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In my spare time, I am not much of a reader. It seems that I usually only read for an assignment, and not for pleasure. As I continued to complete this assignment, I found that reading didn’t feel much like an assignment at all any more, it was quite enjoyable. Children’s books are amazing and enlightening. I felt like a kid again, and I let the books carry me away into my imagination.
Throughout my Children’s Literature reading journey I definitely covered a broad range of genres and themes. In the entirety of the semester I read 120 Children’s books. With 68 of them being “Easy” books, which turned out to be my largest genre recorded and read. I enjoyed the easy books, because they were comical, appealing to young readers and they had great messages to be relayed. The next genre that I focused a lot on and that I enjoyed was multicultural books. I read 12 all together and the two ethnic groups I focused on the most were African and Spanish/Latino. The stories I read about these cultures were the most in depth and personally stories by far. The stories focused on personal struggles and achievements, in which are priceless. I read around 7 books on children with exceptionalities and their difficult journeys. These books really touched my heart and I learned how these young children coped with their disabilities. I also read many books about Folklore, I read 10 magical books. I believe that Folklore is a must have genre in this class room. I love stories about princesses and mystical creatures. I noticed I read about 6 books about friendship and kindness. These two elements are very important to relay to young children and what better way to send a message to child other than in a book.
In my readings of different genres and class, I believe that I did a god job on reading a broad spectrum of books. I read about different cultures in Africa and they struggled to have a voice in America. I also read about young Latino families trying to move to America in hopes for a better future. Although I did not get a chance to read about other ethnic groups I feel that the African American’s and the Latinos have had a very hard time being accepted in the American community, and their stories are some I will never forget. As far as my target age group for my books I focused on books that could be read from Kindergarten to 5th grade. I am an Elementary Education major so I felt that these books were the most appropriate for me in my field. I did read several novels that could be read in a Middle School environment, but I must say I enjoyed my younger aged books way more. Especially after I read some of them to a Kindergarten and second grade class, I knew that’s where I belonged. I felt that I could have been a tad bit more diverse in my reading selections, but I did gain a ton of information and I truly enjoyed the books that I chose.
From my reading I gained a new prospective on children and their braveness and maturity. The book I read titled “Carmine’s Story” literally brought me to tears. This young boy was fighting a battle with AIDS that he got from his mother during birth. Carmine was the most humble and accepting child I have ever seen. He knew he was going to die, and he was fully accepting of that. I also learned that illustrations are very important to children when reading a book. If the illustrations are bland and do not catch the eye of a child, then the reader will not remain engaged in the book. Children focus on color and sounds, not just the text alone will captivate a young reader. When I first began to select books, I would just grab whatever cover appealed to me, and read. Most of the time I used this strategy the book either didn’t appeal to me as I thought or I simply didn’t care for the book. I started to do research on topics and genres that I was interested in, and before I would checkout a book, I would use the online data base to find exactly what I wanted. This was the best idea I had all semester, I finally started to read books that I enjoyed. As I stated previously I believe this was the break through that made reading more pleasurable. My favorite books would have to be “The Bear Who Shared”, which was a big hit with the Kindergarteners that I read to, and “My Diary from Here to There”, this is about a young Latino girl and her families journey to America from Mexico, this book touched my heart and made me aware of how hard it is to make such a journey as she and he family did. These two books both conveyed meaningful and important messages to the reader. My new favorite authors would have to be Amada Irma Perez, she is the author of “My Diary from Here to There” and I also read another book by her titled “My very own Room” which is a sequel to her other book. Her writing has so much emotion and heart put into it, that as a reader her stories become real. She also with her stories being about Latino’s, writes then in both English and Spanish. I love the fact that the books are bilingual and this stood out to me the most. The genres that I enjoyed the most are definitely the Multicultural and Exceptionalities genres. These two were the most meaningful and information genres I came across. These genres can be easily used as lessons and informational guidance.
Reading to me is a way to explore your soul and to invigorate your imagination no matter what age you may be. Reading a book is like opening up a can of worms, you never know what you are going to get. I also learned not to judge a book by its cover, literally. A book is about what’s on the inside, the detail, the illustrations, and the meaning behind it. When I first received this assignment at the beginning of the semester I was terrified, but now I am grateful that I had this opportunity, and I can’t wait to be a teacher and pass my love of reading onto my students.
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