Knowing Our Kids As Both People and Readers
As the mother of two boys who are opposite in every way possible, I know that I need to navigate my selections and suggestions for them in everything, including books. This is a tale of two brothers: A tale of two brothers, both born in November, one year apart, one with blonde hair, one with brown.
A tale of two brothers, both ready to take on the world, one cautious and calculated, carefully evaluating his next move; one running at the chance to jump over a rainbow (if he can find his shoes and remember to put them on!).
A tale of two brothers, both following their passion, one running to join every team, throwing each ball and hitting each puck with precision and strength; one floating on a cloud, diving into each opportunity with creativity and optimism.
A tale of two brothers both giving their all to everything they do and excelling in their individual passions; one on the football field and in the hockey rink, one in the studio and on the stage.
A tale of one mother encouraging both of her boys, equally proud of them for all their accomplishments, and scratching her head wondering how these two are brothers? As the mother of two boys who are opposite in every way possible, I know that I need to navigate my selections and suggestions for them in everything, including books.
As their mom, I know that the suggestion of participating in an art class for my son Hunter might lead to a stink eye to the proposer. Consequently, I know that forcing my son Teddy, a budding artist and dancer, to play in a soccer game or read a sports book would elicit tears.
How does this distinction translate into book suggestions in the library or the classroom?
Why is it imperative that we get to know our students as readers and as people?
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