Bonding over Books

It’s funny how certain books bring back school memories for me.

We finished our third after-lunch read aloud today –

Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

This was only my second time reading this book.

When I was in 3rd grade, my teacher always read to us after lunch.

The two books I most remember her reading were

Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Stuart Little.

The weird thing is, I don’t really love either of these books,

but I do love the memories of this after-lunch tradition.

Sweaty and pooped from running around on the playground,

I always felt thankful for Mrs. Marchi allowing us

to lay our heads down on our desks or draw while she read.

Those ten minutes of relaxation always felt like heaven,

or at least that’s how my eight year old self remembers it.

My hope is that my 4th graders only feel the same about this

sacred read aloud time we share together after lunch.

Even if they don’t like the books,

I sure hope they like being read to, just as I once did.

What books bring back school memories for you?


3 thoughts on “Bonding over Books

  1. You’ll have to give me some suggestions for what to read to my fifth graders next! Since, as we know, Maniac Magee got the boot. Maybe I should ask them one more time if they want to hear the rest…

    • Sigh. I’m still really sad about that. Ask one more time! We read the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankwelier last year and they loved it! I have a class set and the CD if you want to borrow… Jessica has a class set of Holes. Hmmm the kiddos also liked “When You Reach Me” last year too.

      • I am definitely asking again. I’m not sure how many have to say no for me to keep going. I think I need to think carefully about how I ask the question– asking who is uncomfortable instead of who doesn’t want to keep reading? I feel like someone always wants to stop reading something… Hehe. Thanks for the recommendations, I’ll give them some thought if the answer is no. 🙂

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