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As we inch towards the end of September, I'm happy to report that Reading Workshop is up and running, read aloud is the gem within our busy day, and I'm successfully working to make sure that I keep my own reading volume going at the level it was this past summer. Practice what I preach and all (Hello, Divergent, anyone?). Reading seems to be what I talk about all day, both at school and at home, where pushing my own children to read even when they don't have to is a constant conversation. Naturally, I'm all over any resource I can get my hands on to support these endeavors. Last week, I hit the jackpot.Blogger Brian Wilhorn has some serious middle-grades/YA reading porn going on at his site, Help Readers Love Reading. His posts range from book reviews to journal entries, to video clips and read- aloud guides. If you want another resource to help you to stay current when it comes to new books for your kids, you will want to check out his blog.
I found him when I happened across this post for teaching with Wonder (yes, again). What to do when your students, despite all of their great reading skills, can't fully participate in the life of a book due to their background knowledge? This read aloud guide is an amazing resource. For example, Auggie references Star Wars a ton in the book. Knowing what he is talking about by showing pictures/video clips will help readers immensely. Not knowing won't destroy it per se (provided you pause to discuss and explain), but that can't replace the visual for these 21st Century kids. Sharing this may also encourage your kids to conduct their own searches for visuals in their independent reading, instead of flying past things they haven't heard of. Love it.
Whether you are reading Wonder aloud with your kids or not, Help Readers Love Reading is a great site. Check it out!