It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about #GoWithout here on the blog.
You all remember the concept, right?
Stop and think of something that you could do without, whether it be for a day, a week, or a month, in order to give a little to someone else.
Well, thanks to Katie Sluiter, I have a new project for you all that is totally worth skipping that Starbucks Non-Fat Iced Venti Caramel Macchiato for.
(and yes, I just ended my sentence with a preposition and I don’t EVEN CARE right now…which is probably weird given the topic ahead…I DIGRESS)
I’d venture to say that readers of this blog have one major thing in common – a love for reading. For many of you, that love goes hand in hand with your love for writing. Books are what made you the writers you are today.
Imagine your younger days (or even your older ones) without your favorite books available to you?
Now, I don’t know about the rest of you, but as much as I LOVED reading when I was in school, the required reading lists got a bit tiresome at times.
I mean, I could only read so much Ayn Rand before I wanted to stab myself in the eye. (No offense, Randys. My AP English Comp teacher had a thing for her books. Overkill.)
I was fortunate growing up with a mom who always fostered a love for reading in us. Even though we couldn’t afford shiny new books like so many of my classmates, my mom took us to the library regularly, encouraging us to find books we would love. She searched through piles at thrift stores and junk shops that didn’t value those beautiful old copies of Nancy Drew like we would.
But enough about the awesome that is my mom.
Not every kid I went to school with had someone extolling the virtues of reading in their corner, so required reading was about as exciting as it sounded.
What if these kids had some choice?
That’s where Katie comes in. You can check out her post here, but for you readers who don’t feel like reading, she’s creating a library in her classroom to encourage that love of reading. It doesn’t mean abandoning the classics, but it allows students to fall in love with reading by choosing material that captures their interest.
How can you help? One way is to check out the Amazon Wish List referenced in her post.
But that’s not the only way.
How many of you have some great books gathering dust on your shelves? Give them new life by sending them to be part of this classroom’s library! I know some of you have book piles that no longer fit in your bookshelves, so why not make a little room and help a student learn to love books?
A simple shipment could make all the difference! And hey, book rate is pretty much the cheapest way ever to send anything, so it won’t hurt your wallet much either.
If you want to go the used book route, shoot me your email in the comments, or email me directly and I’ll get the shipping information to you.
Let’s give this teacher and her students the gift of books! Or more specifically, the gift of loving them.
Now, because I am sure you all will ask, what kind of books? The students in question are high school Juniors and Seniors (16-18 years old). Fiction is preferable, although some non-fiction would be okay as long as the content would be of interest to that age range. (They probably don’t need books on retirement :))
Authors, since I am sure you will ask, can you send your own books? Sure! If you think your book is a good fit, feel free to toss in a copy.
(Just don’t flood this lovely teacher’s library with nothing but your own stuff, k? Variety is the spice of something or other…)
Alright, ya’ll. Do me proud. Get those books moving. And spread the word!