My classroom library is awesome.. It includes all the best authors. Kate DiCamillo, J.K. Rowling, Beverly Cleary, Andrew Clements, Gail Gibbons, Lois Lowry, Judy Bloom, Rick Riordan, Roald Dahl, Louis Sachar, and E.B. White are all there! The big concern: they go mostly unread.
I see two big problems with my practice. I do not give my students nearly enough time to read books of their own choosing. Also, my students have no idea what gems can be found in the library. I know I have to add time for independent reading. I'm wondering what makes the most sense. I used the CAFE structure for quite a few years. It might make sense to return to this structure. I have never been able to find a good flow/balance with CAFE and our Wonders curriculum but perhaps that is a project worth investing time in. There are other options. I'm wondering if I could have students read upon entering the classroom at the beginning of the day and after lunch. Would this be enough time? Also, how can I introduce students to books in my classroom library? The read aloud certainly lures students in and attracts them to some of the better authors. Still, I want my students exposed to MORE books and more authors. I'm wondering how I can design a routine where students share what they're reading with their peers. I want students to feel accountable but I don't want this share to have the same grind-type feeling as a traditional book report. I love reading reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. Can we create our own version where students review books in a way that they'll consider engaging? Is there a way to do this so we also have a go to resource for finding great books?
Lots more to think about and some research to do too!