Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What does Book Love look like?

Day 20 of 31 at Two Writing Teachers!
This week I've been sharing my quest to turn my students into lifelong readers, guided by Penny Kittle's Book Love.  Yesterday, I described how her ideas transformed my book talks, and on Monday I shared my attempts to create a classroom atmosphere of reading.

Today, I thought I'd give you a peek at the results of this work.  What does it look like when students delight in reading?

It looks like...

  • book love: For example, the boy who called me over today at the end of independent reading time just to tell me how exciting Stormbreaker is.  He chattered on and on about everything that was happening to Alex, ending with "I just want to keep reading and reading!"
  • goal-setting: 
Students LOVED the goal-setting feature on Goodreads and how it tracks your progress!
  • planning future reading:
Students love to add books from my Goodreads shelves!
  • rating books and sharing them with others:

  • author love:
For some reason, it shows the times 3 hours off, so this was actually before school!
  • series love & enthusiasm for discovering new books:
(read the conversation from bottom to top)

Hopefully, my students will look back on 2013 as the year they became readers.  Thanks to Goodreads, maybe we'll even still be sharing books years from now!


  1. Yeah, you and your students found some book love! That is awesome!!!

  2. I love the conversations you & your students are having about books! True book love!

  3. Penny Kittle has a post at the Nerdy Book Club blog today, Jennifer. You will like it! This sounds so great-love that your kids are on Goodreads-an awesome site!

  4. Thanks so much for your post. I followed your links to your previous posts and I added so many books to my must-read book list. I can't believe I didn't know about them before. Goodreads looks great I checked it out too. Already shared it with others (I hope my sister will love it for her book club) My mind can't stop turning with possibilities. :)


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