I am so excited to not book talk Bigger Than A Bread Box when school starts this fall. I cannot wait to not tell my students all about my favorite read from the summer of 2011. Never in my life have I been more excited to not talk about a book that I love.
Does this sound weird? If you know me at all, you know that book talking great middle grade books is one of my favorite things to do as a teacher. The reason that I am looking forward to not book talking Bigger Than a Bread Box is because I cannot wait to read it aloud to my incoming fourth graders late fall/early winter. I had this same plan last year, but after a killer book talk that involved me jumping on top of desks and shouting how much I love this book, pretty much all of my students read it before I had a chance to read it aloud. I have no problem reading aloud a book that some of my students have read, but I had talked so deeply about Bigger Than a Bread Box with so many students that reading it aloud just seemed silly.
This does not mean that I won’t book Laurel Snyder’s other middle grade novels, and it doesn’t mean that my handful of copies won’t get displayed in the classroom library, it just means that I’ll probably hold off on book talking this amazing middle grade novel as long as I can.
I wonder if anyone else has ever been excited to not book talk a book. Excited to hold off book talking a favorite to see if students are able to hold off and see if students discover it on their own.
Not book talking Bigger Than A Bread Box is going to be tough. Wish me luck!