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Two Writing Teachers
I have always been a reader. But what kind of a reader am I? How would I describe myself as a reader? That is a question I have been pondering as of late.
Last week a fifth grade teacher was reading Where the Red Fern Grows to her students. As you might expect if you have ever read that book, many of them were in tears by the end of the story.
One of my former students asked her, "Do you read books like Mrs. Eck where someone always dies?"
I will admit I do prefer realistic and historical fiction. I have never read a graphic novel, and I tend to shy away from science fiction. I read fantasy, but I am not a big fan of it. (I only made it through two of the Harry potter books.)
If I could create a genre, it would the "heart fiction" genre.
I am a rip-it-out-but-put-it-back kind of reader.
I am a make-me-cry kind of reader.
It just so happens that many of the books I read someone or something dies. I don't plan it that way. I am just pulled towards those kinds of books. I love books that elicit an emotional response. But it doesn't take much to do that - I actually cry over Hallmark and Folger's coffee commercials! That is why I love Bridge to Terabithia, Wonder, A Dog Called Homeless, and Tuck Everlasting...and many, many others! They tug at my heart...they make me cry!
I was reading a comment on Alyson's blog at Kit Lit Frenzy. The post was about her work with first graders and how she connected with one little girl. Alyson wrote down some book titles on a sticky note and shared them with the girl. In the comments section Maria Selke wrote "THIS is why we need to read widely."
This made me realize I have some huge reading gaps. Reading gaps that I need to fill in order to reach more of my students. Reading gaps that explain why these (and many more) are still on my TBR shelf.
So much is being discussed about this book, Grasshopper Jungle, and I keep telling myself...you have gaps and this is one of them! Just read it!
So, I will continue to stretch myself as a reader, but I will always favor my heart fiction! So, pull up book, grab a box of tissues, and
cry read with me!