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  Quality children’s literature plays a significant part in my classroom and it helps the children become whoever-it-is they are going to turn out to be. Reading books as a child becomes part of ones identity in a way that no other reading in ones whole life does. Children’s work is their play. Encouraging “play” with books builds the foundation needed for children to begin practicing literacy. Experiencing the joy of reading and becoming completely engaged in the text and the illustrations are phenomenal. Even if the books are not on the child’s reading level, the excitement is still present. Read a-louds model for children the effect of a good story. Children observe and learn how books work and how to work with books. They become thinkers of their own thinking as they practice “reading” on their own. They begin making connections to themselves, to other texts they have become familiar with, and/or to events in the outside world. They ask questions and find answers. Mental images are made. Inferences develop. Their schema becomes filled. Knowledge is acquired. Not only do the children learn to read, they begin reading for meaning. Comprehension happens. Pixie dust swirls in the air as reading magic occurs.

Evon McCurley

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