Oh, how I love my class! I love the talk, the writing, the words, the questions . . . All of it.
I celebrate this long and winding conversation with my students:
Me: “I’m so excited I’m going to see an author/illustrator this weekend!”
A student: “Do we know who it is?”
Me: Gives various clues
Eventually . . . .
Various students: “Marie-Louise Gay!”
Me: “Yes. I hope to get her new book signed at the author breakfast I am going to.”
A student: “Signed to us right?”
Me: “Of course.”
A student: “Do you know Elise Gravel or are we just writing to her?
Me: “We are getting to know her. She’ll know you better after we send our letters and fan art.”
A student: “Did you send them already?”
Me: “Well, we are still working on everything. I will send it this weekend when we finish.”
A student: “Why don’t you just tweet it all?”
Me: “I have sent her some photos. But, I think she will like getting the package in the mail.”
A student: “Do you know Katherine Applegate?
Me: “We know her work but no, I haven’t met her.”
A student: “Go meet her. You should. And tell her about how we love her books.”
Me: “I shared some of our letters in a blog post and tweeted it to her. So she knows we love them.”
A student: “But you are going to meet Kate DiCamillo right?
Another student: “Can we come?”
Me: “I am going to a conference in the spring and she will be speaking. I will get our copy of Flora & Ulysses signed.”
A student: “You forgot The Illuminated Adventures part”
A student: “And you just met Raina Telgemeier right?”
Me: “Yes, and she signed books to our class. People are reading them right now.”
Many students: “I am.” “And then me.” “I’m next!” “Me!”
A student: “So, who are you going to meet next? Someone we like right?”
I also celebrate this – – > The lovely Miriam who works with me created these sheets and plastered the room and the school. In our room, we were gifting these words to each other with messages. I received “wisdom” with a comment from one child, “You are always really smart to us.”
One of our little learners was inspired and made her own. We found it outside our room at the end of the day – taped up in the hallway.
Pass it on.
Conversations about authors and illustrators. Book love. Words with weight. These things I celebrate.
Thank you also to Ruth Ayres, for the inspiration and her Celebration Link up that she hosts each week. I love how being a part of this #celebratelu community reminds us weekly to look for the positive and take some time for gratitude.