I teach second grade in a school that is approximately sixty-five percent Title I. Over half of our students come from economically disadvantaged homes. We have a diverse group of students, including African Americans, Asians, and Hispanic students. My students come with a variety of needs and reading levels.
These children come to school each day ready to learn and with smiles of their faces.
They are excited to read and love having the chance to choose books in our classroom library. They love new books and enjoy any opportunity to read and to share their thoughts.
My students enjoy time to listen to a read-aloud book every day after lunch. Not only does this calm their bodies down after lunch recess, but it also gives us a time to read new books together, and discuss the themes or how the books make us feel. I was fortunate enough to borrow several books from a colleague who had books that were rich with diversity, written and illustrated by diverse authors.
It was clear my students enjoyed reading books that they could directly relate with.
Their faces lit up when they saw children in our books that came from their same backgrounds or cultures. I want to provide my students with more opportunities to read books like this.
The books I am asking for are books we have read as a class that my students have fallen in love with, and also some new books that I can introduce to them to keep their love of reading alive! Read aloud is one of our favorite times during the day!
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