Monday, March 5, 2012

Share a Story, Shape a Future 2012 (March 5 - 9)

Logo provided by Elizabeth Dulemba
Share-a-Story, Shape-a-Future began today, Monday, March 5th and continues through Friday, March 9th.  This event is an online, collaborative effort to share ideas and celebrate everything reading has to offer our kids.  This year's theme is The Culture of Reading.

Today's focus was Creating a Reading Culture hosted by Donalyn Miller of The Book Whisperer.  She shares six ways to create a reading culture at home.

I also enjoyed reading a post from Kristin McIlhagga of Children's Literature Crossroads. She shares ideas to create a reading culture with preservice teachers.

You may also want to check out the post from Beth Stilborn of By Word of Beth. She shares ideas to create a reading culture from a distance.

There are even more posts at the Share-a-Story website about creating reading cultures.

Every day of the week there is also a chance for bloggers to participate in the event by reflecting upon reading with the Writing @ Reading challenge.  I have participated in this way the past two years and found it very beneficial in developing my ideas and thoughts about reading.

The writing prompt I chose to reflect upon today is:

Share a picture of what your ideal/favorite reading space looks like.

My children and I have read books in many different places.

 A ballet studio to celebrate Katharine Holabird's birthday.
A clock shop to celebrate Pat Hutchins' birthday.
A dock near a large ship to celebrate Edward Ardizzone's birthday.
A park to celebrate Leslie Patricelli's birthday.
A zoo to celebrate Janell Cannon's birthday.
The backyard to celebrate Marc Simont's birthday.
The driveway to celebrate Erica Perl's birthday.

But, my three favorite places to read books are:
At the library with my children.
At a school in front of a group of students.
In bed with my children before they go to sleep.
Where do you like to read books to your children?  Have you read a book in an unusual place with them?

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