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The Book Whisperer ~ Chapter 4

Reading Freedom

Thanks for joining me for a review of The Book Whisperer ~ Chapter 4.

When I read this chapter, Reading Freedom, it made me think of summer time reading on the deck, cool drink in hand, not a care in the world; a book in my lap, iPad off to the side, the whole day in front of me, and the freedom to read whatever I like!

Donalyn encourages (actually, she insists) that her students read whatever they like, as long as they're reading. How wonderful is that? It's just like my summer time reading.

There are some guidelines though: The students must read 40 books during the year and they need to sample from a variety of genres, but that's basically it.

A dream-come-true for a committed reader, but quite possibly a nightmare for a book-phobe! But Donalyn stands her ground, gives LOTS of encouragement and support, and never gives up on those reluctant readers. She admits that not all kids meet her 40 book requirement, but hey, if a child who read only one book the previous year manages to read 20 books in her class, that's nothing but a reason to celebrate!

I LOVE this woman's attitude. 

Donalyn also requires her kids to keep a reader's notebook. After all, as teachers, we certainly need some accountability from our students. The notebook includes a tally list, a reading list, a books-to-read list and response entries.  

I started keeping my own reader's notebook 10 years ago. It's nothing fancy, as you can see below. I added some tabs so I could easily find each year.


And I colour-coded my entries, but that's about it. I can't believe how incredibly satisfying it is to look back in my notebook and see all the reading I've done. It's also great for checking which books I've already read when it's time for a new purchase.


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9 comments

  1. Your book log is inspiring. I'm impressed.

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  2. I LOVE your book journal. Mine is only titles....you have inspired some annotation and tabs!
    Laurie
    Chickadee Jubilee

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    1. Titles are great, too! It helps you not to buy a book you already have:))

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  3. Wow, what an impressive reading journal! Thank you for reminding me that even if a child doesn't make the 40 books, 20 books read after a year of only reading one or two is HUGE!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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    1. It IS huge, isn't it? Especially when many adults only read a couple of books a year.

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  4. Wow your reading journal would be amazing to share with your students. I am hoping to keep track of my books this year as the students are, but maybe I should invest in a journal like you. It seems so precious to hold all those years of reading like that.

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  5. I LOVE your idea of keeping your own reading journal! I might go out and purchase one! Thank you :)

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  6. I've got a book journal too. I've just recently also joined Goodreads, but I'm still going to use my journal. :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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