"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island."
— Walt Disney
How true are those words? Books take us to new places. They introduce us to different ways of thinking and experiences unlike our own. Books allow us to visit wondrous worlds that exist only because a writer dreamed them up. It is through books that we expand our vocabulary, our imagination, and maybe even our views on life and those we share it with.
"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader." — Margaret Fuller
Teachers play such an important role, not only in the technical aspects of reading, but also in modeling a life-long love of literature. I have seen this first-hand with my children and their teachers, and that's why today, I am pleased to share with you a recent project my daughter and her eighth-grade classmates completed. Each student selected a book they read during the month of March. At the end of the month, they created a book box, decorating it inside and out to the theme of their featured novel. Then, they presented their projects to their classmates.
I was blown away by the thought and creativity that went into these book boxes, and I know you will be too. Take a look and feel free to leave a comment. I'm sure the students would enjoy hearing what you think. And if you have students of your own, or children, or nieces and nephews, or grandkids, or neighbor kids, consider trying this project with them--it's something you'll both be able to enjoy and learn from.
Until next time... Happy Reading!
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