Why I do what I do…(ie. act like a total goofball)

6 Jun

This quotation* was the tagline to a recent e-mail I received.  I thought it was a perfect summation of why I really “perform” when I’m reading a book aloud to children:

“They may forget what you said, but they will never  forget how you made them feel.” Carl W. Buechner

I have no idea who this Carl Buechner guy is, but what he said makes sense.   The kids may not remember exactly what book I read, but if it made them laugh, feel good, or otherwise have a positive experience, then they will remember that books are fun.  And that’s the goal.  If books are fun, we want to learn to read them.  And the more we read, the better we get.  Young children are very non-judgemental.  So be silly, do the voices (if you can), make the character sound sad if the text says he is.  The kids will love you for it.

*Look, Mr. Moore, (my college Shakespeare professor) I used it correctly!  It’s quotation, not quote, that’s the noun, he said.

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