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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

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    Christie Wyman
    Posted at 09:45h, 20 June Reply

    I remember that feeling of loving a book so much, I wanted to share it with everyone. Still do! And what would we do without book tape?

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    Lisa Corbett
    Posted at 09:52h, 20 June Reply

    Oh my! This is so me. I know exactly how he felt.

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    Katie Gordon
    Posted at 10:48h, 20 June Reply

    You clearly have a community of readers. There is something special about that one well loved book.

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    Aileen Hower
    Posted at 11:36h, 20 June Reply

    How completely precious to have a reader inspire you to create a “well-loved” book section. Thank you for sharing his words and thoughts with us!

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    Linda Baie
    Posted at 13:17h, 20 June Reply

    You’ve made me want to create my own “well-loved” section here at home. What a sweet and thoughtful boy to take extra time so others can read his beloved book.

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    Kendra Limback
    Posted at 14:28h, 20 June Reply

    Be still my heart. I felt this way weeding out my own classroom library this year. I did end up recycling some “well-loved” books, but it was tugging at my heart to do so! This is inspiring and I will be considering a well-loved basket for next year! Thanks for sharing this lovely story.

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    Deb Frazier
    Posted at 15:42h, 20 June Reply

    Oh, my this is beyond heartwarming! I am inspired to share this story with the readers of our classroom. My hope is our book hospital will be renamed….

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    Christine Baldiga
    Posted at 16:04h, 20 June Reply

    I was thinking about replacing a few of my kids well worn books to share with my grandchildren and hesitated to throw away the original ratty-tatty copies. It shows the love and I want to share that love.
    Great share!

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    Fran McVeigh
    Posted at 19:20h, 20 June Reply

    There was absolutely no way that all the books I owned could come home this spring. So for the last two years when I have taught classes, I’ve gifted books to the students. In fact this spring most teachers could have 50+ books . . .

    So I had two tables of
    “New home needed. No returns”
    and 2/3 of the books found a new home. Gently worn or well-worn. You never can assess the value in someone else’s eyes!

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    Posted at 22:10h, 20 June Reply

    Sweet! This is a kid who knows the power of having a meaningful reading life.

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    Lisa Keeler
    Posted at 00:56h, 21 June Reply

    This is so awesome. Love love love this slice.

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    Erika Victor
    Posted at 01:09h, 21 June Reply

    I understand him all too well- I find it hard to weed out well-loved books from my class library too!

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    Jennifer Laffin
    Posted at 01:09h, 21 June Reply

    Awwww…..such sweetness!

    (See you at All Write!)


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    Posted at 02:37h, 21 June Reply

    This is what it’s all about. Pure book love perfection. Thanks for sharing this slice!

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    Ann Williams
    Posted at 09:06h, 22 June Reply

    Yes, yes, yes! I know this feeling well. Great idea, thanks for the inspiration!

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