True confessions here: I read lots of professional books and journals during the school year; however, school vacations are when I do the bulk of my "fun" reading!
Last summer, in my usual fashion, I settled on the porch with a huge glass of iced tea and proceeded to devour RJ Palacio's Wonder. I thought of all the great ways this text would be included in classroom conversations about diversity and proclaimed it to be the book of the year! I was still waxing effusively over Wonder as I followed my daily Twitter PD feed and kept hearing again and again references to The One and Only Ivan!
Two Writing Teachers and following my peeps on Twitter is that these people, with great suggestions, "encourage" me (and I willinging follow) to spend lots of money to buy lots and lots of books !
I was planning to head to school to set up the classroom as I opened that box that late August morning; however, I decided to do just a chapter before heading to school.........You know, by now, that I never made it to school that day. I don't think I ever showered. I don't think I ever even made iced tea. I was transformed and moved and......in a year of some pretty great books, it's deserving of all the accolades it is getting!
So today, I would like to publically thank TWT, Twitter, the Nerdy Book Club and Amazon's One Click Ordering for bringing me Wonder and Ivan and encouraging me to read some pretty amazing books! I am very grateful to have found you leaders of spending - even if the old bank account is feeling the pain!