I received an email Sunday with the subject: "I need a good book."
Hmmm...this should be interesting as we are not in school right now.
This email from my student went on to say, "Remember how you said at the beginning of the year you wanted to get to know our personalities so you can help us pick out books. Well, I think you know me pretty well, and I need help finding a book that I will stick with and enjoy.
Yes, you do have trouble sticking with a book, and I know you help with this. But how am I going to help you when I can no longer physically suggest and hand books from our classroom library to you?
"The last book I read was A Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, and that was a great book. Now I need a new one. If you know of any good books you think I will enjoy reading, please send them to me because I'm in need of a good book."
Yes, Long Way Down is a great book.
Do I know of any good books?!? Of course, I do, but how am I going to get you a book?
I suggested a new-author-to-me, Elizabeth Eulberg, whose books I won in a Twitter giveaway and look really good. But still, how would I get them to her. Then I suggested The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. I told her about the online app from our public library and suggested that she try it.
My heart was breaking because here was a student who needed my help with choosing a book, and I could not look at our classroom library, pull out book after book, and make suggestions. I take this part of my job seriously, and I felt hopeless.
I did what I could with what I had.
Today I get another email with the subject: I found a book!
She used our online app from the library and checked out The Poet X. I know she will LOVE this one!
She ended the email, "I hope we get back to school soon."
Yes, so do I.
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