Anybody just love books?! That is the BEST part of being a school librarian....the wonderful access to books! And for Father's Day, my husband (who happens to be an avid reader, as are my three boys) wanted to go on a shopping spree to one of his favorite used book stores, McKay's in Chattanooga. The wonderful thing about McKay's is that there is something for the entire family.....two miles of something to be exact. Yes, there is literally two miles of shelving in this store! Two floors of awesomeness.
We rarely get rid of books, but we had a few things (mostly college textbooks since I'm in graduate school) to get rid of. McKay's BUYS books. We rarely take the cash option and "double" our money by taking a store credit.
My guys all scattered once we were inside....youngest one headed straight for mythology and astronomy books, middle and oldest boys went upstairs to peruse the old G.I. Joe comics, and the hubby headed straight to history. Me? Well, as one might imagine, I headed straight to the children's books. That sounds like it might be a small section in the store, right? WRONG! There are literally rows upon rows of children's books. And each shelf is divided into these tiny cubbies, but they are crammed with books. It is just simply awesome. Like heaven for librarians.
I didn't really have any particular books I was looking for, and that is usually a good thing at McKay's because the inventory is constantly rotating. You never know what you will find. I do regret not buying a little $3 book of postcards I found for teachers. The "emoji" postcard was rather cute and I snapped a photo, but I came across that book early in my browsing and was just leaving room in my two-tiered shopping cart for other goodies.
Eventually, I stumbled upon the poetry sections. The photo I took only shows one or two of the cubbies and a little taste of an "egg-ceptional" poem, however, I spent almost an hour looking at poetry books! The more I looked and read, the more I became inspired.
I think I shared in the last post that I attended an Andy Plemmons workshop this summer. He did an awesome activity inspired from another done by Colleen Graves that involved a Makey-Makey kit. Basically, you record a poem in sections, draw pencil pictures that relate to the poem, then connect the Makey-Makey up so that just by touching the pictures, the poem sections will play. This really allows a lot of creativity and allows kids to re-think the poetry. They can play the different stanzas or sections in different order to create new poetry! It was an awesome idea and one that has me thinking of all sorts of ways I can help kids see poetry in a new way.
And, as one might imagine, my shopping cart was full of poetry (with a few fiction chapter books thrown in for good measure) to use with students this coming school year. I even found two Strategies for Building Fluency workbooks that use poetry! I'm really excited about that.
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