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Share a Story, Shape a Future Day 4-- Reading Through the Ages: Old Faves and New Classics

By Donalyn Miller — March 11, 2010 2 min read
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The first three days of Share a Story/ Shape a Future 2010 have provided a treasure trove of resources, book lists, reading reflections, and discussions about literacy. Today, The Book Whisperer blog hosts Day Four-- Reading Through the Ages: Old Faves and New Classics. Like the other esteemed bloggers this week, today’s contributors represent people who work each day to connect children with great books--teachers, librarians, parents, grandparents, book reviewers, and presenters.

We have been readers since childhood, you see. Someone special shared a story with us once, and shaped our futures as lifelong readers.

Through our posts, we will reminisce about cherished childhood classics and reading experiences, and share newer books that might be classics someday. Post comments about your reading memories and book titles for Share a Story readers.

Read favorite “First Lines from Children’s Books” and contribute your favorite first lines at The Pen and Ink blog. I still remember that the first line of my favorite, A Wrinkle in Time is, “It was a dark and stormy night.”

Danielle Smith at There’s a Book blog, invites authors and readers to share childhood favorites in “When I Was Young: The Books That Got Them Started.” Drop by to share the books that launched your reading life.

Fellow Texas teacher, Tess Alfonsin, offers her own “Classic and Contemporary Favorites” at the Reading Countess blog. I know that Tess will add at least five more books to my to-read pile before the end of her post.

Author, teacher, and blogger, Kate Messner discusses “Dystopian Science Fiction,” both past and present, at Kate’s Book Blog. My students and I are looking forward to Kate’s post about our favorite sub-genre.

Paul Hankins, blogs about “Nurturing the Now to Nudge the Next: Read Alouds in the Secondary Classroom,” and reveals how this historically elementary school event engages his high schoolers. (You must sign up for the RAWIncK ning to view the post. The ning is free.)

Professor Nana, Teri Lesesne, identifies “The New Classics: New Books for Tweens on Classic Themes.” Prepare to be delighted. We don’t call Dr. Lesesne “The Goddess of YA Literature” for nothing...

For my own SaS/SaF post, “Something Old, Something New,” I pair timeless favorites and new books for readers looking for a similar book.

We hope you enjoy walking down Memory Lane with us. Perhaps, you will find interesting books and start new traditions with the readers in your lives, or remember your first book crush. Don’t miss out on Day Five-- hosted by one of my favorite book bloggers--Jen Robinson, of Jen Robinson’s Book Page.

The opinions expressed in The Book Whisperer are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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