20 Jun Slice of Life: Well-Loved Books #SOL17
Yesterday, we were helping one of our partner schools revise their bookroom. A group of fifth graders volunteered to give us a hand. We set one group up to reorganize the book club section and interactive read aloud class sets. We discussed some ideas and let them know they should throw away any books that were really beyond repair. Many of the books were well-loved — missing covers or broken along the spine.
They set off to work.
Excuse me. Do you think this one is beyond repair?
I look up and see a boy showing me a copy of Holes. It was in three sections and both covers were unattached.
I think you could call that one damaged.
So, I should throw it away?
Yes, that makes sense to me.
I then overheard him talking with a classmate.
I loved this book. I don’t want to throw it away.
Why? There are like twenty other copies of it. We won’t miss one copy.
He pauses and looks at the book. Then he heads over to me.
Do you have any kind of tape I could use to fix this book?
Yes. There is book tape in that basket on the shelf.
I watch him carefully mend the book and place it back on the shelf. His classmate nods her head at him in disbelief.
I loved that book. I want someone else to read that book – the same one I read. I want another person to feel what I felt when I read that same actual book.
I am not sure he convinced his classmate, but he had me at book tape. Tomorrow we plan to add a new basket to the bookroom – Well-Loved.
Clare and Tammy