How the Book Love Foundation grant is impacting teachers and the students they teach.
Student impact ...
"I've noticed that my mood changes when talking and discussing reading. I like it much more now and I'm becoming a very patient reader and a patient person. Before I could never sit and read for more than 20 minutes at a time, now I can read for an hour. I hope to push myself to read longer than that."
"I've actually really loved the whole independent reading thing. Before, I had never read a full book by myself. I despised reading. When I saw Matched by Ally Condie on the table and saw what it was about, it interested me. Reading the book was so fun. I love romance. It made me blush and squeal and giggle. It really connected to me. I even cried at the end of the book when Ky was arrested. Then I started reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver and that book was amazing. I loved it from beginning to end. I just never would have thought I would love reading so much. Now I have five new books on my bookshelf I made my mom order for me. I will definitely continue reading. I just love the whole thought of it." - Melanie, grade 11
"I've learned that it's not all about how many pages that you read, or how fast you read, but what you take away from the book and if you enjoy reading it."
"After this class I will continue reading. Reading is good for the mind, and can calm people down. It will make me even more patient than I am now. Reading helps me write as well ... Now that I've been reading more, writing is not a problem for me."
"I've learned that no matter how busy life gets, I can always spare at least 10 minutes to read."
"I never thought the day would come to me admitting that I enjoy reading. Before senior year I read maybe 5 books throughout my whole life, which I know is shocking. My senior year of high school, I have read around 20 books arleady. I read almonst an hour or two every night at home. Sometimes I forget to do my other school work because I will be way into the book." - Bethany, grade 12
"Having a large classroom library has been very helpful to me. First off, there is such a variety of good books to choose from, so really almost every book you choose is good. Another thing is that these books are relatively new, and not older books." - Layth, grade 11