Reading for the love of it!

Image of participants looking at booksA great way for teachers, librarians, and other school staff to begin thinking about the fresh new school year that lies ahead is to read children’s books! That is exactly what nearly 50 guests did at the Annual Picture Book Read-in at the University of Dayton Marianist Hall on Thursday, August 7. It was a relaxing and fun way to consider possibilities and dream of new ideas for teaching and learning with children.

The day began with a beautiful and poignant prayer written by Center for Catholic Education Director, Susan Ferguson, followed by the opening remarks of Colleen Gromek, middle school teacher at St. Brigid School in Xenia. Colleen worked countless hours with Amy McDonald, second grade teacher at Holy Angels School in Dayton, to organize the read-in.

After the opening, guests were invited to spend the remainder of the day either reading on their own or attending any or all of the four individual breakout sessions, a new feature this year in response to feedback from previous read-ins. Speaker sessions proved to be very well received and provided wonderful ideas for using children’s literature in the classroom. Amy shared ways to use children’s literature in Writer’s Workshop. Pat Clingman, part-time Children’s Librarian in Beavercreek, shared the 2013-2014 Librarian Favorites.

More than 600 titles of the highest quality children’s books published THIS year were available for guests to peruse at the read-in, and it was exciting to have copies of the librarian favorites on hand for instant review! Graphic novels, an emerging genre, were part of the read-in collection for the first time. Elena Krumholtz, middle school teacher at St. Charles School in Kettering, discussed ways to use graphic novels in the classroom.

During the Diversity in Children’s Literature session, read-in facilitators Drs. Jackie Arnold and Mary-Kate Sableski, both professors in the Department of Teacher Education at UD, talked about the use of diverse and international children’s literature. Guests shared some of their favorite examples from the day leading to the discussion of strategies for use and the many issues surrounding the selection and use of diverse children’s literature.

Plans are already in the making for the 2015 Annual Picture Book Read-In. Please plan to join the fun on Thursday, August 6, 2015!