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Second grade reading challenge

posted Dec 14, 2016, 1:11 PM by Julie Alonso
In second grade, we've been talking about this quote from Rudine Sims Bishop that was explored by 4th graders earlier this year as part of their campaign for #WeNeedDiverseBooks:

Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.

Second graders have been asked to consider reading books that have protagonists, settings, or experiences that might open their minds to new worlds. The books on display feature girls, multicultural fairy tales, stories that take place in other parts of the world, and more. The boys are then asked to fill out a very simple book reflection form so that they think about the new experience that they read about.

Library time is always a time that we encourage students to find their comfort level and read what they love.  We commend the boys who have taken this optional reading challenge to stretch and grow!