I’m so glad you joined me for our virtual book club! Have you read the the front matter and Chapter 1 of Reading Picture Books with Children?
I *loved* the quote from Chris Raschka in the Foreword! To me, it sums up our job as librarians.
Did you like the word “bookness” in the Preface? On page xi, Ms. Lambert describes her Whole Book Approach story times as a “rich opportunity for books that make the most of what might be called their bookness.” I think this really sets the tone for talking about the physical parts of picture books that we hold in our hands as we reach out to our students. And, I have to admit, that I have not spent much time thinking about the “bookness” of books!
A phrase that stood out to me on page xix was: “shift from what literacy experts call ‘performance story times’ to leading ‘co-constructive’ story times.” That is definitely the shift I want to make through reading and learning from this book. I do sometimes feel like my story time is a performance, with voices and gestures. How about you?
Chapter 1: That’s About the Size of It
On page 4, the author points out that “[o]ne notable feature of most picture books is that they are sized to comfortably accommodate a shared reading audience, as opposed to a solitary one.” She says that we form a circle as we share books with students. I love that image!
Sometimes I feel like a library class is “me” (the teacher) and “them” (my students). My mind is shifting to embrace the idea that we are a circle of readers, sharing a book together.
Have you been looking at whether the books you read have a landscape or portrait orientation?
Do you give your students “intellectual hugs” (p. 11) by acknowledging their observations and perceptions about the picture books?
Did you have to look up the word “metafictive” on page 12 like I did? Wikipedia says: Metafiction is a literary device used self-consciously and systematically to draw attention to a work’s status as a work of imagination, rather than reality. It poses questions about the relationship between fiction and reality, usually using irony and self-reflection.
What did you think?
I would love to hear from you with a comment:
- What quotes stood out to you?
- What questions came up in your mind as you read?
- What strategies from the book have you already tried?
p.s.–You asked for a more interactive way to discuss the book, so I’ve created this padlet. Feel free to post your thoughts and questions here!
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