I Will Not Book Talk Bigger Than A Bread Box

I am so excited to not book talk Bigger Than A Bread Box when school starts this fall. I cannot wait to not tell my students all about my favorite read from the summer of 2011. Never in my life have I been more excited to not talk about a book that I love.

Does this sound weird? If you know me at all, you know that book talking great middle grade books is one of my favorite things to do as a teacher. The reason that I am looking forward to not book talking Bigger Than a Bread Box is because I cannot wait to read it aloud to my incoming fourth graders late fall/early winter. I had this same plan last year, but after a killer book talk that involved me jumping on top of desks and shouting how much I love this book, pretty much all of my students read it before I had a chance to read it aloud. I have no problem reading aloud a book that some of my students have read, but I had talked so deeply about Bigger Than a Bread Box with so many students that reading it aloud just seemed silly.

This does not mean that I won’t book Laurel Snyder’s other middle grade novels, and it doesn’t mean that my handful of copies won’t get displayed in the classroom library, it just means that I’ll probably hold off on book talking this amazing middle grade novel as long as I can.

I wonder if anyone else has ever been excited to not book talk a book. Excited to hold off book talking a favorite to see if students are able to hold off and see if students discover it on their own.

Not book talking Bigger Than A Bread Box is going to be tough. Wish me luck!

3 Comments
  1. Hahahahahaha!!!!! I have to say the title of this post had me going!

    I completely understand. I have 4 books that I will not booktalk this year since they are planned read alouds. Of course, I will have them displayed on plate racks on the top of my shelves, but maybe that won’t entice my students to read them. Oh, that’s why I put them on the plate racks-to entice them. Uh-oh. :)

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

  2. It’s like you have to hide the book so that few will read it. I’m always hopeful but there usually are those 3 or 4 who immediately cry out, “I’ve read that!” Fun post, Colby. I loved the book & hope your students do too!

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