All You Have to Do IsListen and Enjoy
ello. My name is Aimee, and I am a bookaholic. No, I don’tneed caffeine, or nicotine, or alcohol, or any other chemicalsubstance to get me through the day; all I need is a goodbook. Sometimes the need is so strong that I will let otherimportant things go by the wayside just so I can get that fix. Itwouldn’t matter that my house is a wreck or that someone justdrowned in a pile of my dirty laundry. No, if I’m reading a goodbook, I wouldn’t even notice. When there is a book in my hands, Ibecome THE BOOK. The scenes play out in my head like a movie. Ibecome so engrossed that I won’t even hear my husband trying totalk to me; instead, I hear the characters speaking and other soundsdescribed in the book. I feel so many emotions while reading a good book—sadness, joy, pain, hurt, fear, anger, and excitement.Excitement is my favorite! I got so excited while reading
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
(Rowling, 1997) that I actuallyhad to put my hand over the bottom of the page so my eyeswouldn’t stray and give something away. I just love that feeling!Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our students felt this way about reading?I would like nothing more than to give the gift of a wonderful book experience to my students and let them beswept away.There are many wonderful young readersout there who become so involved in theirreadings and who love reading. I was one of those young readers. I read all the time—shortbooks, long books, fiction and nonfiction books,picture books, magazines, basically whatever I
I would like nothingmore than to give the gift of a wonderful book experience to mystudents and let them be swept away.