Check out Katherine Sokolowski's Guest Post for Reader Leader
My friend and middle school teacher Katherine Sokolowski wrote a wonderful post for Scholastic's Reader Leader about the power and importance of well-stocked classroom libraries and connecting with students through books.
I made the announcement last spring to my fifth grade classes, I would be moving on to our middle school in the fall to teach seventh grade. Amidst the cheers one boy suddenly shouted, “What about our books?” The cheering stopped as kids began to scan our rooms, worry lining their faces, as they looked at the 3000 books that lined our room. I reassured, promising that I would be taking as many books with me as I felt we needed.