Can You Imagine?

Imagine a world where you couldn’t read the signs as you drove passed them on the street. A world where you couldn’t read the menu at your favorite restaurant. A world where you couldn’t read or send a simple text message to your friends and family. This is the type of world that we, as educators, are responsible for ensuring doesn’t happen for our students. We are the main resource for our students to be able to successfully decode and comprehend the material that we put in front of them. The statistics in this video are semi mind blowing to me. In a low-income area, there is 1 book for every 300 kiddos vs. 13 books (or more) PER CHILD in a high-income household. This reminded me of a project that some of the extension teachers put on at our school this past spring. All children that were in the intervention program were able to go “book shopping” before summer and take about 10 books home with them. There were everything from used books, donated books to brand new books bought for the kiddos. The smiles on their faces when they came back into my classroom with their bag full of books was incredible. It is our job as teachers to ensure that ALL students have books in their hands as often as possible. I was in another elementary school recently as well and I saw a “Take a Book, Leave a Book” book shelf! I am going to bring this idea to my school librarian and see if we can get something like this started in the library or in our school’s welcome center! What an awesome way to spread the love of literacy!


4 thoughts on “Can You Imagine?

  1. Wow! That first video was powerful! First I got goose bumps, then I teared up. It breaks my heart to know that there are so many kids out there that don’t know how to read. It brings up the school to prison pipeline problem that we have as well. A good reminder to us that what we do is so important, despite how hard it can be sometimes. Thanks for the share!

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  2. I think the “Take a Book, Leave a Book” bookshelf is such a great idea. It reminds me of the Little Free Libraries. There are TONS of them in my neighborhood and that’s something that I really want to do. I think that it’ll be great because every time I come home with a book and realize that I already have a copy of it, I can put it in my Little Free Library! I wish I didn’t have to be in multiple rooms each semester and changing rooms all of the time. It’s hard to stock my room with books when I am moving all around!

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  3. Taylor,
    That was an awesome video. I found your statistic of 1 book for every 300 kids in a low income area quite staggering and sad. I loved what your school did as an extension of learning for those struggling readers. I am going to suggest that we do something like that at our school.
    Thanks Taylor,


  4. That was a wonderful video to share and a huge eye opener for me. I grew up with plenty of books, and now my house is overflowing with books for me and my kids. I cannot imagine not having books to read and not having all those magical worlds and information and silliness come off the pages when I read. I love the intervention and book shopping idea, and how much fun to see the students so excited to get books to have! I also like the Take a book leave a book shelf – it’s a little free library shelf in the actual library! Thank you for sharing, and I hope you are able to get a shelf like that at your school.

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