As the Media Specialist I recommend books to children and give book talks, but I wonder:
- How am I modeling the act of reading in a concrete and visible way?
- How do I best share not only what I am reading, but that I read for enjoyment, that I push myself to read widely despite my tendency to lean toward certain genres?
- How am I starting the conversation about reading for enjoyment as a lifelong activity?
Amazingly, I accomplished this goal and Goodreads gave me a visual record to share. I also kept a spreadsheet that recorded the number of pages. During a lesson where I had language arts classes setting reading goals for the year, I shared my reading list. The number of books read got a mild reaction, but when they saw the total of 28,005 pages they were astonished.
This year I'm again recording books and reviews on Goodreads. I've created a chart paper record of titles read, dates completed, and number of pages.
Last week, without comment, I displayed it on an easel in the corner of the library in an act of passive-aggressive librarianship.
If you're curious to see for yourself, my online record can be found at Mrs. Porter's Goodreads Shelf.