Saturday, January 19, 2019

Dear Cathy, Nonfiction 10 for 10 is Coming!

Dear Cathy,

I've really enjoyed talking with you and creating plans for our SEVENTH nonfiction picture book sharing event.  My students and I co-revamped our nonfiction library to launch a nonfiction reading unit and it was so fun to uncover some gems on my shelf.  Up until this week in our classroom our nonfiction section of our library was being neglected.  It makes me sad to see students not drawn to the wonders of nonfiction.  

As an elementary student myself I loved reading about explorers and how to books.  Does anyone even talk about Magellan anymore?  Presidents were also on my library check out plans; John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Thomas Jefferson to name a few.  Then there's the fifth grade report on the state of Texas; my grandparents had just visited there and I was enthralled with bluebonnets.  This may surprise you or not Cathy - in sixth grade we were to research a European country and I wrote a request to study Japan.  My uncle had just married my aunt who was Japanese.  It was approved and learning about a different culture beyond my own soared.  

Nonfiction books open doors, foster inquiry, and allows readers to learn new things.  Something I want to help my students discover is how nonfiction books help us make connections between topics and disciplines.  Nonfiction readers can have passions, to be read lists, and favorite authors.

That's why this event is so wonderful.  Our eyes can see possibilities for nonfiction in new ways.  I can't wait to have old and new friends join us, Cathy.

Stay safe during the storm that isn't really happening,

Event Details - 

On the day of the event, we'll ask that you visit this space, my blog to add your nonfiction link to the conversation.    This is different than in the past as we have been hosting on Google Plus. Google Plus is shutting down this spring and we decided using a platform we trust and know would be best to keep promoting nonfiction book love.
  • What:  10 nonfiction picture books you can't live without!
  • Hashtag:  #nf10for10
  • Hosts:  @mandyrobek@cathymere@jacbalen 
  • Who:  Anyone interested --- educators, media specialists, librarians, parents, and book lovers.  
  • When:  Sunday, February 10th
  • Where:  All posts for 2019 will be linked in my space:  Enjoy and Embrace Learning

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