I am a teaching assistant in a high school library and we have many students from our special education department coming into the library looking for non-fiction and fiction books to read. Their curiosity and enthusiasm is what makes my day. They are looking for books on dragons to water buffalo to drag racing cars. They want to explore countries around the world. They want to learn how to build dog houses and bird houses. We talk every day about the things they want to accomplish and what they want to do after high school. We talk about setting goals and working towards achieving those goals.
There is nothing better than seeing joy on the faces of our students when they come in and find books that engage their curiosity and fulfill their thirst for knowledge.
To witness the thrill a student exhibits when they are given a particular book they have been looking for is priceless. To be able to provide to a student something they might not otherwise have access to makes my job inspiring.
In our high school library we do not have enough materials to meet the needs of our Special Education students. They come in excited for books such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid or National Geographic titles. These books become like comfort food for them. Finding a quaint nook in our library to curl up and read a good story is essential to foster a love of reading. These are the books they are continually looking for on our shelves.
Connecting with a good story is critical for students to develop a passion for reading.
The books on this list will help our students enhance their love of reading, inspire them to try new things and learn to explore the world around them. We encourage them to learn new things and share the information with us and fellow students. Engaging our students is our primary goal and having these books will play a huge part in achieving that goal.
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