In celebration of Picture Book Month, we are reading picture books. Picture books to remember.
I shared the title of a recently published book with our school librarian. I shared it with our school social worker and psychologist. I shared it with a teacher who mentioned she had a student crying every day at recess because she was feeling ignored. This is a picture book to remember.
My second grade group of four boys spotted the new book on the whiteboard ledge first.
"Oooo, can you read that book? Pleeeease!"
"I'm sorry, our time together is up. It's time to go--"
"C'mon! Just read the first page!"
"Ok! Ok! I can't say no to that, especially because it is one of my newest favorite books!"
And the story began about The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig.
I couldn't read just the first page. I had to read the first two pages and they could not wait to hear more.
I was ecstatic over their response to the book and shared their excitement with the author on Twitter.
I was finally able to read aloud the book to three of my developing reading intervention groups, and their words could not be contained in 140 characters. Here are some of their thoughts and words:
"I love her book because she showed us friendship."
"I liked how the illustrator made Brian black and white to make him look invisible."
"I'm starting to see color. He's not invisible to Justin, his teacher, maybe everybody!"
"I learned to be like Justin. Be a friend, be nice, be kind."
One of my favorite questions on the resource/discussion page in the back of the book is "How many people did it take to make Brian not feel invisible?" Many students quickly responded, "Two." I repeated the question and we had a thoughtful discussion that it only takes YOU.
"I learned from the book that anyone can feel invisible, but it takes one person to feel better."
But Ms. Ludwig asked us to think about this BIG question:
"I think being laughed at is worse. I get laughed at, but I try to ignore it." - Lavar
"I think being laughed at is worse. What if you were that person?" - Rachel
"I think being laughed at is worse because it's like bullying." - Evelin
"I think both because they are both horrible." - Chris
"I think being laughed at is worse because they are making fun of you and it's embarrassing." - Nathaniel
"I think being laughed at is worse because it's a sad feeling." - John
"I think feeling invisible because no one will notice you or play with you or invite you." - Saachi
"I think being laughed at because even if you feel invisible, you could always make a friend like Bluebird." - Luke (We just read this book a day before. Love his thinking and the connection!)
Ms. Ludwig, Rachel has one question for YOU: "What do YOU think is worse?"
A must read. A book to remember. All my students said:
"Thank you for sharing this book! Write another!"
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