Do you have book topics that you don’t want to read? Or perhaps genres? When you are a K-5 Teacher Librarian, choosing not to read certain books can be problematic.
This year’s Newberry Award winner, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate presents a problem for me. I don’t like to read animal stories. This is what my schema is about animal stories: they. are. sad. and. I. will. cry.
This happened with The Underneath by Kathi Appelt (a Newberry Honor Book) a couple years ago. I listened to the book on my twenty-five mile drive to school. I almost stopped with in the first chapter. But my schema talk kept saying, it might be okay. It was sad and yet there was transformation, redemption and how can you not love those themes.
So getting back to The One and Only Ivan. I have been book talking it this week because it won the Newberry Award and I like to promote new books, books that will make you think. I also love that the book has a seed of truth. It’s more than that because the true story of Ivan happened in Tacoma, WA almost in my backyard.
I read the first few pages to a class and absolutely loved the writing. I am predicting it will be sad. I am trying to convince myself to take it home to read. I hate sad animal stories. And I hate that once again I am behind the times regarding reading books as they are published.
I most likely will push myself to read The One and Only Ivan. I will need to trust the author with the story.
What about you? Do you have stories you stay away from?
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