Magic Tree House
Junie B. Jones
by Pat Scales
A third-grade student once said to me, “I wish I could spend a whole day in the library and read all my favorite books one more time.” This student was an excellent reader, and I think she had the idea that once she became a fourth grader that she wouldn’t be allowed to read books that had delighted her during her first three years in school. Instead of asking students to give up their favorite books, we should ask them to hold on to them. This celebrates the power of books and the reading experience and offers clues about what titles to suggest next. There is also another side to this scenario. Teachers and librarians shouldn’t be so quick to give up old favorites either. Some books are just too good to miss, and many children or young adults may never find such literature without our guidance.
Here’s my “Too Good to Miss” and “One More Time” list from Random House: