08 Nov Mentor Teaching Moves: Imagine if Book Love Was In the Air! #T4TMoments #itsallaboutthebooks
As we walked through the hallways at the Johnson Elementary School, we were reminded of Lillian Katz’s words,
“Dispositions are not learned by children through formal instruction but are nurtured by people, contexts and the environment that surrounds them – dispositions are caught rather than taught.”
Book love was alive around every corner of this school.
It was outside the Principal’s office.
It was inside the school library
and in the hallway.
We even found book love in a broken water fountain.
Imagine what would happen, if books surrounded students in every school. Imagine if students could see what the teachers and staff were reading. Imagine the impact if we make book love something that is “in the air” rather than something we must teach. If we share and nurture book love, it will grow and our students will catch it.
If you want to read more ideas on how to use books to engage and instruct readers, check out our latest book, It’s All About the Books. We are donating all of our royalties to the Book Love Foundation. The Book Love Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving classroom libraries and putting books in the hands of students.