Here’s the irony of today’s blog: I don’t want to read.
Today’s good deed: VOLUNTEER TO READ BOOKS TO LITTLE CHILDREN
I don’t want to read all the information on the Reading to Kids website so I can put it in this blog for you. There’s just too much. They’ve been around since 1999. Yawn. They’ve given away 127,000+ books to kids. Snore. They’ve donated more than 23,000 blah blah books to school libraries and spent more than 150,000 whatever hours reading to kids. Booooring. I’d much rather read the cool books they have lined up for next month! I had so much fun reading to kids today I already want to do it again!
My task was simple. Drive to the school, meet with my reading partner, meet the kids, go to a classroom, read the book, do some crafts, reassemble in the gym … done. The kids were adorable and the RTK people even arranged free appetizers for all the volunteers afterwards at a local restaurant/bar. So I got to do a rewarding good deed AND I got a mini chimichanga out of it!
Here’s my dilemma though: which grade do I read to next month? Reading to Kids lets me choose the grade I want to read to as well as the corresponding book.
I could go with the second graders. A veteran volunteer told me that if I stick with the same grade each time, I’ll establish a rapport with the kids. I read to second graders today. Next month their book is Creepy Carrots. Crackenhopper field carrots start following Jasper Rabbit around … or do they? Potentially delusional rabbit. Caldecott Honor-winning picture book. Twilight Zone meets fresh produce. Could be fun.
Or I could go with the fourth graders. I would have to build a rapport with them but their book looks like a lot of fun. Their book: My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish. Tom’s older brother turns evil mad-scientist, dunks their goldfish into toxic gunk, zaps it with a car battery, and turns it into a hypnotic zombie goldfish that seeks revenge. That plot’s better than anything M. Night Shyamalan has come up with in a long time. And it’s written by the female comedian, Mo O’Hara. I’m quite fond of female comedians.
The last class that’s vying for my attention is the fifth grade. Their book: A Wrinkle in Time. I mean … COME ON!!! Right?!? Meg … Charles Wallace … Calvin … the tesseract? It won the Newberry award for writing in 1963 and it stands the test of … well … time.
So there’s my dilemma. What should I read? Certainly not that Reading for Kids is supported by Stanford Alumni Association Community Blardy blah Service Blah blah. Or that while the kids are hearing a story their parents are getting classes on how to help their kids flappity flappity read more at home. WHO CARES!!! Just bring on the books!
Photo (Flickr CC) by Tim Geers