I had already read Wishtree, and I couldn't wait to share this amazing story with my fellow readers. I missed our first discussion day because I was sick, and I was a little disappointed at some of the responses I heard. Some readers were having a difficult time getting into the book. Some were confused with the point of view. "Keep reading," I urged them. I knew that eventually they would discover the magic. They would be drawn to Red and the way Red held the community together.
Today was our final discussion, and those who finished reading the book loved it. Here are a couple comments:
- I have really enjoyed it and I know others have also. It has also been great to have kids say...hey my teacher is reading that book too!
- ...I wonder if the parents will ever start being friends?! Great book!
- I loved watching a friendship evolve...I think there is hope for the parents.
- I enjoyed this book!! I enjoyed reading it with my kiddo too and seeing him get the big idea in the book. It was so interesting how the author chose to write from the tree's point of view.
- ...I feel that it ties together really well with the whole aspect of welcoming and interacting with others who aren't necessarily like you.
What can learn from staff book clubs? I have a couple ideas:
- Reading in a book club helps provide accountability for readers.
- Book clubs provide us with opportunities to share with our families.
- Students are watching us. They are watching us as readers.
- Book clubs may introduce us to books we may not read otherwise.
- Book clubs are fun!