I do a lot of thinking when I'm driving to and from school. I had an idea and I wanted to get your input on it. I have written several times here about how I recently rediscovered reading for fun. I read 3 books over Spring Break-that's huge for me!:) I find it not only entertaining to spend time with the characters but there's something very rewarding about finishing a book-especially if it takes you a while like it usually does with me.
After reading the Book Whisperer a few years ago, I decided to take up reading again. I get Entertainment Weekly magazine and instead of skipping the "Book" section like I used to, now it's a part I look forward to reading. I make notes for myself of books others recommend and it feels good to be able to contribute to those conversations. Best of all when someone talks about a movie coming out I can say "I read that book!".
My idea was to try and pass this feeling along to my students' parents. I also think one of the best ways for a parent to help raise readers is to model that passion for them in their own reading habits. We used to do a book club on our campus for other teachers-but I have unsuccessfully been able to revive that tradition with the staff we have now. I was thinking next year of starting one with the parents. Is that just an incredibly crazy idea?!? Has anyone done anything like this? Maybe start with the parents of the kids in my class and open it up to others if there's a good response?
My other question is what kind of books would you use? My 2 thoughts were to either use a book about maybe helping kids learn-I know Mem Fox has written some about how to do read-alouds with your kids. I read one a few years ago about helping kids get more exposure to nature. The other way to go would be to read a book that maybe they could share with their kids-maybe something like Wonder or the One and Only Ivan that have deeper themes I think an adult still would enjoy.
I feel like I can bounce ideas off you guys and get an honest response, so any input that you have would be greatly appreciated.