May is Get Caught Reading Month. This nationwide campaign is supported by hundreds of teachers, librarians and celebrities across the country (including, Olivia the Pig.) If you need inspiration or instructions on how to participate, there is a picture-book which offers some excellent guidance!
In How to Read A Story, by Kate Messner, illustrated by Mark Siegel, the process is broken down into ten steps from choosing a book to saying, “The End.” My students’ favorite step, by far, was number 6,
“When the characters talk,
whatever’s being said . . .
say it in a voice to match who’s talking.”
They were very willing to take on the voice of the Lion, “I will save the kingdom,” and were especially fond of growling out the voice of the dragon, “Soon the castle will be mine!”
The illustrations pulled them into the story within the story and they had a fit of giggles when they saw the princess-robot-horse sandwich with the dragon about to . . . I’ll stop there but really, you should check it out.
Kids in Marcia Douglas’ class certainly understand Step 3, “Find a Cozy Reading Spot.”
I hope you all follow Step 1 to “Find a Story. A good one,” and get caught reading in your classrooms, homes, back yards or wherever your favorite cozy reading spot may be. Happy Reading!