Thursday, February 16, 2012

Woodland Elementary Book Fair

Our school held a book fair at Barnes and Noble Friday last night. It was so much fun! Many families attended along with our principals and teachers. The staff at Barnes and Noble was amazed! They had never experienced such a successful book fair before. Especially noteworthy was the number of teachers participating. Woodland is a wonderful school and we take pride in what we do.

One of the activities of the evening was the awarding of the “Million Words” certificates. We have several students who have read over a million words so far this school year! We track them through a web-based program called Accelerated Reader (AR). Our PTO helps fund AR and provided many prizes for our voracious readers!

As part of the celebration, our principal Mrs. Saso and several teachers read stories to the audience. Friday night is story time at Barnes and Noble, apparently, and this Friday was no exception. The big surprise was yours truly! Peppermint Patti was in the house, er, store.

My current favorite children’s book is “Interrupting Chicken” by David Ezra Stein. Not only is it a hilarious story, the illustrations are fabulous as well. The Caldecott Honor Medal on the cover is well deserved!

After reading it twice—once in the far end of the store and the other in the children’s section, I got a huge surprise: Madeline asked me to read her book, “Madeline.” Now the pressure was on! As I hadn’t read that book in ages, it was definitely what is called a “cold reading.” I did the best I could and when we were done everybody clapped and Madeline gave out hugs.

I love reading and especially reading aloud to children. It’s fun!

Do you love to read aloud to children? Leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you!