Book Buzz

The last ten minutes of my meeting with fourth graders yesterday turned into a book buzz delight. We were discussing their last independent project of the year: to think about a book recently read and write a description that created enough enthusiasm that a classmate would want to read it over the summer.

I modeled the buzz with a book we had just read as a group. Then I showed them some of the books that I had in my summer stack, that my friends had recommended to me, making the point that we read books that are shared by our friends. I lifted up Kate DiCamillo´s Flora and Ulysses, and noted that a teacher they knew had loaned the book to me and that I would be writing a book buzz on the classroom site about that book. I suggested they might consider this book, reminding them of other books they had read by her: Tiger Rising, Mercy Watson, Winn Dixie. The kids oohed and aahed recalling those much loved read alouds. It was then that one of the students asked if anyone had read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. I quickly replied it was one of my all time favorite books.

Of course I told them that I cried at the end, to which two of the five participants said they did as well. One girl piped up and shared her saddest part of the story. Recalling these moments brought tears back to our faces, marking another first for remote learning, crying with students on google meet.

I believe we convinced the three non-readers of Edward Tulane to pick it up this summer, either that or we scarred them for life with our gushing and praise. It is making me consider adding this book to my summer list to revisit those favorite parts as remembered by my fourth grade reading friends.

Oh! The power of a good book buzz!

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9 Replies to “Book Buzz”

  1. How wonderful that those three non-readers will pick up that book this summer. Who knows… that might lead to a lot more reading for each of them. It only takes one great book to hook someone on reading. (At least that was the case for me when I was eight.)

  2. Loved this emotion over a book talk. I have to admit this is the one book of hers I have not read. I have read so many reviews and for some reason have not read the book. Started it years ago when I was teaching and never finished it. Not sure why. May I will also add it to my summer to be read list and really see what all the fuss is about. Thanks

  3. This is a wonderful story. I love the way you and your students are finding ways to feel close to one another during distance learning. Yes, we do “read books that are shared by our friends.” It’s the best way to find books, I think.

  4. Love the phrase “delight of a book buzz” – and I, too, love DiCamillo’s work. Edward Tulane is my favorite – impossible not to cry at various points in his journey. Such important, important lessons Edward learns; his story is a beautiful portrayal of the redemptive power of love. The kids won’t be “scarred for life” – not in a bad way, at least. Any aching is for common, painful journey of life and all the hope DiCamillo weaves with her words. That’s the parting gift you gave them!

      1. I didn’t know, but wow – and CONGRATULATIONS! I know now there’s another layer behind the tears … I trust they’re mingled with a sense of peace as well. Joy to you in your next chapter. ❤️

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