SOL: Book Magic

Sunday afternoon I walk into my classroom, and an explosion greets me.

On the carpet, the tables, bursting out of the cabinets, are books. Piles of books.

Out with the old and in with the new. The changing of a classroom library.

The last units on non-fiction and realistic fiction are boxed up. Waiting to be put away in the cabinets.

The shelves are empty. Waiting to be filled with fantasy, a renewed selection of realistic fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

Over the years, I’ve collected books for units of study, for kids’ interests. Each book has a history.

I pick up the Guardians of the Gahoole series, and I remember those students who loved Gelfie and Soren.  Maybird, The Unicorn Chronicles, and Emily Windsnap bring to mind the girls who begged for the next in the series. Owlboy, the superhero of the sewers, is always a favorite. Each book reminds me of a kid or makes me think of a potential reader. Sir Fartsalot.  I know the group for this one.

Hours later the room is finished. Every book will be new to my current crop of fifth graders.  I leave knowing that books will attach themselves to children. Books will make their mark. Students will love these books.

Monday morning, before class,
the usuals stop in.
To ask if they can help, to talk.
This morning,
spotting the change they swarm.

And dig in.

Dragons, unicorns, witches, mermaids, wizards, friendly giants.
What more could a kid ask for?

At lunchtime, a group of girls made unicorns out of colored paper and taped them to their heads. They said they were alicorns. Alicorns? I asked, Yeah, those are girl unicorns. Then there were the Pegacorns. These are half unicorn, half Pegasus creatures.

Ah, the magic of fantasy.The promise of new books. I can’t help but smile.

Thank you, Two Writing Teachers for Slice of Life Tuesdays. Read more slices here.

13 thoughts on “SOL: Book Magic

  1. Changing out books was always such a refreshing time in my classroom. I used to change out my children’s toys as well. I love the pictures you added, makes me feel like I’m in there with you drinking coffee and laughing about books.

  2. This must be a TC thing. I’ve never changed out my library. All the books are there all year round. But I see that the change creates a buzz, an interest. Maybe something I should try.

  3. I have never changed out my library (in part because I have nowhere to put the archived books, in part because I do not know how I could not let the students revel in all the books), but your post makes me feel like I should at least consider it. I love to read about the book love in your room.

  4. Book explosion, love the images those two words create! You have helped your students discover the magic in books. Book love happens here!

  5. You make it so, so exciting, Julieanne. I love that there are empty shelves, waiting for “new”, and love that line “spotting the change they swarm.” Nothing better than a new crowd of books and students looking! (I love fantasy too!)

  6. This reminds me of rotating my children’s toys when they were little. They always seemed knew to them. I am not sure how I would do that with books…hmm something to think about.

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