This morning I celebrate the beginning of summer.
Though school ended a week ago, it’s taken a week to close up the space that will be my home next school year.
Teachers collect things. When we move we take stock of what we have and make decisions as to what we need. Treasures and tools that were essential might not be anymore. In my world book are important tools. To meet the needs of students, I’ve collected thousands of books. Boxes and boxes. But here’s the problem, over time books age and become less relevant.
As much as it pains me to discard these treasures, no nine-year-old will pick up a book with an aged or torn cover. No matter how good the story is, yellowed or water damaged pages will not beckon a reader. Donalyn Millers’ advice was in the forefront of my thoughts as I sorted books this week. Bolstering each decision. To keep or toss.
Books with stains, torn pages, split bindings, or funny smells turn off readers. If a book is yellow with age or depends on tape to remain in one piece, throw it away, The physical condition of the library says a lot about its currency and how much we value readers. — Reading in the Wild
There are other lenses I’ll need to consider when summer ends.
Some around science and social studies. Others around fourth grader needs and sensibilities. But this week, I celebrate the removal of “ugly” books and the beginnings of a new home for my classroom library.
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