I received an email recently from a school I am working with. The preschool and K teachers had liked what I said about Shared Reading and they wanted to order some Big Books. They asked me for my favorites, so of course, I mentioned Mrs. Wishy Washy, Dan, the Flying Man, The Hungry Giant, One Cold Wet Night, Who’s in the Shed?, Who Will be My Mother, The Enormous Watermelon and a bunch of others. I emailed two other primary teachers I had worked with and asked for their recent favorites to add to the list I was recommending. They reminded me of several non-fiction ones that were fabulous. It was definitely a GREAT list!
But here’s the catch. When the teachers went to find out about ordering these, they ran into several dead ends. I tried to help by researching where these could be found. Except for some Mrs. Wishy Washy books (see Katie’s post), I didn’t have much luck either. Where have all the Big Books gone?
Then I read Shari Frost’s article just days later. She expresses her concern about teachers who are not doing Shared Reading experiences in many K-2 classrooms. This is definitely a related issue that concerns me. If you are lucky enough to HAVE these Big Books in your building, what are you doing with them? I’m keeping my post short today, so that you can read Shari’s article (in case you don’t regularly read Choice Literacy.) It echoes my sentiments exactly.