We read 81 books last month! (That’s 493 so far this year.)
But what I really want to celebrate:
Today one of my students finished the first book of his life. And he read it in two days.
I’ve worked with this guy since his freshman year, and it has felt like the Most Impossible Task to settle him into a book. I estimate that over the 16 months we’ve worked together, I’ve suggested 79,827 books to him, most of which were abandoned after a sentence.
I knew that there was a book out there somewhere in the world for him. And then, yesterday, when I book-talked the graphic novel Yummy, about a teenager growing up in a violent neighborhood in Chicago, it happened. He immediately snatched it and started reading.
When our reading time was up, he groaned and said, “MS. BONIN, I DON’T WANT TO STOP READING!” I felt like I was dreaming. Then, today, he finished it.
He put up our first link for March this afternoon, and I wanted to pull him out onto the track for a victory lap. But instead, we high-fived and woo-yelled. A lot.
I never, ever give up on recommending and searching for choice books for even my most reluctant readers.
It’s all about finding that first book. It took 16 months of research, suggestions, and support on my part (and a lot of resistance and skepticism on his part), but I didn’t give up on him. This could be the start of something great.