Monday, January 9, 2012

When Kids Recommend Books: The Rule

I am always glad when students bring books to loan to me.
I have two books right now from students.
One is called Entangled: Eater of Souls, by Graham Hancock. I had not heard of Graham Hancock before. According to the back cover, Mr. Graham is "an unconventional thinker."
I don't really believe in jacket copy. So I'm ignoring that part.
But my student who loaned it to me is, for true, an unconventional thinker. He is quiet and he observes. I was so thrilled that he communicated to me about a book that I was hard-pressed to stay calm and not bounce, because I knew he would be mortified.
So I'm bouncing in my head.
He told me all this cool stuff that he likes about the book. He wants to know what I think.
This is a source of deep joy.
Another student dropped off a book for me today. It is called Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I had not heard of this book, either, but that is the great thing about kids handing you books. I didn't read the jacket copy on this one, except that I saw a blurb on it by Carrie Ryan and I like her books.
It doesn't matter, though. Whoever wrote the book, whoever blurbed the book, here's the rule:
If a kid brings you a book, you read it.


  1. You make me want to buy a time machine on eBay and end up as one of your students.

  2. I second Helene's comment!


    Take care

  3. I think I know Margaret Stohl. I wonder if it's the same person.

  4. When I was in High School, one of the series that taught me to love reading was "All Things Bright and Beautiful" I haven't read it for decades, time to read it again. Thank you! Great thoughts. ;D

  5. Yes! You are a good teacher.
    Bouncing in your head must be exhausting. ;)
    Let us know how the books are.