Thursday, February 23, 2012

TGIF (14): Required Reading

TGIF is a weekly meme created and hosted by Ginger of GReads! that recaps the week's posts and has a different question each week.

This week on Denim-Jacket Librarian Dishes:


Which book from your school days do you remember reading & enjoying? Is there a book published now that you'd like to see in today's curriculum for kids?

My Answer: I think Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird was by far one of my most favorite required reading titles, though Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities is a very very close second. The only reason it is second is because I started out pushing myself to read it and didn't really start enjoying the book until after halfway through the novel. Plus... Sydney and Atticus are pretty neck and neck for favorite characters. 

Actually, various contemporary titles have been added to school curriculum, so it's good to see kids reading books for school that they could really enjoy such as The Hunger Games. However, if I had to select just one book for curriculum, it would have to be Dear Bully. There's too much hurt caused by students who aren't aware of the weight of their words and actions. The only condition is that the teachers would use it over a four year period and discuss different letters from each section. I think with enough positive reinforcement of anti-bully teaching, a difference can definitely be made. That is my hope as a librarian and a person.


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