importantly, never underestimate the power of the picture book. As I write this post, I realize the dual role both parents and teachers play in the lives of a child. We both hope to nurture a love of books and learning. May you find time to read to your class every day, no matter the circumstances.
Before you go and read to your kiddos, I'd like to let you know about the big Teacher Appreciation Sitewide sale on Teachers Pay Teachers. I just added my long awaited Orton Gillingham Phonogram cards and Posters Set. You'll be able to get that or any other product at 28% off. I know how hard teachers work, and how much you spend. We can all use a little help! Hopefully you'll stop by my store and check out the newer products or buy something from your wish list.
Thank you everyone! Have great week teaching and learning. Teacher bloggers are welcome to link up to this post. Here is a Mentor Monday badge to use with your post. :)