|The Slice of Life Challenge is hosted by TWO WRITING TEACHERS|
When I first started teaching, the young adult librarian from our public library would visit my class to do book talks a few times a year.
When she stepped into the room, it was as if magic fairy dust surrounded her and cast a book-loving-spell over my students. The toughest thug of a kid would instantly shoot his hand up and strain in an effort to be noticed, to be chosen to have a book placed on his desk or to gain the privilege of selecting the next book to be talked.
I wanted to be her friend. She was my people.
Eventually, she had a child, and went back to school to get her school librarian certification.
Suddenly, a new librarian was visiting my room.
It was not the same. No magic book fairy dust accompanied the new librarian.
The book talks became painfully long and boring.
During those visits, I had lots of time to think. I thought about what it was that made fairy-dust-spreading Tasha different. As a result of this thinking, I created a book talk template modeled after Tasha’s book talks. It is a foolproof formula. It is magic. In fact, I think there might be some book fairy dust embedded in every copy.
|What I Learned about Book Talking from Tasha|
And I sought Tasha out to solidify a friendship based on a mutual love for books, for talking about them, and for (most of all) putting them in the hands of young adults.
This morning, I had breakfast with Tasha (and some new friends she has connected me to). We talked about teaching. We shared titles. We gushed about authors.
We talked books.
I went home surrounded by magic book fairy dust.